Catalyse Change

Catalyse Change CIC is a Bristol-based social enterprise supporting young women to develop sustainability skills and knowledge for ‘healthy, happy and green’ communities, careers and planet.  

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Our mission is to ignite the ambitions of young women with the skills and belief to catalyse the change they want to see in the world.
Sustainable and inclusive development is critical for a peaceful and prosperous world; and gender equality is key to achieving sustainability. At Catalyse Change we focus on ways we can inspire and skill teenage girls to be the next generation of change-agents. By providing them with inspiration and knowledge ‘to be the change they wish to see' in the world, we seek to tackle gender equality and sustainability by working with the very people who will realise that change.
What We Do

Catalyst Bootcamp

An inspiring, empowering & skilling programme for teenage girls – aged between 14 and 19 – who want to create a more sustainable future. This three day residential ‘Catalyst Bootcamp’ will provide young women with the inspiration, confidence, skills and mentors they need to make a positive difference. For those who are interested in a career in sustainability but aren’t yet sure how to achieve it.

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Why Women?

Gender inequality remains a key challenge. Britain has one of the worst records on gender equality at work, and men continue to fill the majority of the highest paid and most senior roles. Women also continue to be under-represented in leadership roles, in particular, those that influence policy. Yet, as identified by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, gender equality is key to creating an inclusive and sustainable world.

By 2030…

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment. “Women and girls make up more than half the world’s population — and they are on the frontlines — often more deeply impacted than men and boys by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and global economic crises. Their contributions and leadership are central to finding a solution.”

Who We Are
Catalyse Change CIC has four directors, we are:
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Rhian Sherrington

Career coach

Rhian is a Career and Executive Coach (ACC), holds a Masters in Environmental Management and prior to setting up her own coaching and training business, enjoyed a successful career in behaviour change in the charitable sector and central Government. She is an award winning author, international speaker and founder of ‘Women in Sustainability’, a network and learning community enabling women to flourish in careers that are creating a sustainable world.

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Traci Lewis

Green project manager

Traci has developed and delivered many successful environmental and sustainability change programmes – across the EU & SW England – with diverse range of people from organic farmers, Local Authorities to community groups. She now runs her own change agency Sustain-Live Consulting Ltd working with innovative businesses and social enterprises to achieve ‘One Planet Living.’ She lives in Bristol with her teenage daughter Kira and enjoys good food, festivals and camping in Devon.

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Jenna Holliday

Gender rights

Jenna is an adept gender researcher and practitioner with a keen ability to develop and implement strategic gender specific and gender-responsive programming. She has significant experience working with UN Women and the International Labour Organization, developing policy with a particular focus on women migrant workers’ rights. Her current research focuses on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be used to promote and protect the rights of women.

Julie Ellison

Social Enterprise

Julie is a passionate advocate of social enterprise, starting her first social venture in the 1980s! After completing an MBA she specialised in social enterprise business support and was MD of Social Enterprise Works CIC. Julie is now delivering enterprise education to students in Higher Education and contributing to the development of an ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurship.

Catalyst Bootcamp Mentor

Catalyst Bootcamp Mentor Nicci Peck: My Career in Sustainability

Nicci Peck – who is a mentor at our Catalyst Bootcamp next month, has told us about her career journey and experiences. Job title: CEO SOFA Project Qualifications: BA (hons) 2:1 English Literature & Language; Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional?  I’ve always had a keen personal interest in Recycling & Reuse and several years ago had the great opportunity to become a Trustee of SOFA Project which really increased my knowledge about Reuse…

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Free Bursary places for Sustainability Summer Camp in Bristol

Free Bursary Places for Sustainability Summer Camp in Bristol! Are you a teenage girl looking for some new inspiration, skills and like-minded friends this summer? If so the Catalyst Bootcamp – at Bristol Uni campus on 22nd – 24th August – could be for you. It is an inspiring and empowering educational programme to help teenage girls be skilled for a changing world. To help ensure no-one is excluded who wants to attend; Bristol University, Pukka Teas, Skanska and Triodos…

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Catalyst Bootcamp Speaker

Dave Jarman: My Career in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Dave Jarman, Bristol University – who is helping to facilitate our Catalyst Bootcamp next month – shares his Career journey and learning… Job title: Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship / Freelance Innovation Consultant Qualifications: MA in Myth;  BA (hons) in English & American Literature and Classical; Civilisation Certificate in Training Practice;  Certificate in Life Coaching Why did you choose a career in Entrepreneurship & Innovation?  I became an educator/innovation consultant through a series of happy accidents and constantly cultivating my interests in creativity,…

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Rachel Quinn: My Green Career in Construction

Rachel Quinn, one of the inspiring speakers at our Catalyst Bootcamp tells us about her Green Career pathway in the Construction industry.. with some useful tips… Job title: Senior Environmental Advisor, Skanska Construction Qualifications: IEMA Associate Certificate in Ecological Consultancy BSc (Hons) Psychology Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional? I began working in the construction industry as a site secretary in 2005. I had an interest in environmental and sustainability issues and quickly realised that a construction project could…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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