A tranquil resting place in a vibrant landscape

About AVCT


The Board of ten Directors and Charity Trustees are all volunteers and have a range of backgrounds, skills and interests.

Malachy McReynolds is currently Chair of Trustees at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, leading the trust through its next phase - establishing a viable commercial future for the cemetery. He has also recently been appointed chair of SWIG Capital, a body charged with administering and accounting for European SME loan funding programmes throughout the South West.

He was previously Managing Director of Elizabeth Shaw Ltd, the manufacturer of fine chocolates. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and held a number of senior financial posts in UK manufacturing companies before joining the confectionery industry in 1989. He was Managing Director of the Irish subsidiary of Finnish owned Leaf Group until 1993, when he moved to a corporate role in Amsterdam. In 1998 he was transferred to Leaf's UK subsidiary, as General Manager.

In March 2000 he led a Management Buyout, acquiring Leaf's UK chocolate interests, Elizabeth Shaw, renowned for its Mint Crisp and Famous Names brands. In 2006, and again in 2009, he remained the senior executive in the business following successive trade sales of the company.

He is a past President of the BCCCA (Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Association) in the UK, and also served as President of the European trade association for the biscuit and confectionery industry, CAOBISCO. He is a past chair of the CBI’s South West England Regional Council. Until June 2015, he was a member of the West of England LEP Board, and chaired the Business Nominations Committee, charged with selecting the private sector members of the LEP.

He also chaired the West of England Employment & Skills Board, a public/private/education sector partnership, from 2007 to 2009

He and his wife, Jenny, live in Willsbridge, near Bristol
Quentin Alder is a director of Quentin Alder Architects. The architectural practice was founded over 30 years ago and was incorporated in 2008. He has a BA and a Diploma in Architecture from Bristol University and in 1995 received a post graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation.

He is experienced in the repair, conservation, conversion and extension of existing buildings; quinquennial inspections, repair, alterations, and extensions to ecclesiastical buildings and the design of individual private houses. The work at the practice has a particular emphasis on listed buildings or buildings in conservation areas or other sensitive and historic locations. The practice is committed to environmentally sensitive design and methods of construction.

Quentin's professional qualifications include membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Architects Registration Board and the Institute of Historic Buiolding Conservation. He is also a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Association for Environment Conscious Building, the Victorian Society and the Bristol Civic Society in addition to his role as a board member of Arnos Vale.
Mark Pooley qualified as a chartered accountant in 1994. He worked as a manager for Kidsons Impey until 1998 when he set up his own business McEwen & Pooley, providing accountancy and taxation services to local charities and business.

On the retirement of Mark's business partner in early 2004, McEwen & Pooley merged with John Hollingdale Partnership to become Hollingdale Pooley.

Mark's areas of expertise include small and medium enterprises, (SMEs), charities, owner managed businesses, trust tax and inheritance tax planning. He is a Trustee of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and Farmlink Education Ltd, a member of the Institute of Directors and an ambassador for the UK Government Apprentice Scheme.
Tony Cherry is Regional Senior Partner of DAC Beachcroft LLP in Bristol and Newport, an outward facing "Chairmanship" role with pastoral, but not line management responsibility for the offices. Tony is responsible for Practice Governance and Risk across the whole of the DAC Beachcroft business and has recently been appointed as COLP. Tony plays a mentoring role in relation to manufacturing clients and is responsible for establishing operations in India through an associated firm.

His legal technical area of work is corporate risk management, legal risk control generally and issues involving exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents in the environment and through products, an interest he first acquired when working for ICI.

In support of his role as Regional Senior Partner, Tony holds a number of external posts. He is Chair of the South West Legal Support Trust, a Trustee of the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and of the Bristol Cathedral Trust, a member of the South West Strategic Board and Chair of the Avon Community Impact Leadership Team for Business in the Community and sits on the Private Sector Development Committee for St George's, the Bristol Concert Hall.
Director & Senior Ecologist: Avon Wildlife Trust
Helen Moss has wide-ranging experience of the business community, voluntary sector and local government. She served as Head of Grants & Arts Unit at Westminster City Council from 1983, managing the local authority's grants to voluntary and arts organisations, prior to moving to Bristol in 1991 as Regional Manager for Action Resource Centre (later prat of Business in the Community), developing employee community involvement in the South West.

From 1996 to 2008 she was Director of Quartet Community Foundation, one of the first and most successful community foundations in the UK, managing and distributing charitable funds of behalf ofindividuals, companies, charitable trusts and statutory bodies to meet the needs of people living in the West of England. Achievements of the organisation during this period included growing the endowment fund from £3 million to £13 million and increasing grants distributed annually from £167K to £2.8million. She was awarded the OBE in 2008 for her services to the community foundation.

Since her retirement, Helen has continued her involvement in the voluntary sector as Trustee of a number of local and national charities.
Dave Napier is a Bristolian and keen local/family/social historian. Before retirement he worked for a major manufacturing company in Human Resources Management and also gained experience in various voluntary roles including school governorship and relationships counselling.

Arnos Vale cemetery is now a focus and inspiration for his current research, creative work and public speaking. He is a facilitator and his historical and local insights help to inform our decisions.
Rupert Mullins, a former Army Officer, is a licenced insolvency practioner of over 30 years experience, having started his accountancy career with Thomson McLintock (now KPMG) in London.

He is closely involved with many business and charitable organisations in the south west. Apart from running the Bristol Office of a medium size firm of insolvency practioners, he also provides advisory services to Business West, BRAVE and formerly in ProHelp, part of Business in the Community. He is also an Interim Manager on the Charity Commission Panel.

He continues as a Member of the Order of St John, and was County Treasurer for St John Ambulance in Avon from 1995 to 2012. He has also been a committee and lending panel member of the Fredericks Foundation Bristol since inception.

He has been appointed to charities in difficulties both as advisor and liquidator and continues to be instructed in this specialist area.
Lynn is a highly experienced Senior Manager and Business Improvement Director with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors whose work has had an impact on the technology and electronic manufacturing industries as the Chief Architect of an Industry Business Standard.

Before joining RICS Lynn was with APMG, a global certification body who accredit training organizations and manage qualification schemes for professionals. Lynn was tasked with putting in place an account management programme for the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.

Prior to joining APMG, Lynn was Director of Business Improvement and SME Programmes at techUK, an industry body who represent companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. Her experience and specialisms are within building customer / member engagement, retention and over 25 years of customer service experience often within politically sensitive areas at local, regional and national level.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No: 627 2084) and Registered Charity (No: 1120210).


Our Staff... Business Plan...


The staff team at Arnos Vale are as follows.


Arnos Vale is a working cemetery and community space engaging visitors in the journey of Life and Death.

Arnos Vale is also a memorial to the citizens of Bristol who have died and been buried or cremated here in the last 175 years as well as a national centre to talk about the subject of Life and Death. In addition, it is a visitor centre attracting people who come to explore the 45 acre estate, enjoy the exhibitions, heritage, wildlife and environment at Arnos Vale, participate in events, visit the gift shop and relax in the cafe. Arnos Vale is also an important community space engaging and developing over 100 volunteers.

With the main objectives in the 2014-17 business plan achieved the Trustees developed a new plan which, alongside a focus on financial sustainability, also identifies a renewed emphasis on the development of Arnos Vale as a museum of life & death and a centre of community volunteer activity.

Read the 2017- 2020 business plan.

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