The Brightspace Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that has one objective: to enable people and communities to live sustainably. This means helping people to enjoy economic prosperity and health and well-being in ways that won’t damage the environment or squander the earth’s resources. It therefore ensures that future generations will enjoy the same advantages that we do.
Although this is a global requirement, our focus is the county of Herefordshire where the Foundation has been located since its formation in 2001. It was originally called the Bulmer Foundation, but the name was changed in 2016 to express the aspiration that living sustainably both enhances today and offers a bright tomorrow.
It is not just about what we do, but how we do things.
It is not just about what we do, but how we do things. It is part of our ethos that we work collaboratively, rather than competitively, and that the information we gather should be made publicly available as “open data”, so that others can benefit from our experience.
To achieve our vision we must be able to demonstrate what good practice means and monitor what is happening in order to assess whether the county is becoming more- or less- sustainable. This information is published as our “Sustainable Route Map.”
We work across Herefordshire and our projects touch all aspects of sustainable development, whether economic, social, or environmental, sometimes referred to as the “three pillars”. We have recently added cultural/spiritual to augment the social pillar.
Supporting this work is a team of dedicated and skilled people, our core staff and Associates, together with the partners who work alongside us and those who fund our projects. It’s a team effort and we are grateful to those who share our vision.
If you share our passion or wish to sponsor our activities please get in touch - we are always willing to discuss new project ideas and collaborative approaches.
Nick Read, OBE
An ordained Anglican priest with degrees in Agricultural Science and Forestry, Nick has a background in research and rural policy and was formerly Food Policy & Research Adviser for the National Farmers' Union and a charity CEO. He is an Agricultural Chaplain with Hereford Diocese.
Averil has degrees in History and Arthurian Literature and previous experience in website development, design and training. She was formerly Project Officer for the Herefordshire Association of Local Councils and Clerk to a number of parish councils. She provides administrative, technical and project support to the Brightspace team.
Associate (MB Consulting)
Mary has over 20 years experience in education for sustainable development and environmental management. She was West Midlands Sustainable Schools Co-ordinator and also works for Herefordshire Council on corporate energy efficiency projects. With a degree in Countryside Management and a Masters in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, she is currently leading on our Sustainable Route Map.
Dr. David Marshall
Associate (Damage Ltd)
A chartered accountant, Dave has a Doctorate in sustainability accounting and a PGCE. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and sits on their sustainability committee. He formerly worked in the City of London and as Group Financial Manager for HP Bulmer Holdings plc.
Associate (The Satori Lab)
A communications and community development professional with a particular interest in digital technology and data. As a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Ben specialises in facilitation and stakeholder engagement. He has worked for local authorities in England and Wales and managed a UK-wide sustainability programme.
Associate (Gannah Ltd)
Peter has qualifications in engineering and design and worked as an artist-blacksmith. He played a critical role in the development of the Herefordshire Food Links network and the drafting of Herefordshire's Sustainable Food Strategy. He is a consultant on food issues throughout the West Midlands.
Associate (Kyre Oak)
Christianne is an educationalist with extensive experience in Higher Education, workforce development and community-based learning. Her qualifications include a degree in Applied Physics and and an MSc in Medical Science.
Chair of Trustees
Edward has lived in Herefordshire all of his life and runs a number of companies embodying sustainability principles, ranging from interior design promoting natural paints to affordable house building and farming.
Vice Chair of Trustees
Barbara has extensive experience in the third sector and has been Chief Executive of two membership-based voluntary organisations. She has provided strategic leadership for the sector and has worked as an independent consultant since 2005, specialising in community engagement, organisational development and performance management.
Joanna Bruce MBE
Joanna is a nurse practitioner and has 30 years operational experience developing projects that promote public health and social inclusion. She was a founding director of Project Link Services CIC and has been a non-executive director of NHS Trusts, Housing Associations and University of Worcester. She founded Teme Valley Youth Project.
Andrew spent more than 30 years with the BBC as a reporter, producer and editor. He assumed responsibility within the BBC for developing rural themes including Farming Today, the Food Programme and Countryfile.
Hugo is an entrepreneur who runs Riversimple, which is designing and building efficient and commercially viable hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. He formerly spent 15 years in motor sport and is an expert in sustainable business strategies.