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
Ruth Nott
Andy Irwin

Start date: 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: June 2015

Job Title: Finance Manager

Ruth previously worked for The Big Issue South West and Bristol Refugee Rights before joining CCM. She likes running, walking her rescue dog Tilly and makes a very good cup of tea! Read more about her here...

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. .


Yan Lau
Spring of Hope
Val Thompson
Wild Goose
Jonnie Angel

Start: May 2013

Job Title: Fundraising & Communications Manager

Yan has raised funds for various different charities in London and Hong Kong. She has a passion to help those who have had an unfortunate start in life or those who have been let down by the welfare system. She enjoys creating opportunities for others to get involved in helping others.

Most weekends Yan can be found cycling madly around the west country. She also likes to try her hand at a new recipe.

Start date: 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.

Start: Jan 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.

Life Recovery
Stuart Leitch
Sally Hunter
Steve Smith

Start: 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.

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.

Wild Goose
Esther Lambert
Wild Goose
Katy Gough
Life Recovery
Sophy Teasdale

Start: 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.

Start: August 2014

Job Title: Wild Goose Drop-In Deputy Manager - Provision

Katy was Deputy Caterer at Trinity College prior to joining CCM and she was previously a volunteer duty manager in the Wild Goose. She loves to welcome people with a smile and is inspired by the words of Mother Teresa: ‘Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing’. She is completing a part time theology course and leads youth work at her church.

Start: 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.

Wild Goose
Jean Mutch
Hazel Carruthers
Spring of Hope
Trudy Mead
Start Date: August 2016
Job Title: 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: July 2012

Job Title: Finance Administrator

Hazel worked previously as the Officer Manager at CCM before taking on the new role of Finance Administrator in July 2014. She attends Ebenezer Church in Horfield along with her husband, Steve. Hazel likes to grow vegetables in her spare time.

Started: November 2016

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.