About us

Membership of the Bridport Area Development Trust is open to local community groups and organisations.  The Trust has about 40 members, who elect the trustees and directors at the Annual General Meeting.

The trustees and directors of the BADT are all volunteers from the Bridport area community.

Tim Crabtree has 25 years experience in social enterprise development, first with organisations such as the New Economics Foundation and the International Institute for Environment and Development, later developing social enterprise support programmes in Bristol and Dorset.  With the West Dorset Food and Land Trust and Local Food Links Ltd, he set up Farmers’ Markets in Dorset, established a specialist workspace, the Centre for Local Food, developed a vocational training programme and created a catering enterprise for schools which achieved a £500,000 turnover and 24 jobs in 4 years.  He now works with universities, teaching about social enterprise and researching the role of collaboration within sustainable food systems, and also works with Wessex Community Assets in their work on community investment, affordable housing, local food initiatives and renewable energy.

Vince O’Farrell worked as an IT development project manager for computer manufacturers and software houses for over 25 years before starting his own IT support consultancy in 1996.  Attracted to primary education through his chairmanship in Berkshire of his daughter’s school governing body, and with family links to West Dorset, he moved to Bridport in 2001 to study for a PGCE at Exeter University.  He then taught in a local primary school and in adult education before returning to work in his own IT business.  He is a founder trustee of the Development Trust, and helps run a number of community and environmental groups in the Bridport area.

Sarah Williams, BA Hons, has lived in Bridport for 20 years  but has had links with West Dorset all her life.  She represents Bridport Town Council on the BADT.  She has been a Bridport town councillor since 2007 and in 2013 was elected Leader of the Council.  She is also a trustee of Bridport Museum.

Charles Palmer is a solicitor (non-practicing), formerly a partner in a London City law firm, where for many years he was head of real estate. He specialised in commercial property investment and development and has acted for investors, developers and banks as well as major occupiers. He has been involved with some of the biggest mixed use schemes to have been carried out in London, Birmingham and Manchester in recent years.  Charles has experience in representing charities and most recently acted for a leading London museum on its relocation to an iconic building in West London, undergoing a major grant funded refurbishment.  He now uses his legal experience within the voluntary sector, assisting charities with the intricacies of their property ownerships.

Michael Carter retired in 2006 from a professional career in Architecture & Design as Chief Executive and Chair of a commercial practice based in London with an extensive portfolio of work in Corporate, Commercial and Public sector projects. His subsequent involvement with the community of Bridport has included an appointment as School Governor and subsequently as Chair of Governors to Bridport Primary School and Chair of Amateur Sports Club, Bridport Gig Rowing Club.  His current commitments include a continuing directorship of Bridport Gig Club Ltd which has been reconstituted as a new Company Limited by Guarantee and Chair of Freehold, and Management Companies responsible for the management and administration of the Port Bredy Estate in Bridport.

Amanda Streatfeild was born and bred in Bridport as a member of one of the netting and rope manufacturing families.  She is recently retired from day to day running of Denhay Farms Ltd. where she and her husband established a high quality bacon business alongside the long established cheese and dairy farm.  Passionately concerned about the well-being of Bridport and the surrounding area, she has been chairman of Governors at Symondsbury C of E Primary School, chaired the Bridport Local Food Group establishing the annual Food Festival on the outskirts of Bridport, helped establish the Symene Community Land Trust, and is now a Trustee of the Bridport Museum and the Pilsdon Community (a Christian community supporting those in need of respite), member of the Bridport Local Area Partnership Steering Group, and a parish councillor for the past thirty years.

Trevor Ware worked in the Food Industry with senior posts in Unilever, Nestle and Geest Foods as a Marketing specialist  before eventually running his own small food business exporting Smoked Salmon.  He has recently completed degrees in both Maritime History and Art History at Greenwich and Sussex Universities.  Until September 2014 he was Chair of Bridport Arts Centre and held Non Excecutive Directorships with Baxters Food Group and South West Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

John West retired from Dorset County Council in 2013, where he designed and managed two whole-council change programmes and led a team providing project management support. He worked previously in audit and financial roles in other Dorset public sector bodies. He was a Weymouth & Portland councillor from 1997-2003, chairing the Planning Committee and also a Cabinet member. John formed and led South Dorset Friends of the Earth between 1988-1995. He has previously chaired and been active in various voluntary bodies. He is currently Chair of the West Bay Community Forum and is a member of the Steering Group of Transition Town Bridport. He has been involved in the West Bay Methodist Chapel/Discovery Centre project since October 2015.

Professor J Patrick Vaughan, CBE was a trustee with the BBC Media Action (previously BBC World Service Trust), BRAC International in Bangladesh and several other UK charitable organizations. He had an extensive career in international health and was made a CBE for his services to public health in developing countries. He was an NHS honorary consultant in public health in London and is presently Professor Emeritus at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He graduated in medicine from Guy’s Hospital, London. He has been a health adviser to the UK Cabinet Office in Downing Street, to the World Health Organisation, Geneva, and to the World Bank, Washington. He has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Switzerland, Tanzania and USA. He now lives in the Bride Valley near Bridport, Dorset.