Bristol Cultural Development Partnership employs a small team who produce Bristol Festival of Ideas and work on all the other projects that the company runs.

Andrew Kelly, Director/

Andrew Kelly Nick Smith

Andrew Kelly is director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas, and is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England. His projects in Bristol include the strategic planning of culture across the city; leading Bristol’s bid to be capital of culture in 2008; Brunel 200; Bristol 800; and the annual Bristol Great Reading Adventure. He led the cultural regeneration of Harbourside Bristol in the 1990s; was director of the Brief Encounters Film Festival for five years; worked on the development, management and implementation of the Bristol Legible City project between 1997-2002. In 2014 he directed Bristol 2014, the largest UK programme commemorating the centenary of the First World War. In addition to the Festival of Ideas he is devoting 2015 to Bristol 2015 – European Green Capital. He is directing six major arts projects with Arts Council England; four summits and – as the culmination of the work of Bristol 2015 – will direct the Festival of the Future City in November 2015. Andrew is the author of 12 books, including All Quiet on the Western Front, the Story of a Film; Cinema and the Great War; and Brunel – In love with the impossible (with Melanie Kelly). Photo credit Nick Smith.

Melanie Kelly, Research Director and Project Manager/

Mel at House of Illustration

Melanie Kelly joined BCDP in 2002 as Research Director and Project Manager. She has co-ordinated events and written support material, books and website content for the Great Reading Adventure since 2003, as well as for Brunel 200, BAC 100, Bristol 2014 and the Festival of the Future City, among other BCDP-led projects. She is currently developing material for the Bristol 800 programme.

Zoe Steadman-Milne, Project Manager/


Zoe Steadman-Milne joined Bristol Cultural Development Partnership in 2013. As Project Manager she oversees the programming, logistics and event management of all Festival of Ideas events and projects. Since joining Zoe worked on the creation of the Young People’s Festival of Ideas and is on the Steering Committee for the Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations project. Prior to this, Zoe produced the Bath Literature Festival from 2005-2013.

Amy O'Beirne, Project Coordinator and Researcher/

Amy O

Amy O’Beirne is Project Coordinator and Researcher at Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. She has written material for the Romantic Poets and Bristol project and for the Bristol Festival of Ideas blog. Prior to joining BCDP, Amy was a student at University of Bristol where she gained an MSci in Geography.

Alison Parsons, Accountant and Company Secretary/

Alison Parsons

Alison joined Business West in 1995 and is responsible for all aspects of BCDP accounting and statutory returns in addition to her other responsibilities at Business West. Prior to this Alison worked as an Accountant and Management Consultant in a various companies in the UK and Caribbean.