We are very grateful for our fantastic Advisory Board – here are brief biographies of some of them (more to come!)
Jennifer 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 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 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.
Nusrat Arshad, People Advisory Service, EY, Manager
Nus supports business transformation whilst championing corporate values, vision and goals. She has extensive business experience at senior level including multi-site responsibility and remote management of teams. She has joined Catalyse Change to help us grow our staff and volunteers and to create and maintain equal opportunities and diversity within our policies and team. She has strong skills and experience in leading, coaching, developing and enabling teams to excel.
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 our 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 Story
Gemma Perkins, WoE Combined Authority, Careers Hub Lead
“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 support 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.”
Sara Telahoun, Anthesis, Senior Sustainability Consultant
“After achieving a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development & 2 years working in sustainability recruitment, I moved on to develop CDP’s annual climate change questionnaire, to collect, analyse and score environmental information from hundreds of cities around the world. I am now a sustainability consultant at Anthesis, where I support local authorities across the UK with responding to their climate emergency declarations, through calculation of their emissions, developing climate action plans and modelling future emissions reduction scenarios. As well as being a Catalyse Change mentor, I am passionate about helping reduce the barriers minority communities face in accessing sustainability careers. I also sit on Bristol City Council’s Environmental Sustainability Board, helping to progress the council’s climate action towards net zero.” Sara’s story
Amelia Twine, Give Wear Love, social entrepreneur
Amelia has had a varied career path in sustainability spanning food to fashion and lots in between. She recently launched an online shop Give Wear Love in order to make stylish, ethical clothes more accessible. “I’m thrilled to have joined the Catalyse Change Advisory Board and to have a unique opportunity to work with a group of women with such strong values and add another voice to their call to action for young women.” Amelia’s story
Young Women’s Advisory Board
Kristin Lombard, Birmingham University, student
I am really focused 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. After completing the Catalyst 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.
Mya-Rose Craig, Bristol, student
Mya-Rose, aka Birdgirl, is one of the UK’s wildlife & environmental heroes. Still in her mid-teens, she’s been birding all her life and vocally supporting conservation projects & those trying to stop climate breakdown. She has used her blog Birdgirl & social media, to talk about the lack of ethnic diversity in the environmental sector, an issue she has spearheaded through a conference Race Equality in Nature and by engaging inner city Visible Minority Ethnic children & teenagers with nature at her camps. She has been nominated as one of Bristol’s most influential young people as well as being on it’s 100 Black Minority Ethnic powerlist.
Sophie 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.