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SANDRA GORDON

Vice Chair

My working career started as an admin assistant and I worked my way up through the ranks to Head of site running my own Call Centre. I was responsible for over 350 staff, which in a male dominated industries and one where there were not many senior managers from an ethnic background was quite an achievement. I was lucky enough to work with some great and trusted brands such as the BBC, Royal mail and Legal & General, who gave me the opportunity to develop, and continue studying and gain Operational experience within large Customer Service Organisations.
I utilised the opportunity of a career break to undertake voluntary work with kids in South Africa, and Ghana (teaching English and sport coaching) as well as volunteering as a job coach for the homeless in Bristol.
During this period I continued to study, and achieved qualifications in TESOL teaching qualification and became an accredited Life Coach.
The trip to Africa reignited my creative side and led to me starting my own creative business where I work collectively with Artisans in Africa. My ethos is to provide products that are ethically produced by a dedicated network of independent skilled artisans at a fair wage ethos. It is important to provide not only a platform to showcase their talents, but also to create a source of sustainable employment and growth opportunity for them.
Socially I am also involved in a few projects and enterprise that focus on supporting the under presented in the city to have the same opportunities to move forward in their lives.
Rise – Recognising Individual Successes & Efforts, is a social enterprise which acts as a catalyst towards the integration of the underrepresented community into the broader social and economics’ of Bristol. We create platforms for Business entrepreneurs from within under represented communities to be able to showcase themselves to a wider audience.
The Chair of ‘The Society’ whose vision is to have a thriving inner city with high rates of employment and enterprise opportunities, contributing to real social change and offering opportunities for the benefits of a society, where unemployment and poverty do not persist from generation to generation.
I am on the Board of Ujima Radio as well as presenting my own program which is use as a platform to promote and showcase members of our city who are striving in business and their community but do not always get a chance to be heard.
I currently work for Bristol Women’s Voice which is a powerful voice for women making women’s equality in Bristol a reality. We make sure that when key decisions are taken in the city women’s voices have been heard and their concerns acted upon.
At the heart of everything I do is about giving everyone a chance to be the best they can be and to bring balance and equality to those groups who are disadvantaged in our society. Giving everyone an equal opportunity to enjoy the rich cultural diverse landscape and services on offer in this thriving city, but not accessible to all.