Dimbleby to chair Bristol Beacon

Journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby is to chair the Bristol Beacon, formerly Colston Hall, as its CEO since 2011 Louise Mitchell steps down.

Mitchell saw the listed concert venue through a £132m revamp over five years and the controversy over its name, which honoured a local philanthropist, Edward Colston, who was also a slave trader. She also masterminded the transfer of administration from the local authority to Bristol Music Trust and was awarded a CBE for her work. Dimbleby succeeds Simon Chapman as chairman.

“We’ve been faced with some incredible hurdles and challenges along the way, but we have also grown an amazing organisation and created hugely impactful artistic, education and outreach programmes that are nationally recognised” said Mitchell, who will leave in July when a successor will have been appointed. “We now start the next chapter of our building’s 155-year history with a glorious new building that ensures our position as one of the best and most accessible venues anywhere in Europe.

“I’m also incredibly thankful to the board and in particular our chair, Simon, for his unfailing support and calm, level-headed guidance over the past few years. He will be deeply missed, but we are thrilled that Jonathan Dimbleby has agreed to take on the role.”


Pictured left to right, Simon Chapman, Louise Mitchell and Jonathan Dimbleby

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