Our Trustees

We currently have 9 trustees, all highly experienced and passionate about speaking up for older people in Bristol!  They are: Judith Brown (chair), Stephanie Batterbury  (treasurer), David Elson, Gloria Morris, Tony Wilson, Gillian Seward, Jenny Smith, Pat Foster and Graham Briscoe (details for Jenny and Graham will be added asap).
If you wish to join them, or volunteer for us in any way, do get in touch.


 Judith Brown Award for Community Services Judith Brown is chair of BOPF, and 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_YP Ian Bickerton

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.

Graham Briscoe is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Information Technology Professional, a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of the British Institute of Facilities Management. He has worked in many management services roles throughout his thirty year corporate career with Royal Sun Alliance encompassing – project and change management, information technology, quality and customer service management, transformational change and office and work relocations associated with mergers and acquisitions. Since 2005 following his early retirement he has built up a portfolio of “Community Investment” involvement, including Further Education College Governance, a visiting Fellowship and Lectureships at a number of Universities, Housing Association Non – Executive Directorships, Charity Trustee appointments, and Professional Institute Governance – he is a Board Non-Executive Director of the British Institute of Facilities management and he Chairs the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee. He was appointed last year as an elected member of the Governors’ Council at Bristol University Hospital representing North Somerset.
 DavidElson_89x105 Dave Elson 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.
Jenny Smith 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.
 Gloria Morris_92x105 Gloria Morris 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.
 Tony Wilson_100x94 Tony Wilson, a Trustee since early 2015, 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.
 GillianSeward_90x105 Gillian Seward 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.