Meet the Trustees

David Francis


David Francis,  is a social care specialist, with extensive experience of working with young people, drug and alcohol rehabilitation. He is also a lead organiser of music and arts activities

Sandy Riley


Sandy Riley, a retired Senior Nurse/Care Inspector has lived in Nailsea for more than 40 years and her grandchildren attend the local schools. Sandy is our key Trustee for the Leg Club at the barn.

Barbara Calvert


Barbara Calvert is a retired headteacher and has lived in Nailsea for more than 40 years. She is closely involved in making links with local schools and delivering a programme that brings children and young people into the Barn.  Her vision is to see the Tithe Barn as a hub of activity!

Chris Pelmear


Chris Pelmear is a retired Facilities Management Consultant, recently returned to the area after forty years living in Bristol.   He is keen that all members of the community experience the special magic that this beautiful building gives to any event under its roof.  

Mark Thomas


Mark is a Primary school teacher and heads up the Alive at the Tithe team for the Trust.

John Laver


John  is the Treasurer for the Trust.    

John works in the public sector in Nailsea. He has family connections going back over 100 years with the Tithe Barn and so is keen to support the ventures bringing the building back into regular community use. He is also associated with Nailsea Folk Club.

Jo Edwards


Jo Edwards is a History teacher and lecturer and is currently researching Hannah More.  Jo’s passion is encouraging young people to  learn about history and heritage. Jo is the current Chair of Trustees.