Our People

Ricardo Sharry


Ric is Chair of Up Our Street and was elected at our AGM in October 2017. He joined our Board in September 2016. He lives in Barton Hill and was a member of the Community at Heart board, championing and representing young people's issues. He decided to join Up Our Street because he wants to be more involved in developing local skills and knowledge.

Amy Harrison

Deputy Chair

Amy is Co-Deputy Chair of Up Our Street and joined our Board in 2014 after being involved with the improvement of Brook Street Park and campaigning for a new school in Redfield. She and her family have lived in Redfield for 5 years. She is passionate about residents coming together to improve their neighbourhood, and believes our part of the city has real community spirit.

Joyce Clarke


Joyce got involved in our work because she wanted to improve local parks for her children. She works at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and is an active resident where she lives and takes an interest in what is happening in her local community. She lives in Redfield and has been on our Board since May 2009.

Nic Ferris


Nic joined our board in October 2017 and has lived in Easton since 2007. Nic works as a project officer with the Neighborhoods & Communities service, Bristol City Council and has many years experience in community work in the inner city. She is involved with The Ping Pong Parlour, Swing Dance Bristol, the community allotment in City Academy Bristol and Wutan School of martial arts. Nic runs a voluntary table tennis group called Kings of Ping which takes Ping Pong to the people!    

Noelle Rumball

Noelle Rumball


Noelle is Treasurer of Up Our Street and joined our Board in September 2016. She is an interim manager and consultant in Higher Education, with expertise in both data and information about students, and in giving students information and support. On evenings and weekends, she is active in Bristol’s community and voluntary sector and, over the years, she’s been involved in service delivery, community development, campaigning and much more!

Poku Pipim Osei

Poku Osei


Poku joined our board in May 2018. He is the founder and current CEO of Babbasa,  the award-winning youth social enterprise based in Bristol. He has lived and worked in the Bristol area for the last ten years. He has work experience in the private sector as well as public/voluntary board level experience as a non-executive director, trustee and a commissioner. He is passionate about the development of people and places of disadvantage.

Saed Ali


Saed joined our board in May 2018 and is a resident in Barton Hill. Saed won one of our Thank You Awards in 2017 and has been following our work ever since. As a local resident he had noticed the good work done by Up Our Street over the years and its contribution to the community really impressed him. So he decided to get involved in what he see as a "hardworking, multicultural team working for the betterment and advancement of BS5 generally." So we were lucky to welcome Saed onto our board of trustees this year with his excellent experience volunteering and campaigning on behalf of Bristol's Somali community.

Sally Caseley


Sally was chair of Up Our Street from March 2013 to October 2017. Sally got involved with Community at Heart as a Board member in 2003. She lives in The Dings and is also Chair of Dings Community Association. She is particularly interested in making sure that there are good services for our young people.  

Dr Thom Oliver

Dr Thom Oliver


Thom joined our board in September 2016 after being involved in local politics and the Active Citizens programme. Thom lives in Redfield near Netham Park and works as an academic and research bid writer at UWE Bristol. Thom has a particular interest in encouraging, supporting and inspiring local people to take an even stronger role in shaping the spaces, places and policies which affect their day to day lives.

Stacy Yelland


Stacy is currently on maternity leave and will return in January 2020.  

Brendan Tate Wistreich

Interim Director, maternity cover

Brendan joined Up Our Street as Interim Director whilst Stacy Yelland is on maternity leave. Brendan oversees the running of the organisation including fundraising and supporting our resident board. He carries out the strategic work of the organisation building partnerships and collaborations.   

Tracy Parsons

Finance and Office Manager

Tracy looks after our shops on Avonvale Road, manages our finances and HR and oversees the running of our office in the Beacon Centre. She also looks after our community noticeboards and supports the Endowment Fund grant.

Pat Pinkowska

Patrycja Pinkowska

Community Engagement Officer

Pat works with local people to help them come together to solve problems. Pat works on our projects to support community cohesion and inclusion and delivers events and meetings to bring people from different backgrounds together. Pat speaks fluent Polish and has experience working with refugees and aslyum seekers.

Emily Fifield

Business Development Officer

Emily works on the sustainability of Up Our Street and how we can generate income to deliver our projects in the future. Emily writes our research proposals and has developed our communications and community development services to market to external partners. Emily has a passion for community business as a means of raising income for social purpose.

Tamsin Harcourt

Communications Officer

Tamsin designs, writes and edits Up Our Street magazine, produces our ebulletin and publicity material and manages our social media and website. She also presents our monthly Active Citizens radio show on BCfm.

Debbie Benjamin

Debbie Benjamin

Place Maker - Newtown

Debbie joined the team in July as our Place Maker for Newtown. Debbie says she would love to put Newtown on the map! Being part of the team for is her a great opportunity to connect communities together. Having lived in Newtown herself for the last 17 years, she has found that the area has a great community spirit but many feel that the area has been neglected for a long time and that its time for some TLC. Debbie will be planning to do some litter picking, coffee mornings and social events for some of the older residents of Newtown, as well as working in partnership with local organisations Trinity Centre and Lawrence Hill Health Centre.

Leila Gamaz

Leila Gamaz

Place Maker - St Judes

Leila joined our team in July as Place Maker for St Judes. Leila has lived in St Judes for eight years, and when she thinks about her work as a placemaker, imagines circles of belonging - her home, her street, neighbourhood and city. Leila feels lucky to have made deep connections to people in the St Judes neighbourhood and has first-hand experience of the difference it can make to nurture relationships with the people we share our immediate environment with. Leila hopes to use her experience in working with community groups to help our neighbourhood become more inclusive.

Melissa Derricourt

Melissa Derricourt

Place Maker - The Dings

Melissa joined the team in July as our Place Maker for The Dings. Melissa is an ex-nurse and she has been living in The Dings for the last three years. During that time she said she has experienced first-hand the wonderful nucleus of warmth and community spirit from fellow residents. Her aim would be to extend this welcome throught the whole area, which has expanded hugely in recent years with the addition of serval modern apartment blocks.  Melissa believe in kindness before creed or colour, and wants to work alongside all residents, young and old, to make The Dings an even better place to live!

Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley

Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley


Jasmine has a degree in International Relations and Journalism from UWE. She is a broadcast journalist for BBC Bristol and a broadcast journalist and co-ordinator with Ujima radio. As one of Bristol’s Green and Black Ambassadors, she has worked to achieve a more diverse environmental sustainability community. Her work with Up Our Street has included widening participation research for Bristol University and research and community engagement around planning for Bristol University’s Temple Quarter Campus. 

Kuba Jablonowski Up Our Street Associate

Kuba Jablonowski


Kuba is a doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Exeter with a focus on citizenship, participation, rights, and spatial justice. He also works as a community researcher and research manager, most recently leading an evaluation of the BAME community sector in Bristol, conducted by the Black South-West Network. He led Up Our Street’s community research team working on the Wellbeing Report, and continues to contribute to Up Our Street research as an associate. Occasionally, he also facilitates Up Out Street events.

Nura Aabe Up Our Street Associate

Nura Aabe


Nura is a PhD candidate at Bristol University School for Policy Studies. She has an Msc in Educational Psychology from the University of Bristol and is a registered member of the British Psychology Society. She is also the founder of Autism Independence and an EarlyBird Trainer for Bristol City Council. Nura first worked with Up Our Street as a community researcher to conduct our research on Wellbeing in Easton and Lawrence Hill.​ Nura speaks fluent Somali and English.

Zakiya McKenzie


Zakiya is our Associate Lead Researcher and is a PhD student at the University of Exeter interested in the voice of Caribbean people in the written and spoken word. As a teenager, she wrote for the Jamaica Observer‘s youth-focused supplement and went on to intern at VP Records in New York. She has worked as a journalist in Johannesburg, a newswriter in New Kingston and a Caribbean TV show’s producer in the Bronx. Zakiya has worked with Up Our Street since 2015 when she was part of our Wellbeing Project research team. She led our research for SETsquared and University of Bristol Widening Participation and continues to work with us on a project basis.