Meet The Team

ADAM

TIME AT THE PROJECT:

June 2021 

PREVIOUS JOB:

Helped to build a sustainable house in Wales, and other highly classified roles.

​ROLE AT THE PROJECT: 

Van packing administrator - AKA collections team.

FAVOURITE HOBBY: 

Taiko drumming, DIY shenanigans, wild water frolicking and not taking things too seriously.

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP: 

My picture being on the BWRP website!

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE:

Olive - smells great but we don't get much round here.

Annie

ANNIE

TIME AT THE PROJECT:

July 2021 

PREVIOUS JOB:

Working with local furniture maker and Organising an annual cycle to Athens to fundraise money to support refugees and asylum seekers.

ROLE AT THE PROJECT:

In the workshop making bespoke furniture 

FAVOURTIE HOBBY: 

Rising waves, cycling around the UK, Lino printing

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP:

Being a part of a supportive group of like minded people, working with volunteers everyday and using waste wood to make cool stuff!

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE:

Walnut 

BEN

TIME AT THE PROJECT 

Since the very start, 2003/4

 

PREVIOUS JOB
Sustainable land use projects in Dorset, UK and Malawi; Community Recycling Network in Bristol 

 

ROLE AT THE PROJECT
My title is Co-op secretary, means communications with and organisation of the Co-op. Member of the Board of Directors

 

FAVOURITE HOBBY:
Figuring out how to plant more trees in the Chew Valley, protesting with XR, shnuggling with my daughter

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP:

The quality of engagement from all those who participate in it

 

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE
Elm 

CASS

TIME AT THE PROJECT:  

May 2021 (volunteered for 2 years before)

PREVIOUS JOB: 

Retail, Cafe Supervisor, Community Dietitian, HR, the list could go on!

ROLE AT THE PROJECT:

The shop and working with volunteers doing collections

FAVOURITE HOBBY:

 Cooking and sharing meals, Self developmental work via reading, holistic therapies like sound baths etc, cycling, walking in wooded areas, camping and lots more in between! 

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP:

1. The Vibes 2. It's ours to mould and develop as we collectively see fit, with the inclusivity of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds 

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE:

Maple tree, Sapele wood 

EMMA

TIME AT THE PROJECT

April 2020 (volunteered for 2 years previously)

PREVIOUS JOB:

HR manager for a large telecoms company 

ROLE AT THE PROJECT: 

Mostly workshop but also help out in HR and back office. Member of the Board of Directors 

FAVOURITE HOBBY: 

Upholstery! I'm in the final stages of studying an upholstery diploma. I like taking unloved chairs that are heading for the skip and giving them a new life. 

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP:

Meeting all the staff, volunteers and customers, the friendly and inclusive vibes here, being part of an all female workshop, being given the chance to develop my woodworking skills and being part of a cooperative organisation where everyone has a chance to have their say. 

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE: 

Ash

IAN

TIME AT THE PROJECT 

2016-present 

PREVIOUS JOB:

Many roles including, cycle route surveys, environmental surveys and house building

ROLE AT THE PROJECT:

Volunteer Coordinator. Member of the Board of Directors 

FAVOURITE HOBBY: 

Cycle trips, music and flying kites 

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP:

Achieving shared goals collectively 

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE:

Ash

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JAMES

TIME AT THE PROJECT

2018- present 

PREVIOUS JOB:

 I also work as a business coach and consultant mainly with social enterprises 

ROLE AT THE PROJECT:

Finance (and occasionally strategy)

FAVOURITE HOBBY:

Cycling (for transport, leisure and holidays)

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT THE PROJECT:

Great people, driving vans when I escape the office, and being part of a Bristol institution!

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE:

Leigh Wood(s) / conker

JACOB

TIME AT THE PROJECT:

2018 (previously a volunteer)

PREVIOUS JOB: 

Musician, art gallery curator, hospitality work

ROLE AT THE PROJECT:

Collections, Yard, Shop

FAVOURITE HOBBY: 

Music! Playing trombone, recording bands, building audio-visual installations. Oh and cooking delicious foods.

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP:

The collective aims we work towards, and the support and trust with each other that this affords

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE:

Used to be Yew and Willow, but I have been really enjoying the immensity of Elm over the summer months

JENN

TIME AT THE PROJECT:

2018 (previously a volunteer for 2 years)

PREVIOUS JOB:

Speciality coffee shop manager at Picnic Coffee  

(still works there too!)

ROLE AT THE PROJECT: 

Retail and social media coordinator 

Member of the Board of Directors 

FAVOURITE HOBBY: 

Pyrography (fire writing/wood burning). I'm part of a creatives group called the Belmont Collective

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP: 

Being able to work with such an amazing group of people

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE:

Pitch Pine 

Julian

JULIAN

TIME AT THE PROJECT:  

2019 - Present  

PREVIOUS JOB:

Mentor at a mental health charity, farm work, economic development consultant

ROLE AT THE PROJECT: 

Collections Coordinator 

FAVOURITE HOBBY: 

Trail running, football, yoga, meditation, gardening/farming, cycling

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP: 

Working as part of a team and enabling social inclusion

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE: 

How can you choose one!? Top three: oak, ash, hazel. Subject to change

LIZ

TIME AT THE PROJECT:  

2018 - Present  

PREVIOUS JOB:

Chef

ROLE AT THE PROJECT:

Workshop Team member 

FAVOURITE HOBBY:

Mountain biking

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP:

Everyone gets a voice

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE:

Willow

MATT

TIME AT THE PROJECT

2017 (previously  a volunteer)

PREVIOUS JOB:

Volunteered at the project!

ROLE AT THE PROJECT

Coordinator in the yard, shop and sometimes volunteers

FAVOURITE HOBBY

Drumming, climbing mountains, riding bikes on and off road, and trying to get enough sleep whilst bringing up a toddler. 

ENJOYS MOST ABOUT BWRP:

My colleagues and the values we share, and working alongside our lovely volunteers. 

FAVOURITE WOOD/TREE

Yew