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Creative England

Meet our CEO and see which creative industry leaders sit on our board.

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO

Caroline Norbury MBE is the founding Chief Executive of Creative England and dedicated to championing the creative industries. Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.

Creative England is working to build the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping them raise their ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative. It also lobbies for change and uses its unique local, regional and national perspective to feed back to the UK Government and policy makers.

Prior to establishing Creative England Caroline was the Chief Executive of regional screen agency South West Screen; the public body responsible for the leading the strategic development and promotion of the film, TV and digital content industries in the South West of England. She has extensive experience of the media industry as a producer, director and commissioning executive and was previously an independent producer and Chief Executive of First Take Films.

Caroline is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Trade & Investment Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and leads on the work of the Creative Industries Council Access to Finance working group. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to the film industry.

Tara Stewart, Assistant to the CEO, is responsible for diary management as well as servicing internal and external communications on Caroline's behalf. Email: charlotte.hanbury@creativeengland.co.uk (Maternity Cover)

John Newbigin, Chair

John is Chair of Creative England, and was previously Chair of the RSA network Screen England. 

He is a freelance journalist and strategic consultant for the cultural industries. John serves on a number of boards including Culture 24, an online gateway to the UK's cultural sector with news and listings for 3,500 museum, galleries and heritage sites. John was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 TV from 2000-2005. Prior to that, he was Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP from 1997 to 1999, during which time he was closely involved in developing the UK government's first policies for the creative industries. His previous roles include Executive for David Puttnam's film company Enigma (1992-97), Policy Adviser to Neil Kinnock (1986-92), youth worker and Director of the London programme for International Youth Year (1985). He is a Visiting Professor at the University of East London, and other universities internationally and also a member of the British Council’s Advisory Board for Arts and Creative Industries.

Andrew Chitty

Andrew is Managing Director of Illumina Digital, responsible for the strategic direction and presentation of the company to key clients and partners and in industry and stakeholder forums. Andrew also takes a role in the creative development of key Illumina projects and is MD of Touch Illumina Ltd, the multiplatform joint venture company with Touch Productions. Andrew is a Board member of TRC Media in Glasgow (formerly The Research Centre) and a past board member of Creative Skillset. He is currently Chair of the National Skills Council for Digital Media and an advisor on the creative industries to the Technology Strategy Board.

Erica Ingham

Erica is a partner at summ.it, an accountancy, HR and IT business with offices in Manchester and Mauritius. Erica has held several Finance Director and Head of Finance roles within media having worked for BBC Radio, MTV, 20th Century Fox and for Chello Media as Head of Finance for their Video on Demand European division. Erica now concentrates on providing strategic Finance Director support and accounting services to SMEs. Erica specialises in helping media and technology companies raise finance, produce meaningful management information and strategic plans and improve profitability. She is an experienced company director, company secretary and media finance director, with a special interest in company direction and board performance.

Richard Klein

Richard Klein is Head of Factual at ITV. He became the Controller of BBC Four in December 2008. He joined the BBC in 1996 as a series producer and moved into commissioning, becoming a senior commissioning executive and then Commissioning Editor for Documentaries in March 2005. In 2007, he became the BBC's Head of Independent Commissioning, Knowledge. In this role he oversaw all commissioning from independent production companies across features, arts, music, religion, specialist factual and documentaries. Richard has taken an innovative approach to multi-platform, with rich online offerings for Britain From Above, Amazon and The Long Way Down. Richard studied English at Aberdeen University and his background is in print journalism, before he moved into TV.

Bill Lawrence

Bill is Executive Director of Reel Solutions (Film) LLP, a partnership of film industry professionals with experience in cinemas, festivals and education. He works with Cambridge Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and other film festivals across the UK. Formerly Creative Director at Showroom and Workstation in Sheffield, one of the UK's leading independent cinemas, he was previously the Head of Film at the National Media Museum in Bradford until April 2008, where over 16 years he developed the film delivery through two cinemas plus IMAX and the creation of the Bradford Film Festival, Bradford Animation Festival and the Bite the Mango Film Festival (then the largest Black and Asian film festival in Europe). Bill was one of the key people delivering the successful bid for Bradford to be UNESCO's first global City of Film and has been on the board of the Yorkshire Screen Commission and Screen Yorkshire as well as being chair of Animated Limited, an animation production company.

Jonnie Turpie MBE

Jonnie Turpie founded Maverick Television in 1994 and now heads up the company's digital media business as part of the All3Media group which Maverick joined in 2007. He has initiated many of the company's digital and online projects including Embarrassing Bodies, Ideasfactory, 4Talent and Teachers TV. Jonnie led the consortium that secured and delivers the breakthrough digital health service for the West Midlands – NHS local – and has pioneered the use of new technology in television, both in the use of small-format cameras and high-end post-production graphics. This digital approach led to many early successes, such as the much-loved Trade Secrets series and award-winning DV dramas Blazed, The Visit and Nightshift. Jonnie is a director of First Light Movies, Birmingham Ormiston Academy and a Fellow of Warwick University. He was awarded an MBE in the Queens 2010 New Year Honours list for services to international sales. He Chaired and subsequently Executive Chaired Screen WM from 2002–2008.

Charles Wace

Charles founded the Twofour Group in 1988, one of the UK's largest creative agencies. Charles stepped down as Group Chief Executive in 2013 and is now a Non-exec Director on the main board of Twofour Group.

Charles chaired the UK independent trade body Pact for two years. A long-standing member of Pact, he has also chaired its Nations and Regions Policy Group and is now a member of the Pact Patrons Group. Charles was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology & Communication South Region in 2007 and the 2010 Royal Television Society Devon and Cornwall Centre Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Twofour was voted the UK's Best Independent Production Company at the Broadcast Awards in 2014 and 2010 and it also won a place in the 2009 Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track Top 100 companies, which ranks Britain's fastest growing private sector technology companies. Charles was a member of the South West Screen Board from 2008-2011.

Ian Livingstone CBE

Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. He co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain. He co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in 1982, the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook in the series which has sold over 17 million copies to date in 30 languages. He designed Eureka, the first computer game published by Domark in 1984. He joined the board in 1992 as a major investor, overseeing a merger that created Eidos plc in 1995 where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002. At Eidos he launched major franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. In the Wired 100 list for 2012, he was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK's digital economy. He is Founder and Chairman of The Livingstone Foundation, Chairman of Playdemic Ltd, Chairman of Midoki Ltd, Chairman of PlayMob Ltd, Chair Next Gen Skills Committee, Vice Chair of UKIE, Member of the Creative Industries Council, GamesAid Trustee and Adviser to the British Council. He was appointed CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

Belinda Budge

Belinda spent 25 years in the publishing industry and is a former board member of HarperCollins Publishers, a global Newscorp media company. She founded her creative consultancy in 2012 and is an IDEO Associate. Her professional journey began as a Lecturer in Cultural Theory. After founding a start-up publishing company she joined HarperCollins, where she rose to become Group Publisher. In that role she managed a portfolio of global content, while negotiating the existential threat to the industry from digital and self publishing. Belinda's focus on putting innovation at the core of the business re-imagined the relationship between writer, publisher, retailer and audience.

Karen Blackett OBE

Karen has been profiled in Media Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Times Business section - Andrew Davidson interview, Company Magazine and The Independent and writes an online column for The Telegraph Wonder Women.

Karen has featured in the 2008 ,2010, 2013 & 2014 Power List as one of Britain’s 100 most influential black people. Most recently, Karen has spoken at the House of Commons for the Black Women Mean Business event, LSBC event and at the Voice of Women event as part of the organisation’s women as agents of social change programme, Management Today Inspiring Women conference as well as winning the WIM’s Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Award in 2013. Karen was also one of the finalists in the 2014 Veuve Cliquot Business Woman awards. In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to Media & Communications.

In 2012, Karen launched an Apprenticeship Scheme for 18-24 year olds at MediaCom, working with Tim Campbell, MBE and The National Apprenticeship Service. This is helping to fulfil a personal lifelong passion to find, discover and mentor talent from all backgrounds and classes in order for them to get a foot in the door of The Advertising Industry and help to diversify the industry in terms of socio-economic background, ethnic background and gender. The Apprenticeship scheme is the first government approved scheme for any media agency in the UK, working with Outsource Training and leading to an NVQ in Marketing and Communications. Karen has also hosted two House of Lords Peers at MediaCom HQ to teach them about the scheme and meet her first ten successful apprentices. 

Danny Perkins

Danny started his career in the industry in Marketing Executive in Feature Film Company in 1996. He then joined Optimum Releasing (now STUDIOCANAL) at the inception of the company in May 1999, taking on responsibility for the positioning and promotion of all titles. As the new company developed and grew through its acquisition by STUDIOCANAL in 2006, his role was extended to include management and development of the company, and he was named CEO on September 1st 2010 with a responsibility across Production and Distribution. He has overseen the release of over several hundred titles theatrically and more than a thousand titles in Home Entertainment, including critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles, such as FAHRENHEIT 9/11, THE HURT LOCKER, THIS IS ENGLAND and RUSH, as well as an impressive slate of productions including Tomas Alfredson’s TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Jaume Collet Serra’s NON-STOP and Paul King’s PADDINGTON. Danny has lectured at both the National Film and Television School and the BFI, and has represented the company at events at the London School of Economics, London Film Festival and the BritDoc festival among others.

Matthew Coats

Matthew has been the Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency and Director General for MOJ Corporate Services since 2013. He provides leadership of the agency in delivering around £2bn of legal aid, (overseeing 3000 staff) and is the Digital Leader for the MOJ striving to make a digital justice system a reality. Working closely with the Government Digital Service he is helping to push forward programmes such as online prison booking. Matthew was part of a Government delegation to Silicon Valley to meet leading technology firms, and is currently looking into how he can implement some of the lessons learnt across Government. Bringing expertise in Board-level leadership, financial stewardship and organisational governance Matthew has been a member of Boards and senior leadership teams for over fifteen years, both within central Government and in the NHS. His previous roles include; Head of Immigration (UK Border Force), Strategic Director (Asylum, Home Office) and Head of Secondary Care (Department of Health).