Our people

At the end of the day, everything comes down to our people.

Meet the team

Our team of dedicated trustees and staff are at the heart of what we do and are passionate about building a place of possibility for all.
Many are residents of Easton and Lawrence Hill and each person brings their own life experiences, culture and knowledge to their work.

Stacy Yelland

Stacy Yelland

CEO

Stacy’s involvement with Eastside Community Trust extends back to 2005 when she joined Community at Heart as Communications Officer. Through various communications roles and then as Director of Up Our Street, Stacy has developed strong relationships in the community and deep understanding of the local area. She believes in the power of community and the central role of public spaces, play and connections between neighbours to make positive change.  

Call: 07922 422156

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Business and Service Development Manager

Tom has played and worked on adventure playgrounds in Bristol, Cardiff and London and has a rich insight into their unique cultural heritage. He joined the team as Felix Road Adventure Playground’s Business Coordinator in 2016. He is passionate about children’s play, family friendly neighbourhoods and community development.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Becky Whitmore

Becky Whitmore

Communications Manager

Becky has worked for Eastside Community Trust since 2020. She is a Barton Hill resident and passionate about her community and connecting people within it. Becky manages our communications, keeping residents up to date with all that’s happening in Easton and Lawrence Hill via Up Our Street magazine, social media, website, noticeboards, ebulletin and BCfm radio presence.

Call: 07903 089002 

Abiir Shirdoon

Abiir Shirdoon

Engagement Worker

Abiir has lived in Easton for 14 years and first became involved with Eastside Community Trust while volunteering in her neighbourhoodShe began working with Up Our Street as a Community Researcher in 2019 and then became a Trainee Engagement Worker in 2020Abiir is passionate about green spaces and is a trained cycle instructor. In her current role, she is involved in a number of activities helping residents to get involved in their community.

Call: 07922 422154

Araceli Cabrera Cáceres

Araceli Cabrera Cáceres

Playworker and Podcast Creative Producer

Araceli first became involved with Eastside Community Trust in 2013 as an Invisible Youth volunteer art and circus skills facilitator at Felix Road. In 2017 she joined our team as a playworker and in 2020 initiated the idea to start a podcast with the children that play at Felix Road. She supports the children create the Freedom Kids Podcast, where they express their thoughts, feelings and dreams.

Eddie Nuttall

Eddie Nuttall

Playground Coordinator

Eddie joined the team in 2014 as the Playground Coordinator at Felix Road. He brings 25 years of experience as a playworker, youth workertrainer and advocate for children’s rights. He is passionate about creating environments for all children where they have a creative stake in what is happening there and the power to shape their own reality. He has a vast knowledge and love for the adventure play movement, but and Felix Road and the neighbouring community hold a special place in his heart.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Emily Fifield

Emily Fifield

Community Project Manager

Emily has been a part of the Eastside team since 2016, when she joined Up Our Street as Business Development Coordinator. She is a resident of Easton and manages our work on the Community Climate Action Project. Her background is in sustainable social enterprise, and she is passionate about finding ways of doing things in our local area that bring people together and build community ownership. 

Call: 07986 949430

Gemma Newby

Gemma Newby

Senior Playworker

Jaiya Singh

Jaiya Singh

Playworker

Jaiya has been part of Eastside Community Trust since 2018 working within a range  of projects. Jaiya helps in the kitchen and as a Playworker and currently runs stay and play sessions at Easton Community Centre and Felix Road Adventure Playground. Jaiya has 12 years experience in early years.

Nirmal Singh

Nirmal Singh

Kitchen Coordinator

Nirmal began serving meals in the Felix Road Kitchen in 2012, and has filled various roles since then as a volunteer and later as a member of staff. Nirmal grew up just down the street from the playground, and her grandkids are now the third generation of her family to play at Felix Road. Whether she’s leading play sessions, or serving up delicious meals from the kitchen, Nirmal applies the same principles of hard work, dedication and care to all that she does. Nirmal is a fluent Hindi and Punjabi speaker.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Ollie Fournier

Ollie Fournier

Adventure Playground Manager

Ollie has been working with the team at Felix Road Adventure Playground since 2018. He is responsible for ensuring the playground has a wide range of stimulating play opportunities, maintaining the equipment and resources, and helping children to feel welcome, safe and included. Ollie has been a playworker since the age of 18 and feels privileged to have settled into such an amazing adventure playground.

Call: 01179541409

Sam Anders

Sam Anders

Senior Administrator

Sam has been a part of the team since 2017, when she joined Felix Road as the Finance Administrator. She now works as Senior Administrator running the day to day administration of Easton Community Centre bookings and enquiries and assists with finance and communications administration. Sam brings over 15 years of experience as a senior administrator and service coordinator in Bristol’s charity sectorShe has an extensive knowledge of non-profits across the city and a passion for community-orientated work.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Kate Bilsborough

Kate Bilsborough

Senior Playworker

Kate has been involved with playwork for over 10 years. She has worked in parks, adventure playground, in schools and at events. She is passionate about open access, outdoor play in the community & is so glad to be in this role at Felix Road.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Marcia Walker

Marcia Walker

Centre Assistant

Marcia has worked for Eastside Community Trust since 2020 as a Centre Assistant at Easton Community Centre, on call for reception to cover events for the diverse community that makes up Easton and Lawrence Hill. Marcia also volunteers as a radio presenter for our community resident radio station BCfm and she enjoys being part of this inclusive team.

0117 954 1409

Cara Peters

Cara Peters

Centre Assistant

With a background in social care within east Central Bristol and having lived in the area for a number of years, Cara has an interest in the local community and the role the community centre plays in providing opportunities for community action and connection.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Jack Freeman

Jack Freeman

Playworker

As a former trustee of Felix Road Adventure Playground, Jack has now joined the play team. Jack has many years experience working with young people and people with disabilities in a forest school environment. Jack is a resident of Easton.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Fraisia Bruist-Papazian

Fraisia Bruist-Papazian

Centre Assistants

Fraisia has been a resident of Easton for 19 years. She has many years of experience working in front of house roles, helping people to access services and giving a warm welcome. She is a passionate advocate for inclusivity and equality. As well as her role and at Eastside Community Trust, she is a director of Brick Project CIC, making collaborative community art, promoting creativity for all.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Gary Regis

Gary Regis

Reception Administrator

Gary has lived in Easton for over 10 years and joined the team as Reception Administrator in April 2022. Gary brings a wealth of experience with dealing with the public and back of house support. He will be helping out Sam, with the bookings, admin, finance and communication with the community centre and Felix Road.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Stephen Findlay

Stephen Findlay

Playworker

Stephen has been a member of the team since 2014, when he began working as a playworker at Felix RoadHe brings a wide range of experience in youth and play work, and his consistency and deep commitment over the years has placed him very much at the heart of the playground community. He channels his love of sport, live music and drums into his play work, often setting up games of table tennis and badminton and helping to start music sessions at the playground.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Tracy Edwards-Brown

Tracy Edwards-Brown

Engagement Coordinator

Tracy joined the team in 2020. She has 19 years of experience working in Community Development as a volunteer and paid worker. She is passionate about people being involved in their local communities and having their voice heard. She is the project lead for our St Monicas funded network Eastside Connect.

Call: 07947 830973 

Kirsty Allan

Kirsty Allan

Centre Assistant

Our Centre Assistants are the friendly face on reception that greets you when you come into Easton Community Centre. They support with room setup and are also on hand to signpost you to advice services and local support agencies. They can help with photocopying, scanning and printing. Current Centre Assistants are: Marcia Walker, Fraisia Buist-Papzian, Kirsty Allan, Cara Peters, Jody Forrester, Yeshii Selassie Rani Kaur and Martha Hill.

Email: contact@upourstreet.org.uk

Anna Cunningham

Anna Cunningham

Playworker

Anna has been working in adventure playgrounds in Bristol since 2018 when she began working alongside photographer. Esther May Campbell on the child-led photography project ‘scrapbook’ based at St Pauls Adventure Playground. Anna is passionate creativity and play outside of school environment and currently works as photographer for Feestyle Bristol, a digital platform for creatives

Call: 0117 954 1409

Yeshawa Selassie

Yeshawa Selassie

Centre Assistant

Yeshii has been part of the team at Easton Community Centre since 2017 and was born and raised in Easton. She enjoys interacting with members of the community and her brother Jahluke is a well-known long standing volunteer at Felix Road Adventure Playground for many years. She enjoys working in the community where she grew up and played as a child herself.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Jody Forrester

Jody Forrester

Centre Assistant

Jody has been working as a Centre Assistant at Easton Community Centre since 2021. She really enjoys working at the centre and meeting lots of wonderful people who are part of the community where she lives

Email: contact@upourstreet.org.uk

Freelancers

Freelancers

We work in partnership with a number of Freelance practitioners to deliver project work and specialist services. The expertise these individuals bring to the organisation are highly valued.

Meet the Trustees

Trustees are champions of Eastside Community Trust and help to guide and develop the organisation. Most of our trustees are local residents with a passion and knowledge of the area and its diverse community

Manu Maunganidze

Manu Maunganidze

Chair

Manu has lived in Easton for over 10 years and joined our Board in September 2020. He has worked as a teacher in Bristol for 10 years and runs a CIC called Nature Youth Connection and Education which aims to provide creative outdoor education and mentoring to young people from low income and ethnic minority backgrounds. He also sits on advisory boards for Bristol Green Capital Partnership, and National Trust South West. “All three organisations feel like they are part of my home, and part of the identity of the area. My daughter plays at Felix Road, I have danced at the community centre, and Up Our Street represents a genuine attempt at community cohesion. It is an honour to be Chair of the trustee board.”

Andy Burkitt

Andy Burkitt

Vice Chair

Andy became a trustee of Eastside Community Trust in 2020, following six years on Felix Road Adventure Playground’s management committee. His involvement with Felix Road stretches back almost five decades to the 1970s, when he helped found the playground. Andy was also the founding chair of ACH (Ashley Community Housing) and continues to serve as the Director of Himlo, their training and employment programme. He is involved in a number of campaigns and community organisations across Bristol and has a wealth of experience in youth and community work, housing policy, local politics, education and the arts.

Jess Slack

Jess Slack

Treasurer

Jess is a resident of Barton Hill and has been a trustee of Eastside Community Trust since 2022. She is a qualified accountant and has a wealth of experience as a finance director in small to medium organisations, especially charities. She particularly enjoys making better use of technology to implement safe and efficient finance processes. She is really excited to be the first Treasurer of the merged Trust.

Alice Ballantine Dykes

Alice Ballantine Dykes

Trustee

Alice joined the Eastside Community Trust board in 2020, following four years as a trustee for Felix Road Adventure Playground. She began volunteering with Felix Road soon after moving to Easton with her family in 2015, excited to share her time with an organisation that needed people to take part and contribute during a time ogrowth and change. Alice has worked in education, coaching, facilitation and professional development and is the founder of a coaching business to support mothers, MAMA Coaching. She also volunteers with Forest School Camps, runs a children’s café and has experience producing music festivals and as a touring musician.

Amanda Watson

Amanda Watson

Trustee

Mandy is a resident of Barton Hill and has been a trustee of Eastside Community Trust since 2020. She first became involved with Felix Road as a local parent in 2013 when the playground was threatened with closure, and served as Chair from 2014 to 2020In this role, Mandy worked tirelessly to turn the playground back into a vibrant, diverse hub of activity for local familieshelping to secure a 30year lease from Bristol City Council, developing the Children’s Kitchen, acting as volunteer centre manager and building partnerships locally, nationally and internationally.  

Margaret Hickman

Margaret Hickman

Trustee

Marg joined our board in 2020 after previously serving as a trustee of Felix Road Adventure Playground. She first became involved with the playground in 2013 when it was threatened with closurefeeling it was a precious resource in an area where so many people didn’t have gardens or other access to free play and green space. Marg has 25 years’ experience working with the NHS, primarily as a community worker, and is trained as a parenting coach. She served as the local councillor of Lawrence Hill ward from 2011 to 2021, and loves the energy, diversity and vitality of the people living in the area.

Noelle Rumball

Noelle Rumball

Trustee

Noelle joined our Board in 2020 having been in the same role for Up Our Street since September 2016. She is an interim manager and consultant in Higher Education, with expertise in both data and information about students, and in giving students information and support. On evenings and weekends, she is active in Bristol’s community and voluntary sector and, over the years, she’s been involved in service delivery, community development, campaigning and much more!

Zoe Sheriff

Zoe Sheriff

Trustee

Over the last 20 years, Zoe has worked within the benefits and employment sector advocating and supporting people with barriers to accessing employment. She specialises in supporting people with disabilities into employment and is passionate about advocating for employee rights and helping people to maximize their potential and fulfil their aspirations. Having recently become a mum to a baby boy and becoming a trustee for our newly merged organisation, she is more committed than ever to working with our community to help to promote equality and opportunities for everyone.