Simon Bull - Chief Executive
A founder member of Vita Nova Simon initially acted in the play: 'Scratchin' the Surface' for its first year. It was quickly and clearly evident that the planned short term project was having a huge beneficial impact on both the young people in the audience and on the volunteers, Simon realised it had to continue, at that point he started to fundraise, build and develop the company.
Simon's previous experience in business and finance is a great asset to Vita Nova. He also gained experience while working in a treatment centre, at EDAS where he developed the Poole Aftercare in the Community Service and through Counselling training.
Dave Walker - Project Worker
Dave was a volunteer with Vita Nova for over two years prior to being employed by the organization. His background is in Human Resources.
Mark Harris - Chair of Trustees
Having worked for approaching twenty years as a Chartered Surveyor, with the past 11 spent living in Bournemouth, Mark has in recent years also started his own business as a freelance film maker and photographer. With a particular interest in documentary projects and working with community stories and groups, he made a short film for a local project involving those in recovery, and this led him to now having a particular passion to combine his skills in the creative arts with those in addiction and recovery. He also spent 15 years as a Trustee of a charity working in the Middle East, 8 years of which were spent as Chairman.
Julian Thompson - Treasurer (Trustee)
I am a Chartered Surveyor and Housing Specialist who was Head of Housing at one of the major London based multi-national Consultancies till 2008 when I set up a small practice specialising in affordable housing, an area in which I have 30+ years' experience. I have also served as a Board Member of a Housing Association and as a Trustee of a local church based charity where my wife and I head up the outreach to those in recovery from addiction, an area where we have worked for over 25 years. My extensive business experience and outreach to those in recovery attracted me to offer my time to Vita Nova
In 2011 Rosa graduated from the University of Glasgow with BA (Hons) in English Language, specialising in Sociolinguistics and Phonetics. She has sinced moved back home to Bournemouth to gain experience in the Charity sector, looking to develop a career working with vulnerable young people. Read more...
Valerie Jolliffe - Trustee
I was in the retail industry with my own Ladies Fashion shop from 1978 until 1989 when I became a Partner with my husband in the manufacture and selling of Fireplaces. I did all the administration for the business including buying materials, bookkeeping and running the shop and of course hiring and firing staff as required. In 2001 I was President of Soroptimist International of Bournemouth when I met Sharon Muiruri with members of Vita Nova and was happy to be able to support the group as our Charity for three years. This association has continued since then and we help each other out from time to time. I feel privileged to be a Trustee of this worthwhile organisation.
Ted Taylor - Trustee
Ted was a Youth worker for many years, building up positive relationships, enabling young people to improve their potential, confidence, self-esteem and negotiating skills.
He is also a former Councillor, representing the people in the Kinson South Ward, an important role in listening to peoples issues and finding solutions together and was Mayor of Bournemouth 2005/6.
I was asked to go along to a Trustees meeting and say a little something about my experience(s) with Vita Nova. "Ok" I said. "Welcome to the board" they said. So here I am both trustee and associate artist. What an honour.
I joined Vita Nova in 2009. I have taken part in the Community Challenge and Alcohol Awareness projects in primary schools, attended creative writing, music and devising workshops, delivered school talks,Read more...
Sharon asked a group of seven recovering addicts to make a play with her about drug awareness for young people. The end result was Scratchin’ the Surface (1999). As a result Vita Nova was founded in the same year. Sharon then co director of Bournemouth Theatre in Education (BTIE) went on to be Vita Nova’s Artistic director.Read more...