Sally Melvin

Sally Melvin is the CEO of Ablaze and has been with us since October 2015.

Sally has extensive senior management experience at both national and local levels across charity, public and commercial sectors, specialising in partnerships between businesses and education.

Sally held a senior role at the National Literacy Trust, worked in the Westminster Education Business Partnership and spent 8 years as a teacher.

Since joining Ablaze, Sally has brokered a number of successful partnerships for Ablaze, including the West of England Mentoring programme run in association with Mentoring Plus.

Sally lives with her husband and teenage daughters and enjoys walking her dog and shopping with her girls.

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Sally Ridley

Sally Ridley is Ablaze’s Primary Partnership Manager, leading on primary schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Sally brokers relationships between businesses & schools to support local children with reading & numeracy and the provision of role models.

Sally’s experience is in broadcast television production where she was a Production Manager and Coordinator, managing all the logistics and finances for numerous programmes. Her particular specialisms were in natural history and antiques programmes, including BBC ‘s ‘Natural World’ and the ‘Antiques Roadshow’.

Sally is originally from Edinburgh and has been established in Bristol since 2003. She apparently hasn’t lost her Scottish lilt, however!

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Vicki Gibbs

Vicki joined Ablaze in January 2017 to help with Administration and Finance, she also runs the Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Vicki has worked for a number of large companies, including KPMG in Leeds, Aviva in York and GE Commercial Finance in Sydney Australia. Vicki also spent a year teaching English in Prague and has lived in Bristol since 2008. Vicki came to Ablaze with experience working with charities having been a volunteer treasurer for a local branch of a charity, as well as helping to establish a local charity in 2013 of which she is still the Treasurer and a Trustee.

Vicki lives with her husband and two young sons and enjoys knitting and crochet.

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