Meet The Team

The Bristol Pound is run by a dedicated and talented team including:

Ruby Szarowicz

Membership Development Manager

As the Membership Development Manager, Ruby is responsible for recruiting new members and looking after our existing members.

Ruby has spent years managing member relationships and organising events for charities, NGO’s and non-profit organisations. She has experience in developing and delivering members services.

For any queries on individual membership contact Ruby on: ruby.szarowicz@bristolpound.org

Laurie King

Community Liaison Manager

Laurie is the Community Liaison Manager at Bristol Pound CIC, running events in different areas of Bristol to engage the wider community with the scheme.

Previously, Laurie has co-ordinated projects for charities, specialising in community gardening, education for sustainability and environmental campaigning.

She also works part-time for Sims Hill Shared Harvest.

Laurie is the point of contact if you are interested in volunteering for the scheme or hosting an event laurie.king@bristolpound.org

Ken Simpson

Business Relationship Manager

Ken has spent his working life in the retail sector, from being a Saturday boy with Asda through a variety of store manager roles with some once famous names in food retailing, to his final position in retail as Audit Controller for Somerfield.

Following redundancy from Somerfield Ken joined Post Office Ltd working at their head office in London as their Retail Advisor, to help Post Office understand the needs of their subpostmasters and deliver the sustainability of the Post Office network.

Since leaving Post Office Ken has set up his own business - Make More Margin Ltd which aims to help retailers, restaurateurs and publicans make more money from their businesses. Ken uses his skills, experience and contacts developed in over four decades in the retail industry to identify opportunities to save costs, add range and improve trading terms.

Ken has recently started working with Bristol Pound to develop business networks in the city.

Ken sits on the West of England LEP Retail, Distribution and Rural committees, is a regular judge on the British Retail Industry Awards competition, and is the Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Bristol and the regional Chair for Gloucester and West of England.

Ken is the point of contact for business members and can be contacted via ken.simpson@bristolpound.org

Adam Rich

Communications Manager

Adam is an experienced new economist with a background in sustainability and a specialism in local currencies. He has been a key member of the team which launched the Exeter Pound in 2015 and recently created a research film on social currencies in Catalonia.

With expertise in videography, graphic and web design, Adam is a keen advocate of sustainable economics and devotes his time to progressive social enterprise.

Adam is the point of contact for getting the message out about the Bristol Pound, writes the newsletters and manages social media. Contact him via adam.rich@bristolpound.org