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.

Nigel Dyke BSc (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA joined Alec French Architects in 2000 and was appointed Director in March 2002.

Before joining Alec French Architects he was an Associate of Nealon Tanner Architects, Bristol, where he worked on a number of educational and community projects. Prior to that he worked as a Project Architect for Jestico + Whiles in London, principally on residential, education and low energy projects.

At Alec French, he has been involved in a number of high profile projects in Bristol for both public and commercial clients including Quakers Friars and the refurbishment of Grade II listed City Hall on behalf of Bristol City Council. He has a particular interest in workspaces, low energy design and the creative use of existing buildings.

Nigel is an active member of various business and design groups in Bristol; he was a visiting critic at the Centre of Alternative Technology and UWE Bristol and is a member of the Steering Group of the Bristol Urban Design Forum, member of Academy of Urbanism and Honorary Business Fellow at UWE Bristol. He is also a trustee at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust.
Jos Clark is the councillor for Brislington West, even though the cemetery is not in my ward it is on the boundary, so i feel a close affinity to it. I live in brislington and have spent many happy hours with my son when he was little walking around the area. I became councillor for Brislington West in 2016 and was happy to come onto the board of trustees at that time. I have lived in bristol and Keynsham most of my live. My background is as a qualified social worker doing my training at Bristol university.
Before starting his academic career in 1991, he worked in local government housing for 10 years, initially in service delivery before assuming a strategic and policy development role.He moved into academia with an ESRC Management Teaching Fellowship at Bristol Business School, followed by a permanent appointment to a full-time position. He is an active teacher and researcher and committed to public engagement, based on his research. Over the course of his academic career he has been involved in a number of externally funded research projects, both public and private; the most recent working with the BBC in an AHRC-funded project concerning the 2014 First World War Centenary.
Matt is a commercial litigator and a member of the dispute resolution team at Burger Salmon. He specialises in health and safety. Matt has five years' experience as a police officer with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary. This experience has assisted Matt when advising clients on their response to major incidents and investigations. Matt has significant advocacy experience appearing for clients in court hearings and at inquests. He is also a local resident.
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.
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 an experienced senior director and trustee / non exec-director, having held key senior leadership positions in the built environment, technology, regulation, accreditation and dental industries, all linked by professional standards.

Lynn has extensive experience of professional membership bodies working within the full spectrum including, Regulatory bodies, Industry bodies and Chambers of Commerce. Lynn is well known and an established ambassador in these areas having led on many strategic programmes to aid business growth, retention, change management, motivating teams and stakeholder / political engagement.

Lynn has a strong track record in inspiring, developing and coaching individuals and teams to achieve their best whilst responding to a range of different needs and expectations and encouraging internal collaboration. As a trained mentor and coach, Lynn was part of the RICS and Tech UK mentoring and coaching programmes
Dan is an ecologist with experience in protected species surveying and site assessments. Dan currently holds 3 protected species surveying licenses, these include a Class 2 science and conservation NE Bat license, Class 1 NE Great Crested Newt license, a NE Barn owl survey licence, and also a NRW Bat licence. Dan also holds 2 CSCS cards, 1 for ecological site visits and 1 for asbestos site visits. Dan is also on the board of trustees for Arnos Vale Cemetery helping to maintain and enhance the site for wildlife and visitors. Dan's MSc dissertation looked at the ecology of Lesser horseshoe bats in an urban environment within the city of Bristol and looked at how valuable different survey methods were for this species. Dan is a keen Herpetologist, and has good knowledge of UK species and also has qualifications in reptile husbandry. Although not primarily a botanist, Dan is very keen on flora, and likes to focus on fern identification. Dan also likes to help inform the public on wildlife in his local area by giving walks and talks, and below are some examples. * Arnos Vale Cemetery, Tour guide leading Bat walks since 2011 with a regular crowed of 30+ people. * Writing Wildlife articles for the Talk of Totterdown, a local newsletter/ paper and have done since 2012. * Conducting bat research and monitoring with the local bat group, regularly arranging meet ups and events. * Adder surveys with RAGS 2017 seen Dan appear on BBC 1, talking about nocturnal wildlife in cemeteries and bats, this was on countryfile. He was also on BBC radio 4 talking about bats and goth culture.
A creative thinker passionate about equalities, and social change.

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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