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.

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. 

Phil Barry
Treasurer

Phil is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in finance and accounting. This includes almost 10 years in Bristol as a partner in Hollingdale Pooley specialising in the charitable sector. More recently Phil acquired new experiences in London working on a variety of outcomes based social investment contracts, both as Finance Director and as an external financial contractor for Bridges Fund Management, one of the world leaders in the field. 

 

Sally Fox
Trustee

Sally is an experienced leader with a proven history of effective people and change management. With over 19 years in the public sector she has successfully managed multi-agency partnerships and cultivated positive working relationships across a spectrum of business sectors. Sally has a collaborative work ethic, valuing individuals and utilising the skills and expertise of the collective to effectively achieve goals and improve services for all. 

 

Sam Thomson 
Trustee

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
Trustee

Ellie Collier is Chief Executive of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Working with a range of heritage and cultural charities Ellie has developed wide ranging skills in community development, fundraising, strategy and governance.  She is a Personal and Executive Coach and a Clore Fellow.  Ellie is also a Trustee of the Cornwall Museums Partnership and believes passionately in the value and importance of the VCSE sector.

Chris Egitto
Trustee

Chris is the Executive Director for Strategy, Innovation and Enterprise for the United Bible Societies, a global NGO with operations in over 150 countries.  Before this role, he worked as a strategy consultant working mainly with well-known high street retailers.  He has 10 years of trusteeship experience (recently with Send a Cow, a development charity that operates across Africa but was founded here in the West Country) and has a good breadth of understanding of the charity and social enterprise sectors.

Vita Terry
Trustee

Vita has over ten years' experience in the voluntary sector in various capacities such as: a trustee of a medium-sized charity in Bristol, the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, and as an employee and researcher.  From completing a PhD on organisational behaviour in refugee voluntary sector organisations, she has expertise on diversity and integration, the community and voluntary sector, cross-sector service provision, and leadership.  As Principal Researcher at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), she brings knowledge on partnership working and collaboration (across sectors and fields); charitable trust foundations and responsible grant making; facilitating challenging and difficult conversations; and adopting a systems approach to problem-solving and strategic thinking.

Thanh Quan-Nicholls
Trustee

Thanh is an experienced trustee, serving with Sydenham Road Under-Fives and Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Partnership.  She co-founded the Collaborative Places UK (closed) and Women's Tech Hub Bristol which supports women into technology jobs and training (still operating).  She has worked in economic development, regeneration, community development, programme and project management, grant funding, and research and evaluation.  She has a strong interest in collaboration and co-working, community engagement, feminist issues, technology and social enterprise.  Her current role is the lead for UWE's Digital Innovation Fund.

 

Albert Gardiner
Trustee

Albert is a committed community activist, leader and Social, Emotional, Mental Health practitioner. He brings experience in education and community engagement. As part of his professional role, Albert relocated to Bristol and joins the Voscur Board of trustees with a wealth of knowledge in governance having chaired the Gloucester Law Centre, acted as Secretary for the Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action, Trustee and Company Secretary for Gloucestershire Race Equality Council, and currently serves as Chair of Governors at a local primary school, and as an Academy Governor, and Trustee at GL Communities. 

 

Ed Norton
Trustee

Ed is the Chief Executive of the Bristol charity, Lifecycle UK and has a strong business development and financial planning skillset and extensive experience of successful fundraising. Ed sits on the board of the Nationwide Foundation's Southwest Community Board, is an alumni of Common Purpose and is a fellow of Clore Social Leadership. Ed passionately believes that the sector is stronger when working together.