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

The Staff Team

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Chief Executive
Jonathan Lee
Spring of Hope
Val Thompson
Wild Goose
Mick Connolly

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.

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 2019

Job Title: Wild Goose Drop-in Centre Manager

Mick has worked in Bristol and Somerset in the Housing/Homelessness sector since 2006 in a variety of roles, including assertive outreach, supported housing, substance/alcohol misuse, criminal justice and project management.

He's passionate about engaging those with complex needs, using different person-centred and task-centred approaches to best meet the needs of the individual in line with God's grace.

In his spare time, he enjoys lazy movie nights and going to the gym (though his belly would disagree) and is in the process of giving in to old age painfully (but with a smile).


Andy Irwin
Life Recovery
Stuart Leitch
Ruth Nott

Started: 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: 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: November 2019

Job title: Finance & Operations Manager

FR & Comms
Steve Baker
Mary Brown
Spring of Hope
Trudy Mead

Started: March 2019

Job Title:  Development and Relationships Manager

Steve is a qualified Youth and Community Worker.  He has spent most of his career working with young people in Somerset, with his most recent role being Deputy Chief Executive at Young Somerset.  Steve was drawn to Crisis Centre Ministries by a passion for making a difference and a desire to inspire others to join in with God’s work.

Steve grew up in Bristol but now lives in Castle Cary with his wife Anna, and two children.  His hobbies include playing the keyboard, walking the South West Coast Path (slowly) and sustaining a life-long commitment to Bristol City Football Club. 

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. In her spare time Mary enjoys listening to music and reading.




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.

Steve Smith
Life Recovery
Ant Newman
Debra Turpin

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: 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."

Wild Goose
Andy Kinnersley
Wild Goose
Esther Lambert
FR & Comms
Natalie Patillas

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.

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: 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.

FR & Comms
Sarah Luckwell
Sally Hunter
Carole Wilson

Started: August 2017

Job title: Communications and Supporter Engagement Officer

Hailing from Clevedon, Sarah enjoys many a sunset stroll along the prom with the famous pier in view.

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 all 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.

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.

Spring of Hope
Alice Cranston
Wild Goose
Steve Brain

Started: August 2019

Prior to joining CCM Steve worked in the civil service and local government, as a care worker and more recently as a school administrator.

He volunteered in the Wild Goose for 18 months before taking on the staff role as Wild Goose Drop-in Assistant for Engagement.

"I have a passion to serve poor, vulnerable and homeless people. Since January 2015, I have volunteered with Street Life – a street ministry providing such people with food, drink and clothing."

Steve is a member of City Church, is married to Sharon and has 2 daughters in their mid-20’s. One still lives at home, the other a little further away at the moment in Malawi!

Life long Bristol Rovers supporter. Also enjoys cricket, snooker and walking.