The team

Responsible for the day-to-day running of the Enterprise Zone and the management of the various projects that make it up, the core Enterprise Zone team cover a range of disciplines and expertise.

Alistair Reid, Service Director Economy at Bristol City Council

Alistair is an experienced Local Government Director who has held a range of positions within urban based local authorities over 15 years. At Bristol City Council he leads on economic development and major projects including the development of the Temple Quarter, including the Bristol Arena. He also leads on school and home building in the wider city area.

Hywel Jones, Programme Manager

An Associate Programme Manager for the property sector at Mott MacDonald for over ten years, Hywel has worked across the various projects in the Enterprise Zone since its inception. Hywel leads the programme team and coordinates over 70 projects within the BTQEZ.

Jack Allan, Economic Development Manager at Bristol City Council

Jack has worked on the Enterprise Zone since it was set up in 2012, and has been instrumental in projects such as the establishment of Engine Shed and the expansion of the area covered by the zone. He also plays a key role in helping businesses relocate to and set up within the area, and works extensively with the developer community.

Joanna van der Veen, Communications Officer

Joanna manages the digital communications channels for the Enterprise Zone, including social media and writing the Temple Quarter blog. She has worked on the Enterprise Zone since 2015, having previously held communications roles in the public, private and higher education sectors.

Mark Smith, Project Manager

Qualified as an architect and currently working as a Project Manager at Mott MacDonald, Mark works across the Enterprise Zone projects, focusing on programme interface issues arising from the delivery of the key projects. Mark assisted with the preparation of the technical brief for the arena and the RIBA Design Competition, and latterly with the development of the Initial Design Brief for Engine Shed 2.


Ruth Wilmshurst, Senior Communications Officer

Ruth has led on communications and engagement for the Enterprise Zone since 2013. She brings a wealth of experience gained from other major projects and events in the city, including the launch of M Shed, Bristol’s newest museum, in 2011.

Sophie Young, Project Manager

Currently working as a Project Manager at Mott MacDonald, Sophie is responsible for monitoring and reporting across the suite of Enterprise Zone projects. Sophie is also Project Manager for the demolition of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office on Cattle Market Road, working closely with other projects to identify and overcome programme and construction interface issues at varying stages of the project life cycle.