BAB Programme Management Team

Carly Urbanski and Laura Thacker are joint Head of the BAB Programme / 

Their role focuses on the operational aspects of BAB as well as working strategically with partners across the city, sharing learning and knowledge with key partners and stakeholders. A large part of their role involves making the partnership sustainable post-BAB through development of the programme’s legacy and of its partner projects.

The 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, the Joint Heads of Programme reports directly to and work 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.


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.



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.



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. 

Call us: 0117 928 1539

© 2020 Age UK Bristol.
A charity limited by guarantee. Registered no 2984207.
Registered Charity no. 1042548

Somerset Design - Supporting Charities in Bristol

If you'd like to receive our updates then you can subscribe to one or all three by clicking here.