Steve Roser, Chair
Steve is a retired academic and scientist who has lived in Bristol for thirty years.
He has a longstanding interest in development education and politics, and was a founder member of Bristol Link with Nicaragua (BLINC) in 1986. Along with Jenny Foster and Alix Hughes, he helped kickstart GGC in 2018, and is now chair of the trustees.
He was awarded the Lord Mayor of Bristol's International Medal in 2019. He is keenly interested in theatre, producing vegetables and playing his tenor saxophone.
Esther Deans MBE
Esther has 25 years teaching experience and believes that education is the key to ensuring we create the world we want to live in. She is an expert in education and equalities as former Chair of SARI, Chair of SACRE, and part of the Commission on Religious Education to advise the government on the RE curriculum with The Very Revd Dr John Hall (Dean of Westminster) .
She still teaches full time and is also part of 12 Mayoral Commissioners for CORE, Chair of REEG (Race Equality in Education Group), and Education Lead in the One Bristol Curriculum. She is committed to making a difference and enabling others to do the same.
As an Architect and Urban Development Planner, Caroline has, throughout her career become increasingly familiar with sustainability issues in the built environment, and the debate on Sustainable Cities and Climate Change.
Caroline worked for 10 years in Mozambique, working on Urban Structure Plans and designing social infrastructure for urban populations as well as rural refugee resettlement; whilst witnessing the effects of climate change, in particular rising sea level and severe weather events on vulnerable communities.
Since her return to the UK in 2001, Caroline has become a specialist in contemporary school design, giving her some valuable insight into the learning environment.
After spending several years teaching English abroad, Jo spent much of her early career working with youth development organisations, with a focus on young people at risk, culminating in being Country Director (Belize) for Raleigh International.
Since 2002 Jo has been a Relationship Manager with Business in the Community, the Prince's Responsible Business Network. In this role she has worked with private companies, of all sectors and sizes, across the south west and beyond, to further their sustainability and progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
She has a BSc in Human Psychology and an MSc in Management Development.
Happily retired from a career in management and consulting in the Learning and Skills sector, Simon has been actively involved in the Global Goals Centre project from its early days.
Simon previously worked with education providers, local authorities, and the key learning & skills and business support agencies regionally and nationally. The primary focus of his work was in adult education and in work-related training programmes, but he also provided advice and evaluation for programmes aimed at encouraging small-to-medium sized businesses to act sustainably and to bring sustainable products and services to market.
Alix Hughes, Co-Founder
Alix Hughes has been working in international relations for over 25 years including developing Bristol’s seven twin city relationships. Currently part of the City Council international team, he speaks several languages and is a qualified youth and community worker.
Alix has maintained a lifelong commitment to social justice and development issues, including leading on Fairtrade educational projects, art installations on social justice issues and international peace visits. In 2015 he was made an Earth Champion by the Earth Champions Foundation