Meet The Team

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



Hi I'm Hannah, the Chair of the Recovery Festival. I work in service for ARA - Recovery For All and I have been involved in the Recovery Festival for over 6 years. In that time I have served in many different roles on the committee which lead to me taking on the role of Chair in 2020. The Recovery Festival has become a passion for me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Each year we offer a free event that celebrates recovery and brings the community together to help them understand addiction and recovery. I am proud to be part of such an inspiring committee. 



Hi, I'm Clare. I am a doctor, retired from working 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 advice, medical care and support to street drinkers and others whose complex needs cannot be met by more conventional services. I have been involved with the Recovery Festival since 2017. For me the festival changed the way I engaged with my work, and with the world around me and within me. It inspires me to be with people so full of hope, compassion, creative energy and openness to change.



Hi, I'm Savannah, I have been involved with the Recovery Festival since 2020, firstly managing the Social Media platforms for our 2020 event but I have now taken on the role of committee secretary, a role is more suited to my need for organisation and order. I currently work within the Drug & Alcohol services in Bristol as a Peer coordinator for Developing Health & Independence.

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

 Now I enjoy giving back via 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.


Complimentary Therapies 

I’m Liz and I’ve enjoyed attending the Recovery Festival in previous years, pre pandemic. I’ve 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 a Face to Face format in 2022 and giving those attending the opportunity to experience the benefits of various therapies.

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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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Arts & Creative

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 and 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 and I held responsibility for Arts and Creative activities. I am especially excited by the prospect of an in person festival in 2022 after a two year break caused by the Pandemic.


Volunteer Coordinator

I'm Sam. I am Peer Support and Workforce Development Team Leader at Developing Health and Independence (DHI). 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 changed my role to become the Volunteer Coordinator for 2021. I'm excited to be a part of the festival's future as it continues to grow and reach a larger audience.


Mutual-Aid Coordinator

Hi I'm Ade, I am a Peer Coordinator at DHI, I'm a member of the Rec fest team. I first was 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. Its 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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