State of the Nations: UK Trade in a Global Creative Economy

The online launch of our second State of the Nations report

When:  Wednesday 20 March 2024
Where:  Virtual (Zoom)
Register for this free event

Join us for the online launch of our second State of the Nations report!

Join Creative PEC's team of researchers from the University of Newcastle as they share the findings from our latest State of the Nations report about UK trade in the global creative economy.

A panel from across policy, research, and the creative sector will dissect the findings and the policy implications. There will be an opportunity to put your questions to our panel.

Register for your free place today and share with all those interested in the state of creative economy trade.

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The Panel

Caroline Rush CBE – CEO of British Fashion Council

Since her appointment as Chief Executive in April 2009, Caroline has focused on strengthening the British Fashion Council’s (BCF) network and platforms to connect businesses with global audiences both trade and consumer. During this time London Fashion Week has become a globally recognised platform for creativity fashion talent.

The Fashion Awards has become the international awards for the fashion industry and has raised millions for the BFC Foundation and its charitable projects. Recently, the BFC launched The Institute of Positive Fashion as an engine room for change, galvanising the industry to address how it can more positively impact the Environment, People and Community. Caroline sits on the UK’s Creative Industries Council, is a member of the Conde Nast College Advisory Council and is co-Chair of the Circular Fashion Innovation Network and Chair of The Creative Industries Trade & Investment Board.

Caroline Rush


Dr Jo Twist OBE – CEO of British Phonographic Industry

Jo Twist was previously the CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment from 2012 to 2023. Jo has a 25-year background across interactive entertainment, technology, education, creative media and youth culture. She sits on a range of high-level boards and groups, including the Creative Industries Council, Creative UK Council, and the AHRC Creative Industries Advisory Group. She is also a King’s Appointed Trustee for Royal Historic Palaces, a Wiggin Foundation Trustee and stepped down as a BAFTA Trustee and Chair of the Games Committee in 2022.

Jo is a Ravensbourne University Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Lecturer for Goldsmith’s University in the School of Computing. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and was awarded the MCV Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. She was also named as one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 Most Influential People in 2019 and entered the Computer Weekly Hall of Fame in 2021. She was awarded her Doctorate on online communities, young people and identity in 2001.

Jo Twist


Richard Kneller - Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham

Richard is a Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham where he leads its research on Globalisation, Productivity and Technology in the Nottingham globalisation centre (GEP). He is also the research lead on Digitisation and Technical Change within the Economic and Social Research Council funded centre for research on trade policy (CITP), and is the Nottingham knowledge exchange lead for research on the digital efficiency of UK companies (PrOPEL).

His research focuses on the causes and consequences of technological change and its relationship with productivity, international trade and FDI. He has published over 70 academic papers in top field and general interest journals in economics and has worked in an advisory role with the UK government, IMF, OECD and European Commission and with private companies including Amazon Web Services.

Richard Kneller