13 Jan, 2022
Laura Read, General Manager of Westquay, is joining Southampton’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025 as a new trustee.
Laura Read is General Manager of Westquay, the South Coast’s leading retail, dining and leisure destination located in the heart of Southampton. Westquay is also a Seasonal Partner of the bid.
Laura is a board member of GO! Southampton, the Business Improvement District for Southampton City Centre, with extensive knowledge of the city region
Read said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the bid as a trustee. It’s vitally important we all step up to the plate to do everything we can to push the bid over the line.
“I believe my background in retail which, as a sector is often culturally driven, will prove invaluable. Through GO! Southampton I also know the city well and what makes it tick. There’s no doubt winning the City of Culture will have a transformative effect on the whole city region.”
She added: “Westquay is an influential organisation within the city and will have a significant role to play – it is committed to a full and diverse events programme much of it heavily shaped by culture. I feel we have much to offer.”
Upon the announcement, the new chair of the Southampton 2025 bid, Shelina Permalloo, said: “We are thrilled to have Laura on board. Her knowledge of the retail sector is second to none and her experience and enthusiasm will be a real asset.”