Martyn Price MSc CMIOSH AIEMA – Chairman
I am currently employed by Crest Nicholson Plc in the role of Group Health, Safety and Environmental Director where I travel extensively across the UK, manage a team of four internal practitioners as well as various external organisations who provide consultancy services. Whilst I have a strong background in construction I have also gained significant experience within the food manufacturing and electrical engineering industry sectors. I am a long serving member of the Home Builders Federation (HBF) Health and Safety Committee and have contributed greatly to national safety and health initiatives; in one particular area I have significantly improved the home building industries collection and analysis of incident data which has helped its member organisations to effectively target areas for incident reduction.
I have been a volunteer guide at Lifeskills since 2002 and then Director from 2009 and in November 2013 became Chairman. Outside of work I enjoy travelling, clay pigeon shooting, mountain biking, white water kayaking and football.
John Massie – Treasurer
I am a retired Chartered Public Finance Accountant who spent his career in local government, ending up as Director of Finance to Northavon District Council.
I have been a Volunteer Guide with Lifeskills for about 13 years and am a Treasurer for the charity. I have also been involved with other charities, mainly Rotary International and the National Eye Research Council. I maintain an interest in financial affairs and have served as the Treasurer to Rotary District 1100, the inaugural Internal Audit advisor to Bradley Stoke Town Council and have carried out numerous Treasurer and/or Auditor roles for small organisations.
These days, apart from Lifeskills and Rotary, my main interest involves the partaking of holidays in my touring caravan with my wife, Ceri (also a Lifeskills Voluntary Guide).
I have 15 years experience as a Secondary school teacher, teaching Biology and PSHE (Personal Social Health Education). In 2003 I began working on the National Healthy Schools Programme in Bath and North East Somerset, firstly as a support teacher within the school and later joined the Local Authority as a Project Worker, supporting other schools through the process.
I became the local manager of the programme full time in 2006. Since 2011, I have written and managed a bespoke Health in Schools programme for B&NES called the Director of Public Health Award. This award encourages early years, schools and FE colleges to work towards health and well-being outcomes within their settings; encouraging positive mental and physical health, including work around unintentional injury.
In my spare time, I am an avid Bath rugby fan and spend all home matches at the Rec cheering on the team! I also sing in a local community choir.
Dr Peter Blair
I have a background in Medical Statistics and a particular interest in infant and childhood epidemiology. I was born in Manchester, and studied Mathematics (BSc Hons) and Medical Statistics (MSc) before moving to Bristol where I completed my doctorate (Epidemiology of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in 1997. From my work on several major observational studies I am a recognised expert in the SIDS field and was made an honorary fellow and advisor to UNICEF (UK) in 2009. I also have research interests in infant and childhood care practices, child sleep and growth. I am the vice chair of the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) and chair of the epidemiological working group. I am also a consultant methodologist for both the University of Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration Unit and the NIHR Research Design Service.
I live with my partner Helen and two sons, Jacob & Sam, aged 14 and 16 years.
Following a successful career with IBM, I worked with a variety of organisations promoting and implementing education / industry links. I have also worked for a number of OFSTED contractors as a Lay Inspector of schools, and was involved in 150 inspections.
Between 1993–1999 I worked with the business community and with schools and colleges to increase knowledge, enhance skills and improve attitudes of 14-19 year old students towards industry and commerce, and to develop ‘key skills’.
I was a school governor at Beechen Cliff School, Bath from 1992-1999 and am currently Chair of Board of Governors at Three Ways Special School, Bath.
Some of you may recognise me as I was a Volunteer Guide at Lifeskills between 2003-2009.
I initially joined the Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1980 and served from the Old Bridewell Police Station. In 1984 I moved to Trinity Rd where I was a Beat Officer for St Pauls. In 1988 I left the Police to manage my parents business on their retirement and then slowly became a working/house husband. When my youngest child was moving from junior to secondary school I re-joined the Police. I was the oldest recruit by a long way. After another stint in training school I was posted to WSM and within 10 months was promoted and returned to Bristol. Several different roles were undertaken as a Sgt before qualifying as an Inspector in 2009. I then ran a team of frontline response officers covering the City Centre, and the north of Bristol. I had a year as the Neighbourhood Inspector for Brislington from 2013 to 2014 before securing the post of Local Policing Support Inspector for Bristol (Community safety) earlier this year.
I’m currently the Assistant Chief Fire Officer in Avon Fire and Rescue Service. I moved to the area over 5 years ago to broaden my horizon, face up to new challenges in my work and to temperatures generally 5oc higher than I had become accustomed.
My family, Melanie my wife, Hannah my daughter and not forgetting Ruby and Clay my Boxer dogs also came along for the journey. We previously lived in Durham City, a small but beautifully formed city and in which we had many happy times.
My current role is very much community focussed and I have a passion for reducing risks people are exposed to in their daily lives while trying to improve their wellbeing and safety. Absolutely at my core is the desire to enable every child and young person to thrive, develop skills so that they are able to lead healthy and active lives and most importantly achieve their full potential.
I am a retired police officer with a background in child protection investigations. Since leaving the police service I have been an independent child protection consultant and trainer working with local authorities, schools, children’s charities and business.
I am married to Lorraine and live in South Gloucestershire. I have two grown up children who both work in education.
I enjoy being a member of a local amateur dramatic group where I have written and directed a number of productions. I have also had stage plays for children published as well as a number of short stories.
When I was introduced to Lifeskills I quickly felt I wanted to become involved as safeguarding children has been something over which I have been passionate for many years.
I’ve lived in Bristol for thirty five years. I’m married to a Lifeskills volunteer (Kevern) and have been aware of the great work Lifeskills does for some time. I have three children and have had a long career in PR and marketing. Among other things I have worked in commercial PR, local radio and marketing. For many years I headed a communications department for the NHS and recently led communications work for the Safer Bristol Partnership.
Having just retired I’m trying to decide what I want to do when I grow up but I do want to use my experience in supporting some worthwhile voluntary organisations.
I am a relatively recent arrival in Bristol, moving to the city in mid 2009. Previously, I lived with my wife and two daughters in Nottingham where I had studied at Nottingham Trent University. I am a qualified Certified Accountant and have worked in industry for the past 23 years mainly in the service sector but also more recently in the not for profit sector. One of my most interesting jobs was as Group Management Accountant for Gala Leisure, the Bingo Club operator.
I have recently taken up running, and so each night I get to enjoy the beauty of the harbour on my way home from work. At weekends I spend plenty of time walking our rescue greyhound, assisting with my teenage daughters social lives, and when that’s done, keeping the garden in good order.
I’ve worked in Trading Standards for nearly 25 years and have a long-standing interest in consumer safety. I was delighted to be approached to join Lifeskills as a Director as I know the centre well professionally, but also through personal involvement. I have a 16 year old daughter who has very fond memories of her own visit to Lifeskills and values what she learnt on that day.
I spent several years as a volunteer helpline counsellor for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, a national charity based in Bristol which aims to help people of all ages who have been affected by parental alcohol abuse – an issue which is very close to my heart.
I enjoy going to the theatre, especially to see productions at the Tobacco Factory close to my home in Southville.
I am Assistant Head at Greenfield E-ACT Academy Primary School. I have a son who is six years old and two step daughters who have both been to Lifeskills with their Primary School, and thoroughly enjoyed it!
My wife works for Bristol Water and is enthusiastic about any possible links they could have with Lifeskills in the future.
As a class teacher, I have brought 3 classes to the Centre and each class has gained so much from their trip and learned an enormous amount.
Out of work, I enjoy sports such as football and swimming and am very aware of how important staying fit and healthy is to both children and adults alike. I am very excited about this opportunity to work alongside the staff and everyone associated with Lifeskills!