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Creative England is full of talented and experienced people who drive our mission and sit at the heart of everything we do. Find out more about who does what here

Caroline HindsDirector of People & Operations

Caroline joined Creative England during its inception, setting up people processes and policies and shaping our operational infrastructure. Responsible for people strategy, change management and shaping wider corporate strategic planning, Caroline manages a HR & Ops team who ensure the day-to-day ops run smoothly and efficiently across all sites.

Specialising in the creative sector has lead significant organisational development working with people at all levels across film, games, digital, partnerships, marketing, policy and legal. Caroline believes in building a great place to work, a strong company culture based on trust, shared values and core purpose.  This means doing what’s best for our people, supporting them through good and bad, and providing an environment in which we can be our best.

caroline.hinds@creativeengland.co.uk

Charlotte WoodProduction Liaison Officer (South West)

Charlotte provides comprehensive production liaison support to Film & High-End TV productions in the South West, coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film friendly activity in the region. Her career started as a Production Coordinator at Twofour Broadcast in Plymouth working on programmes for Channel 5, ITV and the National Geographic Channel. Prior to joining Creative England, Charlotte supported charity film projects and contributed to organising events for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, held at the BFI and ITV Studios.

Whilst at Creative England, Charlotte was responsible for successfully delivering our ERDF funded project – Hertfordshire ProConnect – a programme of support for the film & TV industry running workshops, networking events, tailored one-to-one sessions and business grants. She is looking forward to continuing to provide industry support within the Production Services team.

charlotte.wood@creativeengland.co.uk

Haley Edwards Programme Manager - Content & Enterprise

Haley has over 12 years’ experience in project management across film, investment, talent and skills. As part of our team of creative experts, Haley works closely with emerging and established talent in the moving image sector, implementing and managing the delivery of Creative England’s business support and investment offer for screen businesses. Haley provides information and constructive guidance to a large volume of entrepreneurs requiring knowledge and advice in building their creative company in the English regions, as well as offering strong industry connections and sound project management.

haley.edwards@creativeengland.co.uk

Caroline joined Creative England during its inception, setting up people processes and policies and shaping our operational infrastructure. Responsible for people strategy, change management and shaping wider corporate strategic planning, Caroline manages a HR & Ops team who ensure the day-to-day ops run smoothly and efficiently across all sites.

Specialising in the creative sector has lead significant organisational development working with people at all levels across film, games, digital, partnerships, marketing, policy and legal. Caroline believes in building a great place to work, a strong company culture based on trust, shared values and core purpose.  This means doing what’s best for our people, supporting them through good and bad, and providing an environment in which we can be our best.

caroline.hinds@creativeengland.co.uk

Charlotte provides comprehensive production liaison support to Film & High-End TV productions in the South West, coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film friendly activity in the region. Her career started as a Production Coordinator at Twofour Broadcast in Plymouth working on programmes for Channel 5, ITV and the National Geographic Channel. Prior to joining Creative England, Charlotte supported charity film projects and contributed to organising events for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, held at the BFI and ITV Studios.

Whilst at Creative England, Charlotte was responsible for successfully delivering our ERDF funded project – Hertfordshire ProConnect – a programme of support for the film & TV industry running workshops, networking events, tailored one-to-one sessions and business grants. She is looking forward to continuing to provide industry support within the Production Services team.

charlotte.wood@creativeengland.co.uk

Haley has over 12 years’ experience in project management across film, investment, talent and skills. As part of our team of creative experts, Haley works closely with emerging and established talent in the moving image sector, implementing and managing the delivery of Creative England’s business support and investment offer for screen businesses. Haley provides information and constructive guidance to a large volume of entrepreneurs requiring knowledge and advice in building their creative company in the English regions, as well as offering strong industry connections and sound project management.

haley.edwards@creativeengland.co.uk

Hayley Armstrong Head of Production Services

Hayley leads a national team dedicated to providing a production support service to Film and HETV to shoot in England, outside London, giving access to locations, studios, crew, facilities and filming permissions.  Hayley provides leadership and advocacy for the sector whilst developing partnerships with local government and key stakeholders to improve the filming infrastructure.  Hayley started out at the Film Commission for Hertfordshire and holds over 20 years’ experience of delivering production services and championing England as a first-class filming destination.

hayley.armstrong@creativeengland.co.uk

Jude ListerFilm Talent Manager

Jude manages programmes for new and emerging UK film talent, including the feature film development lab iFeatures and shortFLIX, a short film initiative for 18-25 year olds. Prior to joining Creative England she worked for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, and is still part of its pre-selection team. Jude has also run international film workshops, screenings and short film competitions for NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema, as well as editing ‘zines covering film festivals all over the world.

Jude.Lister@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Jackie BoydProject Management, Investment

Based in our Manchester office, Jackie is part of our investment team and manages our portfolio of tech and digital investments. Before joining CE, Jackie worked in the games sector at SCEE and ran investment funds within the creative sectors in the North East. She’s our cat-loving resident Geordie.

Jackie.Boyd@CreativeEngland.co.uk

 

Hayley leads a national team dedicated to providing a production support service to Film and HETV to shoot in England, outside London, giving access to locations, studios, crew, facilities and filming permissions.  Hayley provides leadership and advocacy for the sector whilst developing partnerships with local government and key stakeholders to improve the filming infrastructure.  Hayley started out at the Film Commission for Hertfordshire and holds over 20 years’ experience of delivering production services and championing England as a first-class filming destination.

hayley.armstrong@creativeengland.co.uk

Jude manages programmes for new and emerging UK film talent, including the feature film development lab iFeatures and shortFLIX, a short film initiative for 18-25 year olds. Prior to joining Creative England she worked for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, and is still part of its pre-selection team. Jude has also run international film workshops, screenings and short film competitions for NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema, as well as editing ‘zines covering film festivals all over the world.

Jude.Lister@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Based in our Manchester office, Jackie is part of our investment team and manages our portfolio of tech and digital investments. Before joining CE, Jackie worked in the games sector at SCEE and ran investment funds within the creative sectors in the North East. She’s our cat-loving resident Geordie.

Jackie.Boyd@CreativeEngland.co.uk

 

Kate AdamProgramme Manager - Investment

Kate started her career in the glitzy world of TV production, making tea and buying plain digestive biscuits for greats like David Attenborough.  She’s since gone on to work as a project manager in both the public and private sector, before joining Creative England in 2014 to deliver the Regional Growth Fund investment programmes.

Kate is a firm believer that riding a bike and eating cheese (not necessarily at the same time) make everything better and attempts to do both things on a daily basis.

kate.adam@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Kate MayallJunior Marketing Manager

Kate works as the Marketing Coordinator within our marketing team in Manchester, developing and implementing marketing strategy and activity of new and existing campaigns. Having joined Creative England in 2016 as a Marketing Assistant, she came from a media agency background, where she managed clients’ social media accounts and advertising.

kate.mayall@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Laura TaylorMarketing Assistant

Laura’s main role is social media management and digital marketing analysis.

Her background is mainly in administration, as well as freelance digital marketing. She took an interest in social media analytics, as well as general promotional work during her time as a freelancer, making Creative England a perfect place to explore her interests.

Before that, she was an English Literature student at Lincoln University, where she developed a strong passion for classic literature and theoretical research.

laura.taylor@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Kate started her career in the glitzy world of TV production, making tea and buying plain digestive biscuits for greats like David Attenborough.  She’s since gone on to work as a project manager in both the public and private sector, before joining Creative England in 2014 to deliver the Regional Growth Fund investment programmes.

Kate is a firm believer that riding a bike and eating cheese (not necessarily at the same time) make everything better and attempts to do both things on a daily basis.

kate.adam@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Kate works as the Marketing Coordinator within our marketing team in Manchester, developing and implementing marketing strategy and activity of new and existing campaigns. Having joined Creative England in 2016 as a Marketing Assistant, she came from a media agency background, where she managed clients’ social media accounts and advertising.

kate.mayall@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Laura’s main role is social media management and digital marketing analysis.

Her background is mainly in administration, as well as freelance digital marketing. She took an interest in social media analytics, as well as general promotional work during her time as a freelancer, making Creative England a perfect place to explore her interests.

Before that, she was an English Literature student at Lincoln University, where she developed a strong passion for classic literature and theoretical research.

laura.taylor@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Leon FrancisProduction Liaison Officer (East)

Leon Francis provides a comprehensive production liaison service to all companies looking to film within the South East and East of England. Leon has a background collaborating on multiple art platforms as a Producer and Project Coordinator. He has  worked alongside production companies, artists and freelancers on national and international projects mainly in the North East, New Zealand and Sweden for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. In addition, he has also provided support and advice on regional and national funding applications as an Adviser for both the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.

leon.francis@creativeengland.co.uk

 

 

Linda LokerAwards Co-ordinator

Linda manages the administration of Creative England’s funds, working closely with delivery teams and Finance and Operations dept. to ensure that all awards processes and procedures are delivered effectively and efficiently.  She also co-ordinates funding meetings and ensures accurate records are taken and maintained.  Linda has been with Creative England since its inception in 2011, having transferred from the regional screen agency in the East Midlands.  Her previous work experience covered a variety of roles in sales and customer service within the commercial sector.

linda.loker@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Matt BrowningInvestment Manager

Matt is responsible for management of the equity portfolio, aiding the growth and development of the businesses we’ve supported. Matt also manages debt activity, assisting through the investment process as well as managing the recoupment. Matt previously worked in the private financial sector, where he was responsible for the reconciliation of client money and assets.

matt.browning@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Leon Francis provides a comprehensive production liaison service to all companies looking to film within the South East and East of England. Leon has a background collaborating on multiple art platforms as a Producer and Project Coordinator. He has  worked alongside production companies, artists and freelancers on national and international projects mainly in the North East, New Zealand and Sweden for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. In addition, he has also provided support and advice on regional and national funding applications as an Adviser for both the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.

leon.francis@creativeengland.co.uk

 

 

Linda manages the administration of Creative England’s funds, working closely with delivery teams and Finance and Operations dept. to ensure that all awards processes and procedures are delivered effectively and efficiently.  She also co-ordinates funding meetings and ensures accurate records are taken and maintained.  Linda has been with Creative England since its inception in 2011, having transferred from the regional screen agency in the East Midlands.  Her previous work experience covered a variety of roles in sales and customer service within the commercial sector.

linda.loker@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Matt is responsible for management of the equity portfolio, aiding the growth and development of the businesses we’ve supported. Matt also manages debt activity, assisting through the investment process as well as managing the recoupment. Matt previously worked in the private financial sector, where he was responsible for the reconciliation of client money and assets.

matt.browning@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Mehjabeen PatrickChief Financial Officer

Matt is responsible for management of the equity portfolio,

Mehjabeen is Creative England’s Chief Financial and Operations Office, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across the company. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.

mehjabeen.patrick@creativeengland.co.uk

 

 

Nick BeechProduction Liaison Manager North

Nick is our Production Liaison Manager for the North, working closely with local authorities, film offices and the film industry to help ensure a smooth shoot for incoming feature and drama productions and for the local communities they film in. Nick also leads on the development of digital resources for Production Services, including Creative England’s “Film Here” enquiry system, and is passionate about the power of improving access to information.

Nick’s current focus is on the creation of new tools and resources to help local authorities to manage filming more easily, and the creation of a new system to provide the film industry with simple and efficient access to the up-to-date local knowledge they need.

nick.beech@creativeengland.co.uk

 

 

Paul AshtonHead of Film

At Creative England Paul has backed filmmakers through our Emerging and Production funds, BFI NETWORK programmes iShorts and iWrite, and Sky partnership shortflix. He was Executive Producer on Rachel Tunnard’s BIFA and Tribeca winning Adult Life Skills, Matt Palmer’s Michael Powell Award winning Netflix Original thriller Calibre, Justin Edgar’s brummie noir The Marker, Toby Macdonald’s comic-romance Old Boys, and the shortflix films which transmitted on Sky Arts in 2018.

He has been Exec on numerous shorts including BAFTA/BIFA nominated Emotional Fusebox, Real Gods Require Blood which premiered at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, Ernestine and Kit which was IFTA nominated and premiered at SXSW, and multi-award-winning festival favourites A six & two threes, A Father’s Day, The Pig Child and many more. He is Executive Producer on forthcoming Creative England features which include Irene’s Ghost, The Hippies, White Riot, Snodgrass and Dawn of the Dark Fox. Further films which have converted from his Emerging development slate include Westwood (Sundance premiere, released 2018), England is Mine (Edinburgh closing gala film, released 2017), and The Ritual (Toronto premiere, BIFA winning, released 2017) and forthcoming films Days of the Bagnold Summer, How to Sell a War, The Drifters and more. Paul now oversees the wider Film team work, which includes: the iFeatures programme with three new films in the pipeline – Make Up, Perfect Ten and The Retreat – following on from the recent success of Lady Macbeth, The Levelling and Apostasy; and the West Midlands Production Fund, which recently backed the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated The Girl With All the Gifts, and BIFA and BAFTA nominated Jawbone.

Paul was previously Development Producer at the BBC, where his credits included OSCAR and BAFTA nominated shorts Wish 143 and Turning, and BAFTA-nominated feature Shifty. His work with talent at BBC writersroom has seen BAFTA, RTS, SONY, PRIX ITALIA, IMISON and TINNISWOOD award-winning drama and comedy produced across television and radio – from Mike Bartlett’s first drama on BBC radio, to Wolfblood on CBBC, to The Last Hours of Laura K online. Paul began his career in new writing theatre and his book The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio is published by Bloomsbury.

paul.ashton@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Matt is responsible for management of the equity portfolio,

Mehjabeen is Creative England’s Chief Financial and Operations Office, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across the company. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.

mehjabeen.patrick@creativeengland.co.uk

 

 

Nick is our Production Liaison Manager for the North, working closely with local authorities, film offices and the film industry to help ensure a smooth shoot for incoming feature and drama productions and for the local communities they film in. Nick also leads on the development of digital resources for Production Services, including Creative England’s “Film Here” enquiry system, and is passionate about the power of improving access to information.

Nick’s current focus is on the creation of new tools and resources to help local authorities to manage filming more easily, and the creation of a new system to provide the film industry with simple and efficient access to the up-to-date local knowledge they need.

nick.beech@creativeengland.co.uk

 

 

At Creative England Paul has backed filmmakers through our Emerging and Production funds, BFI NETWORK programmes iShorts and iWrite, and Sky partnership shortflix. He was Executive Producer on Rachel Tunnard’s BIFA and Tribeca winning Adult Life Skills, Matt Palmer’s Michael Powell Award winning Netflix Original thriller Calibre, Justin Edgar’s brummie noir The Marker, Toby Macdonald’s comic-romance Old Boys, and the shortflix films which transmitted on Sky Arts in 2018.

He has been Exec on numerous shorts including BAFTA/BIFA nominated Emotional Fusebox, Real Gods Require Blood which premiered at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, Ernestine and Kit which was IFTA nominated and premiered at SXSW, and multi-award-winning festival favourites A six & two threes, A Father’s Day, The Pig Child and many more. He is Executive Producer on forthcoming Creative England features which include Irene’s Ghost, The Hippies, White Riot, Snodgrass and Dawn of the Dark Fox. Further films which have converted from his Emerging development slate include Westwood (Sundance premiere, released 2018), England is Mine (Edinburgh closing gala film, released 2017), and The Ritual (Toronto premiere, BIFA winning, released 2017) and forthcoming films Days of the Bagnold Summer, How to Sell a War, The Drifters and more. Paul now oversees the wider Film team work, which includes: the iFeatures programme with three new films in the pipeline – Make Up, Perfect Ten and The Retreat – following on from the recent success of Lady Macbeth, The Levelling and Apostasy; and the West Midlands Production Fund, which recently backed the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated The Girl With All the Gifts, and BIFA and BAFTA nominated Jawbone.

Paul was previously Development Producer at the BBC, where his credits included OSCAR and BAFTA nominated shorts Wish 143 and Turning, and BAFTA-nominated feature Shifty. His work with talent at BBC writersroom has seen BAFTA, RTS, SONY, PRIX ITALIA, IMISON and TINNISWOOD award-winning drama and comedy produced across television and radio – from Mike Bartlett’s first drama on BBC radio, to Wolfblood on CBBC, to The Last Hours of Laura K online. Paul began his career in new writing theatre and his book The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio is published by Bloomsbury.

paul.ashton@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Rachel JohnsonHead of Marketing and PR

Rachel Johnson is Head of Marketing & PR at Creative England, responsible for the brand marketing strategy across the company including government, regional and commercial partnerships. Prior to this, Rachel has gained over 12 years experience across multiple creative sectors including Film, TV, Gaming, Theatre, Music, Art and live cultural events. A creative marketer who is passionate about driving change and equality of opportunity for the creative industries through innovative campaigns, Rachel has worked in strategic marketing roles for global companies such as Universal Pictures, Midway Games and Sony Pictures in London and Sydney.

Now based in Manchester, Rachel has played a pivotal role in raising Creative England’s company profile, developing the company’s first ever brand campaign ‘England is Creative’ and recently launched ‘Be More Creative’ – a multi-year campaign celebrating regional creativity across the country, with high profile events in Manchester and Leeds.

Rachel.johnson@creativeengland.co.uk

 

 

Sam RifkinCrew & Facilities Officer

Sam works as Project Co-ordinator for our crewing service, managing the national crew and facilities database which currently holds the details of over 7000 people and companies. Sam works closely with productions, providing a bespoke crewing service to companies working in feature film, TV and commercials. Her first job in the industry was as a Production Assistant for Hurricane Films, during the development of their BAFTA nominated feature, Sunset Song. Sam has also worked as a co-ordinator on several other low-budget projects before starting at Creative England in 2017. Productions she has worked on include A Very English Scandal, Mary Queen of Scots and Killing Eve.

Samantha.Rifkin@creativeengland.co.uk

Tony BaldwinsonCompliance Manager

Tony is the Compliance Manager based at the Manchester office. Previously within CE he managed our GamesLab project for video games companies which ran across most of Yorkshire for three years. Tony has been a project manager across many sectors, and has written a book on how to manage projects with EU funds.

Tony.Baldwinson@creativeengland.co.uk

Rachel Johnson is Head of Marketing & PR at Creative England, responsible for the brand marketing strategy across the company including government, regional and commercial partnerships. Prior to this, Rachel has gained over 12 years experience across multiple creative sectors including Film, TV, Gaming, Theatre, Music, Art and live cultural events. A creative marketer who is passionate about driving change and equality of opportunity for the creative industries through innovative campaigns, Rachel has worked in strategic marketing roles for global companies such as Universal Pictures, Midway Games and Sony Pictures in London and Sydney.

Now based in Manchester, Rachel has played a pivotal role in raising Creative England’s company profile, developing the company’s first ever brand campaign ‘England is Creative’ and recently launched ‘Be More Creative’ – a multi-year campaign celebrating regional creativity across the country, with high profile events in Manchester and Leeds.

Rachel.johnson@creativeengland.co.uk

 

 

Sam works as Project Co-ordinator for our crewing service, managing the national crew and facilities database which currently holds the details of over 7000 people and companies. Sam works closely with productions, providing a bespoke crewing service to companies working in feature film, TV and commercials. Her first job in the industry was as a Production Assistant for Hurricane Films, during the development of their BAFTA nominated feature, Sunset Song. Sam has also worked as a co-ordinator on several other low-budget projects before starting at Creative England in 2017. Productions she has worked on include A Very English Scandal, Mary Queen of Scots and Killing Eve.

Samantha.Rifkin@creativeengland.co.uk

Tony is the Compliance Manager based at the Manchester office. Previously within CE he managed our GamesLab project for video games companies which ran across most of Yorkshire for three years. Tony has been a project manager across many sectors, and has written a book on how to manage projects with EU funds.

Tony.Baldwinson@creativeengland.co.uk

Abby BrennanDigital Content Producer

Abby is the digital content producer at creative england and joined the team in November 2018. Abby creates and manages all content for creative england. Abby comes from a commercial video creation background and specialised in video optimisation for social.

Abby.Brennan@creativeengland.co.uk

Cassandra TownFinance Administrator

Cassandra joined the finance team based in Bristol in 2018 and is responsible for processing the day to day transactions of Creative England, reconciling accounts and supporting the rest of the finance team. She has 4 years previous experience working within the finance departments of other small companies within the south west with similar responsibilities.

Cassandra.Town@creativeengland.co.uk

Ceri DanielsBusiness Analyst

Ceri ensures that we use information effectively to track our impact and inform our future work. She has over 10 years’ experience in project management and marketing, so has spent time managing budgets, resources and stakeholder requirements.

Previous work achievements have included developing new systems for large-scale behaviour-change projects, introducing data-driven plans for student recruitment and promoting cycling whilst not actually owning a bike. Ceri enjoys problem-solving, data-wrangling and finding a clear path through a mass of information.

Ceri.Daniels@creativeengland.co.uk

Abby is the digital content producer at creative england and joined the team in November 2018. Abby creates and manages all content for creative england. Abby comes from a commercial video creation background and specialised in video optimisation for social.

Abby.Brennan@creativeengland.co.uk

Cassandra joined the finance team based in Bristol in 2018 and is responsible for processing the day to day transactions of Creative England, reconciling accounts and supporting the rest of the finance team. She has 4 years previous experience working within the finance departments of other small companies within the south west with similar responsibilities.

Cassandra.Town@creativeengland.co.uk

Ceri ensures that we use information effectively to track our impact and inform our future work. She has over 10 years’ experience in project management and marketing, so has spent time managing budgets, resources and stakeholder requirements.

Previous work achievements have included developing new systems for large-scale behaviour-change projects, introducing data-driven plans for student recruitment and promoting cycling whilst not actually owning a bike. Ceri enjoys problem-solving, data-wrangling and finding a clear path through a mass of information.

Ceri.Daniels@creativeengland.co.uk

Emma YoumansProject Coordinator - Film

Emma is the Film Projects Coordinator, working in the Film Team to deliver Talent Development programs, including iFeatures– for film-makers embarking on their debut fiction feature; and ShortFLIX– the short film scheme for people aged 18-25. Prior to Creative England, Emma has worked in cinema exhibition, assisting the programming team at Picturehouse Cinemas. A firm passion for the arts, Emma has interned for Literary Agency Rochelle Stevens & Co. and worked at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Pleasance Theatre Company. Enjoying being by the sea, Emma achieved her BA Film Studies degree at Portsmouth University.

Emma.Youmans@creativeengland.co.uk

Erin MacdermottPolicy Officer

Policy officer Erin is based in the Bristol office. She plays a key role in co-ordinating our public sector engagement and guiding the political influence we have at Creative England. Erin has a background in environmental policy, having gained BSc Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Climate Change Science & Policy. In light of this, she is eager to explore where the arts and cultural industries can intersect with the scientific and academic.

When not at work Erin can usually be found floundering over a disastrous vegan baking attempt or felopolopolling around the dancefloor.

Erin.macdermott@creativeengland.co.uk

Gail CaigHead of Policy

Gail has worked across the private, public and voluntary sectors in communications, programme management and policy development. She spent over a decade in Whitehall, first as a Government press officer then leading policy teams covering lottery funding, regional cultural development and the creative industries.

As Head of Policy at Creative England, Gail works to make the case for national and regional policies that give talented creative people and their businesses the opportunity to develop and thrive.

Gail.Caig@creativeengland.co.uk

Emma is the Film Projects Coordinator, working in the Film Team to deliver Talent Development programs, including iFeatures– for film-makers embarking on their debut fiction feature; and ShortFLIX– the short film scheme for people aged 18-25. Prior to Creative England, Emma has worked in cinema exhibition, assisting the programming team at Picturehouse Cinemas. A firm passion for the arts, Emma has interned for Literary Agency Rochelle Stevens & Co. and worked at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Pleasance Theatre Company. Enjoying being by the sea, Emma achieved her BA Film Studies degree at Portsmouth University.

Emma.Youmans@creativeengland.co.uk

Policy officer Erin is based in the Bristol office. She plays a key role in co-ordinating our public sector engagement and guiding the political influence we have at Creative England. Erin has a background in environmental policy, having gained BSc Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Climate Change Science & Policy. In light of this, she is eager to explore where the arts and cultural industries can intersect with the scientific and academic.

When not at work Erin can usually be found floundering over a disastrous vegan baking attempt or felopolopolling around the dancefloor.

Erin.macdermott@creativeengland.co.uk

Gail has worked across the private, public and voluntary sectors in communications, programme management and policy development. She spent over a decade in Whitehall, first as a Government press officer then leading policy teams covering lottery funding, regional cultural development and the creative industries.

As Head of Policy at Creative England, Gail works to make the case for national and regional policies that give talented creative people and their businesses the opportunity to develop and thrive.

Gail.Caig@creativeengland.co.uk

Hari RamakrishnanProgramme Coordinator

Hari is a writer, performer and professional wrestling manager. He made the short film ‘Slice’ through Channel 4’s Random Acts scheme and was chosen by The Latimer Group and BBC Three as one of the UK’s top 50 creative young people. Based in the Bristol office, he works as our Programme Coordinator; supporting our Programme Managers.

Hari.Ramakrishnan@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Jim FarmeryHead of Partnerships

Manages all Creative England public sector partnerships with Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities.

Worked in regional economic development for 20 years on a broad range projects including workspace development, incubators, innovation centres, sector development and investment programmes.

Based in Leeds/Manchester

Jim.Farmery@creativeengland.co.uk

Jonny SheltonProduction Liaison Officer (North)

Jonny joined Creative England’s Production Services team permanently in November 2018 after four months of work experience in the department. His current role as Production Liaison Officer sees daily liaison and facilitation between Film and TV Productions and Local Authorities whilst providing location suggestions to productions.

Previously to Creative England, Jonny studied music at the University of Salford and focused on soundtracks in the latter stages of his degree, whilst writing short films and the accompanying music. Jonny has also hosted regular music nights in Manchester Central Library, produced Chorlton Comedy Festival 2018 and hosts/produces regular instalments of Quays Comedy in MediaCityUK.

Jonny loves living five minutes from the office!

Jonny.Shelton@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Hari is a writer, performer and professional wrestling manager. He made the short film ‘Slice’ through Channel 4’s Random Acts scheme and was chosen by The Latimer Group and BBC Three as one of the UK’s top 50 creative young people. Based in the Bristol office, he works as our Programme Coordinator; supporting our Programme Managers.

Hari.Ramakrishnan@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Manages all Creative England public sector partnerships with Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities.

Worked in regional economic development for 20 years on a broad range projects including workspace development, incubators, innovation centres, sector development and investment programmes.

Based in Leeds/Manchester

Jim.Farmery@creativeengland.co.uk

Jonny joined Creative England’s Production Services team permanently in November 2018 after four months of work experience in the department. His current role as Production Liaison Officer sees daily liaison and facilitation between Film and TV Productions and Local Authorities whilst providing location suggestions to productions.

Previously to Creative England, Jonny studied music at the University of Salford and focused on soundtracks in the latter stages of his degree, whilst writing short films and the accompanying music. Jonny has also hosted regular music nights in Manchester Central Library, produced Chorlton Comedy Festival 2018 and hosts/produces regular instalments of Quays Comedy in MediaCityUK.

Jonny loves living five minutes from the office!

Jonny.Shelton@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Julia MorrishOperations Co-ordinator & PA to COO

Julia joined Creative England in 2018 as our Operations Coordinator and PA to the COO. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with the day to day operations of the business, travel bookings and event support. Julia completed a BA in Film Studies & Creative Writing and an Masters in Curating, where she developed a passion for film and gained industry experience at cultural institutions such as Watershed Cinema & Encounters Film Festival. Outside of work, Julia is part of a pop/rock choir and also volunteers at a museum. Her most memorable achievement is of being one of the ‘Dismal’ stewards at Banksy’s Dismaland in 2015.

Julia.Morrish@creativeengland.co.uk

Raechel BeardwoodProgramme Coordinator

Raechel works as the Programme Coordinator for the Creative Enterprise programme, providing guidance to and developing opportunities for companies and sole traders who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film and television, games and tech. Before joining CE, Raechel worked in funding within the arts and culture sector with a focus in creative media, strategic funding and research.

Raechel is passionate about creating equal opportunities for diverse talent and advocacy for the creative industries as a driver of social impact.

Raechel.beardwood@creativeengland.co.uk

Julia joined Creative England in 2018 as our Operations Coordinator and PA to the COO. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with the day to day operations of the business, travel bookings and event support. Julia completed a BA in Film Studies & Creative Writing and an Masters in Curating, where she developed a passion for film and gained industry experience at cultural institutions such as Watershed Cinema & Encounters Film Festival. Outside of work, Julia is part of a pop/rock choir and also volunteers at a museum. Her most memorable achievement is of being one of the ‘Dismal’ stewards at Banksy’s Dismaland in 2015.

Julia.Morrish@creativeengland.co.uk

Raechel works as the Programme Coordinator for the Creative Enterprise programme, providing guidance to and developing opportunities for companies and sole traders who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film and television, games and tech. Before joining CE, Raechel worked in funding within the arts and culture sector with a focus in creative media, strategic funding and research.

Raechel is passionate about creating equal opportunities for diverse talent and advocacy for the creative industries as a driver of social impact.

Raechel.beardwood@creativeengland.co.uk

Jane LeahHead of Marketing & PR maternity cover

Jane has supported the growth of innovative businesses and practices for over 20 years, holding communications and project development roles across public and private sectors including; FujiFilm, ASDA, Future Publishing, DIT, BBC Good Food and Tech North. Jane has consistently developed strategically focused campaigns and programmes, and have trained some amazingly talented people along the way.

Jane.Leah@creativeengland.co.uk

Solomon NwabuezeChief Content Officer

Solomon previously ran PaperPlaneMedia, a visual media business helping to evolve strategic commercial relationships with talent, producers and distributors for clients such as Warner Bros, ITV, Sony Pictures and Universal Music International. Prior to this, Nwabueze was SVP, Content/IP and Co-Productions for EMEA and Asia-Pacific (Fremantlemedia). In this role, responsible for identifying partnership opportunities and acquiring new content in EMEA and Asia-Pacific; focusing on IP to be exploited across multiple platforms. Also, he established Sony BMG’s visual media division, working as part of the senior management team to expand the company’s UK business. He also held the role of Director Acquisitions & Mergers at Warner Music International, during which time he was responsible for the acquisition of The Sopranos and Sex And The City and devised and negotiated the output deals with Comedy Central that spawned the South Park series, which went on to become one of the most successful animated sitcom properties of all time. Prior to this time he worked for BBC TV, Polygram International and Sony Music.

solomon@creativeengland.co.uk

Jane has supported the growth of innovative businesses and practices for over 20 years, holding communications and project development roles across public and private sectors including; FujiFilm, ASDA, Future Publishing, DIT, BBC Good Food and Tech North. Jane has consistently developed strategically focused campaigns and programmes, and have trained some amazingly talented people along the way.

Jane.Leah@creativeengland.co.uk

Solomon previously ran PaperPlaneMedia, a visual media business helping to evolve strategic commercial relationships with talent, producers and distributors for clients such as Warner Bros, ITV, Sony Pictures and Universal Music International. Prior to this, Nwabueze was SVP, Content/IP and Co-Productions for EMEA and Asia-Pacific (Fremantlemedia). In this role, responsible for identifying partnership opportunities and acquiring new content in EMEA and Asia-Pacific; focusing on IP to be exploited across multiple platforms. Also, he established Sony BMG’s visual media division, working as part of the senior management team to expand the company’s UK business. He also held the role of Director Acquisitions & Mergers at Warner Music International, during which time he was responsible for the acquisition of The Sopranos and Sex And The City and devised and negotiated the output deals with Comedy Central that spawned the South Park series, which went on to become one of the most successful animated sitcom properties of all time. Prior to this time he worked for BBC TV, Polygram International and Sony Music.

solomon@creativeengland.co.uk

Stephanie ClarkProgramme Manager

Stephanie leads on our industry events including the Be More Creative series and Creative England Live. She also has responsibility for strategic partnerships across the business working with a range of programme funders, delivery partners and event sponsors. Stephanie is based in the Media City office and is currently developing a new programme for Greater Manchester based businesses from the film, TV and games sector focusing on generating new content and products to market.

Stephanie.Clark@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Tara StewartAssistant to CEO

Tara is our Assistant to the CEO Caroline Norbury; is responsible for extensive diary management, coordinating projects and events, as well as servicing internal and external communications on Caroline’s behalf.

Tara was a Floor Manager and a Production Manager at the BBC for 15 years, and then was at News International as Picture Manager, at The Times, before she reinvented her career as an Executive Assistant.

Tara has since supported a number of CEO’s, in many different industries, newspaper, healthcare, oil and IT. She loves her job at Creative England and all the aspects of it!  No two days are ever the same, and it can be challenging!

Tara.Stewart@creativeengland.co.uk

Tim EvansHead of Investment

Tim oversees the investment activity at Creative England. As well as managing the debt and equity investment activity, Tim helps to build relationships with the partners and networks that help the businesses to thrive. Tim’s prior experience includes running his own production company, the management of Creative England’s equity fund and the programme management of the South West Innovation Network programmes. He is passionate about supporting companies beyond investment and enjoys supporting entrepreneurial talent to build and execute on their ideas.

tim.evans@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Stephanie leads on our industry events including the Be More Creative series and Creative England Live. She also has responsibility for strategic partnerships across the business working with a range of programme funders, delivery partners and event sponsors. Stephanie is based in the Media City office and is currently developing a new programme for Greater Manchester based businesses from the film, TV and games sector focusing on generating new content and products to market.

Stephanie.Clark@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Tara is our Assistant to the CEO Caroline Norbury; is responsible for extensive diary management, coordinating projects and events, as well as servicing internal and external communications on Caroline’s behalf.

Tara was a Floor Manager and a Production Manager at the BBC for 15 years, and then was at News International as Picture Manager, at The Times, before she reinvented her career as an Executive Assistant.

Tara has since supported a number of CEO’s, in many different industries, newspaper, healthcare, oil and IT. She loves her job at Creative England and all the aspects of it!  No two days are ever the same, and it can be challenging!

Tara.Stewart@creativeengland.co.uk

Tim oversees the investment activity at Creative England. As well as managing the debt and equity investment activity, Tim helps to build relationships with the partners and networks that help the businesses to thrive. Tim’s prior experience includes running his own production company, the management of Creative England’s equity fund and the programme management of the South West Innovation Network programmes. He is passionate about supporting companies beyond investment and enjoys supporting entrepreneurial talent to build and execute on their ideas.

tim.evans@creativeengland.co.uk