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.

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.

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.

Brandy Ancel-Samms

Brandy Ancel-Samms

Playworker

Brandy is a Playworker at Felix Road Adventure Playground

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

Martha

Martha

Centre Assistant

Martha is a Centre Assistant at Easton Community Centre

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.

Vic Wakefield-Jarrett

Vic Wakefield-Jarrett

Community Project Manager

Vic joined Eastside as maternity cover, working on our Community Climate Action project. Vic is experienced in the field of climate change, fuel poverty and the environment. She enjoys bringing people together for a common purpose and is passionate about empowering communities to know more and get involved in local climate and renewable energy projects. Vic lives in Easton and is a proud member of the Easton Cowgirls.

Call: 07539 309343

Gemma Newby

Gemma Newby

Senior Playworker

Gemma has been working as a playworker at Felix Road Adventure playground since 2019 and in 2022 became Senior Playworker. Gemma was instrumental in setting up Felix Girl’s and works at both Felix Girls and sessions.

 

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.

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.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Deputy CEO

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

Kirsty Allan

Kirsty Allan

Senior 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, Kirsty Allan, Cara Peters, Jody Forrester, Yeshii Selassie, Rani Kaur and Martha Hill.

Sam Anders

Sam Anders

Centre Manager

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

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.

Rosie Felvus

Rosie Felvus

Centre Coordinator

Rosie joined Eastside Community Trust in 2024 as Centre Coordinator at Easton Community Centre. Rosie grew up in Easton and loves the area she has called her whole life. Previous to working with us she worked for Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust at The Hub for four years in a similar role, so has a wealth of experience that she brings to her role here.

Rani Kaur

Rani Kaur

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.

Katya

Katya

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.

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 

Carlo Hornilla

Carlo Hornilla

Playworker

Carlo works as a Playworker

Gary Regis

Gary Regis

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.

Rosie Fieldhouse

Rosie Fieldhouse

Playworker

Rosie is a Playworker at Felix Road Adventure Playground

Aliya Douglas

Aliya Douglas

Playworker

Aliya has been coming to Felix Road since she was a child and has a long standing connection to the playground. Aliya works as a Playworker.

Fraisia Bruist-Papazian

Fraisia Bruist-Papazian

Senior 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.

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 and is so glad to be in this role at Felix Road. Kate leads our team of volunteer gardeners and looks after the green space at Felix with them.

Call: 0117 954 1409

Abiir Shirdoon

Abiir Shirdoon

Community Connector

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 as Community Connector, she is involved in a number of activities helping residents to get involved in their community and reaching out to groups in the area that we don’t know.

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.

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.

Hero Mahamed

Hero Mahamed

Kitchen Assistant

Hero joined our team in 2021, helping Nirmal out in the kitchen on and casual basis. She is now a familiar face at the playground, providing children and families with delicious meals.

Mouna

Mouna

Cleaner

Mouna started working with Eastside at Felix Road where her children play. She started helping out in the kitchen as a volunteer, she loves seeing the children playing, being free and happy. In 2024 Mouna joined the staff team officially as Cleaner at both Felix Road and Easton Community Centre.

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.”

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.

Rosanna Wakefield

Rosanna Wakefield

Vice Chair

Rosanna joined as a trustee in June 2022. Rosanna lives locally and is a big advocate of cycling, community and all things sustainability. Rosanna has worked in the youth sector for over 10 years and currently works for Princes Trust International leading their project delivery around the world.

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.

Azmina Mitha

Azmina Mitha

Trustee

Azmina joined the board in February 2023. Azmina grew up in Easton and lives there today – her family founded Sweetmart and she has been involved in community work for as long as she can remember. Azmina is a Family Support Worker at City Academy and as a mother of two boys, she is passionate about young people having opportunities to thrive. She is interested in issues of inclusion and diversity in our neighbourhood and beyond and is keen to do lots of work in partnership with Eastside Community Trust. Azmina is also an energetic and talented Bollywood dance instructor currently running classes at Easton Community Centre.

Ted Fowler

Ted Fowler

Trustee

Ted joined the board in February 2023. Ted has lived in Easton since the 1980s and has been a community activist all this time, being involved in many well known organisations – including Easton Community Centre and Felix Road Adventure Playround. Ted wants to see the value of what people are doing and achieve resilient and effective impact and value for our communities. Ted is keen to be a part of an ambitious and diverse team: working and learning with new people, supporting the grounded and practical contributions to our neighbourhoods that exemplify the work of the Eastside Community Trust team today.

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!

Muna Mohamed

Muna Mohamed

Trustee

Muna joined our board in February 2023. She is a mum of three children, a community health advocate as well as a community champion and runs parenting workshops. She is a Somali, Arabic and English interpreter and joined the board because she wanted the opportunity to learn new things and get more involved in the management of charities. She is looking forward to bringing her ideas and seeing things from a new perspective.

Jon Fox

Jon Fox

Trustee

Jon is a sociologist at the University of Bristol. Over the years he’s been interested in the experiences of racism, nationalism, and immigration in everyday life. These questions are often debated by politicians and talked about in the media, but Jon is mostly interested in their meanings and relevance for regular people. Recently, he’s worked with Eastside Community Trust and a number of other voluntary sector organisations in Bristol to research the everyday practices of integration. Jon hopes that he can bring some of his knowledge about everyday integration in Bristol to the Eastside Board of Trustees.