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06/01/2015

Creative England Chair John Newbigin Awarded OBE in New Years Honours List

Creative England chair John Newbigin has been recognized in this year’s honors list for his services to the Creative Industries and the Arts. He will be awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) accolade later this year.


Newbigin was previously the chair for RSA network Screen England and is a freelance journalist and strategic consultant for the creative industries. In addition to being the chair of Creative England, Newbigin also serves on a number of boards including Culture 24, an online gateway to the UK’s cultural sector.

Prior to his involvement with Creative England, Newbigin served the Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 from 200-2005 and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP from 1997-1999.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of East london and other international universities and a member of the British Council’s Advisory Board for Arts and Creative Industries.

For more information on the 2015 New Year's Honours List and to read the full list of awardees head here

  • Creative England
  • Creative Industries