Judith Brown, Chair
Judith Brown also deputy chair of Bristol Ageing Better, the city wide partnership which succeeded in winning the Big Lottery bid of £5.9m for projects to relieve loneliness and isolation in older people. She is also involved in the Celebrating Age Festival, is a current management member of South West Network of Senior’s Fora (covering 50,000 older people in the South West); and a long time member of Bristol City Council’s Older People’s Partnership Board and Adult Care Scrutiny.
She began her working life as a State Registered Nurse and later was a Lecturer in Health and Social Care and a Senior Training Officer in Social Services. She was a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal for 17 years, and took a years sabbatical to support appellants as a Tribunal Officer in the Avon Welfare Rights Take-Up Campaign (which she subsequently led). Aged 77, Judith is a Mother and Grandmother and has been married for 54 years. Having nursed her mother-in-law at home until her death by inoperable brain tumour, Judith has particular concern for the needs of carers.
Ian Bickerton, Deputy Chair
I retired about three years ago, having spent much of my career as a senior manager working in a number of local authorities in England and Wales, including Swindon and Swansea. My working life was spent mainly in Education, Children’s Services, and, finally, in Leisure and Libraries.
I found the prospect of not working quite daunting at first. I decided that I would focus on volunteering to try and occupy my time constructively. I joined the Kick Start Panel for Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) where we consider grant applications for BAB Lottery funding. This I have found extremely rewarding, particularly when I have visited some of the groups to see what a difference a relatively small amount of money can make. I subsequently also became a BAB Community Researcher evaluating how the Lottery money is being used out in the community.
I have various other volunteering roles, including for the Royal Voluntary Service and as a walk leader for LinkAge/St Monica Trust. One of the great pleasures in my life is participating in some of the many walking groups that now operate in Bristol – not only is it great to be active, but it is also very sociable and a really good way to make friends. What other time I have, I spend with my family, including two lovely grandkids!
I am both delighted and honoured to become a Trustee for the Bristol Older People’s Forum, and I will do my very best to make a positive contribution to the very valuable work that the Forum carry out.
Christina Stokes, Treasurer
Christina has been married for 39 years and has one daughter. She has qualifications in Accounting, Law and teaching.
Christina began her working life training as an accountant. She then moved into teaching and from there into Youth work. The majority of her career was in the youth service where she became Head of the Youth service for South Gloucestershire council.
After going in to semi-retirement, Christina Worked as a consultant and a senior ecturer on a Youth work degree as well as running a voluntary sector organisation for 4.5 years. Christina retired fully in 2014 but still does some part-time work as an adoption mentor and is involved in public and patient involvement in Bristol University Primary Care Research Centre.
She has always been active in campaigning and politics and was a City councillor some years ago. She has also been active in voluntary sector governance sitting on the board of many voluntary sector organisation over many years including Survive (domestic violence), Groundwork trust, Bristol University Council, Bristol Womens’ Voice, ACTA and Kingswood Young Homeless project, often in the role of treasurer. She is currently also treasurer for Bristol Refugee Rights.
David Elson, Trustee
David worked mainly in support worker and advice roles before retiring and is a long-standing member of BOPF, its management committee and now as a trustee. He sits on the Council’s Adult Safeguarding Board, is a member of the Alzheimer’s Society Research panel and also its group that reviews grant applications. He also attends Healthwatch meetings and his local Neighbourhood Partnership.
Gloria Morris, Trustee
Gloria is a highly experienced and connected campaigner and influencer in Bristol. In addition to her longstanding involvement with BOPF she sits on the BAB board, CAF board, Golden Agers, BME Mental Health Partnership, OPPB, and her local NP.
Gillian Seward, Trustee
Gillian first trained as a nurse, and then worked in various business situations – banking, advertising and marketing, management, and architecture. During this time, she was also studying and was finally steered towards teaching. Having gained several Royal Society teaching certificates & PGCE she worked in both secondary schools and further education; teaching pupils and students of all ages and abilities in business studies plus sociology and psychology relating to teaching. After retiring, she has occupied herself volunteering – most of the time in health, starting with the National Osteoporosis Society and onto Bristol North PCT, when it was first formed, where she was the Older People’s Champion. She also served with the Patient and Public Information Forum (PPIF) and Local Information Network (LINK). She was then asked to join the Management Committee of the BOPF, of which she have been a member for some 14 years, and now as a trustee she concentrates her influencing and knowledge-gathering work on health and social care of the older generation.
Jenny Smith, Trustee
Jenny has lived in Bristol since 1971, is married to a Bristolian, with very close family. She has worked with Bristol voluntary services, including BCVS, the Samaritans, Cyrenians Soup Kitchen, St Paul’s Advice Service, Bristol Labour Party and the Society of Friends. Following the St Paul’s Riots Jenny became involved with St Paul’s Advice Centre, and fundraising. Jenny was involved in founding the Hindu Temple in St George. As a qualified social worker, Jenny has worked with Shelter in a wide variety of roles, also with travellers and their support groups, and served as an Avon councillor for many years.
Jenny, as a substantial figure in the political, voluntary and social sectors of Bristol, likes inspiring others, and making a difference as often as possible.
Tony Wilson, Trustee
Tony, was born a few years before WW2. He is proud of his large Bristol family, and likes talking, walking, cycling, and what’s currently known as wild swimming (less frequently now). With one degree more than needed, he has worked on Bristol aero engines, satellites, early version of touch screens, and trains and trams. Quite artistic too. Currently, as well as volunteering with BOPF, he mentors a youngster with 1625 Independent People, and gleans stories of immigration from BME elders. He would love to see Bristol with an efficient, easy to use for all, low pollution transport system.