The board of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership is made up of representatives from across the city – culture, academia, business, local government and local organisations. They meet quarterly and are responsible for the governance of the organisation.

BCDP Board Chair: Suzanne Rolt, Director, St George’s Bristol. Suzanne studied music at University College Cardiff. She worked for Welsh National Opera and then joined the Musicians Benevolent Fund in 1989. During her time with the Musicians Benevolent Fund she managed an annual festival of music in London and was involved with the launch activities for the Jacqueline du Pres Memorial Appeal. She moved to St George’s in 1992. Before being appointed Director she was Head of Marketing & Development and Acting Artistic Director. Suzanne combines a love of music with a passion for writing. She is a Fellow of the RSA a Board member of RWA, Bristol Cathedral Choir School and an Advisory Group member of the Bristol Festival of Ideas (she was a judge for the 2010 Book Award). She was elected by fellow arts professionals in the South West as a member of the National Culture Forum convened by Arts & Business/National Campaign for the Arts in 2010. Suzanne was also part of the Advisory Group set up by Bristol City Council to look at future trust status for Colston Hall and closer collaborative working between Bristol’s music venues.

Councillor Peter Abraham: Peter is a Bristol City councillor for the ward of Stoke Bishop. He is the Chair of the Public Rights of Way and Greens Committee and is also part of the Avon Fire Authority, the Lower Severn Drainage Board and the University of Bristol Court.

Martin Boddy, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England: Martin is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Business Engagement at the University of the West of England (UWE). He worked for many years at the University of Bristol, with shorter periods of time in Australia and Canada, before joining UWE in 2002. At UWE, previous roles have included Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology and Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment – in both, he also led on Research and Consultancy.

Martino (Marti) Burgess, Associate, Gregg Latchams Ltd: Since 1999 Marti has practiced as a lawyer advising SMEs on commercial law and intellectual property. Her particular areas of specialism are company and business sales and purchases as well as providing companies with all the commercial contracts they need to run their businesses. She joined Gregg Latchams in August 2012 as part of the Corporate Team. In 1994 (before becoming a lawyer) Marti and her brother secured VC finance to acquire a 1200 capacity nightclub. She was one of the key strategists in turning ‘Lakota’ into an internationally renowned music venue specialising in underground music. Marti is a trustee of the Bristol Music Trust, a trustee of the Queen Square Association and the Company Secretary for Bristol Food Network which organises Bristol Food Connections.

Joanna Cave, Finance Manager, Aardman Animations Ltd: Joanna joined the Aardman Finance Team in 2007 initially as Management Accountant, and then moved up to Finance Manager following a team restructure. Joanna has previously worked for AXA Sun Life Services PLC and Pricewaterhouse Coopers as well as being a Small Business Advisor (VSO voluntary role) from 2004 to 2007 in Uganda. Joanna spent many years volunteering at Bristol Zoo.

Simon Cook: Simon is a former councillor with executive responsibility at Bristol City Council. He was the Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Capital Programme in the elected Mayor’s Cabinet at Bristol City Council. Prior to that, he was elected leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat group and then Leader of the Council in May 2012. He was the last council leader under the previous system of governance before Bristol’s first directly elected mayor was chosen in November 2012. Simon was Lord Mayor of Bristol in 2004-5.

James Durie, Director, Business West: James leads all Chamber of Commerce and Initiative activity in Bristol. His role is to raise the profile of the Chamber and Initiative, retain and recruit new members and through a range of business support and services offered by the Chamber, help local businesses to prosper and grow. James maintains close relationships with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), local MPs, councillors and other key partners so that the Chamber and the Initiative can effectively represent the views of members ensuring their voice is heard by key decision makers.

Hazel Edwards, Associate Dean, University of the West of England: Hazel is Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the University of the West of England. Previously she was Senior Engagement Manager (Arts and Humanities) at Durham University where she developed a public engagement programme to maximise the value of arts and humanities’ research for non-academic users and communities. Before joining Durham, she was manager of the Discovery Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums.

Madhu Krishnan, Professor of African, World and Comparative Literatures at the University of Bristol: Madhu is the author of Contemporary African Literature in English: Global Locations, Postcolonial Identifications (2014). Her work centres on African and African diaspora writing, publishing and culture, with a particular focus on the intersection between aesthetics, socio-political interventions and cultural materialism in the making of African literary institutions.

Jonathan Peacock, Partner, VWV: Jonathan studied Law at Hull University graduating in 1983. After graduation he gave up his place on the Law Society Finals course at The College of Law in Chester in favour of studying for a master’s degree in Public International Law at UCL. After working for vintage fashion for a couple of years Jonathan got back into a legal career in the early 1990s and was articled at national law firm Shoosmiths (then Shoosmiths and Harrison). He qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined the Birmingham office of his current firm, Irwin Mitchell, in January 1996 where he has been a partner for fifteen years. Jonathan moved to Bristol in April 2010 as Regional Managing Partner for the South West. Jonathan has held board positions for a number of charities including six years on the board of the national brain injury charity Headway. He has also held trustee roles with other third sector organisations providing mental health advocacy and promoting disability rights.

John Savage, Executive Chairman of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative: John has led his organisation in the promotion of partnership between government, local government and the private sector in order to promote the position of Bristol and its neighbouring communities as a vibrant and vital European city region in the twenty-first century. He is Lay Canon Treasurer of Bristol Cathedral, Chairman of Learning Partnership West, Chairman of Destination Bristol and a member of many other boards. He was Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council for the South West throughout its existence and a board member of the Regional Development Agency. John was High Sheriff of Bristol for 2002/3, was awarded the CBE for services to Business and Regeneration in the 2006 New Year Honours List and received Honorary Doctorates from both Bristol universities.

Councillor Estella Tincknell: Estella is a Bristol City councillor for the ward of Lockleaze. She is an associate professor of Film and Culture at the University of the West of England.