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

Senior Duty Manager

Anna also known to the staff as 'Annager' has been working at the Tobacco Factory since 2008. She is in charge of the day to day running of the cafe/bar and helping to organise the many large events that we have here. After 5 years at art college and part time work in bars, she ultimately decided she always wanted to be an 'Annager' after working in the industry for over 10 years.

David Pyne

Events and Marketing Manager

David works with the team to put on our many events, and spreads the word about the Tobacco Factory as well as the Grain Barge.

Marcin Dzieniarz

Head Chef

Marcin has worked for the company for 5 years, as head chef of the Tobacco Factory for 3 years and before that as sous chef for our sister bar Grain Barge.

He is very hard working and passionate about his job and loves to interact with the customers and regulars, you will often find him out on the floor chatting to everyone. His catch phrase and answer to everything is “ ten pounds please”!

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

Art Curator & Design

As well as selecting exhibitions for Tobacco Factory and other venues, Dave Bain works as a freelance illustrator. He also DJs disco, funk and world vinyl 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.