Bridget is the founder of dream on and the blossom charity. She is passionate about bringing out the best in people and providing the support and encouragement to others that she has had through her life.
After qualifying as an accountant she spent the first ten years of her career working in many different businesses varying from car manufacturing to consulting, gaining a broad understanding of business and financial management. Bridget’s career continued to progress culminating at RSA where she was UK CEO, one of only sixteen women to be a FTSE 100 executive director.
Attending a leadership course at a critical stage in her career made a huge impression on Bridget’s life and she subsequently benefitted from business mentoring. It is this experience that Bridget wanted to make available to women in all walks of life through dream on, and later, the blossom charity.
After successfully launching dream on, which combines her passion for helping women be the best they can and her love of fashion and style, Bridget saw that a dedicated charity was needed to maximise the help offered to women.
Bridget is married to Chris and lives in Suffolk. She and Chris have restored a small woodland and are both active in the local community where they live.
Angie Ralph joined as a trustee of the blossom charity in 2017. She has been a supporter of the charity since its launch. She is well connected in the local community and works tirelessly to help others. Angie brings experience of the needs of the local community and networks to help ensure that the charity reaches the right people.
In 2017 she was part of the team helping deliver the Guinness World Record attempt fashion show. Angie stayed awake for 30 hours to help this.
She is a mother of two, a friend of many and a Nanna as well. Angie is experienced in finance, bookkeeping and fundraising.
Shirley has been married to Graham since 1982. They have 3 adult children, a daughter and 2 sons. Shirley has lived in Suffolk since 1990.
As a teenager, Shirley was passionate about justice and fairness for all and read Law at Uni. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1984 and became an equity partner in a Solicitor’s practice in 1987, specialising in family and criminal law.
A life threatening illness changed Shirley’s perspective and she decided to give up practising Law with the arrival of her first child. However her legal background and love of learning continue to reinforce the work she does, helping individuals and organisations.
Shirley has been a long standing, dedicated member of the dream on and blossom team since 2008 and is a Trustee of the blossom charity. She is thrilled by the opportunity Blossom offers women to make sense of their lives and delights in coaching. With her natural, contagious positivity helping women to tap into their innate abilities to change and enjoy life with more direction, Shirley encourages women to have increased confidence and a greater sense of purpose. By developing their thinking, she supports and helps her coachees to connect with the positives in their lives.
Angie Doolin has been involved in the charity since its launch. She has seen first-hand the impact the charity can have, as her children have been supported by it.
In 2016 she bravely took to Alton Water and swam the Great East Swim helping fund-raise for the charity.
Angie is well connected in the local community, and has worked at the local village school. She now spends her time helping others (and their dogs!).
Angie can be seen lending a hand at many of the fundraising events and is in training to be a stylist at dream on!
David Sutherland retired from full-time employment and relocated to Suffolk from the North of England together with his wife, Sue in December 2021. He now works as a volunteer Community Developer and Fundraiser for the Forge Community Church and is a Trustee for The Blossom Charity and the Bury Drop In.
During COVID, he was the community development lead for a church in Bury Lancashire where they worked with the homeless and vulnerable, he also worked alongside the council and other organisations in the area of rough sleeping and those at risk of losing their accommodation and was Chair of Bury Homeless Partnership and was on the Greater Manchester Homeless Action Network Advisory Board
Prior to this, he worked for organisations of all sizes on the financial, systems and operational aspects of them, primarily in the area of logistics. He was a qualified graduate accountant.