Ben Heald

Chair and Business Member Representative (elected)

I studied psychology at Bristol University, qualified as an accountant with KPMG, founded digital media company Sift in 1996 (based in Bristol with 150 staff), a trustee of Bristol’s music venue St George’s and Chairman of eFiling Limited. 

I’m passionate about Bristol; eg a vocal supporter for the yes campaign for an elected mayor in 2012, and a devoted advocate for Bristol Pound: giving Sift staff Bristol Pound rewards, offering staff £B11 for £10 from Sift’s £B ‘cash machine’, regularly naming and shaming restaurants on Twitter that don’t accept £B, and bringing Bristol Pound up in business conversations wherever possible.

 

Yoma Smith

Director, Special Advisor: Marketing Communications

Yoma is a marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience, in various sectors and organisations, in both Business to Business and Direct to Consumer services.  In addition to her corporate background she volunteers with charities, social enterprises and on occasional community events.

At Bristol Pound CIC, she applies her skills to support, in particular, the messages, engagement and scalability. Her advocacy stems from being passionate about sustainability, responsible citizenship and community empowerment – and wanting to contribute to socio-economic progress at grassroots levels.

Yoma would welcome shared-interest connections on LinkedIn or follows on Twitter @chillibronze.

David Hunter

Founding Director, Responsible for Institutional Engagement

David is a lawyer working for charity and third sector specialists, Bates, Wells & Braithwaite. He is the company secretary of The Community Farm, a community benefit society with 500 members, and sits and has sat on the boards of charities, Community Interest Companies and Housing Associations, as well as the Sustainable Future grants committee of Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. He recently completed the MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge Business School.

David's focus for the Bristol Pound has been on engagement with major institutions like Bristol City Council and employers in the city.

Conan Wills

Individual Member Representative (elected)

I am a Bristol resident of 15 years and user of Bristol Pounds since March 2013. At that time I was thinking a lot about sustainability and joined when I got excited about improving the local economy through the currency.

I am an IT professional and I exclusively use ‘text to pay’ when spending my Bristol Pounds. With the continuing increase in use of electronic payments I think that technology has to be the way to get the Bristol Pound into more pockets and ultimately achieve the sustainability it needs. I would like to support that agenda as a member of the board.

John Hirst

Director, Special Advisor: Commercial Partners and Visitor Economy

My current role is Chief Executive of Destination Bristol; our aim is to attract more people from all over the world to visit Bristol and to ultimately increase the value of the visitor economy,  which is currently £1.3b per annum; enjoying 27,000 people.

Prior to this role I spent 10 years working on a major retail project in central Bristol, which produced Cabot Circus and began the regeneration of Broadmead.

Katy Finnegan-Clarke

Director, Special Advisor: Campaigns, PR and Social Media

Katie is a dedicated social justice campaigner and innovator. After graduating with a First in Economic Anthropology, she went on to co-create and run the communications for Europe's most successful alternative currency - the Bristol Pound. Under her management, the scheme secured 100+ international, national and local news articles and fourteen national TV and radio features.

Since leaving the project, she has worked as a communications/campaigns consultant and partnerships manager for a wide variety of organisations including; 38 Degrees, Uber UK, Hollaback! London, British Transport Police and Campaign Bootcamp.


Sally Britton

Director, Special Advisor: Governance and Social Impact Finance

Sally Britton has been chair of the board of Investing for Good since December 2016. (IfG is a CIC which connects charities and social enterprises with investment capital in order to generate social impact.). She was formerly chair of the board of EIRIS from 2008 to 2015 (a social enterprise employing about 60 people in the UK, France and USA, and a leading provider of research for responsible investors into companies’ environmental, social and governance performance)

Since 1988, she has worked as a consultant, trainer and facilitator on corporate responsibility, sustainability and human rights; change management; and strategic, operational and business planning. Clients include multinational corporations, government agencies and NGOs/charities. Before that she worked for four not-for-profit organisations.

Sally has a degree in Economics, a Master’s in Responsibility & Business Practice, is a Fellow of the Schumacher Institute and a qualified social lead auditor. She is also a member of the Bristol Pound User Group

Stephen Hilton

Director, Special Advisor: Public sector and digital innovation

I am a City Strategist with 20 years experience who is passionate about using digital technology, creativity and data to inspire a society that is smart, green, connected, open and inclusive. 

As Director of Bristol Futures .Global I lead on creating authentic public - private - people - partnerships to drive smart cities, environmental sustainability, urban resilience and international relationships where everyone can contribute and everyone can benefit.

Over the previous 6 years, I worked as a senior Director within Bristol City Council and created a high profile team that achieved many successes for Bristol and inspired many other cities by, securing the title of European Green Capital 2015; becoming the first UK Rockefeller Global 100 Resilient City and official designations as a UK Future City Demonstrator and a 'Gigabit' Super Connected City. I also created and helped inspire many successful institutions and programmes including, Bristol is Open, Engine Shed, Invest in Bristol and Bath, Playable City, Open Data, the Bristol API and Ask Bristol.

Previously, I set up Connecting Bristol and became interested in Smart Cities through national work on technology and democracy and digital inclusion. I worked with Oxford Internet Institute and Napier University to evaluate the national impact of e-Democracy, winning a personal award as Government Innovator of the Year for this work.

I am also a Fellow of the University of Bristol Cabot Institute and a Board Director of Bristol Pound CIC, the leading local currency.

Nicholas Hemley

Director, Special advisor: FinTech Strategy and Innovation

I have a broad range of skills and experience that cover most aspects of management within small to medium sized companies, including man-management, office operations, technical sales and technical project delivery. I have a keen interest in collaboration in its widest sense i.e. a shared purpose for a committed group of individuals.

I am building the software development capacity at ScottLogic, a thriving software consultancy delivering software development and testing services to a varied client base. In my current role, the focus is on bespoke software delivery using collaborative teams. I am interested in blending teams and delivery processes to solve business problems, especially with a cross-functional agile approach. 

I have worked extensively over the past few years within the financial markets sector, in particular Liquidity Modelling and Client Intelligence. In addition I have considerable experience with organising and hosting technical developer events (e.g. Bristech).

Following on from a successful early career as a Technical Team Lead in software development roles, I now have over 12 years’ involvement in start-up and technology businesses across many different sectors including financial services, telecoms and health care.

Executive Directors

Ciaran Mundy, Roberta Sunderland and Stephen Clarke

Ciaran, Bobbie and Steve also sit on the board of directors, as well as holding paid staff roles. See staff team page for bios.