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Meet the Board

1625 Independent People Board Members

Chair of the Board: Nick Hooper

One of Nick’s abiding passions is to end homelessness amongst young people and make sure everyone has a good place to call home.

Nick spent most of his career in local government and has worked in the voluntary and private sectors. In the nearly 30 years spent with Bristol City Council (the last 12 as Director of Housing Solutions) he developed expertise in development, homelessness, private housing renewal, commissioning, strategy & policy work and organisational change.

He has extensive experience of working across organisations and delivering with partners, as well as system change and leadership. He is involved, as a trustee or non-executive director, in a number of other not-for-profit organisations concerned with mental health, street homelessness, community-led housing and older people.

Ellen Jones: Vice Chair

Ellen is an environmental professional with a particular focus on waste and waste related issues. Having worked in the environment sector for over 10 years, she is passionate about sustainability and promoting a circular economy. 
Ellen is Head of Reporting & Strategy at Bristol Waste Company. She works to ensure the company achieves its strategic business objectives and is also heavily involved in the organisation’s data protection compliance programme, risk management, social value impact and reuse initiatives.  
She is passionate about supporting mental health, well-being and equality in and out of the workplace. 


Melanie Anson

Melanie is a HR and Organisational Development Consultant with many years of experience working within the social housing sector. Latterly she was responsible for the corporate function at the ALMO, Homes in Sedgemoor.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an MBTI practitioner, she works with a variety of organisations to support them to be the best they can be through developing their people.



Rob Bartlett

Rob is an experienced Marketing, Management and Communications Consultant. Having spent the majority of his career as a consultant advising clients across the property and real estate sectors, he now works for YTL Developments as they begin to transform the former Filton Airfield into a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol, known as Brabazon.

Having studied his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University, Rob began his career as a journalist before then spending almost 10 years at some of the best-known marketing communications and advisory firms in London. He also worked as an independent consultant for two years while completing his MBA at Cranfield University.


Rose Bean

Rose is the Director of Asset Management and Regeneration for Radian Housing Group a leading social housing provider in the South and South West of England, for the past 14 years Rose's career has spanned the social housing sector and reflects a passion and commitment to the need to ensure there is access to affordable homes for everybody.

Rose's current role focuses on the balance between the need to address the housing supply shortage whilst ensuring that there is the continued provision of high quality, safe and affordable homes. Rose joined the 1625 IP Board in December 2018


Phil Bowley

Phil graduated for from the University of Central England with a Masters degree in Architecture and he is a member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). Phil joined GreenSquare, a housing group, in 2002 as an architect in the Design Team. He later went on to become the Asset Manager before he took on his current role as the Head of Regeneration.

The key driver of the Phil’s Regeneration role involves bringing together the ‘Hard’ (physical elements of regeneration), the ‘Soft’ (social and cultural elements of regeneration) and the economic elements to create places where people really want to, and are able to, live.

In early 2013 Phil was co opted onto the Board of Gloucestershire Land for People (GLP) an umbrella body that develops and supports Community Land Trusts (CLT’s).

Phil is responsible for the development and implementation of GreenSquare’s internal Training and Local Labour Initiative (4ward2work) and dovetailing this in with the Government Work Programme.


Claire Burston

Claire currently works in local government finance. After graduating from Manchester university Claire trained as a chartered accountant with pricewaterhousecoopers. She has worked at a senior level in both the social housing sector and local government. She now works at a lower level to combine work with looking after her family. 


Ellen Grace

Ellen is passionate about supporting young people achieve their goals and reach their potential. She currently works as an Employability Consultant at the University of Bristol, where she has developed specialist skills and knowledge in designing and delivering training, career development advice and coaching, and the local labour market. She has previously worked for Jobcentre Plus, managing the delivery of programmes to support some of the most vulnerable members of the community into work.
She also has experience of policy development and project management in central government. Ellen believes that education, training and stable employment are key to young people building independent and fulfilling lives, and is passionate about ensuring they have the opportunities they deserve. Outside of work Ellen is a keen reader and enjoys going to the theatre. She likes to keep active by swimming and going for long walks, and is an active member of her local church.



Jane Keenan

Jane is a fundraising professional, and has worked for charities supporting young people and in the higher education sector for the past 17 years. Her experience is in developing philanthropic partnerships with individuals, charitable trusts and companies to further the work of the organisation she represents. Jane joined the Board of 1625 Independent People in 2015 to support the development of a new fundraising strategy.
When not working, Jane spends much of her time with her young family and keeping active by getting out on her bike and playing netball.

Claire Roebuck-Sacks: Treasurer

Claire is a qualified Accountant who has held several senior finance roles across the third sector. Claire is currently Head of Finance & Operations at Women’s Aid Federation of England – a grassroots organisation that works to end domestic violence against women and children.

After graduating from Manchester University with a degree in International Management and French, she worked for Grant Thornton in their Business Risk Services Division, gaining her qualification as a chartered accountant. She then spent three years working for Save the Children in London where she worked in the Humanitarian Department on a range of grants, including central government, EU and their large fundraising appeals. For two years following this, Claire worked as a Senior Finance Business Partner at Bristol Community Health, a large social enterprise that delivers community health services in Bristol.

Dave Rowe

Dave is Operations Director (South West) at Bouygues UK, one of the country’s leading construction companies which delivers award-winning construction, development and regeneration projects.  
Dave has worked in construction for over 25 years, and prior to this worked in retail management. He has been a school governor twice, both as a parent and as a member of local industry, and in the latter role he also acted as a mentor to a young person. 
Dave is keen to use his considerable experience and contacts to help young people have a better future.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, and watching sport.   


Craig Wilson

Craig is currently MD of OC Robotics – a high tech Bristol based engineering company.  
Previously Craig was CEO of Bristol Care & Repair leading the transition of this significant regional charity into West of England Care & Repair. Significant growth was delivered by winning local authority and commercial contracts. In 2012 the entire service was retendered which, after over a year of work, the team won. Craig is currently the Chair of the Foundations Advisory Board, the national body for Care & Repairs, and also a trustee of WE Care & Repair.
After graduating with a degree in chemistry Craig trained with Ernst and Young, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1992. Craig worked in the Corporate Advisory team providing business process advice and transaction work. 
He has commercial experience in retail, distribution and manufacturing. Roles include, Financial Controller, group Financial Director and for eight years Managing Director.


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