Thank you and farewell

Thank you Trustees

Following the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) in July 2021, we have some news regarding the current Council of Management. It is with sadness that we announce that both Stephen Fenton and Charly Williams will be stepping down from their roles. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them both and acknowledge the impact they have had.

If you would like to share any memories or words of thanks, please email us at [email protected].

A note from Helen Tomlin, Finance and Evaluation Director

Stephen Fenton

Stephen Fenton has been the longest serving member of the acta Council of Management, joining us shortly after we moved into the actacentre in 2002, and resigning at our recent AGM. Stephen is a Bristol businessman, and advised and supported our marketing and communications over two decades. Based at the Paintworks, Stephen was always on hand to give practical advice, from printing a brochure or training staff in graphic design, to making the best business decisions.

Stephen provided invaluable support to Neil and I over many years of growing the organisation, including in the role of Chair. Coming from the business world, Stephen was perhaps one of the more unusual members of the acta board, but he brought an invaluable attention to detail and always inspired ambition for our work with Bristol communities.

Charly Williams

Charly Williams has been a key member of the Council of Management over the last couple of years, joining us to manage the organisation through the transition as Neil Beddow, Founder and Artistic Director, gradually stepped down from the organisation in 2019 -21. Charly was a local Bedminster resident when she was first introduced to acta, coming to Bristol to work in Public Health, pre-pandemic.

I am so very grateful to Charly for all her input over the last couple of years. Her enthusiasm, professionalism and sheer hard work have been invaluable. I can’t quite understand how she has managed it, working through the pandemic in public health and supporting us through our transition too.

A massive thank you to both Stephen and Charly. You will be missed. We wish you all the best in your future work.

Could you be our next trustee?

With Stephen and Charly’s departure, we are now recruiting for new trustees with a broad range of skills and experiences. Please download the job pack here.

If you think you fit the bill and would like to make an impact for a local charity in Bristol, we would love to hear from you.