The Community Farm is governed by a Management Committee. The committee is made up of individuals who give their time and expertise voluntarily to help manage The Farm and steer its future development. They oversee delivery of the business plan; advise, govern, oversee policy and direction; and help promote our activities. If you are interested in joining the committee and have the necessary skills and time please do get in touch!
Angela is a medical doctor with a grown-up family and lives in Bristol. She was part of the group of volunteers that established The Farm in 2010. She’s been on the management board since the beginning, and became Chair in April 2015. Her motivation comes from a commitment to social justice and the care of the natural world. Angela studied medicine in Birmingham, worked for a while in Africa, moved to Bristol in 1984 to work as a Consultant in Public Health, and then became involved in Transition Bristol in 2008 and Bristol’s Food Policy Council in 2011.
Emily has a legal background and has worked in governance and sustainability for many years and across many sectors, including legal, social housing and financial services. She is currently the Corporate Secretary at Triodos Bank UK. Born and raised in Australia, she has called the UK home for half her adult life. Emily is a keen (but not very good) gardener and an enthusiastic cook. She loves walking, camping and travelling, particularly when accompanied by her dog and husband.
Born in Croydon, South London, our family holidays to the countryside (combined with a love of food) created a basic curiosity in where food comes from. My education focused on business: Business Studies at school, Management at university, and then Financial Audit and becoming a Chartered Accountant as a graduate. But it was an organic veg box in Brisbane, some stern words from my partner, and the purchase of a campervan that persuaded me to spend six months on organic farms in Australia; this lit a passion for food and farming that helped me realise just how vital these things are when trying to look after our own health as well as that of the land. Following my return to the UK, I decided to pursue an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture. It was during these studies that I was lucky to start volunteering at The Community Farm. The rest is history! As Managing Director I’m hoping to bring together this journey from business to farming and guide us into the next stage of The Community Farm’s existence.
Ben runs his own business providing part-time Finance Director services to start-ups and growth businesses in the South West. He is a Chartered Accountant. He is passionate about organic horticulture, sustainability and environmental conservation, and is a founding member of Chew Valley Plants Trees and Chair of the Compton Martin Parish Council’s climate working group. He recently sat his RHS Level 2 Horticultural exams and is a keen gardener. Ben strongly believes that The Community Farm plays a vital role in the community as a platform for locally farmed organic produce that benefits our environment and our health and wellbeing.
Acomo was raised on a large farm in Uganda, looking after her siblings and the farm workers, as well as the livestock and crops. She enjoyed cooking fresh food for everyone on the farm and picking just what was needed for each meal. Acomo came to work in the UK in 1988 where she carried out research in HIV and sexual health in the UK, and public health in conflict-affected areas in Uganda and Somalia. She currently works in health, social care and poverty research projects with UNICEF Uganda and Bristol University.
When Acomo first came to the UK she continued her love of growing and cooking by planting vegetables in her garden, adapting to seasonal growing, a change from Uganda where crops grew year round. She even tried growing African plants; some thrived, but most did not!
Acomo believes that The Community Farm is a great place for young people to learn where their food comes from. She is excited to be involved and want to encourage more people from different backgrounds and ethnicities to visit The Farm.
Mas has been a volunteer at The Farm since 2016. She joined the board in 2017. She has a keen interest in both Japanese and British food and cooking, and the melding of these two cultures. She is keen to help The Farm develop and is introducing us to a range of pickling and fermentation approaches that help minimise food waste. Mas blogs about cookery and food, does catering and runs Japanese cookery and culture workshops. Born in Kyusho, Japan, she moved to Luxembourg with her husband (originally from the Chew Valley). While living there she ran a Japanese food shop. Mas is trained as a therapist and works from her home, in Pensford.
Annie is a regular volunteer at The Farm, both with the Field Team and the Wildlife Group. She trained as a social worker in Liverpool and worked and lived for many years in the Bristol area specialising in early years childcare and support. Since moving south of the city she’s enjoyed being involved in the way of life of The Community Farm. She carries out monthly ‘Bee Walks’ on The Farm as part of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s national monitoring scheme, as well as the summertime Big Butterfly Count, which she’s supported along with leading wildlife and pollinator walks during the annual Valley Fest. Annie is keen to support the close working partnerships across this organic farming community where ethical food production and increasing biodiversity are seen as mutually beneficial.
John is a pharmacist by background and built up several successful high street pharmacy businesses from scratch, until their sale. John was then asked to help the Great Western Air Ambulance when it was struggling, which lead to him starting the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. Eleven years on, the Charity is thriving with a healthy annual income. John is also a school governor at Barton Hill in Bristol, and is member or chair of several other public bodies. He loves food and cooking, and wants to use his experience in the business and charitable sectors to help The Farm bring organic, nutritious food to all communities.
Maddie lives in Shepton Mallet with her husband, two young children and a border collie. She works in Bristol as an agricultural lawyer, practicing in the food and farming sector, with a specific focus on rural property and farming partnership dispute resolution and landlord and tenant matters. She’s a great supporter of the ethos of The Farm, and believes it is hugely important for children and young people to have the opportunity to feel connected to the land and to know where their food comes from. Born in Bath, Maddie grew up in Wiltshire before reading Law at university. She trained and qualified as a lawyer with Burges Salmon in Bristol, where she now practises. She’s a member of Women in Property and the Agricultural Law Association and has acted as a mentor for the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme.
Nicky is Head of Product Development at a start-up focusing on natural household products, plastic-free and reusable packaging. Up until November 2019 she was Managing Director of Sustainable Kitchens and has a background in retail. While at Sustainable Kitchens she discovered The Community Farm and sponsored a crop as they absolutely loved The Farm! She also has friends who’ve worked and volunteered for The Farm over the years. She moved to Bristol from London in 2013 to do the Shift Bristol course and prior to that in London worked for Project Dirt, an online platform for community and sustainability projects. She’s worked with Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming and volunteered around many food and sustainability projects. This included running People’s Kitchen, a community kitchen using food waste to provide free meals. Nicky grew up on farms in Zimbabwe so farming, food and community are very close to her heart. She is very passionate about combining sustainability and business and wants to bring both to The Community Farm.
David is Head of Services at a small charity in Bristol and used to be a trustee for a local HIV organisation. An intermittent box scheme customer (and reluctant cook), he was motivated to get more involved with The Farm when old interests in food and sustainability reappeared as part of family life. Originally an apprentice electrician, David studied digital communications and art history and worked in IT before moving overseas to run an environmental social enterprise. He has worked for charities in Bristol since moving here just over ten years ago and is strongly supportive of The Farm’s community and education work.
Claire is Chief Executive of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support and has worked in the voluntary and social enterprise sector for 20 years. Her family rented a house in the field next to the Community Farm in 2018, became box customers, and were impressed by the work of The Farm. Born and raised in Dublin, Claire has always been passionate about social justice. She has a degree in politics and social policy and worked in the homelessness sector in Ireland before moving to London where, for three years, she supported apprentices at the Jamie Oliver Fifteen Foundation. Claire’s love of food and farming blossomed during this period. Then, after ten years in Australia working as a senior manager in policy and charities, Claire returned to the UK with her partner and two young children, switching from city life in Sydney to the joys of rural Somerset, and they are loving it.
We also have a team of fantastic regular volunteers who help us on the field, in the warehouse and for specific projects. Too numerous to mention here, and ever-changing, their support, commitment and enthusiasm is much appreciated by all of us at The Farm.
Find out about our volunteering opportunities.