Meet the team

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Jon Barr – Chairman

Jon Barr

I have lived in Portishead since 2007.  I became involved in the Portishead Open Air Swimming Pool during the refurbishment in 2009 and became a member of the Trust. Since then I have volunteered periodically and I was also chairperson of the Strategy Group for two years.

In May 2017 I stepped forward to become acting chairperson of the Board of Trustees when there was a request for new volunteers. Following the skills audit in September 2017, I accepted the role of chair and was elected as a Director of the PPCT at the AGM in November 2017.

I came to the Bristol area to study at Bristol University in 1983 and became a teacher after studying at Bristol Polytechnic in 1990-1991. Having taught in primary schools in South and East Bristol, I became a Headteacher in South Gloucestershire in 2001 and worked there until I became the Headteacher of St Barnabas CofE Primary School in Bristol from April 2018.

I am married to Jo and we have two children who have grown up in the town. Our daughter has worked at the pool as a lifeguard and is now studying at university. Our son attends Gordano School.

My experience of school leadership and governance in schools enables me to bring a wide variety of skills and knowledge into the Board of Trustees.


Andrew Butland – Finance Director

Andrew Butland

I have been a Trustee of the Pool since 2009 and have the official role of Finance Director.  I am married to Gerry and we now have two daughters, Erin and Eva.  We
moved to Portishead in 2008, and somehow got involved in the pool…  Prior to Portishead, we lived in Sydney, Australia for several years, but found the sun, sea and good life just a bit too much, so we made plans to come back to the UK.  On of the main attractions which drew us to Portishead was the Open Air Pool.

When not working for Aviva, doing d-i-y around the house or doing the Pool accounts, I wear lycra and call myself a triathlete.  This calls for a spot of swimming, so the Pool ticked the box.

Long before all this, I spent my early childhood in South Africa, and later years growing up in the UK.  I trained in Southampton as a chartered accountant, and later met Gerry.  She is also a keen supporter of the Pool and the cake selection at the Café!  It was Gerry who took me along to the Save the Pool Town March in 2008 and when a fellow triathlete asked me about putting together a financial business case for the Trust, the rest became history.


Andy Thatcher – Pool Operations Director

Andy Thatcher

I have lived in Portishead since 1988 and became involved with the pool soon after Christmas 2008 acting as a project manager in the initial refurbishment of the pool prior to its re-launch in 2009.

I became a director (for the first time) later in 2009 and currently act as chair of the pool operations team. I also co-ordinate our maintenance and improvements both poolside and in Café Lido which has involved some major works over the last few years.

Although I am now mainly retired my background is in building services engineering and project management which make me ideally suited to that role.

I am married to Barbara who is also very active as a pool volunteer looking after the website, public relations, season tickets and social media to name but a few of her activities. We have two children and two grandchildren who all live in the town.

I am also involved with the Portishead Christmas Lights where I am a team leader and as a governor at Ravenswood Special school.



Rachel Manning

Rachel Manning – Café Operations Director

I have lived in Portishead for 26 years with my husband and two children and have seen great changes in the town over the years.  I taught in one of the North Somerset secondary schools until 2013.  On leaving teaching, I started volunteering at the Pool, doing shifts on reception and in the tuck shop, as well as joining in with the winter working parties.  I quickly became more involved when I was asked to help with running the tuck shop and thoroughly enjoyed the hours I spent poolside.

When the last Café tenants were asked to vacate the premises, I was one of the team of volunteers who helped launch Café Lido to further support the Pool.  I have spent the last two years helping to build on the early success of the Café and provide a facility for the town of Portishead and beyond.  I was co-opted onto the Board in February 2016 and appointed at the AGM in November of that year.

I believe the Pool and Café are a vital part of Portishead life and we must ensure that they both have a vibrant future.


Nick Doddrell –  Trustee

Nick Doddrell

I was born in Clevedon, grew up in Nailsea and moved here from Bristol in 2003.  I spent my working life in the wholesale food industry and retired as a grocery buyer for a national wholesale grocer.

I started volunteering at the Café in July 2016.  I am also Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for my road and volunteer at the Curzon Cinema, the West Somerset Railway and Bristol Cruise Terminal.  I have been Honorary Treasurer for the Bristol Cruising Club for over 30 years.


Gill Gunnell –  Secretary

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the Pool since its resurrection in 2009 and am married to David, who was one of the original Trustees.  We have lived in Portishead for 23 years; our two

Gill Gunnell

girls both grew up here and went to Gordano School.  A keen (though highly unskilled) swimmer, I take the plunge at least once a week in the summer months.  Over the years, I have volunteered in both the pool and the cafe, and was co-opted as a Trustee and Secretary to the Board in May 2017.  I bring a good amount of administrative experience to the role, having worked a s the Sixth Form Office Manager at Gordano School for 10 years and as a Student Administrator at the University of Bristol for the past 4 years.

I believe the Trust is an amazing community facility and would like to play my part in ensuring its continued success.


Sally Pratt – HR Director

Sally Pratt

I have lived in Portishead for over 30 years and am passionate about supporting the community.

As an occupational therapist for 41 years, I have always been interested in fitness and health for all ages and at all levels of achievement.  Swimming has been close to my hears all my life, so volunteering at the pool since its re-opening continues to be a commitment for me.  My aim is to use any form of good communication that keeps the pool at the forefront of local activity.