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Stellar line-up of creative business leaders joins Creative England board

Creative England has brought in three world-class industry leaders to its board, effective immediately: Karen Blackett OBE – CEO of the UK’s largest media agency, MediaCom, UK CEO of STUDIOCANAL Danny Perkins; and Senior Civil Servant at the Ministry of Justice, Matthew Coats.

“Karen, Danny and Matthew are joining at an exciting time for Creative England and we are honoured to have them on board,” commented Caroline Norbury, Creative England’s Chief Executive. “You only need to glance over their CVs to see that they bring with them a wealth of diverse experience that will help us to continue to support and champion our world-class creative industry.”

Since 2012, Creative England has invested £12.8million into the creative industries, providing access to money, markets and people to help talented individuals and businesses achieve commercial and creative success.

Karen Blackett, CEO of the UK’s largest media agency MediaCom, added, “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Creative England and I am looking forward to working with such a diverse and talented Board.” Karen led MediaCom to win over £160m of new business in 2013 and was named Campaign’s Media Agency of the Year. She has been featured twice in Management Today’s 35 Under 35, and five times in the Power List of the UK’s 100 most influential black people – where this year she came in at number 5. Recently launching a young apprentice scheme, Karen has also been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to the media communications industry.

Also joining the board is Danny Perkins, UK CEO of STUDIOCANAL. “There is a wealth of emerging creative talent coming from all corners of the UK,” discussed Danny. “Creative England’s vision to grow and nurture individuals and businesses while also examining how the industry can better champion new talent make it one of the most exciting organisations in the UK film business. I am delighted to join the board of Creative England and look forward to helping provide a platform for new voices and film industry growth.”

Danny has overseen the release of more than 300 titles theatrically and 1,000 titles in home entertainment, including Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hurt Locker and upcoming releases The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Paddington, directed by Paul King. Perkins has always been a strong advocate for homegrown UK talent and during his tenure at STUDIOCANAL, the company has supported independent British features such as Yann Demange’s 71, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block and forthcoming Aardman Production Shaun the Sheep.

Creative England are also pleased to welcome Matthew Coats, Director General for Ministry of Justice Corporate Services and Chief Executive of the Legal Aid Agency. Matthew is the Digital Leader for one of the biggest departments in Whitehall and plays a key role in looking at what opportunities technology and digital can bring to 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.

“I’m delighted to be joining the Board of Creative England and look forward to making a positive contribution to this important organisation,” said Matthew.

To find out more about the Board visit

  • Creative England