Lin Whitfield

Lin has over 30 years’ experience of working in and with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Bristol and the South West. She has been working as an independent consultant to the sector since 2000 and is now semi-retired. Lin’s background is in city farms, voluntary sector infrastructure organisations and capacity building, and she is an experienced grant assessor. 

Lin has served as a Trustee on a number of charity and partnership Boards during her many years in Bristol. This includes two years as Vice-Chair of Governors at a large FE College, where she chaired the Curriculum and Quality Committee. Lin chaired the SW Regional Committee of the Community Fund (now the Big Lottery) for four years and was a Trustee of Quartet Community Foundation for six years, where she was lead Trustee on governance.

Lin is passionate about the value that the VCSE sector brings to local communities and the wider economy. She has been a Trustee at Voscur since April 2017, and is lead Trustee on HR. 

Outside her work and voluntary commitments, Lin sings in two community choirs, researches family history, and enjoys live music and theatre.

Kamaljit Poonia 
Vice Chair

Kamaljit has worked as a leader in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) for over 20 years across many sectors including local authorities in Bristol and Camden, the Civil Service in the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Cabinet Office, as well as heading up the ED&I unit at the University of Southampton. 
She led the programmes in DFID and the University of Southampton, which secured major recognition for their equality work. Southampton gaining a Silver Athena Swan Award and DFID a public sector leadership award from Opportunity Now.
Having left the corporate sector a few years ago Kamaljit is now a Coach for individuals and leaders and a Consultant in ED&I. Delivering workshops and learning events nationally across the Arts sector and strategic global diversity projects as well as local training through her partnership with Babbasa.
Before leaving to work in London, Kamaljit originally moved to Bristol to do her MSc in Policy (Race Relations) at the University of Bristol, and subsequently work in the community. In 2016 Kamaljit moved back to Bristol, a city she loves. 


Matthew Wortley

Matt is an Assistant Director in the Transaction Advisory Services team at Ernst & Young LLP in Bristol. Matt is a qualified accountant and has spent over 12 years working with many businesses and charities across the South West. He has been a Trustee and Treasurer of Voscur since June 2017 and is a member of the Resources Committee.

Joanna Holmes

Joanna Holmes worked as a nurse and in the public sector before coming to the voluntary and community sector. She has worked at Barton Hill Settlement for over 20 years, starting as a volunteer and becoming CEO more than 10 years ago. During this time she has contributed in Bristol on many initiatives including as a Board member of Voscur, the City Funds Community Initiatives Sub Group and co creating the Social Justice Project with both Universities and other partners. Nationally she is an enthusiastic supporter of Locality and was its first Chair, until she stepped down in November 2017, and is now on the Keep it Local Steering Group as well as on the Board of the International Federation of Settlements. She has taken part in many Inquiries and collaborative exercises such as into the Values of the Sector and the Independence of the Sector. Her driver remains making sure Barton Hill Settlement does its very best for residents of the inner city and east Bristol, remaining true to its principles and values of being led by the community.

Sian Jones  

Sian became a Trustee on the Voscur Board in January 2019. She is a Registered Nurse with a long career in the NHS, in senior positions in commissioning and provider organisations; these roles span service redesign, clinical service improvement, contracting and strategic planning roles. Sian's areas of interest have been the management of long term conditions and using technology to support patients at home. Sian has contributed to the development of national guidance in a role with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and is a Fellow of The Health Foundation. She is keen to now share her experience from the NHS to support the VCSE sector through her involvement on the Voscur Board.

Di Robinson 

Di joined the Voscur Board in January 2019. She has 30 years' experience in the public, private and voluntary sector, most recently as a Local Authority Director. Di is now an independent consultant. Her focus is on working with a wide range of organisations and projects seeking to deliver change and improved outcomes tackling disadvantage and inequality by creating the conditions for community empowerment, resilience and sustainable models of local community and economic development. 

Sam Thomson 

Sam Thomson is Chief Executive of Ardagh Community Trust and a Director of Horfield Common Community Interest Company. Sam is also VIce-Chair of Bristol Parks Forum and Chair of Friends of Horfield Common. Sam was previously Director of Civic & Cultural Engagement at UWE, Bristol and Associate Head of Department in Art & Design and Arts and Cultural Industries. Sam has extensive experience of organisational development, grant fundraising and entrepreneurship in the environmental, health and arts & culture sectors. Sam is experienced in community engagement, development and advocacy.

Ellie Collier

Ellie Collier is Chief Executive of Arnos Vale.