About the company
BGCP Community Interest Company (CIC) was established in 2014 to provide sustainability leadership and to enable the aims of the Partnership by:
- Supporting and amplifying innovation and the efforts of our members, sharing best practice and skills, increasing capacity and capability;
- Enabling collaboration and collective action across sectors in order to achieve impact towards our shared vision;
- Providing a leadership voice for sustainability and promoting ambitious change at every level in the city;
- Broadening the reach of environmental initiatives, engaging inclusively across and within communities, and growing understanding of sustainability issues throughout the city.
We recognise that solutions to city problems require collaborative action across functional disciplines, organisational silos and skill-sets. We seek to work collaboratively with organisations currently delivering sustainability initiatives and services at all levels affecting the city.
Structure and Governance
Bristol Green Capital Partnership (BGCP) is a community interest company (CIC). This is an increasingly common organisational model that enables social enterprises to work for community benefits. This structure allows profits to be made if these are channelled back into the business or used for good purposes. BGCP CIC is not a charity and does not have charitable status.
Day-to-day activities are led by a small executive team: the chief executive officer, the operations manager and the development manager. BGCP CIC is enabled financially by the support of nine key city organisations: Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol City Council, Business West, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Resource Futures, Sustrans, Triodos Bank, University of Bristol and University of the West of England, Bristol.
BGCP CIC is also generously supported by Smith & Williamson, who provide an ongoing accountancy and tax advisory service on a pro-bono basis.
The CIC is governed by a Board of Directors made up of funding partners, independent members and two representatives elected by the Partnership‘s wider membership of organisations who have pledged support for the shared vision of a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all. Details of our current directors are provided below. BGCP programme of events, forums and projects is delivered collaboratively with partners – creating opportunities for more cross-sector working and collaboration.
BGCP CIC’s articles of association, community interest statements, accounts and further details of our directors can be found through our Companies House website records.
Board of Directors
Mohammed Saddiq (Independent Chair)
Mohammed is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has held a number of senior engineering and management positions in the Water and Waste Industry over the past 20 years. He is currently the Managing Director of the waste recycling and renewable energy company Wessex Water Enterprises – GENeco and Managing Director of Swiss Combi Technology (Switzerland). In recognition for his work on sustainability Mohammed was awarded the 2012 IoD South West Director of the Year Award. He is member of the Advisory Board for the West of England Initiative and a member of the Initiative in Bath & North East Somerset. Mohammed is also a Trustee at Penny Brohn Cancer Care and Grantscape which is one of the UK’s leading grant-makers and community benefit fund managers. He is a Council member at Bristol University and former Chief Executive of Future Bath Plus.
Ian Barrett – CEO, Avon Wildlife Trust (Strategic Partner)
Ian takes up the post as CEO of Avon Wildlife Trust from 11th April 2016. Ian’s former post was England South Director for Sustrans, where he led the work to develop the Partnership’s Good Transport Plan for Bristol and Sustrans’ innovative Green Capital programme of community led street design projects. He has a background in environmental policy in the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he worked on a wide range of issues including ecosystems, urban greening, flooding, forestry, landscape and outdoor recreation. He has a strong track record in building successful partnership projects to deliver positive change on the ground, including developing the UK Green Infrastructure Partnership and The Big Tree Plant, which has now planted over a million trees in communities across England. Ian is passionate about creating better, healthier, more sustainable places for people and wildlife.
Joy Carey (Co-opted Director)
Joy Carey is a local food systems consultant, a Director of Bristol Food Network and F3, and a former Soil Association team leader for local food projects piloting the ‘Food for Life’ programme. She is the author of ‘Who Feeds Bristol?: Towards a resilient food plan’ – a city region food system assessment report that has informed the Bristol Good Food Plan and that was commissioned by NHS Bristol with support from Bristol City Council and Bristol Green Capital Partnership.
James Cleeton, England Director for South, Sustrans (Strategic Partner)
James is the England Director South at Sustrans. From transforming food culture in schools and communities via the Lottery funded ‘Food for Life Partnership’ to supporting European cities as they adopt personalised travel planning (PTP) via the EU funded ‘PTP Cycle’ project; James has over 15 years’ experience of working within the environmental sector leading teams working across the UK and Europe to provide communities with the skills and confidence to make more sustainable and healthy choices. James has been at Sustrans since 2012. During the first three years he lead a core team providing technical support and best practice in community engagement, street design, travel behaviour change and volunteer activities across the UK. More recently he has lead teams through periods of change as Sustrans adapts to the changing political and funding environment. In his current role James leads a team of highly motivated and skilled individuals working across the South of England to make walking, cycling and public transport the first choice for everyday journeys. James takes great pride in creating vibrant and motivated teams by ensuring all are empowered to achieve not only their work objectives but also their own personal needs for growth.
Savita Custead (Elected Director)
Savita has been Chief Executive of Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) since 2006. Savita helped BNHC gain charitable status in 2008, and as Chief Executive continues to grow the impact and reach of the projects locally, nationally and across Europe. Savita has represented BNHC for a number of initiatives, including co-founding the UK Science Festivals’ Network, and chairing Defra’s People Engagement Group to advise government on implementing Biodiversity 2020. Savita travelled to Brussels to take part in Bristol’s presentation to win European Green Capital in 2013, and in 2014 and 2015 was seconded part time as the Director of Education and Engagement for Bristol 2015.
Huw Davies – Head of Retail Banking at Triodos Bank (Strategic Partner)
As a Geography graduate, I have always appreciated the interconnection of people and place. The tension, and also huge opportunity, in this relationship feels to me now stronger than ever. Bristol is a great example of how that dynamic can move in the right direction, with vision and teamwork. I work as Head of Retail Banking at Triodos Bank in Bristol, and I strongly believe in the potential power of money, and the financial system, to bring positive change and address our collective challenges. In 2016 I look forward to helping Bristol build on its year as European Green Capital.
Darren Hall (Elected Director)
After graduating from Swansea University in 1990, Darren joined the Royal Air Force as an Engineering Officer. After a short spell in the private sector where he completed an Open University Master’s degree in Business Administration. Darren took a year off to travel the world before returning to public service at the Home office, becoming the Regional Crime & Drugs Manager located in Bristol. In 2010 he moved to Bristol City Council to run the Bristol Green Capital Partnership where he project managed the team that won the European Green Capital Award 2015. Darren is the founding Director of www.thepaleblue.org, a sustainable development & leadership consultancy, from where he undertakes a variety of project management and advisory roles. Darren is a Board Member of the Bristol Community Land Trust and a founding Trustee of the Making Waves Foundation. In his spare time he is a keen surfer, cyclist and photographer and lives in North Somerset.
Professor Jim Longhurst – Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE (Strategic Partner)
Jim is Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol. He chair’s the university’s Sustainability Board and co-authored UWE’s Sustainability Plan 2013 – 2020. He provides cross-university leadership in research, knowledge exchange and programme development in sustainability. He led UWE’s European Green Capital 2015 Strategy and the Green Capital Student Capital project funded by Hefce. He is Vice President and Company Secretary of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and the former chair of the HEA ESD Advisory Group, the GEES Subject Centre Advisory Board, the QAA Benchmarking Panel for environment science and the GWR Sustainability Panel.
David Mellor MA (Cantab) Dip Arch RIBA – Vice President Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative (Strategic Partner)
Having studied architecture at Cambridge, David worked in London before joining Alec French Architects in 1979. He was director responsible for a wide range of buildings, including the award winning restoration and new museum of the ss Great Britain, the Headquarters for Aardman Animations and the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre. He remains consultant to the practice. He is currently Chair of the Bristol Architecture Centre established In 1996 to promote better buildings and places for all. He is a vice-president of the West of England Initiative – part of Business West- of which he has been a long-term member.
Professor Judith Squires, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at University of Bristol (Strategic Partner)
Professor Squires obtained her first degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and then completed an ESRC funded PhD from the University of London in Political Theory. After completing her doctoral studies she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts as an Associate Director of Lectures and Seminars for two years before joining Bristol University in 1990 as Lecturer in Politics. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2000 and became Professor of Political Theory in 2005. She was made Dean of Social Sciences and Law in 2009 and she was also the Director of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre 2010-13. She took up the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education in August 2013. She is a member of the ESRC Training and Skills Committee and Peer Review College and she is also a member of the REF (sub-panel 21). She was made an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009 and is also a fellow of the RSA. She is also a member of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas Advisory Board.
Simon Roberts OBE, CEO Centre for Sustainable Energy (Strategic Partner)
Simon has been helping people, organisations and policy-makers to develop effective responses to the threat of climate change and the misery of cold homes for more than 30 years. He has been Chief Executive of the Bristol-based charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy since 2002, after senior roles for Triodos Bank and Friends of the Earth and two previous spells at the charity. A policy advisor to national government, regulators and academic programmes, Simon led the energy theme for Bristol 2015. He chairs the Board of Triodos Renewables Plc and is also a non-executive director of Bristol Energy Network CIC. He was awarded an OBE in 2011.
Jane Stephenson – Business Development Director at Resource Futures (Strategic Partner)
From April 2016 Jane moves from CEO to Business Development Director at Resource Futures as part of the company’s succession planning. Resource Futures specializes in collection, analysis and interpretation of data in relation to waste reduction, re-use and recycling and the delivery of innovative behavioural change programmes. She chairs BGCP’s resources action group which in 2015 focused on developing Bristol ReUse. She sits on the LEP’s Low Carbon Sector Group and is a Non-executive Director of: Bristol 2015; Bath & West Community Energy; and Wild Service (a consultancy owned by Avon and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts). She is a Quaker and a strong advocate of collaborative cross-sector working.
Smith & Williamson is a leading, independently owned, professional and financial services firm, providing accountancy, investment management and tax services to private and corporate clients. The firm has around 1,700 people and an international capability in over 100 countries. The Bristol office, with around 180 people including partners, is one of 12 offices in the UK, Ireland and Jersey. The team has an excellent understanding of the issues in the clean technology and renewable energy sector and is able to apply this knowledge and experience when offering their services. The team’s expertise covers accounting, audit and assurance, corporate finance, due diligence, tax compliance and efficiency.
Ian Townsend – Chief Executive
Ian joined Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC as its first CEO in June 2016. He has a record of campaigning on sustainable transport issues, previously in London as an elected member of London Cycling’s policy forum, and since returning to his home city as a Bristol Cycling member. Before joining BGCP, Ian ran his own consultancy business working on global poverty and inequality and organisational change. This followed 3½ years as head of the research and analysis team at Development Initiatives, a Bristol-based international development research organisation. At DI, Ian worked on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmental sustainability for development and poverty reduction. He also helped to run the South West International Development Network. Previously, Ian had a 10-year career in government – leading on emerging economies at the Foreign Office – and parliament – researching trade and international economic issues for MPs at the House of Commons Library research service and supporting select committee scrutiny. Ian’s career began in local government with 3 months with South Gloucestershire Council’s planning department.
Vicki Woolley – Operations Manager
Vicki joined the company in July 2014 and manages all operations and communications for Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC. Vicki leads on the development and delivery of collaborative projects including the Better Bristol Crowdfunding campaign, Healthy City Week and the Green and Black Ambassadors initiative in addition to planning events, regular mingles and the Quarterly Partnership Gatherings for members. Prior to her current role, Vicki was the Front of House Manager at Arnolfini and worked alongside programme and production teams to deliver an interdisciplinary programme of visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events. Vicki has also previously worked with organisations including In Between Time, and St Georges Bristol, as well as completing an MA in Performance Research at University of Bristol.
Claire Jacob – Partnership Development Manager
Claire joined Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC in January 2017, and will be working closely with members to support their work and enable them to get more involved in tackling Bristol’s sustainability challenges. She will be the first point of contact for members and will be identifying opportunities for their involvement in the Partnership’s five theme areas, in addition to developing the Partnership’s reach across the city. She has spent over a decade working in Campaigning and Communications, most recently for Amnesty International in both London and Hong Kong. Her responsibilities have included designing and delivering multiple campaigns, managing complex projects across different countries, and helping build and maintain activist networks. In 2016 she took some time off to walk from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail, an experience which strengthened her interest in the environment and how to protect it.
Amy Walsh – Bristol Green Capital Partnership Liaison Officer
Amy Walsh has joined the team as University of Bristol-BGCP Liaison Officer. Amy will be working three days a week to support BGCP members to engage with University of Bristol and its students. Amy leads on Skills Bridge, a joint UoB-UWE project which helps connect local organisations with both Universities to provide volunteering, paid internships and student research projects. Previously, Amy worked at Bristol Students’ Union leading student engagement with sustainability work. Amy is studying a part-time master in Education Policy & International Development.
Allan MacLeod – Sustainable Development Goals Research Associate (Jan – Sep 2018)
Allan will be working with the Cabot Institute and Bristol Green Capital Partnership as a Research Associate for nine months, to develop the Bristol SDG Alliance. He is a recent graduate from the University of Bristol. He spent four years studying Geography with a year abroad in Grenoble, France, before completing a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management in 2017. During his masters he was part of the team that wrote “Bristol and the UN Sustainable Development Goals”. Allan has a passion for poverty alleviation, having volunteered with the Besom over his summers, and with the homeless community in Bristol during his time at university.
James Ward – Sustainability Research and Support Officer (Internship Jan – Mar 2018)
James joins BGCP in January 2018 as a Sustainability Research and Support Officer. His responsibilities include monitoring and evaluating the Better Bristol Campaign and demonstrating its impact. James also works part-time as an Ambassador for the Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), which seeks to improve business conditions in Bristol and strengthen the local economy. In September 2017, James graduated from the University of Bristol with a Master’s Degree in International Development and is now looking to build a career in that field.
Green and Black Ambassadors
For more information on the Green and Black ambassador initiative, visit the project page.