Our Trustees

Our dedicated Board of Trustees have overall responsibility for the management of the charity. They have wide-ranging professional experience in a number of relevant areas including finance, social work, law and the voluntary sector. 

Marsha Miles, Chair

Marsha joined South Somerset Mind in 2005 and during her 8 years there as CEO raised a significant amount of money for the charity.  In 2014, Marsha studied at the Institute of Fundraising and achieved a Diploma in Fundraising Practice. She started Marsha Miles Consultancy in January of that year, with a view to supporting other organisations with fundraising and to support cross sector working. Marsha has strategic level experience, most recently working as a member of the regional delivery team for the South West Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme. In her spare time she loves traveling, walking in the countryside with her dog, spending time with her young daughter, and reading and relaxing.

Brian Maxwell, Company Secretary

Brian is a partner at Porter Dodson, a local firm of solicitors having practiced in the area for 25 years. He originally became a trustee as he was keen to involve himself locally as a volunteer so as to provide some legal expertise to a charitable organisation. His background enables him to assist on general legal matters when they arise as well as being the Company Secretary

Pip Tucker

Pip has been a Public Health Specialist at Somerset County Council for the last four years, with responsibility for assembling and communicating the health and social evidence to help set priorities in health and social care in the county. He previously worked in a similar local authority role in Devon County Council, and as Director of the South West Observatory, again working in evidence to support policy-making. He has also worked as an academic geographer, with research interests in Romania and the Sudan.

Andrew Ridgwell

Andy lives in Yeovil and has a background in fundraising and grantmaking. He currently works as a Programmes Manager for Somerset Community Foundation, which distributes over £500,000 of grants to local groups across Somerset each year. He also works part-time for Future Roots, a social enterprise based in Dorset.

Stephen Woollett

Steve is a Director of Clarity CIC which provides consultancy, advice and support for social purpose organisations across the South West. Steve has worked with and in the voluntary sector throughout his career at national, regional and local levels, including seventeen years as Chief Executive of South West Forum. Drawing on his experience Steve hopes he can help Spark with its strategic planning and demonstrating the impact of its work and its value to the people and communities of Somerset.

Kristy Blackwell

Kristy has worked in the public sector for the last 15 years, with a focus on supporting and developing stronger safer communities.  Most recently Kristy has led on the One Team approach in Sedgemoor bringing together a range of multi-agency partners to tackle deprivation and identify opportunities for early intervention.  In her spare time Kristy has a floristry business and a small holding where she keeps chickens.

Waad Jazairi

Waad is a Resettlement Worker at Somerset Public Health, supporting vulnerable Syrian refugees families as they begin their new lives in Somerset. Through this work she has developed an awareness of the health and social care needs of minority groups in Somerset, and hopes to advise on how these groups can get involved in their communities through volunteering and/or accessing support. Before becoming a resettlement worker, Waad was a Translator and TEFOL teacher, and has home schooled her children for 17 years.