Tobacco Factory

Key People

George Ferguson

Resident caretaker

To me the Tobacco Factory is home. It is the people who make the place, and what a crazy lot they are!

Sarah Ford

Venues Manager

Sarah is responsible for the Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar, Sunday Market and the Grain Barge. She initially joined forces with George in 2001 to set up the Cafe Bar and later took the Grain Barge under her wing.

In her spare time she is busy growing vegetables, off road running and enjoying family life.

Tim Myers

Facilities Manager

Tim is the Tobacco Factory's in-house construction nerd keeping the roof on and the walls up and making new buildings happen. In his spare time he digs his allotment, keeps bees and plays piano. He's happiest when calculating wall thicknesses and heat retention from thermal mass and has a degree and everything.

As well as the Tobacco Factory he's got the Grain Barge, the Brewery Theatre, and Brewery to look after.

Anna Gilman

Events Manager

Anna who was previously the cafe bar manager, has worked for the company since 2008. She decided to switch roles and is now throwing all the parties. She works with the team to put on our many events at the Tobacco Factory and the Grain Barge, ensuring that everyone has a fun and joyful time.

David Pyne

Marketing Manager

David works with the team to spread the word about Tobacco Factory and Grain Barge.

Geraldine Roul

Market Manager

It is Géraldine's love for food, creative independent businesses and the buzz of a market that gets her up early most Sunday mornings (as well as the smell of freshly baked bread coming out of Bordeaux Quay’s van!). 

Géraldine used to manage the market a few years ago and came back to it, as she loved it so much.   

Kit McKenzie

Music & Promotion

Live music promoter, sound engineer, deejay, charango player, poster designer, painter, cyclist & traveler.

Kit oversees everything "music" at both Tobacco Factory and Grain Barge as well as other venues around Bristol and Bath and is committed to providing the best musical adventures to the community.

Dave Bain

Design & Exhibitions

Taking care of all design-related needs for the Cafe Bar, Dave also curates the exhibitions, works as a freelance illustrator and DJs as Waxmouse.

Angie Nelmes

Head of Cleaning

Angie joined hands with Sarah as the first member of staff at the Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar in 2001 and we can proudly say that she is still with us today. She is responsible for keeping the high standards of cleaning we have come to expect. 

Evi Pegler


I look after the pennies because the pounds look after themselves!