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".

She lives in Brislington and has spent many happy hours with her son when he was little, walking around the area.

She became councillor for Brislington West in 2016 and was happy to come onto the board of trustees at that time. She has lived in Bristol and Keynsham most of her life. Her background is as a qualified social worker doing her 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 Osborne Clarke. 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.
Born in Bristol, married to Julian and remaining here all her life Lindsay has had a variety of careers during this time

After leaving school working for Barclays Bank where she helped develop a marketing team to working at a variety of schools using those skills she decided to pursue an assistant teacher training position as well as being a pastoral matron

She retrained and pursued her art career, after her children had left school and gone to University, as a stained glass artist at Bristol School of Art which is what she does today Involved in several Bristol Charities over the years and fund raising events including for Bristol Age Care, Above and Beyond, Quartet and of course Arnos Vale she enjoys the challenge of bringing people together to raise money for a worthy cause
Rupert Mullins, a former Army Officer, moved to Bristol in 1990 as the specialist insolvency partner for the local BDO Binder Hamlyn office. He retired from the profession at the end of 2019; his family having lived in and around Bristol and Bath since the 17th century.

During his career he has spent many hours advising charities when they needed specialist help.

He was previously involved with many of the charitable foundations in the area and retains his links with The West of England Initiative and St John Ambulance of which he was a County Board Member for over twenty years.

He has been a Trustee of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust since 2014 and Director of Arnos Vale Cemetery Enterprises Limited since 2016.
Lynn Robinson is the Director General of the International Institute of Communications (IIC).

Lynn is an experienced senior executive having held key senior leadership positions in the technology, built environment, regulation, accreditation and dental industries.

As an experienced Trustee / Non-Executive Director Lynn is Vice Chair at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol, UK. Lynn is also a Trustee / Non-Executive Director at The Bristol and Bath, UK, Parks Foundation.
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. He is on the board of trustees for Arnos Vale Cemetery helping to maintain and enhance the site for wildlife and visitors.

His 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.

Although not primarily a botanist, Dan is very keen on flora, and likes to focus on fern identification. He is a keen Herpetologist, and has good knowledge of UK species and also has qualifications in reptile husbandry.

In 2017 Dan appeared on BBC 1 Countyfile, talking about nocturnal wildlife in cemeteries and bats. He has also featured on BBC Radio 4 talking about bats and Goth culture.
Paul is an active member of the Bristol business community. He is a born and bred Bristolian educated in Bristol and Devon. Early family aspirations were for Paul to join the Royal Navy and go to BRNC Dartmouth but Paul’s future was to lie in shipping.

Paul’s shipping and transport interests were based around the UK’s Offshore Islands and specifically the Channel Islands chairing a company he founded at the age of 24 and owned for 37 years before selling to private equity in 2016.

Paul was also a shareholder in the well-known Bristol family business of Thomas Davis Ltd which was sold under his direction in the late 1980’s.

Paul now runs his private office managing his investments from his home in Stoke Bishop.

In his spare time Paul is a keen sailor.

As a past member of Bristol Junior Chamber, Paul chaired the first Bristol Docks Festival in the early eighties. This is now run by the City as the Harbour Festival.

Paul is a member of The Clifton Club and also a member of Bristol Private Equity Club (BPEC) who invest in local businesses. Paul is also actively involved with the Princes Trust mentoring young people who aspire to run their own business. Paul has also mentored a team from NatWest Bank and Avon and Somerset Constabulary for the Princes Trust ‘Million Makers’ annual fund raiser.

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

Our Staff... Business Plan...


The team at Arnos Vale are as follows.

Vanessa Spencer
Cemetery Services Coordinator 

Sophie Kinsman BSc(Hons) MInstF
Fundraising Officer

Sam Britton
Wedding and Events Manager

Adela Straughan 
Enterprise Manager

Lyndsey Potton
Cafe Supervisor

Peter De'Ath
Finance Manager

Ruth Preece

Steve Litson

Chris Seymour

Estate Supervisor

Amie Matthews



If you would like to apply for a role at Arnos Vale please see our jobs page (link at the bottom of the website)


Our vision is that Arnos Vale Cemetery evolves, staying relevant for Bristol's communities. Our mission is to share and enhance this special place for all.

  • We enhance a natural and historic landscape for the benefit of our community and for nature
  • We aim to ensure the benefits of Arnos Vale are accessible to all
  • We provide compassionate support for people coping with bereavement
  • We create exceptional experiences and cherished memories
  • We attract support and resources to provide loving care for Arnos Vale


"All organisations change but few have evolved as far as Arnos Vale. Significantly impacted of course by the Pandemic the Charity will need
to evolve once again to respond to this new reality and yet retain those things that make it special.

This Business Plan 2021-2024 created with the input of both Trustees and Staff, is perfectly timed to allow us to reflect and act on new and emerging opportunities in a clear and measurable way, allowing the organisation to
move forward to a secure future"

Nigel Dyke, Chair


0117 971 9117 to talk in person