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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Jenny Perez

Former CEO of a national children’s charity Jenny Perez has worked in the voluntary sector for several years. Jenny is Project Manager of West of England Mentoring of which Ablaze is the lead partner.

Jenny’s role is to organise group mentoring, where local business and organisations provide adult mentors to mentor students from local Secondary schools.

Jenny is very committed to young people and the impact that coaching and mentoring can have and has recently gained an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring from University of West of England.

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Helen Farmer

Helen Farmer is the Future Quest Project Manager.

Helen recruits and trains mentors from a wide variety of businesses and organisations to work with teenagers in schools across Bristol and Bath, whether for the Group Mentoring – 6 sessions in a company – or in-house mentoring support 1-2 sessions. Helen enjoys working with mentors keen to give up their time and share their experience with young people, as well as learning what life, school and work is like for teenagers, and what we can do to better support them.

Helen is a self-confessed Warrior for Justice and Digital Explorer – for social good and making work and the workplace better for women, and better for everyone.

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