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, see the announcements of our first and second wave of Industry Champions, and read their insights on the value of creative education and on how policymakers can support local growth in the creative industries.

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.

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...

Alia Alzougbi

Artist, Educator and Cultural Producer

Alia works at the intersection of arts, education and activism. Her grounding in Social Anthropology, Applied Theatre and Dev...

Amanda Maxwell

Community Manager and board member of shesaid.so

Amanda Maxwell is a board member and Community Manager of women in music network shesaid.so and a regular contributor to pane...

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 Lydford

Managing Director of Nevill Holt Opera

Annie is Managing Director at Nevill Holt Opera, the country house opera festival which takes place in an award-winning theat...

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 and 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 Carlin

Co-Founder of Megaverse and Immerse Sheffield

Ben is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of immersive content studio Megaverse which specialise in creating bespoke, platform na...

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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Charlotte Beevor

Entrepreneurial Designer and Stylist

Charlotte is an award-winning Entrepreneurial Designer and Stylist with a passion for colour, sustainability and creative dir...

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...

Chris van der Kuyl

Digital entrepreneur and Chairman & Co-Founder of 4J Studios

Chris van der Kuyl is a digital entrepreneur and Chairman and co-Founder of 4J Studios, one of the UK’s most successful video...

Claire Whitaker

Bid Director, Southampton City of Culture 2025

Claire has been appointed to take forward Southampton’s Bid for City of Culture 2025, working with Southampton’s communities,...

Conor Mitchell

Founder and Artistic Director of The Belfast Ensemble

Conor Mitchell is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Belfast Ensemble, a pioneering music organisation in Northern Irel...

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...

Elayce Ismail

Freelance Theatre and Opera Director

Elayce works in the UK and internationally as a freelance theatre and opera director, and dramaturg. She was the inaugural RT...

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...

Dr Helen Mort

Author

Helen Mort has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, ‘Division Street’ (2013) and ‘No Map Could Show The...

Helen Willmott

Programme Director of Made in Corby

Helen is an arts leader and producer with a particular interest in community-led development, supporting new initiatives and ...

Hope Dickson Leach

Writer and Director

Hope completed her MFA in filmmaking at Columbia University where she made short films that played at festivals worldwide. Wh...

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...

James Rose

Change Maker and Conductor at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Since a young age, James has often considered using his head pointer to conduct music but never took this passion seriously u...

Jaswinder Singh

Director of Asian Arts Agency

Jaswinder Singh is the Director of the Asian Arts Agency, a dynamic arts and music development agency based in Bristol that d...

Jeff Coghlan

Managing Director at Matmi

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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...

Jeremy Pritchard

Musician, Everything Everything

A classically-trained cellist and singer, Jeremy has been involved in music since childhood. Growing up in the shadow of DIY ...

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 and Founder of The Immersive Kind Collective

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

Kevin Beimers

Director of Italic Pig

Kevin Beimers runs Holywood-based indie video game studio Italic Pig. For the past seven years, he and his incredibly talente...

Kobi Onyame

Recording artist, Producer and Songwriter

Kobi Onyame (b. Kwame Barfour-Osei, July 3rd, 1982) is a Ghanaian/British recording artist, producer and songwriter. Describe...

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 ...

Liz Mosley

Self-employed Graphic Designer

Liz Mosley is a self-employed Graphic Designer with a passion for supporting and working with small businesses. She works for...

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...

Lucy Bayliss

Head of Creative Programmes at DanceEast

Lucy has been working in the arts sector for the last 18 years, specialising in dance participation and training and is passi...

Luke Ritchie

Head of Digital Innovation and Partnerships at Philharmonia Orchestra

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

Lucy Harvey

Visual Artist and Co-Director of Paradise Works

Lucy Harvey is a visual artist and co-director to Paradise Works, an artists' studio community and gallery in Salford, Greate...

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...

Mandy Barker

Founder of Sail Creative

Mandy is founder of Sail Creative, and a participatory designer focusing on story-led solutions. With a strong focus on co-cr...

Maria Tanjala

Co-founder of Big Couch and FilmChain

Maria's background is in film production, from line producing, budgeting to distribution strategies. She is passionate about ...

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...

Natalie Griffith

Brand & Marketing Director of Unit 2 Games

Natalie is the Brand & Marketing Director for award-winning independent game studio Unit 2 Games, and the former founder ...

Nia Thomas

Managing Director at Boom Cymru

Nia Thomas is Managing Director of Cardiff based Boom Cymru TV Ltd, one of Wales’s largest, indigenous production groups. Emp...

Nia Williams

Director of Learning and Engagement at National Museum Wales

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

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 and 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 ...

Dr Oliver Cox

Heritage Engagement Fellow at the University of Oxford

Oliver is Heritage Engagement Fellow at the University of Oxford where he leads a team dedicated to creating mutually benefic...

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...

Phil Critchlow

Founder and CEO of TBI Media

Phil is CEO and Founding Director of multi award winning Production Company TBI Media. He has developed and delivered some of...

Phil Stuart

Founder and Creative Director of PRELOADED

Phil is founder and Creative Director of BAFTA-winning game studio PRELOADED. Since 2000 he has worked with game-based techno...

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...

Rachel O’Riordan

Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Rachel O’Riordan was appointed the Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in February 2019 and her first programm...

Reiko Kaneko

Ceramicist, Designer and Educator

Reiko Kaneko is ceramicist, designer and educator based in London. She works at various scales in a range of typologies, desi...

Sade Banks

Founder and CEO of Sour Lemons

Sade Banks is an award-winning social entrepreneur and the founder of Sour Lemons, a charity addressing the lack of diverse l...

Samuel McDowell

Co-Founder and Director of Charco Press

Samuel McDowell initially trained as a commercial pilot, before embarking on a career in information technology, working for ...

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 Bird

Director of Wild Rumpus

Sarah Bird is a Director of Wild Rumpus, a rural community interest company based in a woodland in Cheshire. The organisation...

Sarah Ellis

Director of Digital Development at Royal Shakespeare Company

Sarah Ellis is an award winning producer currently working as Director of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Compa...

Seán Elder

Curator and independent Researcher

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Sharon Watson

CEO and Principal of Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Sharon Watson CEO and Principal of Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Prior to this, Sharon was the 7th Artistic Director...

Siena Parker

Head of Creative Responsibility at Penguin Random House

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Stephanie Edwards

Co-Founder of Urban Symbiotics

Stephanie Edwards is an Architect, Urbanist and an elected Council member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)...

Stephen Bennett

Multimedia Artist and policymaker

Stephen Bennett is a multimedia artist and policy-maker working at the intersection of art, science and politics. Stephen wor...

Sydney Levinson

Creative Industries Activist

Having practised as an accountant for over 40 years, working extensively within the creative industries and with a great inte...

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 Adeyoola

Entrepreneur

Tom Adeyoola is a technology entrepreneur. He was CEO and Founder of apparel technology scale-up Metail (2008-2019); acquired...

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...

Vaughn McKenzie

CEO of JAAK

Vaughn is CEO and co-founder at JAAK. Vaughn has been a pivotal figure in communicating the bold vision of JAAK to build a sp...

Vikas Kumar

Founder and Director of GemArts

Vikas Kumar is Founder and Director of GemArts, and since 2001 he has been leading this visionary arts organisation. Vikas’ p...

Will Saunders

Consultant and Executive Producer

Will Saunders is an independent media consultant, and executive producer. He is Creative Industries Lead for the AHRC funded ...

Wolfgang Buttress

Artist

Artist Wolfgang Buttress creates multi-sensory artworks that draw inspiration from our evolving relationship with the ‘natur...

Yehrin Tong

Illustrator

Yehrin Tong is an award winning London based illustrator, born in the UK and from Korean descent. She studied graphic design ...

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...