BAB Programme Management Team

Adam ReesAdam Rees - Director

As Programme Director, Adam is responsible for the delivery of the programme and liaising with the National Lottery Community Fund to make sure that we are meeting their expectations as well as ensuring that our work makes a positive impact on the lives of older people in Bristol. Adam reports into the BAB Strategic Programme Group, working with them to deliver a programme which meets its’ objective and leaves a lasting legacy on Bristol.  He also works closely with our Older Peoples’ commissioning group and Older Peoples Advisory group to ensure that Older people remain at the heart of BAB. Adam is the strategic lead, working with our partners (including funders and decision makers in Bristol) to find ways of enabling BAB projects to continue working in the city after the programme funding ends. 


Carly Urbanski - Programme Manager

In her role as Programme Manager Carly’s focus is very much on the operational aspects of BAB. This 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 Big Lottery. Additionally Carly is managing the other BAB staff and their workloads, as well working closely with the BAB strategic programme group, BAB advisory group and with Adam the Programme Director 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 three aspects of the BAB programme: the Community Kick-Start Fund; Group Work projects; and our Older Persons Advisory Group. Bianca ensures that everything funded through the 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 commissioning new delivery partners, taking due diligence as well as contract negotiations until the key elements of a new project are captured and ensuring that current agreements are kept up to date for ongoing projects. 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)

Becky went on maternity leave at the beginning of January 2019. 



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 partnerhip, 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 Big Lottery 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. If you have an idea for a story that would promote your BAB   funded project, please get in touch.

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