Our Advisory Board

We are very grateful for our fantastic Advisory Board – here are brief biographies of some of them (more to come!)

Jennifer best, Poco BristolJennifer Best, Poco Bristol, Founder / Director

Jennifer is Director and Co-owner of Poco Bristol, a seasonal tapas restaurant in the centre of Bristol. Poco’s core mission is to be a part of the positive change that works towards a more sustainable future. Responsible sourcing, promoting food sovereignty, waste management and treating staff fairly are a few examples of the areas of focus for Poco. Poco was just named most Sustainable Restaurant in the UK by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Jen’s Story

Kate BruintjesKate Martin Bruintjes, Green Unlimited, Director

Over the last 19 years, Kate has worked with major UK and international companies as a sustainability consultant, as an in-house sustainability reporting specialist and for an international sustainability charity. Kate started her own independent sustainability consultancy, Green Unlimited, to help organisations to develop and implement sustainable business strategies that build long term value and to communicate with stakeholders effectively. Kate’s Story.

Rhian SherringtonRhian Sherrington, Women In Sustainability, Director

Rhian is a Career and Executive Coach (ACC) who 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.  Rhian’s Story.


Heloise Balme, Sustainability Consultant, freelance

After 16 years working in global, corporate roles within the travel industry, Heloise followed her passion for sustainability and undertook an MSc Sustainable Development in Practice at UWE Bristol. As part of this, she interned with Catalyse Change in the organisation’s set up phase, developing the first Catalyst Bootcamp programme. As a proud feminist, she is delighted to continue contributing to the organisation’s growth and development as an Advisory Board member. Heloise’s masters specialised in sustainable food, and since graduating she has worked for The Community Farm.


Gemma Perkins, Careers Hub Lead, West of England Combined Authority

I have worked with schools for the past ten years supporting them to improve opportunities for young people, to engage with employers and develop employability skills. I supports Catalyse Change with insights and up to date policy regarding careers and employability focused activity in schools and am passionate about providing students with the best opportunities to fulfil their potential. Having volunteered with Otesha and worked for Envision, I am dedicated to empowering young people with social and environmental action.


Kristin LombardKristin Lombard, Birmingham University, student

I am really focussed on trying to improve the sustainability of people’s lifestyles on a local level by making positive small changes, which will hopefully lead to a bigger more effective shift to greener lifestyles. I am going to complete a degree in human geography to research, learn and investigate ways to do this. Post completing the original Catalyse Change bootcamp, I was inspired to encourage other young women to empower themselves for sustainable futures and come up with new creative ideas to improve their lifestyles. For this reason I am a member of the advisory board.

Sophie Harvey-RichSophie Harvey-Rich, Bristol Cathedral School, student

[Biography to follow]




Emilie Berling, University of Bath, student

I’ve just graduated from the International School in Luxembourg this year, and will be moving to Bath to be a Politics student! I am part of the ‘first generation’ of Catalyse Change participants and love being part of the Advisory board. I read & cook as much as I can and love learning about entrepreneurship, micro-finance and mindfulness.




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