Bonnie Hewson joined Power to Change in September 2015 and oversees the Empowering Places programme and other place-based work.
For the past decade, Bonnie has worked with community-led projects and enterprises focused on community resilience. She has worked for charities, local authorities and small businesses across a number of sectors, including cultural heritage, the arts, environmental sustainability, and eco-tourism. Whilst working at the Soil Association, she developed their Community Supported Agriculture programme and launched the Community Supported Agriculture Network. For eight years, she was involved in community-led local food and farming projects, which she loved, and she was very proud to be nominated in the Green Hero category of the Bristol Post’s Bristol 2015 European Green Capital Awards for her work on establishing Bristol Food Producers, a community benefit society supporting local food growers in and around Bristol.
Bonnie also has a doctorate relating to how communities use of performing arts archives and she used to run a small theatre company in her spare time. Bonnie is currently a Trustee of Windmill Hill City Farm, manages a small allotment and enjoys cuddles with her cat Bob whilst knitting odd creatures.
“I love working with people who are full of passion for what they do, who have a deep understanding of both local needs and how their work fits into the wider picture. It is a privilege to be able to support, and learn from, people who have such integrity and a genuine drive to make their communities better for everyone who lives there.”
Follow Bonnie on Twitter: @localcraftivist