Louise Mitchell wins South West Director of the Year

We’re delighted that our chief executive of Bristol Music Trust, Louise Mitchell, was named Third Sector Director of the Year, at the Institute of Directors (IoD) South West awards last week.

Louise was pitched against stiff competition from across the South West but the judges commended her strong leadership and clear vision and granted her the prestigious award.

Nick Sturge, IoD SW Regional Chairman, said: “Louise is an experienced leader with a very strong, clear and insightful vision for the Colston Hall venue as well as the wider cultural economy in Bristol.

“Her impressive application shows excellent business understanding, belief and persuasion to allow consistent and proven results within a difficult climate yet with obvious positive impact for the future.”

Louise said: “I was delighted to be shortlisted for this award amongst such a high calibre of finalists, and to be announced the winner is an absolute honour. For me, the award is recognition of the hard work of the whole team at Bristol Music Trust and everything we have achieved in the past year.”

Louise has been CEO of Bristol Music Trust since it was set up in 2011 to manage Colston Hall, the largest concert hall in the South West of England.  Louise has led our organisation from success to success and we currently attract audiences of over 300,000 a year to the 15,000 annual arts, culture and music performers who play here.

We are also the only professional performance venue in the UK that is home to a music education hub – Bristol Plays Music – which is responsible for delivering music education to 130 schools across Bristol.  Louise is accountable for an annual turnover of £11.5m and is currently leading an ambitious £48.8m programme to transform our 150-year-old iconic venue into a national centre for entertainment, education and enterprise.

The IoD South West regional Director of the Year awards took place on Thursday 25th May at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol and comprised finalists from across Bristol, Gloucestershire, Dorset and Cornwall.

Alongside the other regional winners, Louise will now be put forward for a chance to be a national award winner, judged against all the other regional finalists, later in the year.

Our fingers are crossed and we wish her the best of luck!