Our team

Our team

Jenny Foster, Project Lead

Jenny Foster has 12 years’ experience in international development and campaigning, as Bristol and South West Fairtrade Co-ordinator and Regional manager at the Leprosy Mission.

Jenny is a qualified social worker and managed Housing and Community Care teams in London and South Gloucestershire. She has also worked in theatre-in-education, working with schools on environmental and social justice issues.

Mark Jacobs, Creative Lead

Mark is an environmental scientist, documentary maker and educator. He was Executive Producer and Project Lead at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol and Commissioner for the Open University and BBC in London. He has delivered large scale training initiatives and specialises in emerging media and new formats.

Working with David Attenborough he produced an award winning interactive film, one of the first to use virtual and augmented reality  for the Natural History Museum, London. He has a BAFTA for his work in interactive media and has supported students at UWE and Academics at Nottingham as Professor of Practice.

Manu Maunganidze, Education Lead

As a teacher for 10 years, Manu has engaged with hundreds of children and families to raise awareness of sustainability issues, coordinating events and activities through schools to raise awareness and drive action.

He set up and runs Nature Youth Connection & Education, providing ecological education for marginalised young people in Bristol. Manu is a Director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, focusing on engaging young people and other diverse communities with nature and the environment.

Ella Trudgeon, Young Creative Lead in Residence

Ella has recently graduated from Rising Arts BE IT programme to develop young creative leaders. Her work was part of the powerful #WhoseFuture campaign that took over billboards across the city in summer 2020.

Ella is a youth ambassador for a number of organisations including the National Trust, Avon Wildlife Trust and the Fairtrade Foundation.

Dr. Verity Jones, Associate Researcher and Educator

Dr Verity Jones is a Senior Lecturer at the University of West of England Bristol.

Her international research focuses on young people and sustainable futures in relation to education, fast fashion, food production and consumption, drought and well being.

Robert Fry, Data Assistant

Robert works for Bristol City Council as their SDG data and communications assistant and one day a week with the GGC. His interests include Computing as well as gaming.

“I work with the Global Goals Centre because it’s my belief that increasing awareness and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals’ progress will help us identify areas of society that require action to get them back on track for a better future.”

Bec Mitchell, Volunteer

Bec graduated from the University of Bristol 2 years ago, worked for a not-for-profit focused on sustainability and now works for an educational resource provider.

“I volunteer for The Global Goals Centre as I see the Centre as a perfect mix of three of my passions. This is because the Centre develops the Bristol community by providing education on sustainability.”

Asia Pryjda, Intern

Asia is a Sustainable Development in Practice student at UWE. Her background lies in education, and she recently managed a fully outdoor nursery in South West London. She has also worked with social enterprises advocating for better food education.

“Global Goals Centre is an opportunity to bridge two subjects I’m most passionate about – sustainability and education – and a chance to make Sustainable Development Goals more accessible and relatable. I am proud to be part of a team that is making it possible and excited to see how the project develops in the future.”

Ishwari Wadekar, Intern

What started off as sustainability research projects during Ishwari’s undergrad in User Experience Design, made her realise her true passion for environmental and social concerns.

After her graduation, she volunteered at an environment conservation project in Sicily which focused on the protection of migratory birds and local community projects. She is currently doing a Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of the West of England and aspires to work on sustainability projects that make a positive impact.

Hattie Rowan, Intern

Hattie is a UWE student studying Sustainable Development in Practice.

“I’m working with the Global Goals Centre because I’m increasingly passionate about sustainability, and how to work creatively with people from all different backgrounds to achieve a healthy future for our planet.”

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