Bristol Media seeking new CEO

Bristol Media has begun its search for a replacement for Mike Bennett, after he stepped down as CEO of Bristol Media last September.

The creative network is seeking someone to fill the currently-vacant, £40-60k role, which will involves working two days a week on the leadership, strategy, financial support and management of the organisation.

“We’re looking for someone with an overview of the whole creative sector and this means it may well be someone who is already a Bristol Media member,” explained Bristol Media manager, Caroline Marshall.

“But the role is of course open to non-Bristol Media members too," she continued.

Bennett, who is also a former chairman of Bristol Media and co-founder of local digital agency E3, stood down last year after accepting the role of place making director at Bristol City Council.

“Mike Bennett stepped down in September and since then our Chairman Paul Appleby has been standing in to cover a number of the role’s responsibilities,” explained Marshall.

“Bristol Media’s membership is growing by the day; now we have had time to consider where we would like the organization to be in order to continue to deliver a valuable service to those members, we are ready to advertise for Mike’s replacement.”

She went on to praise Bennett, describing him as a fantastic CEO and as an inspirational person to work for.

“He had a vision of where he wanted to take the organisation and he achieved it,” said Marshall.

“He was able to grow the organisation and also make it more sustainable, through the introduction of membership fees.”

Bristol Media is an industry-led organisation, whose primary role is to deliver projects, events and opportunities for its members, with a wider mission to help support, develop and grow an exciting and competitive creative and media community in the city.

The organisation has ambitions to continue to grow, and to continue to increase the visibility of creative companies and the talented people in the area to a national and international audience.

A key part of the role will be to develop productive working relationship with key partners such as the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) South West Screen, Bristol City Council and higher education establishments.