The Team

Sims Hill Shared Harvest is a member-owned and co-operatively run business. We are made up of veg share members, supporter members, workshare members and paid grower members. Our legal structure is that of a company limited by guarantee operating in the style of a co-operative with multi-stakeholder rules. Within this structure the day-to-day running of the business is handled by its Board of Directors, who are elected every year by the members at the Annual General Meeting. There are (approximately) five open members’ meetings throughout the year where the members come together and help make the major decisions that guide Sims Hill, including the last meeting of the year where the budget for the next financial year is adopted.

Project staff:

Chloe Russell is one of our Lead growers at Sims Hill. Chloe has worked with us for five years. Alongside the growing, Chloe has successfully developed a traineeship program for new entrant growers and more recently set up a mentor program for people within the asylum and refugee system. Chloe has a strong interest in building an inclusive and antiracist CSA and food system. Chloe previously worked at the long established Tolhurst Organic.

Adam Keeves is our other Lead Grower, starting in 2022. Over the last 10 years Adam has worked and volunteered for a number of organisations and business within agroecological agriculture. These range from therapeutic gardens and commercial field scale production to national horticultural charities. Working across a variety of scales and industry institutions has given him insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by producers, retailers and consumers, both locally and globally.. Adam has a passion and drive for a sustainable, equitable and just food system, one that is based on mutuality and empathy.

Board of Directors:

Chloe Russell (see above for bio.)

Adam Keeves (see above for bio).

Kristin Sponsler is one of the founding Directors of Sims Hill, was a Director of Bristol Food Network and in the past has served on the Bristol Food Policy Council and on the Transition Bristol core team. Kristin was raised on a farm and has a passionate interest in sustainable food systems and permaculture. She has a background in desktop publishing and website editing. She also serves as the current Secretary.

Simone Osborn has a background in project managing different kinds of printed and web content from a career spent largely in the publishing and translation industries. Simone has worked in the non profit sector since 2007. Simone is interested in using her project management skills to help community projects become and remain viable.

Freya Widdicombe has been a professional gardener for over 10 years and has always had a passion for gardening without chemicals and with respect for the rhythms of nature. Her experience being self employed allows her to build enormously on her planning and organisational skills and this is something she uses to help Sims Hill.

Julian Harrison joined Sims Hill as a member in 2016 and has been involved in volunteer days throughout his membership. He built the pick-up shed for St George and was part of promoting the project in the neighbourhood. He has an MBA and work experience in business, so is well placed to support the project on financial and business aspects as well as bringing energy and motivation to other aspects of the cooperative.

Alex Reuer joined Sims Hill in 2017, initially as a workshare member. She has volunteered and worked for the Landworkers’ Alliance and is interested in resilient local food systems, policy activism and permacMikeulture design. She helps run Shift Bristol and is hoping to contribute her skills around organising, community engagement and juggling all the different aspects of a small business.

Mike Secker now lives in Dorset and has stepped down from being an elected Board member, but still serves as a co-opted Board member and continues to inspire us with his energy and enthusiam for community-based growing projects.