Chair
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.

Steve Sayers
Vice Chair

Steve is Chief Executive of Windmill Hill City Farm, a post he has held since January 2011.  This ‘community anchor organisation’ delivers a range of services including a day-care nursery, busy café, adult social care and rooms to hire from facilities that include play areas, a farm and gardens.  Leading such a wide ranging organisation has given Steve a knowledge and experience of issues that are relevant to many other community organisations in the city and he has been an active voice in city life as a trustee of Voscur.
Previous experience has included management positions at Futurelab (educational research charity) and At-Bristol (now called We The Curious).  He is also a trustee at Locality, the national body supporting community organisations.

Kamaljit Poonia 
Vice Chair

Kamaljit has extensive experience of leading and managing work on Equality and Diversity in a wide range of organisations. She became Vice Chair in December 2017.

 

Matthew Wortley
Treasurer 

Matthew Wortley is an ‎Advisory Associate Director at Grant Thornton UK LLP. 

Joanna Holmes
Trustee

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.

Suzanne Thompson
Trustee

Suzanne Thompson is Chief Executive Officer and founding member of The Restore Trust and a member of the company's board of directors. Suzanne has a demonstrated history of working in public services and over 20 years’ experience of working in Criminal Justice. Skilled in Business Process, Coaching, Government, Entrepreneurship, and Team Building. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Social Work from University of the West of England. She has been named as one of the 'Top 100 Inspirational West Women of the Year 2019' who have made a difference in their communities. She has recently set up a new Charity called 'The Key- Unlock Potential' with the aim of creating paid employment for people leaving prison to assist them in desisting from crime and contributing positively to their local communities.

Sian Jones  
Trustee

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 
Trustee

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 
Trustee

Sam is CEO at Ardagh Community Trust.