MEET THE BOARD

The BAFTS’ Board is made up of both shop and supplier members who, together, offer a diverse range of experience, skills and backgrounds. Our quarterly meetings are animated and often challenging as we grapple with the issues facing our movement both internally and externally. We welcome enquiries from BAFTS members who are interested in joining the Board to continue our growth and development as a national membership organisation. The roles are largely voluntary.

 

Meet our current Board Members:

Laura Cave

< CHAIR

Joined the board in 

2017

Laura founded Just Trade (UK) Limited in July 2006 with the primary aim of providing fairly paid, flexible work and training for women living in some of the poorest shantytowns in Lima, Peru. Now collaborating with artisans from eight producer groups in Peru, Ecuador, India and Vietnam, Laura uses her background in jewellery design to ensure that their products are not just fairly traded, but also highly desirable in the UK market.  She visits the artisans on an annual basis to focus on training, product development, capacity building and to ensure the welfare of all.

Susan Radford

Joined the board in 

2013

As a Director of Namaste, a supplier member of BAFTS since 2002, Susan buys from a wide range of producers across Asia and is committed to developing skills within small producer groups. She regularly travels abroad to source new products and has had opportunities to work closely with small-scale producers, giving her first-hand insight into how fair trade can benefit and improve the lives of small communities. 

Christine Brittijn

< TREASURER

Joined the board in 

2016

Christine’s interest in social justice stems from some years living and travelling in India and other parts of Asia. A chance meeting in 1998 while volunteering in a ‘Wereldwinkel’ (world shop) in her native Netherlands, led her to become the UK distributor for the products of an Indian social enterprise. Together with her now husband Vince, she set up Greater Goods in 2000, a small importer working with three suppliers, two of which are WFTO members, and has been a BAFTS member since 2001.

Marvi Scala

Joined the board in 

2018

As co-founder of Lost in Samsara, Marvi works directly with the public and with producers, bringing first-hand understanding of both sides of BAFTS’ work to the Board. Having participated in organisations like IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms) and Friends of the Earth, she has experience in liaising with members, organising events, campaigning and outreach. She hopes to help BAFTS develop and strengthen its relationship with current members and get its work more widely-known by the public.

Martin Mikhail

< NEW APPLICATIONS COORDINATOR

Joined the board in 

2018

Martin comes to the Board with more than 30 years’ experience in campaigning for Fair Trade, sustainability, human rights and social Justice. As Centre Coordinator of Reading International Solidarity Centre (a founding member of BAFTS), he works with schools and community groups to raise the profile of global issues and promote action. He is a WFTO Associate Member and keeps up to date with developments in Fair Trade and trade policies in Europe and the rest of the world; attending WFTO Conference and AGM in Milan representing BAFTS.

Daniella Cromwell

Joined the board in 

2019

Daniella started as Assistant Manager at Fairtrade at St. Michaels in 2014 and the following year accepted the role as Manager. She has since enjoyed being part of the vibrant  community of fair traders in the shop and around Oxford. She joined the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition where she was joint secretary for 1 year and continues to be part of this community. She is passionate about sourcing new products, creating attractive displays as well as taking Fairtrade onto the streets and to events, introducing fairtrade to those who are less familiar with the movement. Daniella has visited producers in Northern Thailand, where her family live, which has been an asset to her job back in Oxford.

MEET THE BAFTS STAFF

BAFTS could not do all that it does without our hard-working and committed staff. More than just employees, they are themselves passionate ambassadors of the fair trade movement and all that BAFTS stands for.

 

To contact the BAFTS staff please email admin@bafts.org.uk.

Kathryn Sygrove

< EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Joined the team in 

2013

Kathryn brings her years of involvement in helping Durham to achieve Fairtrade City status and her work at the Gateway world Shop to her role as our Executive Officer. She loves nothing better than to spread the word about BAFTS and its members. From writing newsletters to handling all external enquiries, Kathryn is the go-to person for anyone who wants to know anything about BAFTS.

Pam Bochel

< ADMINISTRATOR

Joined the team in 

2016

For many years Pam was a director of Highland Wholefoods Workers’ Cooperative, where she regularly organised events to promote fair trade, particularly anything linked to Palestine. Her passions, in addition to fair trade, are cooperatives, food (as a vegan with an allotment there is lots of cooking to be done!), social & environmental justice, and the Gaelic language. Tìoraidh!

MEET THE APPLICATIONS PANEL

This panel is made up solely of shop members. It was set up to strengthen our internal monitoring and mentoring processes and to help members to set targets and complete their applications and renewals forms more accurately. The panel lends greater rigour to our internal monitoring system, which is required as a member of the WFTO and is vital as a networking organisation striving to apply strict standards. 

Martin comes to the Board with more than 30 years’ experience in campaigning for Fair Trade, sustainability, human rights and social Justice. As Centre Coordinator of Reading International Solidarity Centre (a founding member of BAFTS), he works with schools and community groups to raise the profile of global issues and promote action. He is a WFTO Associate Member and keeps up to date with developments in Fair Trade and trade policies in Europe and the rest of the world; attending WFTO Conference and AGM in Milan representing BAFTS.

Martin Mikhail

< NEW APPLICATIONS COORDINATOR

Joined the panel in 

2016

Jackie’s interest in fair trade was sparked when she saw the negative effects of international trade practices while living in the Republic of Benin. Determined to do something to counter this trend, she started buying fair trade products and investing in the first fair trade shop in Leeds. After a move to Bolton, she helped her church to become a fair trade parish and is now joint manager at Justicia, Bolton’s Fair Trade Shop. This role has helped her to value the work that BAFTS does in supporting fair trade shops and suppliers.

Jackie Tomlinson

Joined the panel in 

2019

Martin is one of the founder members of BAFTS and has worked at Justicia, Bolton’s Fair Trade Shop for over ten years. He has visited suppliers across India and Peru as well as studying master’s modules in the subject of fair trade.Using many of the skills he gained as a teacher to promote fair trade in schools, churches and community groups, Martin’s commitment to fair trade is unstoppable and we are very grateful to be able to draw on this wealth of experience as he serves on our panel.

Martin Roe

Joined the panel in 

2019

Jane Stokes

Joined the panel in 

2019

Robin Stokes

Joined the panel in 

2019

Moira Bridge works in Fairer World, York. She grew up in the Co-operative movement. Studying history as a student helped her appreciate inequalities on a world basis, especially those resulting from empire building. She joined various social justice campaigns and was very involved in York Peace Centre. In the 1990s she was part of a series of annual Peace Centre conferences which some fair trade suppliers and sellers attended. This culminated in York in 1994 and out of this, BAFTS came into being the following year. She was a member of the BAFTS board for 9 years and represented BAFTS on NEWS (Network of European World Shops) for 7 years which organised Europe wide campaigns for Fair Trade and 5 very successful conferences.


Moira Bridge

Joined the panel in 

2019

Lenshina Hines

Joined the panel in 

2019

Jake Oldrey

Joined the panel in 

2019

Rosie MacArthur

Joined the panel in 

2020

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GET IN CONTACT

BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK is the trading name of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers and is registered in England and Wales, company registration number 03990457.

Registered address:

c/o RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

 

For all enquiries: admin@bafts.org.uk

AFFILIATIONS

BAFTS is a Fair Trade Network Member of WFTO

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