The Team

Sims Hill Shared Harvest is a member-owned and -led 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:

Miriam Schoen is our Farm Manager and comes from a background of managing biodynamic vegetable production at several community projects. Her passion is to grow good quality vegetables at scale.

Chloe Russell is our Assistant Grower. She has worked for three seasons at the long established – Tolhurst Organic Partnership CIC – market garden, in Oxfordshire and has studied and worked closely with Organiclea, in North East London, over the past year.

Kirsty Philbrick is our Education Worker, coordinating with schools and community projects aimed at young people and their families.

Laurie King runs our Community Food Centre, liaising with referral organisations like GPs and social services, and running our weekly activities for people referred through the scheme who choose to come to Sims Hill rather than go to a foodbank.

Board of Directors:

Chris Sunderland is one of the founding directors of Sims Hill and serves as its current Chair. Chris is also one of the founding directors of the Bristol Pound, has been manager of The Walled Garden in Barton Hill and is currently developing a food cooperative, called Real Economy.

Kristin Sponsler is also one of the founding Directors of Sims Hill, is a Director of Bristol Food Network and in the past has served on the Bristol Food Policy Council and on the Transition Bristol coreteam. . 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.

Stephen Hobbs has been a member of Sims Hill since it started, and in the beginning was heavily involved in setting up the infrastructure on site. His day job as a senior engineer involves working with people from many different cultures and backgrounds, and he acts as a mentor to both colleagues and his customers; one of his passions is helping others to achieve their goals.

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.

Damien Phillips has been a workshare for 1 year and a volunteer worker (for 1 day per week) for another 1.5 years. As a retired Social Work manager, as well as through his involvement with previous local charities in the past, he is aware of the important role that Boards and Managers play in supporting and developing staff as well as the aims of an organisation. In an era of the agri­business he is committed to the CSA and co­operative model as a way of developing sustainable food production.

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 interested in using to help evolve Sims Hill.

Kirsty Philbrick, our Education Worker, has also joined us a Board Member.

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