What happened this year?
An hour-long online event featuring leaders in business and charity sectors.
Hosted by Jamie Cameron from Burgess Salmon, guest speakers included Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton and Caring in Bristol’s Kat Caldwell who shared the story of Cheers Drive, a food provision project that fed 400 people experiencing homelessness daily during Covid-19.
Jamie Darwen and Precious Onyenekwu Tatah from UWE and Ahlan Muhamed from Babbasa talked about a special partnership offering media opportunities to BAME young people. City Fund‘s John Stienlet gave a call to action for pro bono giving – how business professional’s time and expertise can radically help local charities.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding presented to our virtual gathering Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex who applauded the work of local charities and the amazing connections being made between businesses and grass-roots organisations in the South West during Covid-19.
Ahlan Muhamed- Student at Cardiff University
My name is Ahlan Muhamed, I’m an 18-year-old full time politics and international relations student at Cardiff University. I’m currently doing an outreach internship with Babbasa supporting on their delivery with Babassa TV. I’m also an entrepreneur, setting up a modest clothing line catering for young Muslim women. In the future I would like to go into policy making supporting and representing those who come from socially and economically disadvantaged communities and the struggles that face them.
Jamie Cameron – Senior employment lawyer and Head of Community Engagement at Burges Salmon
Jamie is a senior employment lawyer and Head of Community Engagement at Burges Salmon, leading on several the firm’s community initiatives and partnerships. Jamie is involved in a number of initiatives across Bristol, including Thrive Bristol, the Social Justice Project, the Bristol Legal Sector Community Engagement group and Trustee Group and is a trustee of Feeding Bristol and Chair of Young Bristol.
Jamie Darwen – University of the West of England (UWE)
Jamie leads a range of projects at UWE Bristol supporting our strategic aim to be a truly inclusive and diverse university and improving the experience of our students and staff. These include Equity, our talent programme for BAME students, and UWE Cares, supporting care leavers, estranged students, and carers at the university. He has also developed and supported many partnership projects, bringing together university staff and students with wider communities around Bristol.
John Stienlet – Pro Bono Brokerage Co-ordinator for Bristol City Funds
John has been working with businesses and the voluntary sector over the last 18 years to help strengthen local communities across Bristol and the South West. Most recently he worked for Business in the Community – the ‘Prince’s Responsible Business Network’, co-ordinating the innovative Business Connector programme.
Josh Eggleton – Chef Patron Pony & Trap
Josh Eggleton is Chef Patron of the Pony & Trap and heads the creative vision for the food and ethos of the pub.
He and his sister Holly have taken the 200 year-old pub from strength to strength since their arrival in 2006. Now recognised as one of the most exciting places to eat in the South West, in 2011 Josh led the team to the Pony & Trap being awarded a prestigious Michelin Star which it has held ever since.
Josh has a real passion for learning and knowledge and is always instilling this way of thinking into the team.
Kat Cauldwell – Operations Manager, Caring in Bristol
I’m responsible for the delivery of Caring at Christmas, Cheers Drive, and our Caring Handbooks. My role involves lots of organisation and working closely with a huge variety of people, which is a combination I love. We work in partnership with so many brilliant people across the city, which means we come up with creative solutions to problems, and the work is always evolving to better meet the needs of our beneficiaries.
Cheers Drive was set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure people placed in emergency accommodation had access to nutritious food throughout the lockdown. We’ve now passed 6 months of delivery, providing 140,000 meals to more than 700 individuals using 150+ volunteers. The work will continue to support those most in need throughout the winter.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE
Mrs Peaches Golding was appointed HM Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol on 23rd April 2017. She is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Naval Reserves and President of the affiliation between Bristol and HMS Prince of Wales.
Mrs Golding is the independent chair of the Bristol Water Customer Challenge Panel, non-executive consultant of Moon Consulting Ltd, and a Trustee of the SS Great Britain.
Mrs Golding’s previous board experience spans the health, media and education sectors. She was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to minority ethnic people in the South West and awarded an honorary MBA by the University of the West of England in 2010, a Doctor of the University by the University of the West of England in 2017 and a Doctor of Laws by the University of Bristol in 2018.
She was England’s first black High Sheriff, serving the County and City of Bristol.
Precious Onyenekwu Tatah is the current UWE Equity projects coordinator. She has a Masters in Cybersecurity as well as an undergraduate degree in Accounting and finance. Alongside other commitments, Precious speaks up on issues that affects the community and as a former President and the first Black Female President of The Students Union at UWE, she represented over 30,000 students across various campuses and earlier this year launched the Black Hall of Fame at UWE Bristol which focuses on celebrating the successes of Black students, staff and alumni at UWE Bristol.