Our People

The COP team have been involved in social change in Bristol for over 30 years.

The COP team have been involved in using sport for social change in Bristol since the 90’s.

They are passionate about improving the life chances of young people and creating opportunities so that they can fulfil their potential.

Amy Kington


Amy has previously served as a special police constable with Avon and Somerset Police, a position that she held for 10 years. She has also worked for Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol City Council, The Football Association and Bristol City FC.

Whilst working in each of these organisations Amy’s work has been recognised through the achievement of national awards.

Holly Maurice

Head of Events & Fundraising

Holly is the pioneering woman behind Bristol Together Championships and Bristol Young Heroes. Holly specialises in events management and is deeply passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people.

In her spare time, she supports organisations to bring people together and make a difference in some of the most deprived parts of the City! Holly is a proud mum to two wonderful boys!

Lucy Wellings


Lucy has worked for The Football Association in a variety of roles for the last 18 years including Director of Women’s Football in the South, Regional Manager for Development of Grassroots Football in the South West, Senior National Game Delivery Manager, National Game Workforce Manager, National Game Business Support Manager and currently National Women’s Football Clubs Manager, developing The FA Women’s Super League.

As a parent bringing up a daughter in inner city Bristol, Lucy has a first-hand understanding of the challenges that young people in the city can be faced with. This and her passion to develop people through sport is why she is delighted to be a part of Community of Purpose to really make a difference in the city and help young people unlock their full potential.

Joe Kington


Joe undertook a work experience placement at Horse World (Bristol) which thanks to his hunger, vision and passion led to a part-time job and the opportunity to learn to ride horses. One day a Queens Guard visited the centre and saw him ride. He thought Joe had real talent and encouraged him to apply to the British Racing School. 350 people applied for 16 places and Joe was one of the fortunate individuals who was offered a place. At 16 Joe left Bristol and headed to Newmarket, the racing capital of the world.

Joe has had an incredible 13-year career in the horse racing industry working in the UK and abroad. He has held a variety of positions at top yards including; Richard Hannon, Marcus Tregoning, George Baker, Paul Nicholls and Alan Jarvis. During that time, he has worked with some of the most famous horses! Joe understands first-hand the importance of encouraging young people to follow their dreams and reach for the stars!

Cecile Gillard


Cecile is a charity and civil society lawyer, trainer and author, trustee and volunteer. She is proud to be helping charities and other organisations to make a difference for good.

Her work in her current professional role includes supporting charities, CICs, other social enterprises and other not-for-profit and civil society organisations throughout the UK. Cecile is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and other events and an author (with six current titles in print).

In her “spare” time Cecile is an active volunteer and a charity trustee. She also loves classical music and the arts, sport, history, heritage and birdwatching – especially showing members of the public the magnificent peregrine falcons that breed in the Avon Gorge.

Neil Houghton


Neil qualified as an accountant over 40 years ago, he has held senior posts in both industry and commerce and managed an overseas branch of an international practice before setting up his own accountancy practice in the ‘90s.

His areas of expertise include:

  • New business start-ups
  • Business structure and development
  • Personal and corporate tax planning
  • He is currently the chairman of Astrum Accountants.

In his spare time Neil enjoys Asian vegetarian cooking, looking after his wine cellar, walking and supporting Bristol Rugby Club.

Contact Community of Purpose

Why not get in touch with Community of Purpose today?

Tel: (0117) 382 5452 / Email: hello@communityofpurpose.com

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