People

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. To find out more, learn about the individuals below and read the announcement blog.

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 will share international creative economy policy intelligence and research opportunities, and will act as critical friends in reviewing and providing an international perspective on the PEC’s activities. To find out more, learn about the individuals below and read the announcement blog.

Caroline Julian

Chair, Industry Panels, PEC and Director of Policy and Programmes at the Creative Industries Federation

Caroline is Director of Policy and Programmes at the Creative Industries Federation, leading activity with government and ind...

Amir Hussain

Chief Executive at Yeme Architects

As founder of Bradford based Yeme Architects, Amir Hussain has been extensively involved in design-led, aspirational regenera...

Amy Smith

Head of Talent at Framestore

Amy has been working in talent related roles within the visual effects industry for over fifteen years, in both the UK and Ca...

Anna Lowe

Co-founder and Director of Partnerships at Smartify

Anna Lowe is CoFounder of Smartify, a multi award-winning app named by the New Scientist as the ‘Shazam and Spotify of art’. ...

Anna Rafferty

Vice President; Digital Consumer Engagement at LEGO

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Annie Warburton

Chief Executive at Cockpit Arts

Annie Warburton is CEO of Cockpit Arts, London's leading studios for contemporary craft and design and a NatWest SE100 award-...

Anra Kennedy

Content & Partnerships Director at Culture24

Anra works with museums, galleries and heritage organisations, nationally and internationally, to help them successfully navi...

Bekki Wray-Rogers

Founder and Managing Director at Duck Soup Films

In addition to originating, developing and exec producing across Duck Soup’s TV and film slate, Bekki is responsible for the ...

Ben Evans

Director at London Design Festival

Ben Evans is the Director of London Design Festival, which he co-founded with Sir John Sorrell in 2003. The Festival celebrat...

Celia Joicey

Director at Dovecot Studios

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Celia Richardson

Director of Communications and Audience Insight at the National Trust

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Chris Michaels

Director of Digital at The National Gallery

Chris Michaels is Director of Digital, Communications and Technology at the National Gallery, London where he sits on their E...

Claire Thomas

Director of Organisational Talent and Development at Penguin Random House

Claire Thomas is Director of Organisational Development and Talent for Penguin Random House, the world’s leading trade publis...

Claire Whitaker

Director at Serious

Claire is the Owner and Director of live music producers, Serious, with over 25 years experience in executive and non executi...

Dave Moutrey

Director and CEO at HOME

Dave has worked as an arts professional for over 30 years. He currently leads HOME, a purpose built 7,500m2 multi art form ve...

Ella d'Amato

Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer at notonthehighstreet

Ella joined notonthehighstreet in November 2016 to oversee the curated online marketplace’s entire product offering and relat...

Erika Clegg

Co-founder and Creative Strategist at Spring

Erika is Co-founder of creative communications business, Spring, the Agency for Change. Spring works with change-makers in or...

Fiona McLaughlin

Co-founding Director at Taunt Studios

Fiona McLaughlin is the Co-founding Director of the animation, VFX and interactive image studio, Taunt, located in the heart ...

Giselle Stewart

Director UK Corporate Affairs at Ubisoft

Giselle joined Reflections, a leading independent software studio, as General Manager in 1996, following an MBA at Durham Uni...

Graham Jack

Chief Technology Officer at DNEG

Graham Jack is the Chief Technology Officer of DNEG, leading the company’s technology team to ensure the smooth day-to-day ru...

Helen Andrzejowska

Director at Ocean Spark Studios

Helen Andrzejowska is the co-founder of Ocean Spark Studios, an award winning video game development studio from Huddersfield...

Indhu Rubasingham

Artistic Director at Kiln Theatre

Indhu Rubasingham is the Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre. Productions as Artistic Director include: Red Velvet (Evening Sta...

Inua Ellams

Poet, Playwright, Performer, Graphic Artist and Designer

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a Poet, Playwright and Performer, Graphic artist and Designer. He is a Complete Works poet al...

Jennifer Johnston

Head of Learning at Into Film

Jennifer Johnston is Into Film’s Head of Learning UK, and Head of Programme, Northern Ireland, leading the Curation, Training...

Jess Christie

Chief Brand Officer at MATCHESFASHION.COM

Jess Christie is Chief Brand Officer at MATCHESFASHION.COM. In this role she is responsible for all external communications, ...

Jo Morrison

Director of Digital Innovation at Calvium

Jo operates at the intersection of research, design and enterprise. Focusing on digital innovation and multidisciplinary coll...

Kadine James

Creative Tech Lead at Hobs Studio and CEO & Founder of The Immersive Kind Collective

Learner, maker, innovator & 3D technology enthusiast, Kadine James is Hobs Studio’s 3D Creative Tech Lead and is a promin...

Kim Shillinglaw

Director of Factual for Endemol Shine

Kim Shillinglaw is Director of Factual for Endemol Shine, one of the world’s largest production groups. Previously, she has b...

Kurban Kassam

Freelance Film Producer

Kurban recently produced the feature film “The Party” starring Kristen Scott-Thomas, Timothy Spall and Cillian Murphy. The fi...

Lara Ratnaraja

Cultural Consultant

Lara is a freelance cultural consultant specialising in diversity, innovation, leadership, collaboration and cultural policy ...

Laura Pye

Director at National Museums Liverpool

Laura Pye, Director of National Museums Liverpool, joined the organisation in August 2018. Born in Liverpool, Laura returned ...

Loyd Grossman

Chairman of The Royal Parks

Loyd Grossman is Chairman of The Royal Parks and well known as a food entrepreneur and broadcaster. His television career inc...

Luke Ritchie

Head of Digital Innovation and Partnerships at Philharmonia Orchestra

Luke Ritchie is Head of Innovation & Partnerships at the Philharmonia Orchestra. The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-cl...

Lyndsey Jackson

Deputy Chief Executive at Edinburgh Fringe Festival Society

Lyndsey Jackson is a senior arts administrator and live event producer, currently the Deputy Chief Executive of the Edinburgh...

Michael Gandham

Co-founder and Creative Producer at Arcus Studios

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Michaela Greene

Development and Communications Director at Roundhouse

Michaela Greene is the Development and Communications Director of the Roundhouse and has been at the organisation for over si...

Nasima Siddiqui

Co-Founder at WyndyMilla

Nasima decided to create The Fit Cycle to take her love for cycling together with her wealth of knowledge and experience on t...

Nia Thomas

Managing Director at Boom Cymru

Nia Williams

Director of Learning and Engagement at National Museum Wales

Nia Williams is Director of Learning & Engagement at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. A qualified teacher and flu...

Nick Starr

Co-Founder at Bridge Theatre

Nick Starr founded London Theatre Company with Nicholas Hytner in 2015 on leaving the National Theatre which they ran 2003-20...

Nick Keynes

Director at Tileyard Studios

Former songwriter/producer Nick Keynes manages all aspects of Europe’s largest creative community, Tileyard London. Nick has ...

Nicole Yershon

Freelance Advertising Consultant

Nicole is the founder of The NYC and before that the Ogilvy Labs – the dedicated Innovation unit of Ogilvy & Mather Group...

Noel Kelly

Chief Executive Officer and Director at Visual Artists Ireland

Noel Kelly is Chief Executive Officer of Visual Artists Ireland – the representative body for professional visual artists on ...

Oliver Quinlan

Senior Research Manager at Raspberry PI Foundation

Oliver is a writer, researcher and educator. He has been a school teacher, a university lecturer, and runs digital education ...

Paul Corcoran

Chief Executive at Agent Marketing

Paul is CEO of independent brand agency, Agent and the pioneering Agent Academy CIC which helps young people start careers wi...

Polly Tootal

Freelance Photographer

Polly Tootal’s photography tells the stories of landscapes and of the people who inhabit them—how they came to be there and w...

Sandeep Dwesar

Chief Operating and Financial Officer at the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Sandeep moved from professional practice into industry working for British and Am...

Sandeep Virdee

Artistic Director and Founder Trustee at Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Born in Nakuru, Kenya, Sandeep grew up to the sounds of his teacher and father, Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee (1937-2005), playing...

Sarah Ellis

Director of Digital Development at Royal Shakespeare Company

Sharon Watson

Artistic Director at Phoenix Dance Theatre

Sharon Watson is the 7th Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre. Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, she ...

Syima Aslan

Director at Bradford Literature Festival

Syima Aslam is founder and Director of the Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) which she has established as one of the most in...

Tom Chalmers

Founder and Managing Director at Legend Times Group

Tom Chalmers is the Managing Director of Legend Times, a group of publishing companies he has founded. He started his first c...

Tony Heaton

Freelance Sculptor and Performance Artist

Tony Heaton OBE is a practising Sculptor, Chair of Shape Arts and Consultant/Advisor to many major cultural organisations, in...

Zing Tsjeng

Freelance Journalist

Zing Tsjeng is a journalist, podcaster, presenter and author. She is currently the executive editor of VICE UK, where she hos...