Transforming lives through offering food, shelter, hope and support to the most vulnerable in our community

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The Staff Team

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Chief Executive
Jonathan Lee
Andy Irwin
Spring of Hope
Val Thompson

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.

Life Recovery
Stuart Leitch
Finance & Ops
Ruth Cooper
Debra Turpin

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."

Mary Brown
Wild Goose
Andy Kinnersly
Sally Hunter

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 fitted 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 children 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.

Steve Smith
Wild Goose
Esther Lambert
Life Recovery
Sophy Teasdale

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 like to visit National Trust properties in their spare time.

Started: 2013

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.

FR & Comms
Natalie Patillas
Matt Parsons
FR & Comms
Sarah Luckwell

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.

Wild Goose
Jean Mutch
Spring of Hope
Trudy Mead
Started: August 2016
Job Title: Wild Goose Cook
Jean has been many things during her lifetime – parent, carer, youth worker, pastor, HR administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language, to name but a few.  Most recently, she has worked with vulnerable people in Bristol in a community café and at One25 Charity, before arriving at the Wild Goose as cook.
When she’s not wrestling with food, Jean enjoys photography and writing.  Jean also blogs, and has never quite given up hope of one day publishing that elusive bestseller.
Read our interview with Jean that was published in the 2017 January-April Streetwise newsletter.

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.