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.
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.

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.

Vanessa Spencer
Cemetery Services Coordinator 

Sophie Kinsman BSc(Hons) MInstF
Fundraising Officer

Buffy Jones
Wedding Manager

Adela Straughan BA(Hons) MA
Events and Marketing Manager

Liam Matthews
Estate Supervisor

Catherine Smith

Rosie Opio

Steve Litson

Ruth Preece


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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