New economic role at Bristol City Council in News and EventsEmail to a friend
27 March 2011
Congratulations to Bristol City Council’s digital manager Stephen Hilton who has been
appointed to a new director role bringing together green, digital and European
agendas to support the city's economic success.
Following an open recruitment process, Stephen will begin the Service
Director’s post next month on a two-year fixed term basis.
The new role will oversee the council’s economic development
activities, in particular as a leading low carbon and digital city. He
will work closely with business in the city to help deliver new jobs and
create opportunities for innovation.
Stephen has led the council’s Connecting Bristol programme for the
past four years, spearheading projects to widen digital inclusion,
wireless and broadband connectivity and green ICT policies.
Leader of the Council Barbara Janke said: “Bristol is one of the best
placed cities to lead the economic recovery, and this is in part down to
the success of our digital and low carbon sectors. But we must remain
competitive and work as effectively as possible with business in the
city. This new role will help us do just that, bringing a much sharper
focus to the council’s work in these important areas. Stephen has made
a real impact leading Connecting Bristol, helping to make Bristol a
leading digital city and I wish him well in his new job.”
Commenting on his new appointment, Stephen Hilton said: “Bristol City
Council has done something both brave and visionary in bringing together
green and digital opportunities to support the city's future economic
success. We are really ahead of the game in making these links. I am
delighted to have got the job and look forward to creating real value
for Bristol's businesses and communities over the next two years.”
Notes to editors
Biographical details - for the past 4 years Stephen Hilton has led
Bristol City Council's Connecting Bristol programme,
www.connectingbristol.org. His professional interests include,
Digital Inclusion, Smart Cities, Green ICT, Open Data, Creative
Industries and wireless and broadband connectivity. Stephen was a
founder member and Board Member of the DC10plus Digital Inclusion
network and he has acted as an Independent Advisor to the European
Commission on the Future Internet.
Previously, Stephen managed Bristol City Council’s Corporate
Consultation and e-Participation Manager. During this time he helped
establish a leading role for Bristol City Council in the area of Local
e-Democracy. The city was named European City for e-Democracy and
Stephen received a personal award as Innovator of the Year in the
Government Computing Awards.
Stephen has a Masters Degree in Social Research, awarded by the
University of Surrey with Distinction and a Fine Art Degree from Leeds
For more information please contact Bristol City Council press office
on 0117 922 3332