The Drum’s top five for Bristol Media CEO hot-seat

The Drum looks at who could be in the frame to take the role of CEO of Bristol Media following the job being advertised earlier this month.

Lis Anderson

Well-connected and an active member of Bristol’s media community, Anderson is already the Bristol Media board member for the PR and publishing sectors.

Currently a director at PR and parliamentary communications agency JBP, she has had previous success as the chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations West of England, where she grew the organisation’s membership and championed initiatives that have proved a huge success, such as the PRide Awards.

Also involved with the Public Relations Consultants’ Association, we feel that the CEO role is one opportunity that Anderson won’t be able to resist.

Stuart Avery

Stuart Avery set up digital agency e3 with business partner and former Bristol Media CEO Mike Bennett.

Like Bennett, Avery is highly involved in the region’s creative and digital industries, having helped found the first regional internet incubator and making regular appearances as a guest lecturer at Bristol University, where he speaks on subjects such as entrepreneurship and business start-up.

He also co-owns Goldbrick House, the bar and restaurant where Bristol Media holds a large number of its events.

Bennett has stepped back from the day-to-day running of e3, leaving Avery to deal with the management of the company; nonetheless, an opportunity to follow in his business partner’s footsteps could prove hard to resist.

Dick Penny, Watershed Media Centre

Having received two honorary degrees during 2010 and having been awarded an MBE for services to the Creative Industries in the 2011 New Year's Honours List, it seems that Watershed managing director would be very welcome to take the hot-seat at Bristol Media.

The Watershed Media Centre already had the bailiffs in the building, when Penny joined in 1991, but he was able to transform it into the thriving organisation it is today, employing 70 full-time staff and with an annual turnover of nearly £4 million.

He already commands the admiration of the wider industry, having been voted number 3 in Bristol Media’s “South West Most Respected Creative Individuals,” behind Bennett himself, and Aardman Animation’s Nick Park.

Mark Mason – Mubaloo

Mark Mason seems to have the Midas touch, having helped set-up well-known businesses such as Anderson and Lembke Bristol, Mason Zimbler and Rebel Virals.

In 2008, he set up smartphone application development agency, Mubaloo, having sold Mason Zimbler to the Harte-Hanks. Just over two years later, and Mubaloo is already a huge success, leading us to wonder if he will be seeking further challenges.

He is currently a Bristol Media mentor for the advertising and marketing industries, provides non-executive consultancy for a number of businesses and is heavily involved with the Prince’s Trust.

Steve Le Fevre

That’s right, Steve Le Fevre, the very same man who presents BBC Radio Bristol’s Breakfast Show. Steve has been nurturing a conspicuously high-profile in recent months, having been announced as a speaker at the Future of Bristol presentation on Tuesday 29th March.

While his colleagues at the local radio station may soon have a lot more time on their hands, Le Fevre’s CV certainly recommends him to the position - he's been working on network and local Radio and TV in England for eighteen years, presenting The Media Show, Weekend Breakfast and Late Night Live on Radio Five Live, and has won a Sony Gold and a BT Media award for his Talk Show on BBC Radio Leeds.

Steve also runs his own media training consultancy, Le Fevre Media, with his wife Caroline, showing that his knowledge of wider PR strategies is not lacking.