Board Members

The current Board members of Bristol Pound CIC are:

Ben Heald

Business Member Representative

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.


Conan Wills

Individual Member Representative

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.

Mark Burton

Founding Director

Mark Burton is a co-founder of the Bristol Pound, and is Bristol Pound project manager at Bristol Credit Union (BCU), and is also on the team for the Guild of Independent Currencies. Mark ensures good cross organisational operations between Bristol Pound CIC and BCU are maintained.

Stephen Clarke

Director, Chief Finance Officer, Bristol Pound CIC.

As Chief Finance Officer Steve is responsible for overseeing the finances of Bristol Pound CIC. He is also on the core team for delivering the Bristol Prospects project.  A Bristolian, Steve was a practicing solicitor for 12 years and partner at a major commercial law firm. He is a Director of Bristol Green Week, a member of the Green Capital Momentum Group, and is involved in a number of other not-for-profit and social enterprises including Refuge Nepal where he is founder and chairman.

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.

Ciaran Mundy

Director, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Pound CIC

Ciaran Mundy is currently a Director at Transition Bristol Ltd. and previously a successful business entrepreneur in the telecoms and property sectors. He trained and worked as a research scientist in soil ecology and was a founding director of One World Wildlife which supports conservation, campaigning, education and research projects in the UK and overseas winning the 2010 Vincent Weir Scientific Award. Ciaran’s combination of interests led him to study economics with a focus on the role of money and banking in determining the type of economy we live in. He wants his current work to support the development of a fair, diverse, sustainable economy through more widespread involvement and local ownership.

Yoma Smith


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.

Graham Woodruff

Technical Director, Bristol Pound CIC

Graham is responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of the Bristol Pound and leads the Guild of Independent currencies project, as well as being a director of the Real Economy Co-operative. Graham also co-founded the Bristol Drawing School, is a fellow of the RSA and a patron of the RWA.