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A board of directors, elected by members


Co-operatives are legally required to elect a board of directors. To ensure democratic accountability, directors have limited executive power but provide an added level of scrutiny within the co-operative.

As is the case with all co-operatives, the general membership retain the ultimate power, holding the capacity to elect and un-elect all officials within the co-op.

Directors do not play an executive and operational role in the day to day, but function as an advisory group for oversight and consultation on longer term planning of activities and strategies. The role involves meetings every two months, and ongoing consultation and advice according to the needs of the operational team.

Election Process

Since our first AGM in 2015 a broad range of people put themselves forward to join the board, offering a wide set of skills and experience. Please see here for the results of the directors election at the AGM 2018.

Elected directors

In no particular order:

Roseanna Dias

(Elected 2018)

Roseanna currently coordinates projects as part of Watershed’s engagement team for young people and families. Roseanna supports projects like Rife Magazine, and is experienced in running a collaborative, independent media platform. Roseanna is also experienced in mentoring young journalists, building partnerships and shaping activities aimed at young people.


Noelle Rumball

Noelle Rumball

(Elected 2017)

Noelle has spent most of her career defining and measuring success in the public sector, but has also spent some time doing freelance social policy research for think tanks and academics.


Abdi Mohamed

Abdi Mohamed

(Elected 2015)

I have years of valuable experience in project development, management, teaching, training and community development. I currently am Project manager (and co-founder) at Somali Media Group and Manager of a supplementary school.


Yuliya Kosharevska

(Elected 2018)

Yulia is studying for an MSc in Public Policy at the University of Bristol. She is co-founder and voluntary CEO of the Bulgarian NGO Treatment without Borders that supports patients who need treatment abroad. Yulia studied journalism at UWE Bristol where she learnt about media governance and the local community. Yulia was the news editor of the student newspaper Western Eye – and after leading a campaign against its censoring, won the UWESU media personality award.



Drew Rose

(Reelected 2017)

Having helped set-up the organisation, being involved as a writer, editor and organiser, I have seen it grow and develop. In that time I also became founding UK editor and now Director of Operations of The Canary, an independent online news outlet with national and global coverage.

I believe my skills in this position can help with the development of the Bristol Cable. The next year will be an exciting and challenging time for the Cable and I look forward to bringing in new talent to the board to support the staff, help us overcome barriers and thrive for years to come.

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Robert Triggs

(Since 2016, reelected in 2018)

After a languages degree, I trained as a lawyer. I advise on environmental/sustainability/climate change issues and renewable energy/low carbon projects. A vibrant journalism focused on the protection of the public interest is central to a healthy, democratic and reflective city and I wholeheartedly support the values and objectives of the Bristol Cable.


Kate Whittle

(Elected 2017)

I have been working in and with co-operatives for nearly 30 years and I am a strong believer in the benefits of the co-operative business model for individuals and for our society. I have been impressed by the Bristol Cable’s achievements in the short period since it was set up and I would be honoured to contribute my skills, experience and knowledge to such an innovative, empowering and frankly, desperately needed.

Kate Oliver

(Elected 2017)

I am keen that The Brilliant Bristol Cable has a long, healthy and successful life. To sustain its vision, energy and talent I would like to share my experience of governance, commissioning, income generation, management, policy and research in academia, strategic and local authorities, the voluntary sector and community activism. Erstwhile flexitime schooling national co-ordinator, foster carer of young unaccompanied asylum seekers and founder trustee at Bristol Refugee Rights, I am currently a founder director of Wernbrake Woodland social enterprise and the acting convenor for Bristol Walking Alliance pavements for pedestrians campaign.

Nathan Fitzpatrick

(Elected 2017)

I grew up in Bristol, and moved back just over a year ago to take up a job with the Avon & Bristol Law Centre. Before this, I completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, leading to a brief stint freelancing, during which it became increasingly clear to me that what I really wanted to write about was social welfare issues, and that I didn’t know enough to do this properly. This led to me volunteering in a local Law Centre, which in turn led me back to Bristol.

I care deeply about journalism, and am deeply concerned about the question of whether the media that we have is up to the task of challenging our current political systems. I believe narrative and analytical journalism is important, but that we are seeing too many comment pieces, and not enough reporting. The Cable seems to be an antidote to that, and rooted locally too. I want to support that. My journalistic studies were primarily focused on audio, and I am a big fan of podcasts, so I’d be very interested to see The Cable try out a project in this direction too, perhaps in collaboration with one of Bristol’s independent radio stations.


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