Meet The Team
Bex discovered HH in 2009 and immediately felt destined to support the project to achieve sustainability. Trained as a life coach Bex is supporting the Coexist management team to be the best they can be, dedicated to the vision of harmonious coexistence.
She is currently supporting the creative common project at Temple quay and works freelance for elantlc.org as a trainer and life-coach.
Oh and if you ever get a chance to hear Bex sing, there’s a fair chance it will bring a tear to your eye.
Brendan Tate is Hamilton House's original smiley face wonder bean. The question should really be, what doesn't he do. In between co-ordinating events and room bookings, Hamilton House maintenance and managing communications, Brendan also likes to run around silly with the Easton Cowboys and pedal like mad on his royal blue Claud Butler. According to Brendan, Thursday nights are the best nights to go out - here you'll often find him downstairs in the Canteen or somewhere else on the Croft, smiling at the world...
Brought up on a Suffolk farm, Jamie studied psychology and went on to become a certified drama therapist in London. Over the years he has worked as a, therapist, chef, gardener, festival organiser and builder.
In 2008 he co-founded Coexist Community Interest Company in Bristol combining many of his different passions for community development. In the last two years he has co-developed The Canteen and No1 Harbourside cafe/bar/restaurants and has aspirations to develop more community enterprises.
Recently he has been involved in the creation of an urban enterprise project called 'Creative Common' and is developing an international sail trade initiative called 'The New Dawn Traders'. Future projects are going to focus on the role of food in change-making and community development.
Tom is mostly a freelance consultant to businesses and projects with strong social and environmental purposes. And he supports Coexist with its financial and strategic management too.
He's worked helping support community projects his whole life, starting as a teenager within the Society of Friends and ended up back in Bristol in 2006 supporting people to start new community projects, charities and social enterprises across the South West as a development worker for the Scarman Trust. He's also a Director of Bristol Green Doors CIC, a social enterprise that runs eco-open homes events.
Otherwise he loves getting up into the hills or getting his hands dirty on the allotment.
Flo has lovingly supported the development of the Hamilton House tenant community since joining Coexist in 2010. Her abundent care and flowing red hair make her an unmistakable much loved character in the building.
Flo can be seen travelling the continent on her bicycle, kicking back at a UK festival or worrying about a world ruled by octopuses (octopai?).
I’m addicted to interesting projects and constantly amazed by our ability as human beans to create change in a good way.
I thrive on being around positive people and being part of something that is striving to make an impact and be creative, innovative and fun all at once.
I am one of the guardians of this amazing beast that is Coexist, and am very grateful to be entrusted with this role. I am also an excellent blagger.
Cat is a dedicated leader of healing and nutrition at Hamilton house. Her commitment to making low cost healing available to all has driven her to successfully open the wellbeing centre on the 4th floor, bringing low cost healing for the people to the people.
She is also our leading, in-house massage therapist, making available first class Bengali and Sematics treatments to our community.
Lioba loves the many flavours and expressions of the planet's diversity including all of its different cultures, languages, cuisines and healing modalities.
Lioba is passionate about movement, dance, yoga and the healing arts. She's here to help promote all of the wonderful therapists nestled away in the Wellbeing area at Hamilton House and is herself a Shiatsu therapist and yoga teacher.
Designing and collating the Hamilton House Programme and maintaining the website. A professional double bass player with a passion for travel.
Matt’s favourite experiences include jumping out of a plane at 18,000 feet and diving with sharks in Nassau, Bahamas.
Alongside co-ordinating kitchens, markets, co-ops and life Cori Flynn also enjoys fine dining, homebrewing, growing rocket and sipping cider whilst singing sea shanties on top of the beautiful boat that she resides in; The Trooper.
Although she has succombed to some aspects of modern living, what she really wants is to live a simple life with the eating, preparing and sharing of food at the centre of it all!!
Sarah Flint is the lady who sits on a large blue ball on the fifth floor and tries to bring order to chaos.
She hates maths and looking at a computer all day and much prefers to write frivolous poetry, puzzle her way up a cliff with her bare hands or dig in the dirt. But she’s prepared to put up with interminable spread sheets and invoices as she thinks the people in Hamilton House are so nice.
After working at front of house for a year and now working with the events team.
Abi will most often be seen on reception at Hamilton House, however she does pop up from time to time in the art studios and office spaces when Flo is off on holiday.
She enjoys seeing and meeting all the different types that work, play and rest here and seeing their work.
On days off she can be found cycling the city on her way to her own studio or working at home on her new house.
Jo is the one who brings rock ‘n’ roll to the Front Desk. She is living in an alternate world full of bananas. According to her, life is based on different theories:
Violet Blue is made of 'summer skies' (…) 'and plums and figs, and the grape-blood of emperors’ Peanut butter is wonderful with Pringles and cookies Best way to confuse people is to smile at them for no reason!
Ruth joined the team at Coexist at the end of 2012, after volunteering for four months on the front desk.
She is dedicated to being a positive, helpful, and sunny face on the front desk for the people coming into Hamilton House, even when she really doesn’t know the answer to your question...
Ruth studied music, but in her spare time these days you’ll more likely find her baking a nice loaf of bread, or knitting a pair of socks by the fire.
For the last few years Nealey has been floating around the Coexist community as a massage therapist. She has recently set up an outreach branch of Wellbeing called ‘Community Conscious’ that aims to bring complementary therapy to anyone in need regardless of their background. Specifically, this project works with vulnerable adults who are linked in with local initiatives such as Dhek Bhal and Second Step, offering a variety of on-going treatments at low-cost.
When she isn’t working on ‘Community Conscious’ or her other multitude of jobs, she can be found wandering around the wilds of Scotland or some other far-flung place.