Joint board announced for Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation

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Following the announcement in September 2019 that Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation are set to join forces, a new board has been announced.

The new board is chaired by Rick Haythornwaite (former Chair, the Creative Industries Federation), with Belinda Budge (former Chair, Creative England) as Vice-Chair, and is comprised of an exceptional mix of talent from across the creative industries.

Board Members 

·       Rick Haythornwaite (Chair), Global Chairman Mastercard

·       Belinda Budge (Vice Chair), Artist, IDEO Associate and former Group Publisher, Harper Collins

·       Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative England and Creative Industries Federation

·       Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager of WPP and Chairwoman of MediaCom

·       Sir Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor, University of Arts London

·       Dr. Jamie Coleman, Founder, Codebase

·       Tim Davie CBE, CEO, BBC Studios

·       Irene Graham OBE, CEO, ScaleUp Institute

·       Pardeep Duggal, Digital and Transformation Leader

·       Jefferson Hack, CEO and Co-Founder, Dazed Media

·       Jude Kelly CBE, Founder, Women of The World

·       Ian Livingstone CBE, Co-founder, Games Workshop

·     Janet Markwick, Founder, Markwick Consulting Ltd; Formerly Global EVP, Commercial Operations and Production, Y&R

·       Danny Perkins, Founder, Elysian Film Group

·       Neil Rami, CEO, West Midlands Growth Company

·       Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director and Lead Principle Dancer, English National Ballet

·       Andrea Stark, Director of Employment, Skills and Culture, Islington Council

·       Giselle Stewart OBE, Director, Ubisoft

·       Charles Wace, CEO, Limesnapper, Chair, Creative England Trading Company

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation said:

“Bringing together many of the board members from our two organisations has created an impressive line-up of formidable creative talent,  perfectly positioning us to support and drive forward creative industries in the UK.

It was important to have a board with an equal gender mix, and from different parts of the country,  representative of our diverse and broad constituency. Our aim is to bring all parts of the sector together, to ensure the creative industries remain at the forefront of the political and social agenda.”

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport reported on Feb 5 that creative industries are growing five times faster than the overall UK economy, in real terms, contributing £111.7bn to the UK economy in 2018, accounting for 5.8% GVA.

Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation will continue to operate independently, as their existing brands and will remain as separate companies, as part of the non-profit group, Creative Nation Holdings Ltd. With the exception of a small nominations sub-group, board members have been appointed on an initial term of two years.

In May, Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation will present their inaugural joint event, Creative Nation 2020. More info here.