Nicola Mendelsohn steps down as co-chair of Creative Industries Council

Nicola Mendelsohn steps down as co-chair of the CIC

Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for EMEA, has announced she will be stepping down as co-chair of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) after more than five years in the role.

Mendelsohn named has her successor as BBC Studios' chief executive, Tim Davie, at the CIC’s Createch event this morning (12 June). Alongside his work at the broadcaster, Davie has previously acted as co-chair of the Sector Advisory Group and is the chair of Comic Relief.

"Nicola has done a fantastic job of building the recognition the sector so richly deserves for its contribution to the UK economy and steering us through the landmark sector deal," Davie said. "Now is a crucial moment for the UK creative industries to build on their existing strengths and seize the opportunities negotiated within the sector deal.

"I’m delighted to continue delivering this important work and look forward to working closely with Government and industry members."

Mendelson was named co-chair of the council in November 2012. She chaired her first meeting with the group in January 2013. Her last co-chairs were culture secretary Matt Hancock and business secretary Greg Clark.

"It has been an honour and privilege to serve as co-chair of the Creative Industries Council over the last six years," she said. "I’m deeply proud that during this time we have moved the creative sector to the centre of the government’s industrial strategy, marked by the publication of the first sector deal for the creative industries earlier this year.

"I’d like to congratulate Tim Davie on his appointment and wish him every success, and I look forward to seeing the important work of the Council thrive and continue."

The VP revealed her diagnosis of blood cancer in February this year.

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