We are delighted that Tamsin Martle, founder of Skynote Consulting, became Bridge Builders’ Chair of Trustees earlier this year. We invited Tamsin to share a little about her background and what drew her to this role.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background
My parents were school teachers and I was born in Oakham, Leicestershire. When I was nine we moved to Cheltenham where my father was a Headmaster. We lived on site in the term times but relocated every holiday to our own smallholding in the Welsh Black Mountains. It was an idyllic existence as I enjoyed smart Cheltenham and then untouched wilderness and freedom.

I graduated from Durham University and then worked in financial marketing and communications in London advising blue chip companies. After twenty years I career transitioned into leadership coaching and business development and founded my own company Skynote Consulting. I currently work with businesses, schools and charities.

Why are you interested in the work of Bridge Builders?
After I moved from London to Warwickshire I experienced a personal and painful sadness. This was new to me. One day on an errand I drove into Coventry where I saw the sign Coventry City of Peace and Reconciliation. Knowing full well the destruction that Coventry had endured in WW2 it ignited a fire in me to better equip myself with tools to handle the problem in hand.

I phoned Coventry Cathedral and was soon in contact with Bridge Builders attending my first training course. I was hooked in the pursuit of a vision in which communities could manage differences and tensions with skill, not just for now but for our future generations.

What attracted you to the role of Chair for Bridge Builders?
In all honesty, I hadn’t thought of myself first up as Chair of Bridge Builders. However, Executive Director Colin Moulds and Graham Shorter, Treasurer, both recognised that my skill base matched the current needs of Bridge Builders at this point in time. My life experiences combine with business acumen, leadership coaching/training, a passion for equipping this and the next generation in how to deal effectively with tension and disagreement, underpinned by my living faith.

What are you looking forward to in your work with Bridge Builders?
I am at my best when there is challenging work to be done. It is a privilege to be a part of the Bridge Builders team who are creative, passionate, Godly, driven and fun to be with.

We have worked to create a revised and robust business plan and we will be implementing it over the next two years. When the delivery of that plan meets our targets I will be enormously proud of our hard work.

What hobby or interest can Bridge Builders’ staff and Trustees look forward to hearing about?
I love the outdoors and creating new things and I regularly have a building or garden project on the go. Whilst I no longer live on a smallholding, my two dogs, two cats, three chickens, two guinea pigs and an aquarium of fish give me great delight. I mustn’t forget though to mention my wonderful husband and three gorgeous children!