Who’s Who – Trustees and staff

NickNick Ellis (Chairman)

I’ve been involved in many different voluntary activities including editor and/or publisher of numerous newsletters, secretary and chair of committees at local and national level.

One of my most recent roles was Director and chair of committee meetings of Bournemouth Festival of Words, a non-profit company limited by guarantee which aimed to promote access to books, words and literature for communities across the conurbation. I have also been a volunteer supporting ESOL learners in Poole.  I’m currently a Culture Volunteer with the Borough of Poole.

I’m committed to a more sustainable lifestyle, preferring to cycle and walk rather than jump in the car. I also fervently recycle waste from home and do all I can to support the projects of Ideas2Action.

Christopher Beale (Treasurer)Chris

I have worked in the voluntary sector since 1990, working with a variety of people including: disabled people, homeless people and ex-offenders. For the past 20 years I have worked in a management role, as a result I have developed skills and experience in managing people, supporting volunteers, partnership work, financial management, governance issues and organisational and community development.

In my current role I manage Poole Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), a registered charity which supports other charities and voluntary groups in their work.

I am very excited about being a trustee for Ideas2Action; the community needs catalysts to help develop projects and this is what we aim to do. An organisation which helps people develop solutions to local needs is at the heart of what the voluntary sector should be about.

In addition to working at Poole CVS since 1999, I am also Chair of the Poole Communities Trust  and a Director of the Poole Well-being Collaborative.

Cariad Medway-Smith




Jo Pavitt (Trustee)Jo Pavitt

Ever since I was a Brownie in the 1970’s helping to raise money in the local community, I’ve known how valuable it can be to take an active part in influencing the environment around you. You don’t have to have qualifications or special talents to want to make a difference – you just need a few hours a month and a will to make life better for everyone!

My main interests are in environmental protection, climate change and animal safety and preservation. I really enjoy up-cycling and re-purposing and I see these and recycling as simple but effective activities that everyone can do to make a positive contribution.

My previous volunteering experience is wide ranging and has included walking rescued dogs at Lincoln Farm, a local dog shelter; working backstage at a local singing competition called ‘Star Sensations’; litter picking at various locations around Dorset and I’m currently a regular volunteer at the fabulous ‘New to You’ recycling store in Cabot Lane, Poole!

I am really looking forward to supporting Ideas2Action and the local community with their existing projects, and hopefully help to identify even more ways to make genuine, sustainable changes for the future.  I look forward to meeting you!

Martin Price (Trustee)

I was born and have lived most of my life in Poole. I have been an active environmental campaigner locally and nationally since 1973. Now retired, I have a background in environmental education and teacher training.

I have a wide range of voluntary group experience. I have had three spells as a Trustee of a national charity (Friends of the Earth), and have been a Board Member of another (The Council for National Parks). I have also been National Chair of the environmental campaigning arm of Friends of the Earth.  I have experience as a parish councillor, and as both a school and college governor.  I have been active in local politics and as a trades unionist.  Locally, I was a founder member of the Friends of Upton Country Park, and I am currently involved in the Transition Town movement and Zero Waste Poole. I am also involved in developing the community orchard at Turner’s Nursery in Parkstone.

I have been actively recycling in Poole for 45 years.  I was responsible, with two colleagues for the original design of the Bournemouth-Poole cycleway network; I have also played a major part in protecting local heathlands from develoment, in the establishment of the local Green Belt, and in ensuring that the growth of the Wytch Farm oilfield took place with minimal environmental damage.


Camera photos 1 016Monique Munroe (Business Manager)

I have many years’ experience of volunteering and paid work in the voluntary sector in the UK and New Zealand.

I am currently a trustee with Poole CVS and newsletter editor for our local neighbourhood watch. I also occasionally help out as a Culture Volunteer with the Borough of Poole.  I am also running a website Only4Good which features the project No Presents Please, a booklet aimed at people not wishing for presents when it comes to birthdays and other celebrations, but who would prefer their ‘present’ money to go to a small local charity instead.

I love being the Business Manager for Ideas2Action. We’ve come a long way since 2013 and I’m looking forward to us growing even further in the coming years.

Simon O’Connor (Win on Waste on Wheels Co-ordinator)

I’m a passionate environmentalist and after travelling around the world I joined Greenpeace in 1989.  I’ve been a volunteer for the local Bournemouth & Poole Greenpeace group since 2013 and became a co-coordinator for the group in March 2017. I’ve taken part in many public awareness events and actions to stop corporate environmental destruction, pollution and waste, eg single use plastic.

I’m a member of Transition Town Poole which is working towards developing sustainable communities by building local resilience in the face of the looming threats we are facing, eg resource depletion and climate change.  I’m a keen gardener, growing organic fruit and veg in my garden. I enjoy cycling and use my bike to get around the conurbation, come rain or shine!

I’m really pleased to be part of Win on Waste on Wheels because the scheme guarantees re-use of materials which in turn benefits many charities.   Importantly, it gives isolated older people an opportunity for more social interaction and an improved sense of worth to their local communities.