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Kris Donaldson appointed to lead Bristol's 2015 European Green Capital programme

Thursday, 5 December 2013
Kris Donaldson, a British, American and Australian citizen who has worked on projects all over the world, has been appointed Programme Director of European Green Capital 2015, a role which will see him lead the city’s programme of events, secure substantial private sponsorship and make the most of the economic and environmental opportunities the year will offer.

An independent company established by the council will be run by Mr Donaldson and chaired by Kevin McCloud. It will be responsible for all aspects of achieving a successful, memorable year as European Green Capital.

Bristol was named named the European Green Capital for 2015 in June, at its third attempt at winning the prize.

The year will be much more than its range of national and international conferences and events, working towards long lasting boosts in trade, employment and environmental progress in Bristol.

Mr Donaldson worked on Liverpool City Council’s celebrations as European Capital of Culture and the Sydney Olympics. Liverpool’s 2008 year as European Capital of Culture provided it with a greatly enhanced profile and huge economic boost during the year, attracting over 15 million cultural visitors and was considered by the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso as "one of the most successful" ever staged.

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson said: “European Green Capital is one of Bristol’s greatest opportunities and I wanted to find the best person in the world to run it. I’m confident that Kris is that person. We must raise millions for Bristol and the result of this work, led by Kris, should be thousands of local jobs further down the line. In appointing this role I am making an absolute investment in Bristol’s future.

Mr Donaldson, Bristol’s Programme Director of European Green Capital 2015 said: “Bristol’s year as European Green Capital is a huge opportunity to attract investment, business and tourism to the city, the region and indeed the country. I’m incredibly pleased to accept the role and I’m looking forward to making the absolute most of 2015. We’ll approach the year with a sense of fun, but behind that will be a rock solid commitment to use it as a chance to create new jobs and improve people’s lives.

The appointment has been welcomed by the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, whose Chair was involved in the recruitment and selection process. Professor Martin Bigg said: “We in the Bristol Green Capital Partnership warmly welcome the appointment of Kris Donaldson as Programme Director for European Green Capital 2015. We very much look forward to working with Kris in the development and delivery of an exciting programme for Bristol in 2015 which will embed Bristol as the leading global green city.

Highlights of the 2015 programme will be announced in mid-2014, with the full programme being revealed in autumn 2014.

Photo: Kris Donaldson and George Ferguson - Bristol City Council

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