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Board of Trustees

The Trustees are all volunteers and are elected for a period of three years. At the end of that period they can stand for re-election. A Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

At the AGM, members of the SCDA are entitled to vote for those standing for the 15 places on the Board.

The Trustees meet regularly and oversee the challenge of running one of Bristol’s most successful Community Development Trusts. This elected Board aims to improve BS3 and the lives of its people, now and for future generations. With this commitment at the heart of the organisation the SCDA delivers benefit to all members of the community and especially to families.

Our most recent AGM was on September 30th, 2016, at which the following trustees were elected.

Matthew Symonds (Chair)

An SCDA trustee since 2005, Matthew has been chair of the SCDA since 2008.  Matthew lives in Southville, is involved in local groups including the Front Garden Competition and Friends of Greville Smyth Park, and is co-chair of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (Neighbourhood Partnership). Matthew works for a national charity that cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s canals and rivers. His work involves developing policy and managing relationships with boaters living on and using the waterways across the south of England.

Jenny Brown (Vice-Chair)

Jenny Brown has been an SCDA Trustee for two years and lives in Southville. Now retired, Jenny was a long serving senior manager at City of Bristol College.  Her connection with the Southville Centre goes back to 1972 when she started her first teaching job at Ashton Park School; the Southville Centre was then the lower school.  More recently, Jenny worked as Head of Quality Improvement at City of Bristol College.

Jill Walsh (Treasurer)

Jill has lived in Southville since moving to Bristol 13 years ago, and has a keen interest in the development of our community. She has two children in a local primary school who regularly attend activities at the Southville Centre. She currently works for the University of Bristol as School Business Manager for the School of Humanities. Before working at the University of Bristol, she managed her own business running a field studies centre in Spain for university study groups, and taught English in Japan. Jill is interested in how not-for-profit organisations can be run in a sustainable way which allows the achievement of their key objectives.

Peter Bird

Peter is an experienced commercial architect, married with two children, and has lived in Southville for over a decade.  Over the years, he has enjoyed various activities and events at the Southville Centre and appreciates what a valuable contribution the SCDA makes to the life of our community. Both of his children have experienced some happy times at the Southville Nursery and continue to use the after school and holiday club facilities at the Centre. He hopes to be able to apply his professional skills and experience as local parent to help and guide the SCDA in its plans for the future.

Celia Phipps

Celia lives in Ashton Gate and has two sons and a daughter who also live locally. A retired nurse and health visitor, she worked in the community for over 25 years and has a particular expertise in working with older people, specifically to promote independence. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health, a special interest in community development and is a member of several local groups. Celia is also currently a city councillor for Bedminster Ward. She loves the garden, her family, cats, and talking to people.

Probationary Trustees

Trustees currently in their probation period are:

Cate Moore

Cate has recently moved to Southville after living in Somerset for 30 years, but grew up in Co Durham. Cate is keen to become involved in city life including becoming involved in community activities. Cate runs her own practice as a chartered accountant and enjoys helping a variety of people with their own small businesses. She has two grown-up children, and her hobbies include horse riding, walking her gorgeous dog, and gardening.

Malcolm Brammer

Malcolm is a Bedminster resident. After a long career in broadcast production and management in Sheffield, Cornwall and Bristol, followed by ten years in higher education at UWE, he’s currently both Chair of the Bedminster Lantern Parade, which delivers the colourful illuminated Parade to our streets each year, and the Friends of Parson St Railway Station (FoPSRS). In addition he's a Steering Group member of WoW, the West St. BS3 Neighbourhood Group.

Mark Coates

After initial careers as a solicitor and in the music/creative industries, Mark spent six years at a local social inclusion charity, DHI, before moving to his current post at Knightstone Housing Association, where he oversees their supported housing and individual/community empowerment services. Mark decided to put himself forward as a potential SCDA trustee having observed some of its fantastic work in the local area and seeing how much his daughter enjoyed her time at the nursery. He has been happily resident in Southville since 2011, along with his wife, two young children and two fat fluffy cats.

Zoe Rice

Zoe lives in Southville and got married at the Southville Centre in 2016. Through this, she became familiar with the SCDA's work supporting the local community and was inspired to get involved. Over the past 12 years, Zoe has worked in the drug and alcohol treatment sector, initially as a frontline worker and then in a range of leadership roles. She currently works for national charity 'Change, Grow, Live' as their National Quality Lead. The role involves continuously and systemically improving the quality of service provision across the organisation, in order to provide service users with the best possible care and support.

Other probationary trustees:


  • Trevor Johnson

The process for becoming a Trustee is for the CEO and Board of the Trustees to meet interested parties, and share the Trustee Induction Pack. This explains what is involved in being an SCDA Trustee, has details about the Charity, and also explains that, before becoming a full Trustee, probationary Trustees need to attend three Board meetings before the full Board members can vote and invite them and to join the Board.

If you would like more information about becoming an SCDA Trustee, please contact