Trustees week we appoint two new trustees

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During national Trustees Week 2016 we announce the appointments of two new trustees.

Our Chair, Robert Bourns, says he is delighted with the appointment.

“We’re very pleased to announce during national Trustees Week that Helen Wilde and Ben Silvey have agreed to become trustees with Quartet Community Foundation”, said Robert Bourns, our Chair. “We welcome their combined skills, passion and expertise, and are sure that their fresh perspectives will prove an asset to the ongoing work of the foundation.”

"We welcome their combined skills, passion and expertise, and are sure that their fresh perspectives will prove an asset to the ongoing work of the foundation."

-Robert Bourns Chair
Ben Silvey, Quartet Community Foundation trustee
Ben Silvey, Quartet Community Foundation trustee

Ben Silvey, a qualified youth worker, has been Director at local YMCA Bristol and The Kitchen since 2012. His leadership there has helped it to innovate and thrive after a period of long decline. He set a vision for developing services that were financially sustainable, which included new venture The Kitchen, a cafe based at The Station in Bristol city centre that acts as a social hub offering training, volunteering and work experience to young people who have experienced difficulties in life. The refurbishment of the old Bridewell Police HQ has created a new YMCA hostel for Bristol, helping to tackle the problem of homelessness amongst local young people.

Ben hopes his long experience of supporting vulnerable young people in the area will bring fresh insights to the strategic work of Quartet.

“Trustees play a vital role in helping charities do what they need to do to help local people”, said Ben. “In a time where people are facing serious and increasing financial and social challenges, charities like Quartet are even more important – getting money to where it’s needed, quickly and expertly.”

"In a time where people are facing serious and increasing financial and social challenges, charities like Quartet are even more important."

-Ben Silvey New trustee
Helen Wilde, Quartet Community Foundation trustee
Helen Wilde, Quartet Community Foundation trustee

Helen Wilde is the current High Sheriff for Bristol and, after a career in marketing and raising a family, she now spends much of her time working in the charity sector. Helen founded and continues to chair ‘The Funding Network Bristol’ and has raised over £250,000 and benefited more than 60 local charities during its 11 year history. She recently served six years as Regional Manager with Children’s Hospice South West, and has since ‘retired’, allowing more time to devote to charity, both as a donor and an active supporter of several local charities, including Quartet itself, One25 (a charity assisting street sex workers to create more normal lives), Room 13 (a thriving arts project based at Hareclive Primary School in South Bristol) and HomeStart Bristol.

“There are so many disadvantaged people here in the West of England”, said Helen Wilde, “so it’s a privilege to be able to be a trustee at a charity that helps people to fulfil their potential.”

"It’s a privilege to be able to be a trustee at a charity that helps people to fulfil their potential."

-Helen Wilde New trustee

Our two new appointments will be officially confirmed at our next trustees’ meeting on 12 December.

To find out more about our organisation and the people who make our work possible, read our About us section.