Who We Are
BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
I moved to Bristol in September 2015 to start work as Director of BAB. My role involves leading and shaping the direction of the programme, developing and maintaining partnerships and relationships as well as ensuring Bristol Ageing Better is relevant and in a position to influence strategy across the city and region. In my previous role, I worked for the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, leading the Victim Services Portfolio, commissioning services and supporting third sector delivery. I have worked across a number of roles in Community Development and Community Empowerment, most notably establishing a community focussed programme within one of the most deprived areas of Cardiff that aimed to tackle isolation by improving health, learning and prosperity.
I joined the BAB team as Age Friendly Officer and now work as the Programme Manager. I grew up in upstate New York and moved to Bristol in 2010 to complete my Masters in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health from the University of Bristol. After my studies I was hired as a field worker on a randomised control trial looking at physical activity in primary school students. My passion for creating a healthier more positive Bristol then lead me to a role in the community coordinating the South Gloucestershire ‘Walking for Health’ scheme. I look forward to the chance to work with so many wonderful individuals in Bristol while helping to make it a better place for older people to live.
After University I began a career in the publishing industry, working my way from Marketing Assistant to a role as an in-house Editor of nonfiction books. I was spending much of my spare time volunteering and decided to use that experience along with my project management skills to make an exciting move to the third sector. I started as Programme Administrator the month the BAB programme launched and am now thrilled to be working as Partnership Support Officer, making links with BAB’s ever-expanding list of partners and coordinating the Community Kick-Start Fund.
Before starting as Project Officer at Bristol Ageing Better I worked in the university careers service sector where I focused on building up relationships with employers in order to help students into work after they graduate. Alongside this, I also worked as a volunteer at Opening Doors London, a branch of Age UK Camden in London which aims to reduce isolation within the older LGBT community. Having such an enjoyable experience volunteering has been a major factor in wanting to make a career move into the third sector.
After my Business studies in Germany, I worked for a publishing company in Bath for a couple of years and relocated to Bristol in 2015 to start working for a national humanitarian charity. Having found my passion in the third sector, I have joined the BAB team in October 2016 to work alongside the Programme Manager and Director as Contracts & Finance Officer. My role is to support the contract management of our delivery partners as well as maintaining the programme’s financial systems.
I’ve been working in communications since I graduated from university in 2014. In 2016 I moved to a role in the charity sector, helping to set up a new youth homelessness project in Sheffield. I joined BAB in August 2017 to cover maternity leave for Silvia Jimenez Cruz and I work to maintain the website, create content, send press releases and main social media channels.
After graduating, I began a career in teaching and disability support. I then moved into the third sector managing a befriending scheme for elderly people, and later worked as a Marketing Officer for The Forest Bee; a What’s On guide with the aim of bringing rural communities together in South Wales. As Programme Administrator for Bristol Ageing Better, I’ll be supporting the management team to develop and evaluate BAB projects.
Before starting my role with Bristol Ageing Better I studied a masters at the University of Amsterdam. Alongside my studies I worked for the University, sharing learning between different programme groups and using this learning to improve education policy within the Graduate School.
Prior to this I had a number of different roles within the charity sector in London, including in the fields of Diversity & Inclusion and HR.
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