Meet The Marmalade Team
Amy Perrin – Founder
Amy is an occupational therapist who has worked for the NHS for over 10 years. She started volunteering at the age of 16, and is passionate about the difference volunteers can make to people’s lives. Amy loves being in the countryside and has a variety of hobbies including music, and chasing her house rabbit away from electric wires!
Natalie Wheeler – Project Manager (Maternity)
Natalie joins us after 12 years of working for Motivation Charitable Trust where she was responsible for building partnerships and managing projects to improve wheelchair provision in developing countries. Natalie first volunteered for us as a lead volunteer for Christmas 2016. Having enjoyed it so much – and strongly believing that everyone should have someone and something meaningful in their life – she took on the task of coordinating our Christmas 2017 event. Natalie is currently managing our Buddy Scheme, is overseeing Christmas 2018 and providing general Marmalade operational support. Outside of work she is busy having fun with her curious two year old, loves to get crafty and helps to organise events to bring her local community together.
Louise Lynas – Project Co-ordinator (Marmalade’s LAW 2019)
Louise is Welsh girl who came to Bristol as a student many years ago. She has come to love all this great city has to offer.
She has worked on countless community engagement projects her time. Louise loves working with people and getting them involved in exciting and worthwhile projects just like LAW 2019.
Work based volunteers
Meet our team of skilled professionals who are very kindly volunteering their time to support our work.
Jo Carnegie – Content
Jo is a journalist, advice columnist and author. She first started volunteering four years ago for the Tree of Life For Animals charity in India, and felt inspired to join the Marmalade Team to help raise awareness of loneliness through the power of storytelling. Jo’s pillars in life are: “Connections, canines, kindness and creativity.”
Dave Hutchinson – Website wizardry
Dave, working his magic on our website. Dave is a Digital Marketing Manager for a health insurance company in north Bristol. Dave likes websites, playing football and generally being outside. He wanted to join Marmalade to help make a difference in people’s lives.
Katy Henson – Going social (Facebook and Instagram)
Katy has been a bit of a nomad until she settled in Bristol. In another life she worked overseas in marketing in the corporate world. She is now a freelance social media manager who loves using this medium for a purpose, for worthwhile causes: to inspire, to educate and to connect people. In a perfect world you might find her doing pilates, yoga, running or swimming. She’ll happily talk espressos and single origin coffee to you for hours if you’d let her.
Caragh Jones – Going social (Twitter)
Caragh, word lover, partnership builder and Marmalade Trust Tweeter. Caragh is a creative communications consultant. Bristol born and bred, she loves the city’s cafe culture, art and music scenes. Keen to sprinkle some kindness across social media, Caragh joined Marmalade Trust as a volunteer after being inspired by the impact the charity has on individuals’ lives.
Laura Vincent – Design
Laura, graphic designer, lover of all things creative and a keenness to help us spread the word about loneliness.
Richard Frost – Chairman
Richard spent 27 years as CEO and Co-founder of Motivation – a highly successful international charity providing wheelchairs to people with disabilities in low income countries. Since January 2017 he has been working as a Technical Advisor supporting the scale-up in the provision of assistive devices around the world. Richard also works as an independent Consultant supporting the development and growth of charities and social enterprises in the UK.
Kelvin Jones – Trustee
Kelvin has been a senior executive for 40 years at the BBC up to board level. He brings extensive knowledge of fund raising, commercial deal making, contract management and project management having run and delivered a number of complex IT projects in excess of £50m. Additionally he has considerable operation experience with accountability and Profit and Loss responsibility for a range of business units within the BBC up to £150m p.a. Kelvin is currently the Business Director of a technology start-up funded by ITV and Channel 4, and is also the Business Development Director for Silverback Films in Bristol.
Stephen Edmonds – Treasurer
Stephen is a qualified accountant and has worked in a number of public sector finance roles since 2003. He was a volunteer driver for Marmalade Trust on Christmas Day 2015, and joined as the treasurer in 2016. Away from work, Stephen enjoys cricket and real ale, although not usually at the same time!
Jon Minall – Trustee
Jon is a director of Bristol based social care charity Brandon Trust, and has spent his career working in social care, having gained experience in all levels of voluntary organisations and local authorities.
Jon is passionate about connecting people with others in their local communities, which is why he is delighted to be a Trustee of Marmalade Trust.
Our Patron Helen Pearson
We are thrilled to announce British actress Helen Pearson as Marmalade Trust’s first patron. Helen is lead actress of the short film ‘Lorna’ directed by Lee Skelly, made in association with us. Loneliness is a cause close to Helen’s heart. Watch a short clip about Helen announcing her new role below.