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.
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 with Poole Council for Voluntary Service, 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.
On 8 April 2019, I began a new job as Director of Prama Life a local charity which supports older people; a key aim is to develop Dorset as an Age Friendly community.
I enjoy my role as a trustee for Ideas2Action; Monique, Simon and their volunteer colleagues have done a lot to raise awareness of recycling and waste management and inspire local people to participate in activities which tackle these issues, we are very fortunate to have such a team.
In addition to my role at Ideas2Action I am also Chair of the Poole Communities Trust.
Barbara Hicks (Trustee)
My working career was secretarial. I have been a volunteer for many years in lots of different areas. Fundraising for Barnardos, helping with reading at Branksome Heath Middle School and a member of the Dorset Gardens Trust Committee Schools section giving grants to schools for gardening projects. I was a member of National Women’s Register for many years and was the joint National Organiser for a time. I am enthusiastic about Ideas2Action which I have been involved with for over 5 years and am very much looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to the Board.
Cariad Medway-Smith (Trustee)
Since my teens I have volunteered in an assortment of roles: several animal rescue centres, fundraising for a music charity and now for Ideas2Action. I am delighted to be a Trustee as I am a passionate (some would say obsessive) recycler – aiming for zero waste but my mantra is ‘better not perfect’.
Ideas2Action’s regular Win on Waste collections are fantastic. As well as keeping an amazing range of materials out of landfill, these events bring people together. One of my favourite things is seeing children getting involved. They instinctively grasp the importance of everyone pulling together on environmental issues and are always keen to spread the word. The ripple effect is impressive.
I am a lawyer with a local firm of solicitors advising on Wills, Trusts & Probate and Charity Law. My firm is now part of the Ideas2Action Win on Waste network and so are my children’s schools.
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.
Harriet Sephton (Trustee)
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 Bournemouth and 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 Administrator)
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!