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Meet The Team

Our team work tirelessly throughout the year to put on a fantastic festival for the community. Most of people on the committee are either in recovery themselves or work in the field. Allow them to introduce themselves.



Hi, I'm Clare. I've been coming to the Recovery Festival since it began in 2013 and have been on the committee for the past 5 years. The Recovery Festival changed the way I engaged with my work and with the world around me and within me. I am inspired by being with people so full of hope, compassion, creative energy and openness to change.

I am a retired doctor; I previously worked as a GP with the Homeless Health Service and Bristol Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service. I was involved in pioneering the Bristol Wet Clinics, which offer medical care, advice and support to street drinkers and others whose complex needs cannot be met by more conventional services.


I’m Liz and I’ve enjoyed attending the Recovery Festival in previous years, pre-pandemic. I joined the committee as Complimentary Therapies Coordinator. I work in Recovery Services and am also a trained Complimentary Therapist Practitioner. I am excited about the Festival returning to the Trinity Centre in 2023 and giving those attending the opportunity to experience the benefits of various therapies.


Hi, my name’s Sophie and I work with volunteers and creative arts groups at Bristol Drugs Project.

I’ve been involved in the Recovery Festival since 2015, having brought Rising Voices Recovery Choir, Bristol Recovery Orchestra and Stepladder Drama to perform each year.

I joined the committee in 2021 and am excited about getting more people in to perform at next year’s festival and to fly the flag of creativity in recovery!

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I'm Hayley and I am a retired Financial Controller. I previously worked for a number of large businesses before starting and running my own niche consultancy firm in Bristol.

 Now I enjoy giving back by volunteering. 

I chose the Recovery Festival because it is resourced solely via volunteers and the idea of celebrating success from addiction is a great advert for those thinking of going into recovery. 

2022 is my first year as Treasurer. I am excited to be part of this vibrant and dedicated committee, ensuring the festival grows bigger and better each year.


Mutual-Aid Coordinator

Hi I'm Ade, I am a Peer Coordinator at DHI, and I'm a member of the Rec Fest team. I was first involved in the Recovery Festival setup back in 2016 when it was held in Broadmead. I am currently involved in this year's Mutual Aid set-up. It's great being part of a team which is moving forward and getting the Rec Fest truly on the map in Bristol!!

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Arts & Creative

I’m Phil and I work with Peers for Developing Health & Independence in Bristol. I attended my first Recovery Festival in 2016. I subsequently became involved in the Festival the following year, where I delivered an alternative photography workshop creating Cyanotypes. In 2018 I became part of the committee, took on the role of Secretary, and again delivered a Cyanotype workshop. In 2021 I was part of the committee that delivered an online festival. I held responsibility for Arts and Creative activities at last year’s festival and look forward to doing so again at a bigger and even better Recovery Festival this year.


Volunteer Coordinator

I'm Sam. I am the Social Action Manager at The Care Forum (TCF). I first attended the Recovery Festival in 2016 and then attended every year since. I have seen the growth of the festival and I have helped run stalls at several of them. I joined the committee as Secretary in 2020 to help organise the online event. Since then, I have become the Volunteer Coordinator for our return to an in-person event.

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