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Meet the BAFTS’ Board, Staff and Applications and Renewals’ Panel

WELCOME TO THE BOARD & STAFF OF BAFTS!

BAFTS’ Board members include both shop and supplier members and offer a diverse range of experience, skills, backgrounds and opinions. Located across the UK, the Board meets in person about 4 times a year, communicating at other times using gmail and Skype. This greatly reduces costs and travelling time, allowing members to work more efficiently. Meetings are busy, challenging and inspiring – it is an exciting place to be and we welcome enquiries from BAFTS members interested in joining the Board to continue our progress and development as a national membership organisation.

Board roles are voluntary and include named posts of Treasurer, Chair, Company Secretary, New Applications Co-ordinator and Renewals Co-ordinator. Honoraria of £500 are offered for the roles of Chair, Treasurer, New Applications Coordinator and Renewals Coordinator, but are taken at the discretion of the Board members dependent on the financial situation of BAFTS. With a recent surge in applications and the Board’s desire to work more intensely with all members during the renewals process, we now have a dedicated Applications and Renewals panel consisting of Joanna Pollard, Alex Stickels, Martin Mikhail, Kate Goodacre (New Applications’ Coordinator) and Dolores Harvey (Renewals’ Coordinator). After the 2017 AGM, we currently have a vacancy for a new Chair or other Board members. If you would like to find out more about what’s involved then please contact one of the existing board members or email membershipsupport@bafts.org.uk  for an informal chat.

KATHRYN SYGROVE our Executive Officer currently works 22 hours a week. She was joined in October 2016 by Pam Bochel, our Administrator, who works closely with the Panel for a flexible 10 hours a week and is responsible for coordinating the entire process of New Application and Renewals.

HAZEL DOBSON      Elected 2013

181276_10151618668972250_697838700_nHazel joined Gateway World Shop in 2006 as manager with overall responsibility for buying, admin, staffing, marketing and education.  Gateway World Shop is based in Durham, North East England. She is a trustee of Gateway Development Trust and advises on projects connected to the shops’ fair trade suppliers, where the trust may be able to help through the provision of small grants. As the shop is in St Nicholas Church, Hazel liaises with their staff and shares an office with the church administrators.  She has visited producers in Peru, Nepal and Vietnam, and as a result of this has given multiple talks in and around Durham on the advantages to producers and artisans of trading fairly.  Justice in all its forms has always been dear to her heart and as she hails from a very large family learned first hand the benefits of fair shares and treating others as you would have them treat you.  In another life Hazel had two main careers, first as a civil servant and then as a private nanny, with various other experiences along the way including in education and retail.  She also spent 30 years as a leader in the Guide Association.  She feels she has finally found her true vocation and, as Gateway was a founder member of BAFTS, felt it was time to show her own commitment and joined the board.

SUSAN RADFORD  Elected 2013

WP_20150223_002Susan is a Director of Namaste, which has been a supplier member of BAFTS since 2002. Namaste is based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, and buys from a wide range of producers across Asia, including several WFTO members but is committed to developing skills within small producer groups through the charities Freedom Matters and The Esther Benjamins Trust. These charities work with youth victims of trafficking in Nepal to give them skills to build independent lives. Sue regularly travels abroad to source new products on behalf of Namaste which has given many opportunities to work closely with small scale producers and a real insight into how fair trade can benefit and improve the lives of small communities. Sue joined the BAFTS board to help and support their future development and to show her commitment to fair trade.

LAURA CAVE                                                                                                                    Elected to Board May 2017

Laura Head Shot- squareLaura Cave founded Just Trade (UK) Limited in July 2006 with the primary aim of providing fairly paid, flexible work and training for women living in some of the poorest shantytowns in Lima, Peru.

Whilst studying jewellery design at The School of Jewellery in Birmingham and later the Royal College of Art in London, she visited Peru on numerous occasions to volunteer with a fair trade jewellery project, it was there that her friendships grew with local women.  She saw incredible potential in the skills that they already had, materials that were available locally and their desire to learn more. She wanted to collaborate with them make desirable products that are valued not only for their fair trade approach but also for the quality of the design and craftsmanship.

Just Trade now works with eight producer groups in PeruEcuadorIndia and Vietnam. Laura visits the artisans on an annual basis to focus on training, product development, capacity building and to ensure the welfare of all. Just Trade has been a supplier member of BAFTS since 2008.

 

CHRISTINE BRITTIJN                                                                                                    Elected Treasurer May 2016

christine mug shotChristine’s interest in social justice stems from some well spent years living and travelling in India and other parts of Asia. A chance meeting in 1998 while volunteering in a ‘Wereldwinkel’ (world shop) in her native Netherlands, led her to become the UK distributor for the products of an Indian social enterprise. Together with her now husband Vince, she set up Greater Goods in 2000. Greater Goods is a small importer, working with three suppliers, two of which are WFTO members, and has been a BAFTS member since 2001.  Christine is keen to place Fair Trade in a larger context and has an interest in ethical consumption, and social and environmental justice. She has an academic background in development economics, and loves Indian food, growing veggies and cooking veggie food.

KATE GOODACRE   Elected May 2015

photo (1)Kate is a founder Director of Fairtrade at St Michael’s – a BAFTS shop member that has been trading successfully in Oxford since 2003. She has been involved in selling fair trade products since university days in the late 1970s. Kate lived and worked in Tanzania from 1983-85, and since then has worked with a number of organisations in East Africa. She has had the privilege of seeing for herself the difference that fair trade makes to producers, visiting many producer groups in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mauritius. Until 2014 Kate was also working part time as a Community Occupational Therapist, and she is particularly interested in empowering people with disabilities to benefit from fair trade. Kate is keen to work on strengthening the integrity of BAFTS’ application and renewals process. As a long term fair trade retailer, she would also like to further encourage the sharing of good practice amongst both retail and supplier members.

 DOLORES HARVEY                                                                                                                           Co-opted May 2016

1015823_321263394674703_372957659_oA trip to India in her 20s made a lasting impression on Dolores and the memory of that and knowing that for so many people, things still have not changed, is what drives her.  Before working in fair trade, she was involved in the Jubilee 2000 & Make Poverty History campaigns. She has helped to run a not-for-profit fair trade shop, The Fairtrading Post, in Melton Mowbray, since 2005. There are approximately 50 volunteers and she does much of the staff training and buying and is very interested in the background of supplier companies and the wonderful work they do.

LAURA CAVE                                                                                                                                                     Elected 2017

Information pending

KATHRYN SYGROVE        Employed from March 2013

1908326_1559935137625622_6594018223333037634_nKathryn has been employed since March 2013 as part-time Marketing and Membership Coordinator for BAFTS which was a newly-created position at that time. March 2016 sees her job title revised to that of Executive Officer, in light of her three years’ experience. With a background of years of involvement in helping Durham achieve Fairtrade City status, and as a part-time employee of Gateway World Shop, her experience incorporated a thorough awareness of Fairtrade and fair trade, BAFTS’ shop member requirements, and a persistent willingness to turn her hand to new things, especially event organisation, writing articles for the local Press, mastering website administration, getting involved in Outside Sales, and producing County Durham Fairtrade Directories for the North Eastern Co-operative. She is also a qualified Languages Teacher, who loves spreading the word about BAFTS and its members. Her desire is to see BAFTS expand and become much wider-known in the UK.

PAM BOCHEL                                                                                                       Administrator from October  2016

unnamed-7For many years Pam has been a director of Highland Wholefoods Workers’ Cooperative, where she regularly organises events to promote fair trade, particularly with regards to Palestine. Her passions, in addition to fair trade, are cooperatives, food (as a vegan with an allotment there is lots of cooking to be done!), social & environmental justice, and the Gaelic language. Tìoraidh!

WELCOME TO THE BAFTS’ APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS’ PANEL

BAFTS’ Applications and Renewals’ Panel members include shop members only. This Panel was set up following a Resolution passed at the BAFTS’ 2015 AGM in order to strengthen our internal monitoring and mentoring processes, and to aid members in setting future targets and completing their applications and renewals forms more accurately and in more detail. Originally the work of one person, this approach provides a more thorough review of all application forms, as a pooling of differing experiences and critical appraisal combines to give greater rigour to our Internal Monitoring System. This is vital in order that we may stand up to scrutiny as a networking organisation which applies strict standards. As a WFTO member, BAFTS is required to follow this course of action.

If you would like to find out more about what’s involved then why not contact one of the existing panel members or email membershipsupport@bafts.org.uk for an informal chat.

JOANNA POLLARD

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Joanna set up Aztec Arts in Oaxaca, Mexico in February 2005. Having travelled in the developing world, she had often been struck by the beauty and variety of crafts available and the need to develop markets for fairly traded crafts in the UK. Aztec Arts has been a member of BAFTS since 2006. Since setting up Aztec Arts, Joanna has visited WFTO producers in India and Thailand. In 2015 Joanna and her partner took over existing BAFTS member Accessory Fair. She has just opened a bricks and mortar fair trade shop All’s Fair in Selby, the first in the town, and is launching Selby’s campaign for Fairtrade status after her involvement in York. Joanna is involved in the York Fair Trade Forum. She joined the BAFTS Board in 2011 because she is passionate about independent retail and feels BAFTS has a vital role to play in supporting and promoting fair trade retailing in the UK. Joanna was elected Chair of BAFTS in May 2013.

KATE GOODACRE

photo (1)Kate is a founder Director of Fairtrade at St Michael’s – a BAFTS shop member that has been trading successfully in Oxford since 2003. She has been involved in selling fair trade products since university days in the late 1970s. Kate lived and worked in Tanzania from 1983-85, and since then has worked with a number of organisations in East Africa. She has had the privilege of seeing for herself the difference that fair trade makes to producers, visiting many producer groups in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mauritius. Until 2014 Kate was also working part time as a Community Occupational Therapist, and she is particularly interested in empowering people with disabilities to benefit from fair trade. Kate is keen to work on strengthening the integrity of BAFTS’ application and renewals process. As a long term fair trade retailer, she would also like to further encourage the sharing of good practice amongst both retail and supplier members.

MARTIN MIKHAIL

martinMartin is Centre Coordinator of Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), one of the UK’s principal Development Education Centres, working with schools and community groups to raise the profile of global issues and promote action for Fair Trade, sustainability, human rights and social justice. He has been involved continuously with Fair Trade for the last 30 years. RISC was a founding member of BAFTS.

For the last 20 years his role as Centre Coordinator has been in networking, project development and management of RISC’s commercial activities. Within the Centre are the World Shop and Global Café. The World Shop has grown to be the biggest Fair Trade shop in the UK. Profits from both have always been used to support Global Citizenship education, advocacy and campaigns eg Fair Trade and world trading policies.

His experience and involvement in Fair Trade is far-reaching, including: setting up and managing Fair Trade retail outlets; lobbying and campaigning e.g. Reading was one of the first UK towns to become a Fair Trade town in 2004; organising public awareness events eg exhibitions and conferences on Fair Trade. From one such event at RISC, Zaytoun was formed by two activists who met and decided they wanted to support Palestinian olive farmers; producing the Reading Fair Trade Directory annually; organising events annually for Reading Fair Trade Fortnight. He is a WFTO Associate Member and familiar with key developments in fair trade including WFTO’s Guarantee System. He keeps up to date with developments in Fair Trade and trade policies in Europe and the rest of the world; attending WFTO Conference and AGM in Milan representing BAFTS.

DOLORES HARVEY

1015823_321263394674703_372957659_oA trip to India in her 20s made a lasting impression on Dolores and the memory of that and knowing that for so many people, things still have not changed, is what drives her.  Before working in fair trade, she was involved in the Jubilee 2000 & Make Poverty History campaigns. She has helped to run a not-for-profit fair trade shop, The Fairtrading Post, in Melton Mowbray, since 2005. There are approximately 50 volunteers and she does much of the staff training and buying and is very interested in the background of supplier companies and the wonderful work they do.

ALEXANDRA STICKELS                                                                                   

Alex STickelsAlex is a director of Gecko Gifts, a Fair Trade & Ethical Gift Shop in the High Street, Hunstanton and a BAFTS member since early 2014. Alex, with her partner Richard, were fed up with working for greedy, big corporations and due to added health disabilities, the decision was made to go into business together but to run a business with a heart and do something that they could both be proud of. Gecko Gifts was born. Within a year, Gecko Gifts had gone from a website based in Kent, to a market stall after moving up to King’s Lynn, to a shop even further up in Hunstanton and it is from here that Alex has joined the Panel.  In doing so, Alex hopes to help support the applications and renewals team and encourage more retailers and suppliers to join BAFTS by promoting BAFTS’ ideology and values.

 

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