Our Trustees

Nicola Barber - Founder

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Nicola is a primary school teacher in Nottingham, foster carer, taekwondo instructor and parent. Before embarking on her teaching journey, Nicola decided that her passion lay in helping the vulnerable children in Nottingham, therefore decided to complete her teaching training through Nottingham City Primary SCITT. 

Through Nicola’s experiences with children, she has decided to make a difference to some of Nottingham’s most vulnerable. Following an idea from the USA and press items in the UK, Nicola decided to design a solution to the bin liner crisis that children entering the care system often find themselves in. Gaining ideas from these successful charities, and with the support of family and friends, My Bag was created. 

Outside of work Nicola participates in taekwondo, enjoys watching football and the Nottingham Panthers, and doing family activities e.g. swimming or going to a local farm.

nicola@MyBagCharity.co.uk

Stuart Ferguson - Co-Founder

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Like generations before him, Stuart was born and bred in Nottingham. Together with wife Karen, the Ferguson’s have been Nottingham City foster carers since 2010, primarily respite and emergency care, along with a couple of short term placements. Children have stayed for as little as one night to 18 months. 

Prior to early retirement in 2016, Stuart worked in sales and marketing, predominately in consumer electronics and mobile smartphones and latterly he helped smaller high tech crowd funded startup companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Stuart enjoys walking his two dogs, tracing his family tree & is a season ticket holder at the Nottingham Panthers and Manchester City.

stuart@MyBagCharity.co.uk

Steph Mallory - Legal

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Steph is a solicitor, who trained with Clifford Chance and worked in Eversheds in London, Birmingham and Nottingham before moving in-house with Experian. Steph works on a variety of different commercial contracts for the UK procurement team.

Steph was born in Nottingham and met Stuart and Nicola through a shared interest in their football team. Since Steph’s return to Nottingham, she has been heavily involved in helping to make Nottingham City a better place for young people, including becoming a governor at Djanogly City Academy in 2016. The school has recently been listed as the second most improved school in the country.

Outside of work, Steph enjoys playing badminton and travelling around the country and Europe.

steph@MyBagCharity.co.uk

Oliver Rolling - Finance

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Oliver graduated from Loughborough University; achieving a 1st class honours Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Financial Management. Oliver then spent 4 years working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, focusing in corporate audit. This is when he became a chartered accountant with the ICAEW. 

These days, Oliver runs his own Nottingham based business. He is also heavily involved in his local Round Table, raising money for charities and good causes in the area.

Outside of work, Oliver enjoys walking, socialising, attending the Nottingham Panthers and travelling.

oliver@MyBagCharity.co.uk

David Mellen - Advisor

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David was born and educated in Ipswich and came to Nottingham to study at Nottingham Trent University in 1982. 

David has taught for 21 years in the city and the county, starting his career at Jesse Boot Junior School and most recently serving as Headteacher at Mellers School in Radford for 4 years.

David works part time as a Children's Worker for New Life Baptist Church in West Bridgford. 

David has lived in Sneinton for the last 28 years and serve on the management committee of Bakersfield Community Centre and supports a variety of other community groups. In May 2015, David was the parliamentary candidate in Rushcliffe for the Labour Party.