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.
Sally lives with her husband and teenage daughters and enjoys walking her dog and shopping with her girls.
Catherine is Ablaze’s Primary Partnership Manager, leading on primary schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Catherine brokers relationships between businesses & schools to support local children with reading & numeracy and the provision of role models.
Catherine’s background is in the corporate sector, most recently in a top UK law firm, managing their community engagement programme which involved forging several partnerships between the firm and third sector organisations (including Ablaze!). Passionate about social mobility, Catherine set up a bespoke work experience programme for Yr 10 -Yr 12 students with the guiding principle “Talent is Everywhere, Opportunity isn’t”. Catherine has previously worked for another small education charity and therefore knows both sectors well.
Catherine lives with her husband and two teenage children and loves reading cookbooks & testing out new recipes, as well as walking, cycling and singing.
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.
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.
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.