Hope for young people

overcoming challenges, making positive life choices and fulfilling potential


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 says it’s been a privilege to watch the work of the charity grow and flourish over the years.

Her background is in education, having 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.

Married to John and with a grown up son and daughter and a two young granddaughters, 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 has worked at Clifton High School, Bristol, a prominent independent school, 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 is an educational consultant.



Granville Sykes retired in 2015 as Deputy Head (Academic) of Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital. Since then he has continued to teach maths as a private tutor and as a volunteer tutor in state schools around Bristol. See www.GranvilleSykes.com 

He has been a Trustee of Hope’s Place since retiring, and is responsible for IT, including this web site.

Granville is married , has two grown up sons, one a G.P. and the other an anaesthetist. He watches them play for Woodlands FC regularly and also doggedly supports Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Giants and Yorkshire Cricket.

There has been real evidence of change within the girls. I know some of them very well and have seen them grow in confidence, especially when speaking and being able to support others

A Secondary School, Bristol

Hope’s Place has been the most consistent, long established support agency working with young people in our school.  We really value the unique service they provide.
Senior Teacher

A Secondary School, Bristol

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