Andrew Kelly, Director/

Andrew Kelly (photographer Evan Dawson)

Andrew Kelly is Director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, Festival of Ideas and Festival of the Future City. His projects include We The Curious, Bristol Legible City, Brunel200, Bristol800 and the annual Bristol Great Reading Adventure. In 2014 he directed Bristol’s programme marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, the largest UK programme of its kind outside London. He is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England and has published 15 books on issues ranging from film and cinema history to Brunel and engineering, the future of cities and 100 years of Bristol aerospace.

Naomi Miller, Deputy Director/

Naomi Miller

Naomi Miller joined the BCDP team in November 2018 from Bristol Cathedral, where she has spent the last 4 and a half years reinvigorating the cathedral’s fundraising efforts, enhancing the cathedral’s profile and relationship with the wider city and bringing in new types of programming to the cathedral diary. Prior to her move to the south west, Naomi was responsible for creating the Development office at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and supporting the fundraising department of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Naomi plays an active part in the cultural life of Bristol, sitting on the board of the Wardrobe Theatre, the advisory group of Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations, the steering group of Bristol Arts Marketing and a DIY Arts Working Group.

Zoë Steadman-Milne, Producer/

Zoe Steadman-Milne

Zoë Steadman-Milne joined Bristol Cultural Development Partnership in 2013. As Producer and Project Manager she oversees the programming, logistics and event management of all Festival of Ideas events and projects, including the Festival of Economics, Young People’s Festival of Ideas and the Bristol City Poet. Prior to this, Zoë produced the Bath Literature Festival from 2005-2013.

Melanie Kelly, Research Director and Project Manager/

Mel Kelly

Melanie Kelly joined Bristol Cultural Development Partnership as its Research Director and Project Manager in 2002. Her BCDP publications include Brunel: In Love with the Impossible (co-editor and author), Darwin: for the Love of Science (co-editor and author), Take Flight: Celebrating Aviation in the West of England Since 1910 (co-author), The Bristol800 Book of Walks (co-author),  The 2017 Festival of the Future City (co-author) and Homes for Heroes 100 Book of Walks. She has written support material and children’s editions of books for the Great Reading Adventure since 2003, as well as managing the websites, marketing, artist workshops and other activities that have formed part of the programme. She managed key projects within Brunel200, BAC100 and Bristol2014, as well as the overall promotion and evaluation of those programmes. She is a graduate of the University of Warwick (Film and Literature BA Hons 1983) and University of Bath (MPhil 2002).

Amy O'Beirne, Project Coordinator and Researcher/

Amy O

Amy O’Beirne is Project Coordinator and Researcher at Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Manager of the Festival of the Future City. She produced the Bristol and Romanticism walking guide and contributed chapters to the companion book for the 2015 Festival of the Future City and the Bristol800 Book of Walks. She works on logistics and event management for the Coleridge Series and Festival of Ideas events. Prior to joining BCDP, Amy was a student at University of Bristol where she gained an MSci in Geography.

Julia Trow, Finance Officer/

Julia Trow

Julia Trow joined BCDP in May 2019 and oversees all of our financial planning and management. She brings a wealth of strong experience in corporate finance. Julia is currently studying for a MA in Heritage and Interpretation and volunteers for the Bristol Museum Development Trust and the National Trust.

Contact the team/

You can get in touch with us via our contact form or by emailing ideas(at)businesswest(dot)co(dot)uk

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Diane Coyle, Programme Director, Festival of Economics/

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Professor Diane Coyle has been programming the Bristol Festival of Economics since 2012.

Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute for Public Policy in Cambridge. She is heading research in the fields of public policy economics, technology, industrial strategy and global inequality. Diane was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and has held a number of public service roles including Vice Chair of the BBC Trust (2006-2014), member of the Competition Commission (2001-2009), and member of the Migration Advisory Committee (2009-2014). She is currently a member of the Natural Capital Committee, an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission and a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. She was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.

Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet/

Image showing City Poet Caleb Parkin

Caleb Parkin is a poet, performer, facilitator and filmmaker. He has been appointed Bristol City Poet 2020-2022. For the latest news, his commissions and other projects he’s involved in, follow the Bristol City Poet Blog.