About us

The West of England Rural Network is a charity which opened in 2012.  Our mission is to work with rural communities, organisations, groups and individuals across the West of England to improve the quality of their lives.

We aim to achieve our mission by:

  • Supporting and encouraging community-led action and strong local governance
  • Increasing the long term sustainability of local community life
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of people living and working in rural communities
  • Influencing policy and delivery of local services to achieve equity for rural communities


We are a membership organisation and you are very welcome to join us!                  

As a member of West of England Rural Network you will be entitled to receive a periodic information sheet and briefing, attend training sessions and stand as a trustee. Membership of the organisation is currently free of charge. To join us and support our activities, please complete our Membership form and return it to info(a)wern.org.uk or:

West of England Rural Network, Old Barn, Lady Farm, Chelwood, Bristol, BS39 4NN


Ian Alexander; a resident of Bath & North East Somerset, works for the Charity Bank across the South West area with extensive financial experience helping charities to become sustainable.  Ian is a trustee of a community centre and has trained as a Hallmark assessor.

Georgie Bigg; a resident of North Somerset, is currently working in the Voluntary sector specialising in Health & Social Care. Georgie is also the chair of Avonside CPRE (and involved at a national level) and is an active Parish Councillor.

Frances Tyson, a resident of Bath & North East Somerset, has recently retired from a senior management post at the University of Bristol.  Frances has been the chair of governors at two high achieving schools in Bath, and brings her expertise in strategic management and governance to the board.

Susie McKay, a resident of Bath & North East Somerset, spent most of her career in the Employment Service’s Disability Service, which provided a specialist assessment and work preparation service to disabled jobseekers. Susie then took up the post of Head of HR for the South West Regional Government Office and was awarded an OBE in 2007.


Chris Head, Executive Director

Dick Whittington, Rural Services Consultant

Denise Perrin, Village Agent Project Manager

Jill Baker, Project Officer

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