Meet The Team

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

Ciaran Mundy

Chief Executive Officer

Ciaran Mundy is a founder and Chief Executive of the Bristol Pound and a resident of Bristol since 2002. He previously worked as an entrepreneur in the telecoms and property sectors while supporting various social and environmental campaigns and research projects.

Ciaran trained and worked as a research scientist in soil ecology and was a founding director of One World Wildlife which ran and supported projects in the UK and overseas, winning the 2010 Vincent Weir Scientific Award. Ciaran was also the Finance Director at Transition Bristol for 10 years, supporting many community and city level projects addressing sustainability issues and which led to the emergence of the Bristol Pound. 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 all his work to support the development of a fair, diverse, sustainable economy through broader community involvement and local business ownership.

You can contact him on ciaran.mundy@bristolpound.org

Roberta Sunderland

Chief Finance Officer

Bobbie has been involved in the Bristol Pound since its inception, intially on a voluntary basis, then later joining the staff team. Bobbie has had a career in financial management for small businesses and has worked in management roles in finance for local government.

For many years, Bobbie has been involved in projects that support local food and sustainability goals and was part of the team that set up Sims Hill Shared Harvest, a community supported agriculture business. She is also a director of Real Economy (Bristol) Ltd. 

You can contact Bobbie about financial matters and the Bristol Pound on roberta.sunderland@bristolpound.org

Stephen Clarke

Head of Compliance

As Compliance Director Steve is responsible for dealing with all the regulatory, legal and contractual matters of Bristol Pound CIC. He sits on the main board of the CIC. He is on the core team for the delivery of the Independent Money Alliance (IMA) and is on the delivery team for the ‘loans in Bristol Pounds’ team. 

A Bristolian, Steve was a practicing solicitor and an equity partner at a major commercial law firm. He is a former 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. He is also currently an elected Green Party Councillor for Southville Ward.

You can contact Steve on stephen.clarke@bristolpound.org

Martin Rüegg

Technical Manager

Martin Ruegg is the Technical Manager for Bristol Pound who works to develop and improve our technical systems. Martin believes strongly in the power of local currencies, and uses his skills to make them happen!

Through successive jobs in software engineering, stress testing and project management Martin has built significant experience in technical support and development.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Freienbach, Switzerland.

Contact Martin on martin.ruegg@bristolpound.org

Claire Lorimer

Finance Officer

Claire Lorimer is the Finance Officer for the Bristol Pound. Claire has had a varied career in both commercial and not-for profit sectors. She is an experienced Finance professional with a demonstrable history of providing robust financial management.

Claire is AAT qualified and is part way through ACCA qualifications with a commitment to CPD. Claire also holds a BA in French and German from the University of Liverpool. 

If you need to contact Claire, please use claire.lorimer@bristolpound.org

Anna McMullen

Team Manager

Anna manages the team who are working to make the Bristol Pound happen in Bristol.

Anna has managed teams and campaigns for NGOs and not-for-profit organisations in the city for a number of years. Her previous field was human rights, where she worked as a policy analyst and co-authored a number of reports about wages in global fashion supply chains. Her interest in emerging economics also comes from a need to address the global inequality caused by money. Anna has also been a local councillor on Bristol City Council.

For any queries about the Bristol Pound team, contact Anna on: anna.mcmullen@bristolpound.org

Adam Rich

Communications

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

 

Ruby Szarowicz

Membership

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

Ken Simpson

Business

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