BAB Programme Management Team

Laura Thacker - Head of Programme (Maternity Cover)

In her role as Head of Programme, Laura's focus is very much on the operational aspects of BAB as well as working strategically with partners across the city to help BAB expand in this final year, sharing learning and knowledge to key partners and stakeholders. Her role also involves managing the majority of the contracts across the city, which includes but is not limited to; monthly progress meetings with partners, checking if organisations need additional support, checking quarterly reports and feeding back what is happening to the BAB advisory group and to Community Fund. Additionally Laura is managing the other BAB staff and their workloads.  Laura also reports directly to and works closely with the BAB strategic programme group, BAB advisory group and Community Researchers to make sure that there is constant communication between the operational and strategic sides of the work.

 Carly Urbanski - Head of Programme (On maternity leave)


Kay Libby - Sustainability and Legacy Lead

Kay’s work focuses on how to make the partnership sustainable post-BAB through legacy of the programme and its partner projects. Kay will be looking at how we can align with initiatives in the city and related city strategies as well as working with members of the BAB programme group.Kay’s work focuses on how to make the partnership sustainable post-BAB through legacy of the programme and its partner projects. Kay will be looking at how we can align with initiatives in the city and related city strategies as well as working with members of the BAB programme group.


Bianca Rossetti - Project Officer

Bianca’s work focuses on four aspects of the BAB programme: the Community Kick-Start Fund; Group Work projects; our Older Persons Advisory Group and our age-friendly city work. Bianca ensures that everything funded through Kick-Start is led by older people, provides guidance and feedback to applicants, organises the commissioning process, gathers learning on the impact the fund is having and arranges the purchasing of goods and services to allow activities to take place. Bianca also is the main point of contact for the BAB Advisory Group. She also manages contracts for two of BAB’s 2-year wellbeing projects, both of which focus on food and nutrition as a vehicle for reducing social isolation.


Maria Lewis - Contracts & Finance Officer

As Contracts & Finance Officer, Maria’s tasks are divided into two main areas. The contract support responsibilities involve assisting partners through contract negotiations with delivery partners annually until the key elements of projects are captured. She also collates/collects quarterly reports for all ongoing projects (to be regularly fed back to the National Lottery Community Fund). As part of her financial duties Maria manages BAB’s finance systems, budget reviews and forecasting, processing payments and monitoring delivery partner’s financial spend in line with their agreed budgets. If you have any queries around existing or new contracts, outstanding payments or your quarterly report please feel free to contact her on or 0117 928 1539.


Rebecca Hine - Administrative Officer (On maternity leave)




Tess Sieling - Administrative Officer (Maternity cover)

Tess has joined the BAB team as the Programme Administrator while Becky Hine is on maternity leave. She will be the first point of contact for all enquiries about the BAB programme. Tess will add partners to the partnership, help to organise events, compile data evaluating the projects and support the BAB team in developing the projects further. She also supports the Babbers team by producing the weekly ‘What’s On Guide’.



Claire Chivers - Learning & Monitoring Officer

Claire’s role is focused on gathering learning from the BAB programme and sharing this, enabling others to use this learning to improve the services they provide to older people. This covers learning which can be immediately implemented to improve projects in the short-term, but also wider learning about loneliness and social isolation. Learning is shared among delivery partners, with other stakeholders in the city, with the other Ageing Better programmes around the UK and with the National Lottery Community Fund. Claire also works closely with UWE and the team of Community Researchers, providing monitoring information in order to support their evaluation of the BAB programme.


Sharifa Whitney James - LGBT+ Community Development Officer for Older Adults 

As our LGBT+ Community Development Officer for older adults, Sharifa’s role is to support older LGBT+ people who are isolated, marginalised and lonely within Bristol. She is very passionate about community development and wants to make older LGBT+ people more visible in Bristol and help them to have a louder voice within the city, normalising the conversation about being older and LGBT and to destigmatise it. Please contact Sharifa if you are 50+ and identify as LGBT+ and isolated or lonely and living in Bristol. Her contact details are Mobile: 07932370456. 


Vibeke Joy - Press and Communications Officer 

 Vibeke’s role is to raise awareness and improve the profile of Bristol Ageing Better. Her writing promotes positive   ageing and works to dispel negative stereotypes of older people. She does this by sharing BAB’s, and its partner’s,   case studies and learning with the media, on the website and on social media. Vibeke sends out the e-newsletters   and keeps in touch with the projects funded by BAB. 

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