Seven board members have joined Creative England which has now begun operating, tasked with supporting the creative industries of England outside of London.
Joining the board of the organisation are Alison Owen, managing director of Ruby Films, Andrew Chitty, managing director of Illumina Digital, Bill Lawrence, executive director of Reel Solutions, Charles Wace, chief executive of Twofour Group, Heather Rabbatts, CBE, Jonnie Turpie, digital media director for Maverick TV and Richard Klein, controller of BBC Four.
John Newbigin, chair of Creative England, said: “I warmly welcome these seven people, who between them bring an extraordinary wealth of experience and wisdom, covering a wide spectrum of the creative industries and extending right across England. Just as importantly, each one of them brings a sense of commitment and enthusiasm for the job that needs to be done. They will help to give Creative England the best possible start in life. Over the coming months we will be adding further members to the Board, so that we have the fresh skills and fresh perspectives to keep Creative England right at the leading edge of the country's creative industries and culture.”
The organisation, headed up by recently appointed chief executive Caroline Norbury, will also be run by a senior management team including Chris Moll, head of talent development, Jay Arnold, head of Film Culture and Kaye Elliott, head of location and production services.
Moll joins from South West Screen where he was executive producer, and will lead the organisations remit of supporting talent within the creative sector, while Arnold, former head of cultural sector investment at Screen Yorkshire, will lead the team in nurturing film culture across a number of regions.
Elliott’s role will be to deliver the organisations’ locations and production brief which will maximise inward investment by promoting locations to film productions. Elliott was formerly director of inward investment for Vision+Media.
The first scheme open for applications, run by Creative England, will be the Film Culture Fund, which will be aimed at organisations including cinemas, film archives, film festivals and non theatrical exhibition sector.