Our People

We are ONE team.

The Community of Purpose team have been involved in using sport and education for social change in Bristol since the 1990s.

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.

Gemma Box

Gemma Box

Events Manager

Before joining Community of Purpose, Gemma was a Project Manager for an award-winning immersive events company creating a range of magical theatrical experiences for both UK and international clients. She worked with a variety of clients including brands, retailers and cultural organisations, with a wide range of audiences, often with people who don’t engage with traditional theatre.

Gemma has worked in the event and hospitality industry for going on 15 years, spanning a number of industries including entertainment, education, retail and health. She has an eye for detail and a vision to produce events that are memorable and exceed expectations. During her time in the event industry Gemma has organised over 150 Christmas parties entertaining over 100,000 guests and worked on over 500 theatrical shows in 40+ cities and towns across the UK.

Gemma loves the works she does, and it is evident when you watch her in action. Her creative ideas are always brewing, giving new energy to every event she plans. Her experience includes managing events of all sizes from corporate meetings to knowing Father Christmas himself at her grottos.

As well, as loving the events she creates and getting her creative juices flowing. Gemma also enjoys, bike rides, yoga, running and the occasional adrenaline challenge such as sky diving. Family and friends are extremely important to Gemma and she believes this is where her love of events came from. It all started by organising family parties and birthdays and transforming a house or room into a party town and watching her family and friends faces light up when they saw the finished event.

Gemma’s favourite quote is “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun” from Mary Poppins so it is no wonder that Gemma was drawn to event management with her fun and entertaining nature.

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).


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. 


Joe Kington


Joe, having undertaken work experience at HorseWorld, was spotted by the Queens Guard and chosen to join a unique group at the British Riding School. At 16, Joe left Bristol for Newmarket and has had an incredible 13-year career working for the likes of Richard Hannon, Marcus Tregoning and George Baker. Joe understands first-hand the importance of encouraging young people to follow their dreams and reach for the stars!


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