Carly Heath has been named as Bristol’s night-time economy advisor, commencing the role at the start of April.
Tasked with leading Bristol’s hospitality sector recovery, Heath will champion the city’s clubs, pubs, restaurants, events venues, and those who work at them.
Situated in the city office, Heath will work alongside the Mayor’s office and city partners, while acting as chair of the Bristol @ Night group, an advisory panel established to tackle the challenges the industry faces.
Councillor Nicola Beech, cabinet member for strategic design and city planning, said that through the appointment, Bristol can rebuild its reputation as a “leading, internationally celebrated destination” for both residents and visitors.
Marti Burgess, co-chair of the Bristol @ Night panel and owner at Lakota, said: “It was clear from both her application and interview that Carly has a deep understanding of Bristol’s night time economy but also how it crosses over into the wider culture sector.
“I was also impressed with her awareness of the challenges the sector faces and ideas on how the city could support the night-time economy.”
Providing the position with over two decades of experience, Heath is the founder of a marketing agency, Don’t Panic Bristol, and co-founder of the community festival Brisfest.
She said: “I have passionately worked in the industry my whole career and look forward to advocating Bristol’s beautifully rich after-dark culture.
“Promoting a vibrant nightlife is important for tourism, but also for the social fabric of the city as a space to congregate and share ideas.”
Heath added that she is “passionate” about those businesses open between 6pm and 6am, and hopes to “guide Bristol’s night-time economy” through the post-lockdown period.