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Bristol City Council names Jon Finch as new Head of Culture

Jon Finch has been appointed as the new head of culture at Bristol City Council. He replaces Laura Pye, who has taken up position as the Director of National Museums Liverpool.


Finch will have responsibility for the council’s six museum and archive sites, including Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, M Shed and the Red Lodge Museum. His role also encompasses arts, events, cultural partnerships and cultural education.

Finch joins Bristol from Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council, where he was jointly employed as Head of Culture and led the Re-Imagining the Harris project at Harris Museum.


Photo of Jon Finch smiling


He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a board member at the Jenner Trust. He has previously worked as a cultural consultant in Australia and has also occupied a number of engagement and policy positions at the now-disbanded Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) between 2003-11.


A spokesman from the council said: “Jon Finch has been appointed as the new head of culture, starting on 12 November. Jon brings a wealth of experience. In his three years in Preston, he secured Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status for Harris Museum, significantly increased visitor figures and income, and played an integral role in raising the profile of the cultural sector across the city. We look forward to welcoming him.”