Jenny Foster, Co-Founder and 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.
Her proudest moment was being selected as one of 40 local people past and present in the M Shed’s ‘You Make Bristol’ exhibition, for her pioneering work on Fairtrade.
Mike Zywina, Fundraising
Mike has almost 15 years' experience in the voluntary sector as a fundraiser, consultant, senior manager and trustee. He has previously worked with several organisations who are working towards commitments made in the Sustainable Development Goals. Mike is also a Bristol resident and keen cyclist.
Mark Jacobs, Creative Lead
Mark is an environmental scientist, documentary maker and educator. For many years he was an Executive Producer and Project Lead at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol and then for BBC Learning and Interactive. He has delivered major national training initiatives with multiple partners for the BBC Academy, developing the ‘Digital Cities’ initiative. He has directed many documentaries for BBC1 and BBC 2 and created immersive and interactive installations for which he won a BAFTA.
Working with David Attenborough he produced an award winning interactive film on evolution for the Natural History Museum, London. He specialises in emerging media and new formats.
Mark was also the founding chair of the Communicate conference in Bristol, which focuses on exploring best practice in environmental communication.
Manu Maunganidze, Education and Community Engagement
As a teacher for 10 years, Manu has engaged with hundreds of children and families to raise awareness of pressing environmental sustainability issues, coordinating events and activities through schools to raise awareness and drive action.
He set up and runs Nature Youth Connection & Education which aims to use build skills through making connections with nature, 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.
Alix Hughes, Co-Founder and Trustee
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