The LAST WORD: Sue Turner, chief executive, Quartet Community Foundation

October 5, 2018

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Sue Turner, chief executive of Quartet Community Foundation, answers our 10 questions

What was the LAST: 

Film you watched? Mamma Mia! Here we go Again. I went on a wet Saturday afternoon with my daughter, mum and aunt.  It was great to share some fun and sing along with no-one minding whether we were in tune or not. 

Book you read? The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young. This book shows a whole different side to farm animals – and those who take care of them – and it took me back to my roots as my grandparents were farmers in Kent. Earlier this year I became a non-executive director of Cornish Mutual Assurance (which specialises in insurance for rural businesses). While talking to my family about the business I found out that Grandad started a building society in Kent in the 1950s to help people rebuild their lives after World War 2, so mutuality and farming are in my blood.  

Music you bought/downloaded? Take it up a Notch by Lack of Afro. I heard this track on 6 Music and just had to buy it!

Concert or play you went to? Larkham & Hall’s album launch on the Grain Barge. I first met Elliot Hall and Sarah Larkham through the amazing work they do with Mind Your Music, a charitable organisation Quartet supports for its work using music to support people with mental health problems. They don’t mess around with politically correct language or shy away from life’s difficulties, so their lyrics are hard hitting but uplifting too. Mind Your Music are crowdfunding so there’s an opportunity to help them at 

Sporting event you attended? My daughter’s under-15s rugby match on Sunday. I love the confidence and style of these girls. There aren’t many girls’ rugby teams so they often have to travel a long way to get a match but nothing will stop them training and playing at any opportunity. I’m very grateful to the coaches for encouraging them – but I wish the girls wouldn’t tackle quite so hard!

Holiday you went on? Staycation at home in North Somerset. With such a brilliant summer it was great to have time at home, sparking up the barbeque and enjoying having friends round watch the World Cup.

Restaurant you ate in? Il Paradiso in Nailsea. This place has been an Italian restaurant for years and it’s our favourite for all the Italian standards we love. 

Thing that annoyed you? Never-ending digging up Prince Street outside Quartet Community Foundation’s office. The jack hammers start in spring and carry on all summer only stopping in the winter…every year! Why? We reckon it’s a training programme.

Thing that made you laugh out loud? “The new tarmac on the cycle lane is bad so we have to dig it up and replace it.” Road repairer on Prince Street as the diggers started up again.

Piece of good advice you were given? “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, said it and he’s right. This is what Bristol Giving Day is all about – lots of people doing something small to raise money which adds up to a massive difference for local charities.

Sue Turner first came to Bristol in the 1980s to study law at the University of Bristol. She’s worked in business and the charity world here ever since and now runs Quartet Community Foundation (, the organisation that inspires local philanthropy to give everyone here a fair chance of a good life. She has created the first ever #BristolGivingDay on 10 October – everyone can join in and do something fun to raise money for small local causes that change lives for the better








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