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New Chair appointed at Bristol Media

Published on Tuesday, 7th February 2017

We are delighted to announce that Chris Thurling, founder of Chris Thurling Strategy, has been appointed as the new Chair of Bristol Media.

Chris founded 3Sixty, one of the region's first web design and digital marketing agencies in 1995, and after leaving the business 17 years later set up a strategic strategic consulting and coaching firm, specialising in the creative industries.

Joining the Bristol Media Board in 2010, Chris has been instrumental in helping Bristol Media and its membership grow including championing Bristol’s international creative connections. For the past three years Chris has led a delegation of Bristol and Bath based creative businesses to the South by South West Festival in Austin Texas.

Chris says: “I am delighted to be taking over the role of Chair and I will be working closely with the operations team to ensure that Bristol Media continues to thrive and deliver valuable support to our growing creative sector.

We are already planning a strong programme of training and events for 2017 culminating in our flagship Vision Conference on 14th November. 

We live in uncertain times and there will be challenges ahead for our sector but I am certain that the team at Bristol Media are in a strong position to continue to offer support and guidance to our ever growing creative community.”

Chris takes over the reins from Paul Appleby, who has led the Bristol Media board for the past seven years. Paul will continue Bristol Media’s links with national organisations as a member of the Cluster group of the Creative Industries Council and the UK Council of the Creative Industries Federation, as they develop the position of the creative industries in the UK Industrial Strategy.

Paul says:  “I'm a great believer in succession planning and Chris has been a key member of the team for the past seven years. He is steeped in the digital community of the whole region, and will be bringing a wealth of experience to the role, having run a successful digital business and as an experienced non-exec chairman, business coach and mentor.

Bristol Media was created in 2005 to support, develop and grow an exciting and competitive creative and media community in the city. It is now one of the biggest creative networks in the UK and as an industry led organisation representing digital, TV, animation, design, marketing, PR, publishing, film and advertising sectors works to facilitate collaboration and growth across the region, delivering projects, events and opportunities for individuals and businesses working in the sector.

About Chris Thurling

Chris Thurling's connections to Bristol's creative sector go back to the 1970s when he used to visit his father's advertising agency in Queen Square. Chris moved to Bristol in 1990 when he came to the city to study as a postgraduate at Bristol University. In 1995 he founded 3Sixty, one of the region's first web design and digital marketing agencies, which he ran as Managing Director for 17 years. In 2012 Chris handed over the reigns to his business partner and set up a boutique strategic consulting and coaching firm, specialising in the creative industries. He joined the board of Bristol Media in 2010, representing members from the digital sector.

Chris is married, has four children and lives in Henleaze.