The Elders


Although The Wisdom Space is legally incorporated as a Community Interest Company with two non-executive directors, our approach is strengthened by the ongoing support and commitment of more than 15 volunteers and mentors, including an external advisory board – the Elders.

Our Elders are inspiring local people from a variety of backgrounds and generations who provide important impartial advice, scrutiny on our decision making, and offer their skills, knowledge and expertise to help shape what we do. We are so grateful to every one of them for sharing their time, energy and wisdom.

You can find out more about Elders below, including why they became an Elder for The Wisdom Space.

We welcome enquires from anyone who would like to find out more about becoming an Elder in the future through our Contact Us page.

Elder Sue Brayne

Sue Brayne is an astrologer, author, speaker and podcast host. She has written several books on how to talk more honestly and openly about death and dying and is the creator of the Granny Mo picture books which help young children and adults to talk together about death and dying. She regularly facilitates Death Cafes and hosts Embracing Your Mortality, a podcast that explores our relationship with death, dying and consciousness.

‘We are all experiencing such massive changes both globally and individually, and I believe this is a chance to do things differently. The Wisdom Space offers the opportunity to bring us together as a community to explore what really matters as our uncertain future continues to unfold.’

James Atkinson is a retired science teacher and former psychiatric nurse. He now lives in Bradford-on-Avon and has several voluntary roles in the local community. James is committed to following sustainable principles and has spent most of his life promoting ethical shopping, recycling and vegetarianism.

“I have experienced the power of The Wisdom Space first hand, originally joining as an attendee not knowing anyone. Since then, I have become part of the community, finding commonality and connection among people who would otherwise have just been strangers living nearby.” 

James Atkinson Elder
Sue Judge Elder

Sue Judge is a Nutritional Therapist, corporate wellbeing coach and Living Well facilitator for one of the UK’s leading cancer charities Penny Brohn in Bristol. She is passionate about nature and has a thirst for seeking knowledge to life’s deeper questions. 

‘I am honoured to be part of The Wisdom Space, to hold space for open curiosity where we can join together to explore what really matters. Commnity is one of the building blocks of society and I believe that we are defnied by our compassion and humanity towards others.

Husband and wife team Bindi Gauntlett and Alec Stansfield have over 40 years experience of using the human givens approach to help people, families, and organisations address and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Bindi is a trainer, author, mentor for mothers, founder of The guilt free Mum. Alec is a Fellow of the Human Givens Institute, personal development coach, keen musician and continues to develop his lifelong interest in patterns. Together they co-founded in8 and developed the very popular Anxiety Freedom Cards.

One of our favourite things is gathering around a campfire, sharing stories, ideas and silence. We are interested in all aspects of consciousness and growth and are excited to be part of this wisdom sharing space’

Bindi Gauntlett and Alec Stansfield Elders
Helen Saunders

Helen Baker is passionate about social change through craftivism; a gentle yet effective form of protest that combines craft and activism. Her craftivism campaign to encourage women to have smear tests has been so successful that it featured in a BBC4 documentary called ‘Craftivism: Making a Difference’. Helen is also a marketer, working part time with small businesses who want to make a big impact and also for Pahar Trust Nepal, a Bristol-based charity that builds schools to improve education in remote Himalayan villages in Nepal. To read more about Helen and her work, please visit

‘I am thrilled that The Wisdom Space has been set up to benefit and enrich our thriving community. Wisdom allows us the opportunity to be curious, to listen, learn, grow and change, sending out small ripples that may lead to bigger more impactful change.’

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