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Hope’s Place Trustees
Robin Williams retired in 2014 after a career in financial management working for three companies, both in the UK and overseas. He acts as the ‘Trustee – Finance’ of Hope’s Place and has worked in the charity sector within Bristol for over 10 years. His time is now largely spent in voluntary roles alongside travel, hiking and other outdoor activities. Married to Sue with four children, he also enjoys the occasional baby-sitting duty for his grand-children! He worships at St. Stephens, Bristol where he is the Hon. Treasurer.
Amanda Bath has been a Hope’s Place trustee since 2008 and describes that period as a very exciting time and a privilege to watch the work in Bristol flourish. Amanda’s background is in education. She taught primary age children for many years and then in 2000 trained to support children with a Specific Learning Difficulty. Thereafter, she taught young children with dyslexia.
She is an active member of her local church and is involved in much of the children’s’ work there. Amanda and her husband, John, have a grown up son and daughter and a baby granddaughter. She spends as much time as possible with her family and in her free time enjoys Pilates, aquaerobics and walking.
Tony Richards has specialised in primary and middle years education in a career that has ranged from teaching in the UK to senior leadership positions in Greece, Germany and Malaysia, where he was Head of Primary at the Alice Smith School. More recently he worked at Clifton High School, Bristol, where he was both Head of Primary, and Deputy Head of the Senior School. During his time at Clifton High, Tony was an accredited Independent Schools’ Inspector. Having retired from teaching in 2014, Tony now edits an online magazine for teachers in international schools and is an occasional educational consultant. Tony has several responsibilities for Hope’s Place and works closely with Guy on his courses with the boys’ groups. Retirement does allow Tony time to read those books one feels one should have read, listen to music and continue his increasingly futile efforts to keep fit whilst avoiding Lycra.
Tony is married to Maggie, a fellow teacher. They have two children who have inherited the travel bug. Having travelled extensively and flitted between jobs, much to the alarm of their parents, Owen and Emma are now pursuing careers in medicine and journalism in Cardiff and Singapore.
Granville Sykes retired as Deputy Head (Academic) at QEH Bristol in 2015, having previously served as Director of Studies, Senior Master and Head of Mathematics. Prior to this he taught maths at Clifton College and at Haydon Bridge High School in Northumberland. He was a member of the Independent Schools Council Maths ‘Experts’ Group and an experienced inspector of independent schools. Among other things he does for Hope’s Place, he is responsible for this web site. Granville is also a trustee of Crisis Centre Ministries and does voluntary maths tuition at Merchants’ Academy, in Oasis Brightstowe and at Stoke Park Primary School, Lockleaze. Granville is married to Sandra and they have two grown-up sons. He enjoys watching sport, especially Yorkshire and England cricket, Huddersfield Town and Woodlands Rangers FC in the Bristol Churches League. He attends St James’ Church, Lockleaze.