The Staff Team
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Started: January 2015
Job Title: Chief Executive
Jonathan was the director of a refugee programme in Cairo, Egypt and a consultant for the George Muller Charitable Trust prior to joining Crisis Centre. Jonathan continues to work with refugees in Easton, Bristol alongside his role at the CCM. He and his wife Helen have two children.
Learn more about Jonathan in Interview with the CEO.
Start Date: 2012
Job Title: Foodbank Manager
Andy is a nationally qualified youth and community worker with many years’ experience working with people facing homelessness. He is always keen to advocate for the powerless with the many differing struggles they face. He originally worked as a Foodbank volunteer in 2011 having set it up with some friends and joined the staff team a bit later.
Outside of work he enjoys cycling, Latin and Ballroom dancing and playing online strategy games. Andy is married to Nancy who he met whilst serving with YWAM. .
Started: December 2012
Job Title: Spring of Hope Women's Night Shelter Manager
Val is experienced as a youth worker and family mentor, supporting children and young people whose parents were in recovery or borderline addiction and mental health. She volunteered in the Wild Goose drop-in centre before joining the staff team as an assistant manager. Her great heart and passion for the vulnerable then lead her to head up the women's night shelter project. Val has a deep desire to see Father God transform people's lives.
She is married to her childhood sweetheart and is a mother of two sons. She enjoys reading, walking and all things chocolate.
Started: January 2012
Job title: Wild Goose Drop-in Manager
Jonnie worked as a professional surveyor for twenty five years, but challenging life events lead him to have a passion to serve the vulnerable and homeless community. Starting as a volunteer in the Wild Goose in September 2011, Jonnie was appointed the project leader in May 2014. Jonnie also serves on the ministry team in his local church and has three sons.
Started: September 2010
Job Title: Life Recovery Manager
Stuart runs the LIFE course, and the Life Recovery Group which is a Christian support group for people in recovery. He was a church leader in Bristol prior to joining CCM. Stuart lives in Easton and enjoys swimming and cycling.
Started: October 2017
Job title: Finance and Operations Manager
Ruth has worked as an accountant both in the charity sector and in practice for the last 15 years, joining CCM from The George Muller Charitable Trust. She began her working life as a social worker and has remained invested in debt advice and mental health issues, volunteering regularly at the Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau. She is glad to be working again in the inner city of Bristol and is pleased to be part of a ministry that is ‘making a difference’ in the city.
She attends E5 Elim City Church and has two grown up children. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, singing in a choir and eating ice cream.
Started: November 2016
Job title: Finance Assistant
Debra worked in the investment sector for over 15 years, and prior to working for CCM was a Purchase Ledger clerk for a small construction engineering company. She is also a trained swimming teacher, and has taught many children and adults to swim!
Debra is married and has three children, and in her spare time enjoys art and walking her dog. About working for CCM, she says, "I feel very privileged to work for a charity which helps those who are marginalised in our society."
Started: February 2017
Job title: Office Administrator
Mary previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at a nearby primary school in Hanham. Having already volunteered at the Wild Goose for several years, she fit right in when she joined the office team. It has since been said that without her, "the walls would fall down".
Mary is a member of St Anne's Church, as well as Mum to three grown-up chidren and Nanny to one (slightly less grown-up) grandson. She also takes care of her elderly dad, and in her spare time enjoys listening to music and reading.
Started: August 2017
Job title: Wild Goose Drop-in Deputy Manager – Provision
Andy has worked as a chef for over 20 years, cooking for restaurants all over Bristol. With his culinary skills, down-to-earth nature and passion for a good cause, we like to think of him as the West Country's Jamie Oliver.
He's a big fan of Bristol Rovers and a music lover. At lunchtime he can often be found enjoying a 'Posh Noodle', which he insists is nothing like a Pot Noodle.
Start: May 2014
Job Title: Foodbank Assistant Manager
Sally first got involved with Foodbanks in London where she volunteered with the Tower Hamlets Foodbank as part of a church internship. Sally has always been passionate about social justice and has worked for a number of different charities over the years which seek to bring practical change to people’s lives.
Sally enjoys baking, reading, board games and politics. She is married to Chris, whom she met when they were both at school. Sally attends St Christopher’s church in Brislington, where she is training to be a lay minister.
Start: July 2009
Job Title: Volunteer Support Coordinator
Steve was a bank clerk before stumbling into the Anglican ministry whilst at Trinity College. After a curacy in Fulham he returned to Bristol to start a church in Bradley Stoke in 1985. Steve and his wife Liz likes to visit National Trust properties in their spare time.
Job Title: Wild Goose Drop-In Deputy Manager – Engagement
Esther worked for a number of years in the catering industry and has completed a diploma in substance misuse with a charity called Life For The World. Esther has green fingers and manages the allotment project. Read her recent article describing what has been achieved through the project. Esther is also a very talented worship leader.
Started: June 2012
Job Title: Life Recovery Deputy Manager
Sophy began volunteering here when she moved to Bristol in 2011, where she was involved in several homeless projects. She has a particular interest in trauma recovery and is training in counselling. Sophy enjoys dancing, knitting and a good movie night.
Started: November 2017
Job title: Grants Officer
Commuting all the way from the other side of the Lawrence Hill roundabout, Natalie is one of a handful of local employees. Having come from the area and lived here on and off all her life (with occasions of living in London, as far as Ibiza, and even in Bedminster) she is glad to be involved in a charity whose projects help those so close to home alongside those who come to the area needing support.
From a background of working in banking & local government, and training and living at yoga centres, she moved into the charity sector and helped organise the Caring at Christmas project in 2015. Alongside this she has volunteered for the East Bristol Foodbank since August 2015, where she can still be found most Wednesdays evenings processing our donations by sorting the baked beans from the rice puddings ready to go to our Foodbank outlets.
In her spare time she likes thinking about going to the gym, aims to meditate every day, and occasionally puts her iPad down long enough to go for a walk, visit a parish church, or do her favourite – a Wetherspoons’ Thursday Curry Club*.
*Other meal deals are available.
Started: July 2017
Job title: Communications Officer
Matt previously worked as a copywriter at Dyson, but after tiring of selling vacuums he wondered if his skills might be put to better use in the charity sector. In his spare time he enjoys books, walking, programmes about detectives and volunteering at the Wild Goose.
Started: August 2017
Job title: Supporter Care Officer
Hailing all the way from Clevedon, Sarah is the only ‘proper’ commuter of the team.
In her own words: "I’m excited to help supporters find out more about the work of Crisis Centre Ministries and how they can be involved. My heart is for people to know God’s love for them and for them to positively respond with giving their lives to following him."
On an unrelated note, she is terrible at Scrabble but (apparently) amazing at crazy golf.
Started: November 2016
Job title: Spring of Hope Support Worker
Before starting as Support Worker for our women's night shelter, Trudy worked in accounts, as a teaching assistant and as a carer.
Through her church, she's been a long-term supporter of CCM. She began volunteering at Spring of Hope in May 2016, becoming a duty manager after a few months and then joining the staff in November 2016.
Trudy sings and plays guitar in her church music group. She has two married daughters and expects to be a grandma (of two!) by New Year.