Sarah Bird

Sarah has 15 years of experience working in timebanking. After setting up and running a time bank, she became passionate about the model and the way it values people for who they are and what they can do, regardless of their age, ability or background. Sarah went on to be a timebanking consultant and project manager for Timebanking UK and is now the organisations dedicated and inspiring chief executive. 

Sarah continues to develop partnerships and networks across the UK and envisages a country where people in every town and city can access a mechanism of coproduction. Sarah is constantly seeking collaboration and support to grow the timebanking movement to take the pressure off statutory health and social care services. She delivers talks, presentations and training days and is always happy to show how the timebanking model can benefit individuals, communities and organisations. 

Sarah loves her pet dogs and has recently branched out, acquiring some chickens. She loves travelling, gentle runs (she recently completed the Bath Half Marathon – remotely) and growing sunflowers.

Our team

staff

  • Sarah Bird
  • Martin Simon
  • John Biesse
  • David Doherty
  • Maria Ardley
  • Femi Oyetunde
  • Rizi Shafique
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Martin Simon

Martin Simon’s work has extended from that of a poet and a philosopher to a leading social activist, from a left wing radical to a humanist and a social innovator. Throughout his working life he has been driven by a passion for participation, mutuality and social justice. 

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John Biesse

John’s role is to develop new time banks, with local communities and in partnership with other organisations who can see the potential and benefits that a time bank will offer to local people.
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David Doherty

David was born in Stroud, and has been in the local area for all of his 21 years. He joined Timebanking UK straight from further education and his main role is to support the head office in Stroud.

As a firm proponent of the value of the individual, the ground-level approach that timebanking offers was instantly appealing to David, and working with timebankers has only increased that interest and passion.

 

 

Our team

staff

  • Sarah Bird
  • Martin Simon
  • John Biesse
  • David Doherty
  • Maria Ardley
  • Femi Oyetunde
  • Rizi Shafique
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Maria Ardley

Maria manages Timebanking UK’s Social Media Communications.

She formerly managed the social media for Flight Free UK.  She has a passion for social media and communication as it is vital to the success of any campaign or organisation.

 

Our team

staff

  • Sarah Bird
  • Martin Simon
  • John Biesse
  • David Doherty
  • Maria Ardley
  • Femi Oyetunde
  • Rizi Shafique
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Lord Low of Dalston CBE

Colin Low, a law scholar and former chair of the RNIB, has been a lifelong campaigner for the rights of blind and disabled people, especially in the field of education.

Lord Low says, “Everyone in society is of value no matter what their age, ability or background. Timebanking helps people realise their self-worth, building local support networks helping to address the social care crisis and end loneliness. Timebanking UK provide the resources needed to set up and run time banks in communities and I’m pleased to support their vision and mission.”

Our team

staff

  • Sarah Bird
  • Martin Simon
  • John Biesse
  • David Doherty
  • Maria Ardley
  • Femi Oyetunde
  • Rizi Shafique
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Daljit Ghai

Daljit brings to TBUK his extensive experience of facilitating strategic business growth in the corporate environment. He has managed operations across sites throughout Europe and Asia. Daljit also supports SME businesses as a consultant, aiming to increase efficiency and maximise profits while maintaining integrity and transparency. In terms of TBUK’s work, Daljit is particularly interested in the removal of barriers to access, and in timebanking within the Criminal Justice System.

Our team

staff

  • Sarah Bird
  • Martin Simon
  • John Biesse
  • David Doherty
  • Maria Ardley
  • Femi Oyetunde
  • Rizi Shafique
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Hannah Foley

Hannah joined Timebanking UK in 2019 as the charity’s youngest trustee. Currently, a full-time law student at Southampton University she hopes to offer a youth perspective on TBUK’s activity. Her strengths lie in presenting and creativity, and she’s a keen problem solver. Hannah has been involved in timebanking throughout her life, starting at the age of seven when she taught reading and writing to a time bank member. Hannah likes to stay busy with new enterprises, studying and playing sports with friends.

Our team

staff

  • Sarah Bird
  • Martin Simon
  • John Biesse
  • David Doherty
  • Maria Ardley
  • Femi Oyetunde
  • Rizi Shafique
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