Cllr Simon Cook
Cllr Simon Cook is the Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Capital Programme in the elected Mayor's Cabinet at Bristol City Council.
Previously, he was elected leader of the council's Liberal Democrat group and then Leader of the Council in May 2012. He was the last council leader under the previous system of governance before Bristol's first directly elected mayor was chosen in November 2012.
Simon, a professional actor, came to Bristol in 1983 to study at the Old Vic Theatre School and has stayed in the city ever since.
He was responsible for restructuring the costings and ordering redesigns for two of Bristol's most important and successful projects of recent years - the new Colston Hall Foyer and the M-Shed museum.
In 2009 Simon launched the development of the Bristol Music Trust to take the Colston Hall out of direct council control, introducing greater expertise and flexibility to the operation in line with similar venues around the country.