Vision & Objectives

Our vision is to provide civic-led, commercially focused and innovative investment solutions that catalyse regional change. The ambition of Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) is to become a significant and commercially sustainable driving force in the development of the region, catalysing regional change through civic-led, commercially-focused and innovative investment.

Our mission is to facilitate civic engagement and collaboration to enhance the social, environmental and economic fabric of the West of England by:

Creating and maintaining a broad and effective civic partnership

Connecting local and external investors with commercial and innovative opportunities that provide both financial and social returns

Offering expert advice and access to civic-led, loan-based finance to commercially viable projects and enterprises


BBRC is fortunate to be supported by a number of organisations that share our pioneering vision and approach. We were founded with support from Bristol City Council, Business West, John Pontin of the Bristol Bond project, The Society of Merchant Venturers, Voscur and many third sector groups. This diverse group of local stakeholders have come together to assist local projects to get off the ground by helping them find sources of finance where they would otherwise struggle.

To do this, BBRC identifies and facilitates sources of finance within our region, while also helping local citizens to raise finance, enriching the stake they hold in their own community. With local investors supporting local projects, and in many cases also becoming the customers of those projects, everyone gains from this virtuous cycle.

We invite you to get involved with BBRC and the projects we work with.

Read more about our latest project, South Bristol Sports Centre. 



  • Edward Rowberry FCA, MBA, MCIOH, FRSA
    Chief Executive
  • Abby Scarborough
    Community Innovation Fund Co-ordinator
  • Seanique Reuben
    Communications & Administration Officer
  • Professor Martin Boddy
    Head of Strategy & Innovation Committee
  • Nick Houghton-Brown
    Head of Project Development
  • Ruth Foreman
    Head of Finance & Governance
  • Simon Cooper
    Head of Communications
  • Ted Fowler
    Strategy & Research
  • Ellie Cheetham
    Operations Manager
  • Colin Barns
    Housing Specialist
  • Sue Cooper
    Head of Credit
  • Supervisory Board Directors

  • Dr Richard Pendlebury MBE DL
  • Tim Ross
    Vice - Chair
  • James Durie
    CEO, Business West
  • Bill Marshall
    Pro Vice-Chancellor, UWE
  • Hannah Sturman
    Deputy Head of Mayor's Office, Bristol City Council
  • Rob Brown
    Public Benefit Consultant and Researcher, John Pontin Trust
  • Robert Kerse
    CFO, University of Bristol
  • Professor Kate Pullinger
    Director for Bath Spa University
  • Stakeholders

    We believe that BBRC has a unique appeal derived from its invaluable public/private/community partnership. Creating this alliance means that we can represent and reach out to all parts of the region, and in turn be trusted by local citizens to work in the best interests of all our communities. The structure combines wide collaboration with commercial rigour in order to enable effective delivery of the vision. Membership is comprised of Foundation Members and Ordinary Members. We are owned and supported by the following organisations:

    We are looking to be fully representative of the West of England. Please contact us to find out how you can be part of our collaborative and civic-led community.