Meet the core team, the researchers from our consortium of universities, and our Management Board, Advisory Board, Industry Champions, and International Council.

Core team Researchers Management Board Advisory Board Industry Champions International Council

Meet the PEC's Industry Champions: a UK-wide network of trusted practitioners, drawn from all parts of the creative industries. The group provide the PEC with guidance on industry’s most pressing challenges, expert insight to inform our research, and critical feedback on our policy recommendations.

Meet the PEC's International Council: a network of leading policy and creative economy practitioners from across the world, convened by The British Council. The group share international creative economy policy intelligence and research opportunities, and act as critical friends in reviewing and providing an international perspective on the PEC’s activities. Find out more.

Hasan Bakhshi


Hasan leads the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, a Nesta-led, AHRC-funded research consortium of ten universit...

Billy Beckett

Policy Communications Officer

Billy is the PEC's Policy Communications Officer. He was previously Stakeholder Relations Officer at Nesta, supporting the or...

Simon Budgen

Centre Manager


Tom Cahill-Jones

Partnerships Manager

Tom is the Partnerships Manager for the PEC, always ready to have a conversation about creativity and innovation. He's intere...

Eliza Easton

Head of Policy Unit

Eliza is the PEC's Head of the Policy Unit, as well as Principal Policy Researcher for the Creative Economy and Data Analytic...

Makena Guantai Day

Executive Assistant to Director of PEC

My role at at the PEC is Executive Assistant to Hasan Bakhshi, Director of the PEC. My background is in international develop...

Alice Kent

Communications Manager (job share)

Alice is Communications Manager at the PEC (job-share with Anna). Prior to joining the PEC, she was for six years Communicati...

Benjamin Kulka

Policy and Research Manager

Benjamin is the Policy and Research Manager at the PEC. He works on creative industries policy research, especially research ...

Duncan Todd

Finance and Administration Manager

Duncan is the PEC's Finance and Administration Manager. Although studying Biology at University, Duncan’s background is in Lo...

Anna Zabow

Communications Manager (job share)

Anna is Communications Manager at the PEC (job share with Alice). Anna also works part-time at Hear Me Out - a charity which ...