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Creative UK value difference and celebrate the creativity that it brings.

Our team has grown in the past year and we are continuously building our expertise to connect, invest, support and champion the UK creative industries. That’s why we are spread across the UK with hubs in London, Manchester, Bristol, North of Tyne, Plymouth and Cornwall.

Meet our team below and, for a taste of what it’s like working for us, visit our join our team page.

Brand & Marketing

Abby BrennanHead of Content

Abby is responsible for all of the content created for Creative UK. She’s the brains behind our visual storytelling and packs a real punch in creating engaging content for all of our audiences. Before Creative UK she was working in video production, creating content for the Premier League, Wimbledon, Horse Racing & Athletics.

Abby.Brennan@wearecreative.uk

Helena BerryHead of Sales & Marketing

Heading up the Sales & Marketing Team, Helena works with the team to raise awareness of the Creative UK brand within the UK creative sector and demonstrate the support and community we can offer through our range of memberships. Before joining the Creative UK team, Helena worked within the University of Cambridge’s tech transfer office, Cambridge Enterprise, helping academics to develop their ideas and grow their businesses by connecting them with the right support, funding and networking opportunities.

Helena.Berry@wearecreative.uk

Charlotte PaceyMarketing Assistant

As Creative UK’s Marketing Assistant, Charlotte sits across the totality of activities within the organisation, supporting the team on all marketing, social comms and brand matters. Charlotte also manages our Collective Newsletter: a monthly round-up of all things Creative UK and the goings-on in the wider Creative Sector. Sign-up for your dose here.

Charlotte’s specialisms sit in event management, digital marketing, copywriting and content creation, which she has applied, and continues to develop, from a placemaking background. She has a Creative Writing MA with Distinction from the University of Manchester and is an aspiring poet and writer. Creative projects she has been involved with have featured at the Manchester International Festival and aired on BBC Bristol Radio. Beyond work, Charlotte spends most of her personal time connecting with people, watching independent cinema, reading, doing yoga, laughing over a pint or dancing in a warehouse somewhere.

Charlotte.Pacey@wearecreative.uk

Abby is responsible for all of the content created for Creative UK. She’s the brains behind our visual storytelling and packs a real punch in creating engaging content for all of our audiences. Before Creative UK she was working in video production, creating content for the Premier League, Wimbledon, Horse Racing & Athletics.

Abby.Brennan@wearecreative.uk

Heading up the Sales & Marketing Team, Helena works with the team to raise awareness of the Creative UK brand within the UK creative sector and demonstrate the support and community we can offer through our range of memberships. Before joining the Creative UK team, Helena worked within the University of Cambridge’s tech transfer office, Cambridge Enterprise, helping academics to develop their ideas and grow their businesses by connecting them with the right support, funding and networking opportunities.

Helena.Berry@wearecreative.uk

As Creative UK’s Marketing Assistant, Charlotte sits across the totality of activities within the organisation, supporting the team on all marketing, social comms and brand matters. Charlotte also manages our Collective Newsletter: a monthly round-up of all things Creative UK and the goings-on in the wider Creative Sector. Sign-up for your dose here.

Charlotte’s specialisms sit in event management, digital marketing, copywriting and content creation, which she has applied, and continues to develop, from a placemaking background. She has a Creative Writing MA with Distinction from the University of Manchester and is an aspiring poet and writer. Creative projects she has been involved with have featured at the Manchester International Festival and aired on BBC Bristol Radio. Beyond work, Charlotte spends most of her personal time connecting with people, watching independent cinema, reading, doing yoga, laughing over a pint or dancing in a warehouse somewhere.

Charlotte.Pacey@wearecreative.uk

Development & Partnerships

Maia Krall-FryHead of Development and Partnerships

Maia is Head of Development and Partnerships, leading on Creative UK’s industry engagement and strategic commercial partnerships. Maia directs the Creative Coalition Festival; Federation and Elevate Memberships; and international and UK partnerships. Prior to this role, she was Head of Creative Communities at a major global charity, responsible for uniting creative thinkers and commissioning cross-sector collaborations. Maia sits on the Editorial Board of the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, and is a Trustee at Artbox London. With a former career producing and directing documentaries for the BBC, Maia is always open to hearing your creative project ideas.

 

Maia@wearecreative.uk

Matthew ThomasEvents and Partnerships Officer

Matt supports the delivery of all our ongoing events series, most notably the Creative Coalition Festival and our regional Creative Hub series. He liaises with speakers, presenters and sponsors to deliver our varied events programme and is working on developing our inclusivity plan for all our activities. He is a massive dork, however, likes Doctor Who a bit too much and sings in a pretty-good barbershop quartet.

matthew.thomas@wearecreative.uk

Evy Cauldwell-FrenchSenior Development & Partnerships Manager

Evy works across Creative UK’s business development and partnership activity, including Creative UK’s receptions, Creative Coalition Festival and our industry-facing membership and partnership activity. Evy is the Creative UK lead for Redesigning Freelancing and is passionate about tackling systemic inequalities and driving change.

evy@wearecreative.uk

Maia is Head of Development and Partnerships, leading on Creative UK’s industry engagement and strategic commercial partnerships. Maia directs the Creative Coalition Festival; Federation and Elevate Memberships; and international and UK partnerships. Prior to this role, she was Head of Creative Communities at a major global charity, responsible for uniting creative thinkers and commissioning cross-sector collaborations. Maia sits on the Editorial Board of the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, and is a Trustee at Artbox London. With a former career producing and directing documentaries for the BBC, Maia is always open to hearing your creative project ideas.

 

Maia@wearecreative.uk

Matt supports the delivery of all our ongoing events series, most notably the Creative Coalition Festival and our regional Creative Hub series. He liaises with speakers, presenters and sponsors to deliver our varied events programme and is working on developing our inclusivity plan for all our activities. He is a massive dork, however, likes Doctor Who a bit too much and sings in a pretty-good barbershop quartet.

matthew.thomas@wearecreative.uk

Evy works across Creative UK’s business development and partnership activity, including Creative UK’s receptions, Creative Coalition Festival and our industry-facing membership and partnership activity. Evy is the Creative UK lead for Redesigning Freelancing and is passionate about tackling systemic inequalities and driving change.

evy@wearecreative.uk

Laura-Jade VaughanDevelopment & Partnerships Marketing Manager

Laura-Jade is the marketing lead for our membership, responsible for developing strong user journeys, leading on communication strategies, and producing content to connect and champion the creative industries. Prior to joining Creative UK, Laura-Jade was Marketing Manager at the contemporary arts spaces Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange, and she is a trustee of BACKLIT Gallery.

laura-jade@wearecreative.uk

Lee HornsbyLead Development & Partnerships Manager

Lee is Lead Development & Partnerships Manager for our Federation membership, responsible for shaping the overall membership experience and related operations. He has a particular focus on connecting and liaising with our diverse Higher Education and Further Education members to ensure ongoing collaboration and engagement with the work we do across the sector, creative careers and education.

Prior to joining Creative UK, Lee has worked in leadership and communication roles in the charity, HE and arts sectors, with a particular focus on young people. He also has a degree in Television Production and has worked in the industry as a runner, researcher and editor. A North East native relocated to Manchester, he has a passion for songwriting, music production and doing his very best to support Newcastle United Football club!

lee.hornsby@wearecreative.uk

Patrick MorrisMembership Officer

As Membership Officer, Patrick ensures the smooth running of the company’s membership CRM system, working with the data to build real-time insights which will directly inform, shape and improve our services to our members and drive organisational growth. Patrick is passionate about the creative industries and is an enthusiastic advocate for their importance in society. An enthusiastic yet inconsistent sportsman, Patrick is also a keen musician, having passed the DipABRSM in Piano Performance and performed trombone at national level.

patrick.morris@wearecreative.uk

Laura-Jade is the marketing lead for our membership, responsible for developing strong user journeys, leading on communication strategies, and producing content to connect and champion the creative industries. Prior to joining Creative UK, Laura-Jade was Marketing Manager at the contemporary arts spaces Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange, and she is a trustee of BACKLIT Gallery.

laura-jade@wearecreative.uk

Lee is Lead Development & Partnerships Manager for our Federation membership, responsible for shaping the overall membership experience and related operations. He has a particular focus on connecting and liaising with our diverse Higher Education and Further Education members to ensure ongoing collaboration and engagement with the work we do across the sector, creative careers and education.

Prior to joining Creative UK, Lee has worked in leadership and communication roles in the charity, HE and arts sectors, with a particular focus on young people. He also has a degree in Television Production and has worked in the industry as a runner, researcher and editor. A North East native relocated to Manchester, he has a passion for songwriting, music production and doing his very best to support Newcastle United Football club!

lee.hornsby@wearecreative.uk

As Membership Officer, Patrick ensures the smooth running of the company’s membership CRM system, working with the data to build real-time insights which will directly inform, shape and improve our services to our members and drive organisational growth. Patrick is passionate about the creative industries and is an enthusiastic advocate for their importance in society. An enthusiastic yet inconsistent sportsman, Patrick is also a keen musician, having passed the DipABRSM in Piano Performance and performed trombone at national level.

patrick.morris@wearecreative.uk

Daniella WeduwerDevelopment & Partnerships Manager, Federation

Daniella is here to ensure our varied membership remains engaged with Creative UK’s policy and advocacy activity, events, news and other engagement opportunities.

Prior to joining Creative UK, Daniella worked as a policy manager for the trade body for the UK energy industry and, before that, as a Production Assistant in Film and Television. She also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Daniella.Weduwer@wearecreative.uk

Daniella is here to ensure our varied membership remains engaged with Creative UK’s policy and advocacy activity, events, news and other engagement opportunities.

Prior to joining Creative UK, Daniella worked as a policy manager for the trade body for the UK energy industry and, before that, as a Production Assistant in Film and Television. She also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Daniella.Weduwer@wearecreative.uk

Filming in England

Hayley ArmstongHead of Production Services

Hayley leads a national team dedicated to providing comprehensive production support service to Film and HETV to shoot in England, outside London, ensuring communities across the nation enjoy the profile, job opportunities and economic benefits that the sector generates.

Hayley provides leadership and advocacy for the sector whilst developing partnerships & strategies with local government and key stakeholders to nurture and develop a film-friendly production environment. Hayley started out at the Film Commission for Hertfordshire and holds over 20 years experience in delivering production services and championing England as a world-class filming destination.

Hayley.Armstrong@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Joely EllisProduction Liaison Manager (East & South East)

Joely, as our Production Liaison Manager based at Elstree Studios, provides a comprehensive production liaison support service to film & high-end TV productions in the South East and East of England – coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film friendly activity in the region.

Prior to joining the team, Joely was the Marketing and Events Manager for Elstree Studios for over five years. Joely brings with her industry experience in getting things done, working with councils, building relationships and making Location Manager’s lives easier.

Joely.Ellis@creativeengland.co.uk

Jonny SheltonProduction Liaison Manager (North & Midlands)

Jonny is the Production Liaison Manager for the North West and Midlands, within the Filming in England Team who support the HETV and Feature Industry across England outside of LDN. Jonny spends most of his time facilitating shoots across these regions for the many HETV Dramas and Features that shoot on location, working alongside industry and local authorities to ensure shoots are smooth and mutually beneficial, and has aided the Bond franchise, the Marvel universe and the Mission Impossible franchise, in addition to the world’s biggest streaming services and domestic broadcasters. Before joining the team, Jonny worked as crew on independent productions for Fox/Hulu in Manchester, and whilst working in education prior to this, maintained several voluntary roles in music, theatre and festivals.

Jonny.Shelton@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Hayley leads a national team dedicated to providing comprehensive production support service to Film and HETV to shoot in England, outside London, ensuring communities across the nation enjoy the profile, job opportunities and economic benefits that the sector generates.

Hayley provides leadership and advocacy for the sector whilst developing partnerships & strategies with local government and key stakeholders to nurture and develop a film-friendly production environment. Hayley started out at the Film Commission for Hertfordshire and holds over 20 years experience in delivering production services and championing England as a world-class filming destination.

Hayley.Armstrong@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Joely, as our Production Liaison Manager based at Elstree Studios, provides a comprehensive production liaison support service to film & high-end TV productions in the South East and East of England – coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film friendly activity in the region.

Prior to joining the team, Joely was the Marketing and Events Manager for Elstree Studios for over five years. Joely brings with her industry experience in getting things done, working with councils, building relationships and making Location Manager’s lives easier.

Joely.Ellis@creativeengland.co.uk

Jonny is the Production Liaison Manager for the North West and Midlands, within the Filming in England Team who support the HETV and Feature Industry across England outside of LDN. Jonny spends most of his time facilitating shoots across these regions for the many HETV Dramas and Features that shoot on location, working alongside industry and local authorities to ensure shoots are smooth and mutually beneficial, and has aided the Bond franchise, the Marvel universe and the Mission Impossible franchise, in addition to the world’s biggest streaming services and domestic broadcasters. Before joining the team, Jonny worked as crew on independent productions for Fox/Hulu in Manchester, and whilst working in education prior to this, maintained several voluntary roles in music, theatre and festivals.

Jonny.Shelton@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Samantha RifkinNational Crew & Facilities Manager

Sam works as our National Crew & Facilities Manager within our Filming in England team. She oversees a national crewing service, managing a crew and facilities database which currently holds the details of over 6000 freelancers and companies. Sam liaises with feature films and HETV productions daily to help identify appropriately skilled and talented crew in the regions, outside of London.

Sam also hosts national crew networking evenings, travelling across the country creating networks and helping people of all levels of experience in TV and Film. Productions she has assisted with crewing include Peaky Blinders, No Time to Die, It’s A Sin and The Batman. Aside from all that, Sam loves horror films, painting and reading anything she can get her hands on.

Samantha.Rifkin@creativeengland.co.uk

Charlotte WoodProduction Liaison Manager (South West)

Charlotte provides comprehensive production liaison support to Film & High-End TV productions in the South West, coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film-friendly activity in the region.

Whilst at Creative UK, she successfully delivered our ERDF-funded project, Hertfordshire ProConnect; a programme of support for the film & TV industry running workshops, networking events, tailored one-to-one sessions and business grants. Her career started as a Production Coordinator at Twofour Broadcast in Plymouth working on programmes for Channel 5, ITV and the National Geographic Channel. Prior to joining Creative UK, Charlotte supported charity film projects and contributed to organising events for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, held at the BFI and ITV Studios.

Charlotte.Wood@creativeengland.co.uk

Josh BakerLocations and Partnerships Coordinator

Josh works as the Locations & Partnerships Coordinator at Creative UK, managing 18,000 locations throughout England on the Creative England location database and scouting potential new film-friendly locations that help promote the regions outside of London.

His experience in the film industry has seen him work in production and development at BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated production company, Bridgeway Films, and also locations on films such as Paddington 2. Josh location managed the independent feature film, Nocturnal, which premiered at London Film Festival in 2019.

josh.baker@creativeengland.co.uk

Sam works as our National Crew & Facilities Manager within our Filming in England team. She oversees a national crewing service, managing a crew and facilities database which currently holds the details of over 6000 freelancers and companies. Sam liaises with feature films and HETV productions daily to help identify appropriately skilled and talented crew in the regions, outside of London.

Sam also hosts national crew networking evenings, travelling across the country creating networks and helping people of all levels of experience in TV and Film. Productions she has assisted with crewing include Peaky Blinders, No Time to Die, It’s A Sin and The Batman. Aside from all that, Sam loves horror films, painting and reading anything she can get her hands on.

Samantha.Rifkin@creativeengland.co.uk

Charlotte provides comprehensive production liaison support to Film & High-End TV productions in the South West, coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film-friendly activity in the region.

Whilst at Creative UK, she successfully delivered our ERDF-funded project, Hertfordshire ProConnect; a programme of support for the film & TV industry running workshops, networking events, tailored one-to-one sessions and business grants. Her career started as a Production Coordinator at Twofour Broadcast in Plymouth working on programmes for Channel 5, ITV and the National Geographic Channel. Prior to joining Creative UK, Charlotte supported charity film projects and contributed to organising events for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, held at the BFI and ITV Studios.

Charlotte.Wood@creativeengland.co.uk

Josh works as the Locations & Partnerships Coordinator at Creative UK, managing 18,000 locations throughout England on the Creative England location database and scouting potential new film-friendly locations that help promote the regions outside of London.

His experience in the film industry has seen him work in production and development at BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated production company, Bridgeway Films, and also locations on films such as Paddington 2. Josh location managed the independent feature film, Nocturnal, which premiered at London Film Festival in 2019.

josh.baker@creativeengland.co.uk

Marc GallagherCrew & Facilities Assistant

Marc initially joined the Creative England (part of Creative UK) team in June 2021 as a Location research assistant, soon moving into the position of Crew and Facilities Assistant. Previously to Creative England, Marc worked as a freelance video editor after studying film production at The Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University.

Marc.Gallagher@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Hannah MacleodPartnerships Manager: Film/HETV

Part of our Filming in England team, Hannah is the lead for the Filming in England Partnership which brings together key organisations that work and help facilitate Film and TV productions in England, outside of London, to create a film-friendly environment and unlock England’s full potential as a world-class destination for Film and TV production.

Prior to joining the Filming in England team, Hannah gained nearly 12 years experience working across Film and TV, in both production and post-production, as well as supporting inward investment productions within the team at the British Film Commission. With her past experience, Hannah is an enthusiastic advocate of the UK’s screen industries, in particular, the talent and opportunities available throughout the nation, outside London.

Hannah.Macleod@creativeengland.co.uk

Chloe RodenTeam Assistant

Based in our Bristol office, Chloe joined the Filming in England team in 2021. Here, she helps with the team’s lively operations and supports with marketing, social media, research, admin and everything in between. Chloe studied English & Film Studies at Exeter University and has a huge passion for all things cinema and art.

Chloe.Roden@creativeengland.co.uk

Marc initially joined the Creative England (part of Creative UK) team in June 2021 as a Location research assistant, soon moving into the position of Crew and Facilities Assistant. Previously to Creative England, Marc worked as a freelance video editor after studying film production at The Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University.

Marc.Gallagher@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Part of our Filming in England team, Hannah is the lead for the Filming in England Partnership which brings together key organisations that work and help facilitate Film and TV productions in England, outside of London, to create a film-friendly environment and unlock England’s full potential as a world-class destination for Film and TV production.

Prior to joining the Filming in England team, Hannah gained nearly 12 years experience working across Film and TV, in both production and post-production, as well as supporting inward investment productions within the team at the British Film Commission. With her past experience, Hannah is an enthusiastic advocate of the UK’s screen industries, in particular, the talent and opportunities available throughout the nation, outside London.

Hannah.Macleod@creativeengland.co.uk

Based in our Bristol office, Chloe joined the Filming in England team in 2021. Here, she helps with the team’s lively operations and supports with marketing, social media, research, admin and everything in between. Chloe studied English & Film Studies at Exeter University and has a huge passion for all things cinema and art.

Chloe.Roden@creativeengland.co.uk

Finance

Cassandra TownFinance Officer

Cassandra joined the finance team in 2018 following 4 years previous experience working within the finance departments of other small companies within the southwest. Her role as Finance Officer covers the oversight and processing of the sales and purchase ledger, financial analysis for budget holders, co-ordination and payments of investments and management and monitoring of loan recoupment. In her free time she enjoys meeting up for coffee, boardgames and knitting groups.

cassandra.town@wearecreative.uk

James PrickettManagement Accountant

James joined Creative UK in 2021. He is an ACCA qualified accountant with several years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. As Management Accountant, James is responsible for financial reporting (both internally and to funders), budgeting, payroll, and financial management of subsidiaries. In his spare time he enjoys walking, swimming, and cycling.

James.Prickett@wearecreative.uk

Jennie PinderFinance Director

As Finance Director at Creative UK, Jennie is responsible for delivering the company’s financial business objectives across all administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the business. As part of the ELT, Jennie oversees the development and execution of financial and operational strategies to ensure the financial sustainability and growth of the organisation.

A qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years experience working in the media and entertainment sector, prior to joining Creative UK Jennie worked as Director of Production & Programming Finance at The Walt Disney Co. EMEA providing financial oversight and management of original TV & film productions and programming finance for the EMEA Disney Channels. Jennie has also worked in Production & Programming Finance roles at Warner Media & Red Bull and is passionate about working in and supporting the creative sector. An active outdoor enthusiast, Jennie loves running, hiking & skiing, preferably beneath a bright blue sky.

Jennie.Pinder@wearecreative.uk

Cassandra joined the finance team in 2018 following 4 years previous experience working within the finance departments of other small companies within the southwest. Her role as Finance Officer covers the oversight and processing of the sales and purchase ledger, financial analysis for budget holders, co-ordination and payments of investments and management and monitoring of loan recoupment. In her free time she enjoys meeting up for coffee, boardgames and knitting groups.

cassandra.town@wearecreative.uk

James joined Creative UK in 2021. He is an ACCA qualified accountant with several years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. As Management Accountant, James is responsible for financial reporting (both internally and to funders), budgeting, payroll, and financial management of subsidiaries. In his spare time he enjoys walking, swimming, and cycling.

James.Prickett@wearecreative.uk

As Finance Director at Creative UK, Jennie is responsible for delivering the company’s financial business objectives across all administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the business. As part of the ELT, Jennie oversees the development and execution of financial and operational strategies to ensure the financial sustainability and growth of the organisation.

A qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years experience working in the media and entertainment sector, prior to joining Creative UK Jennie worked as Director of Production & Programming Finance at The Walt Disney Co. EMEA providing financial oversight and management of original TV & film productions and programming finance for the EMEA Disney Channels. Jennie has also worked in Production & Programming Finance roles at Warner Media & Red Bull and is passionate about working in and supporting the creative sector. An active outdoor enthusiast, Jennie loves running, hiking & skiing, preferably beneath a bright blue sky.

Jennie.Pinder@wearecreative.uk

Hassan MughalFinance Assistant

Hassan is a Trainee Finance Assistant at Creative UK, helping to ensure invoices and purchases are dealt with efficiently and precisely across all Creative UK sites. Hassan’s main responsibilities include matching invoices and purchases to code them into our financial systems, as well as reconciliation of statements.

Hassan.Mughal@wearecreative.uk

Hassan is a Trainee Finance Assistant at Creative UK, helping to ensure invoices and purchases are dealt with efficiently and precisely across all Creative UK sites. Hassan’s main responsibilities include matching invoices and purchases to code them into our financial systems, as well as reconciliation of statements.

Hassan.Mughal@wearecreative.uk

Investment

Mehjabeen PatrickChief Investment Officer

Mehjabeen is our Chief Investment Officer FO and Investment Lead and has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Creative UK group since 2005. With over 25 years experience of working in senior finance and management positions, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activities for the group and has a keen interest in growing its commercial revenues.

Her passion lies in supporting businesses, helping them to grow, scale and prosper and enabling public and private partnerships to build and flourish. In addition to her day job, Mehjabeen is on the Board of various organisations and small businesses. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for the United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum – an international environmental NGO. At both these organisations, she gained valuable experience in working with multinational and multi-government organisations from across the world. Before this Mehjabeen worked as a senior banker for the world’s first and only Bank for women – First Women Bank. At the bank Mehjabeen led the regional team and helped grow the bank in its early stages of development. Mehjabeen has an MBA with majors in Corporate Finance & Financial Management.

Mehjabeen.patrick@wearecreative.uk

Gab NardoInvestment Manager

Gab is responsible for the origination, execution and management of growth investments under the Creative Growth Finance programme. Prior to Creative England, he spent ten years in the investment management industry, covering different strategies, products and regions. He enjoys exploring new investment opportunities and build value-added partnerships with founders and managers of exciting businesses.

gab.nardo@wearecreative.uk

Matt BrowningInvestment Manager

Matt performs the role of Investment Manager and is responsible for providing suitable capital to the UK’s creative companies, currently focusing on delivering our Creative Growth Finance Debt fund. Matt is an experienced portfolio manager and is responsible for the monitoring of Creative UK’s equity funds.

Matt.Browning@wearecreative.uk

Mehjabeen is our Chief Investment Officer FO and Investment Lead and has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Creative UK group since 2005. With over 25 years experience of working in senior finance and management positions, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activities for the group and has a keen interest in growing its commercial revenues.

Her passion lies in supporting businesses, helping them to grow, scale and prosper and enabling public and private partnerships to build and flourish. In addition to her day job, Mehjabeen is on the Board of various organisations and small businesses. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for the United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum – an international environmental NGO. At both these organisations, she gained valuable experience in working with multinational and multi-government organisations from across the world. Before this Mehjabeen worked as a senior banker for the world’s first and only Bank for women – First Women Bank. At the bank Mehjabeen led the regional team and helped grow the bank in its early stages of development. Mehjabeen has an MBA with majors in Corporate Finance & Financial Management.

Mehjabeen.patrick@wearecreative.uk

Gab is responsible for the origination, execution and management of growth investments under the Creative Growth Finance programme. Prior to Creative England, he spent ten years in the investment management industry, covering different strategies, products and regions. He enjoys exploring new investment opportunities and build value-added partnerships with founders and managers of exciting businesses.

gab.nardo@wearecreative.uk

Matt performs the role of Investment Manager and is responsible for providing suitable capital to the UK’s creative companies, currently focusing on delivering our Creative Growth Finance Debt fund. Matt is an experienced portfolio manager and is responsible for the monitoring of Creative UK’s equity funds.

Matt.Browning@wearecreative.uk

Nick CavanderInvestment Manager

Nick is responsible for helping to expand the portfolio of companies for whom we provide scale up finance and ongoing development support. Nick engages with potential investee companies to identify ways we can help them to grow their businesses with funding and follow on support. Nick previously worked in film and television marketing for years and understands first-hand the commercial opportunities and challenges that creative sector businesses face.

nick.cavander@wearecreative.uk

Tim EvansHead of Investment

For the past 16 years, Tim has been helping creatives to realise their creative ambitions. Currently Head of Investment at Creative UK, Tim oversees the Company’s investment portfolios. His prior roles include the management of Creative UK’s equity fund, the programme management of the South West Innovation Network and running his own production company before its sale in 2009.

Tim is passionate about supporting entrepreneurial talent to build resilient and prosperous businesses and to deliver compelling and creative content, products and services to market.

Tim.Evans@wearecreative.uk

Rahul MisraInvestment Manager, North of Tyne

Rahul Misra is the Investment Manager for Creative UK’s North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme, delivering a portfolio of over £2m through loans and equity investment in the North of Tyne region. As part of the Investment Team at Creative UK, Rahul brings together his investment management and creative sector experience.

After gaining a solid professional foundation through six years of experience in the UK investment management industry, Rahul switched the context of his skills to his passion for the creative sector – gaining direct experience in creative organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before joining Creative UK.

Outside of work, Rahul’s own passion for creativity is manifested through music and audio-visual production – his music has been featured on platforms such as Rolling Stone Magazine India and Resonance FM London.

rahul.misra@wearecreative.uk

Nick is responsible for helping to expand the portfolio of companies for whom we provide scale up finance and ongoing development support. Nick engages with potential investee companies to identify ways we can help them to grow their businesses with funding and follow on support. Nick previously worked in film and television marketing for years and understands first-hand the commercial opportunities and challenges that creative sector businesses face.

nick.cavander@wearecreative.uk

For the past 16 years, Tim has been helping creatives to realise their creative ambitions. Currently Head of Investment at Creative UK, Tim oversees the Company’s investment portfolios. His prior roles include the management of Creative UK’s equity fund, the programme management of the South West Innovation Network and running his own production company before its sale in 2009.

Tim is passionate about supporting entrepreneurial talent to build resilient and prosperous businesses and to deliver compelling and creative content, products and services to market.

Tim.Evans@wearecreative.uk

Rahul Misra is the Investment Manager for Creative UK’s North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme, delivering a portfolio of over £2m through loans and equity investment in the North of Tyne region. As part of the Investment Team at Creative UK, Rahul brings together his investment management and creative sector experience.

After gaining a solid professional foundation through six years of experience in the UK investment management industry, Rahul switched the context of his skills to his passion for the creative sector – gaining direct experience in creative organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before joining Creative UK.

Outside of work, Rahul’s own passion for creativity is manifested through music and audio-visual production – his music has been featured on platforms such as Rolling Stone Magazine India and Resonance FM London.

rahul.misra@wearecreative.uk

Lucie ApampaMarketing Manager, Investment

Lucie is the Marketing Manager for the Investment team and looks after the lead generation, advertising and profile building for the landmark Creative Growth Finance Fund. Lucie has been working in Digital Marketing for eight years, gaining experience across industries including retail, finance and legal.

In a previous life, Lucie was a copywriter and has two degrees: a BA in Journalism and an MA in Marketing.

Lucie.Apampa@wearecreative.uk

Lucie is the Marketing Manager for the Investment team and looks after the lead generation, advertising and profile building for the landmark Creative Growth Finance Fund. Lucie has been working in Digital Marketing for eight years, gaining experience across industries including retail, finance and legal.

In a previous life, Lucie was a copywriter and has two degrees: a BA in Journalism and an MA in Marketing.

Lucie.Apampa@wearecreative.uk

People & Operations

Caroline HindsDirector of People & Ops

Caroline leads our people and operations strategy, organisational development and together with her people and ops team continuously ensures the cogs of Creative UK run smoothly and efficiently across all sites. Specialising in creative sector HR and Ops for 20 years Caroline is passionate about nurturing an environment in which we can all bring our true selves to work and be our very best.

She believes in building a strong company culture based on trust, shared values and core purpose. Caroline is a Chartered CIPD member and a proud Trustee for Tiata Fahodzi – a company that places the stories of British African-heritage communities at its core.

Caroline.Hinds@wearecreative.uk

Charlotte RoocroftPeople and Operations Coordinator

Charlotte assists in day-to-day HR and operational activities, helping to ensure things run smoothly and efficiently across all Creative UK sites. Charlotte’s main responsibilities include troubleshooting operational issues, assisting with various people processes and taking steps to maintain our strong company culture.

Before joining Creative UK, Charlotte worked in operations support at Manchester International Festival and outside of work holds a keen interest in the creative arts.

Charlotte.Roocroft@wearecreative.uk

Manal TingariSystems & Data Manager

Manal is a technical specialist working as an administrator for CRM which is used to sell, engage, track and service memberships. She works as CRM administrator for Creative England’s grant system which is used for investment and fund purposes and manages all applications and programmes in Creative UK.

Her expertise sits with managing data exporting, importing, reporting, saving and cleansing, working in project development and maintaining systems infrastructure ensuring they fit their purposes.

Manal@wearecreative.uk

Caroline leads our people and operations strategy, organisational development and together with her people and ops team continuously ensures the cogs of Creative UK run smoothly and efficiently across all sites. Specialising in creative sector HR and Ops for 20 years Caroline is passionate about nurturing an environment in which we can all bring our true selves to work and be our very best.

She believes in building a strong company culture based on trust, shared values and core purpose. Caroline is a Chartered CIPD member and a proud Trustee for Tiata Fahodzi – a company that places the stories of British African-heritage communities at its core.

Caroline.Hinds@wearecreative.uk

Charlotte assists in day-to-day HR and operational activities, helping to ensure things run smoothly and efficiently across all Creative UK sites. Charlotte’s main responsibilities include troubleshooting operational issues, assisting with various people processes and taking steps to maintain our strong company culture.

Before joining Creative UK, Charlotte worked in operations support at Manchester International Festival and outside of work holds a keen interest in the creative arts.

Charlotte.Roocroft@wearecreative.uk

Manal is a technical specialist working as an administrator for CRM which is used to sell, engage, track and service memberships. She works as CRM administrator for Creative England’s grant system which is used for investment and fund purposes and manages all applications and programmes in Creative UK.

Her expertise sits with managing data exporting, importing, reporting, saving and cleansing, working in project development and maintaining systems infrastructure ensuring they fit their purposes.

Manal@wearecreative.uk

Sally O'KeefeExecutive Assistant to CEO / Operations Manager, London

Sally is the EA to Chief Executive, Caroline Norbury, and the Operations Manager for the Creative UK London Office. She has previously worked in managerial roles for high-end interior designers and architect practices in and around London. She has always had a passion for art and design, gaining a BA Hons Degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.

Sally.Okeefe@wearecreative.uk

Sarah GregoryHead of Diversity & Inclusion

Sarah heads up our work on diversity and inclusion and previously led the Creative Careers Programme. Sarah’s work includes ensuring that we are embedding diversity and inclusion across the organisation from our board to programme delivery and is also raising the profile of great D&I practice across the industry through our Diversity Leaders Forum and regular spotlights in our newsletters and on our website.

Sarah is a school governor at Big Creative Academy and an Advisory Board member at Ideas Foundation.

Sarah.Gregory@wearecreative.uk

Tony BaldwinsonFreelance Compliance Manager (PT)
Tony is our Associate professional advisor on complex programme management and has played a key role in our EU-funded business development. With over 40 years experience in the private, voluntary and public (local and national) sectors, Tony has brought a solutions-focused approach to compliance and public funding accountability.
His passions are reflected in his wide range of current pro bono projects, including radical community-based mental health strategies, campaigning for the rights of disabled people, and as secretary of a community group to save a derelict Edwardian variety theatre in inner Manchester. As a micro-publisher, his imprint has published 32 books and counting, including two of his own novels. He has an MPhil in the history of disabled people’s campaigning in England gathered from traces in old photographs, though his first degree was in the business application of those new-fangled things called micro-computers.

Sally is the EA to Chief Executive, Caroline Norbury, and the Operations Manager for the Creative UK London Office. She has previously worked in managerial roles for high-end interior designers and architect practices in and around London. She has always had a passion for art and design, gaining a BA Hons Degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.

Sally.Okeefe@wearecreative.uk

Sarah heads up our work on diversity and inclusion and previously led the Creative Careers Programme. Sarah’s work includes ensuring that we are embedding diversity and inclusion across the organisation from our board to programme delivery and is also raising the profile of great D&I practice across the industry through our Diversity Leaders Forum and regular spotlights in our newsletters and on our website.

Sarah is a school governor at Big Creative Academy and an Advisory Board member at Ideas Foundation.

Sarah.Gregory@wearecreative.uk

Tony is our Associate professional advisor on complex programme management and has played a key role in our EU-funded business development. With over 40 years experience in the private, voluntary and public (local and national) sectors, Tony has brought a solutions-focused approach to compliance and public funding accountability.
His passions are reflected in his wide range of current pro bono projects, including radical community-based mental health strategies, campaigning for the rights of disabled people, and as secretary of a community group to save a derelict Edwardian variety theatre in inner Manchester. As a micro-publisher, his imprint has published 32 books and counting, including two of his own novels. He has an MPhil in the history of disabled people’s campaigning in England gathered from traces in old photographs, though his first degree was in the business application of those new-fangled things called micro-computers.

Policy, Research & Advocacy

Sinéad GosaiPress and Communications Manager

Sinéad has over a decade of experience working in the media and PR industry, both agency side and in-house; including children’s reading charity BookTrust, indie press Lantana Publishing and inclusive fiction studio, Storymix. ​She is passionate ​about ​getting a wider range of stories to be told​ and expanding people’s reading lists.

Hailing from North London, Sinéad has an affinity for being North of the river. When she’s not nattering away to journalists, she can be found in the kitchen cooking up new recipes, in the gym or somewhere in between, usually with a cup of tea in hand.

Sinead.Gosai@wearecreative.uk

Caroline JulianDirector of Policy & Public Affairs

Caroline is Director of Policy and External Affairs, spearheading Creative UK’s advocacy priorities, engagement with government, and communications. Prior to this role, she was Deputy Director at an influential non-partisan think tank. Caroline is Chair of Industry Panels for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, a Fellow of the Churchill Foundation, and cycles with Velo Club Godalming Haslemere in her spare time.

caroline.julian@wearecreative.uk

Amanda StevensHead of Research and Impact

Amanda leads Creative UK’s work in developing insight into the UK’s world-leading creative industries and demonstrating the sector’s huge social and economic impact. She has almost two decades worth of experience in social and commercial research gained from past roles in in consultancy, academia, central and local government and the not-for-profit sector.

Before joining Creative UK, Amanda previously held senior research roles at MHCLG, Scope, Harris Interactive and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Outside of work Amanda enjoys walking and hiking, CrossFit and yoga. She’s also a budding landscape photographer; currently studying for a Level 3 diploma in photography.

amanda.stevens@wearecreative.uk

Sinéad has over a decade of experience working in the media and PR industry, both agency side and in-house; including children’s reading charity BookTrust, indie press Lantana Publishing and inclusive fiction studio, Storymix. ​She is passionate ​about ​getting a wider range of stories to be told​ and expanding people’s reading lists.

Hailing from North London, Sinéad has an affinity for being North of the river. When she’s not nattering away to journalists, she can be found in the kitchen cooking up new recipes, in the gym or somewhere in between, usually with a cup of tea in hand.

Sinead.Gosai@wearecreative.uk

Caroline is Director of Policy and External Affairs, spearheading Creative UK’s advocacy priorities, engagement with government, and communications. Prior to this role, she was Deputy Director at an influential non-partisan think tank. Caroline is Chair of Industry Panels for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, a Fellow of the Churchill Foundation, and cycles with Velo Club Godalming Haslemere in her spare time.

caroline.julian@wearecreative.uk

Amanda leads Creative UK’s work in developing insight into the UK’s world-leading creative industries and demonstrating the sector’s huge social and economic impact. She has almost two decades worth of experience in social and commercial research gained from past roles in in consultancy, academia, central and local government and the not-for-profit sector.

Before joining Creative UK, Amanda previously held senior research roles at MHCLG, Scope, Harris Interactive and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Outside of work Amanda enjoys walking and hiking, CrossFit and yoga. She’s also a budding landscape photographer; currently studying for a Level 3 diploma in photography.

amanda.stevens@wearecreative.uk

Benjamin KulkaPolicy & Research Manager

Benjamin is the Policy and Research Manager at Creative UK. In very close cooperation with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), he works on creative industries policy research, especially research and development, innovation, as well as on the skills requirements and the geography of the sector.

He previously worked in education, skills and innovation policy at the British Academy, Centre for London, UNESCO and New Economy in Manchester. Benjamin developed projects on topics ranging from urban labour markets, poverty alleviation in informal settlement in Cairo, to research on AI, digitalisation and post-industrial cities.

benjamin.kulka@wearecreative.uk

Stacey ArnoldPolicy and Public Affairs Manager

Stacey champions the work of the creative industries by shaping Creative UK’s policy and advocacy activity and growing its relationship with government. Over the course of her career, Stacey has worked for a number of cultural organisations including Tate Liverpool, Arts Council England, the BBC and the Museums Association. In her free time, Stacey can mostly be found at the theatre, singing with a local choir or with her head in a book. She is also a Governor working to improve school engagement and communications.

 

stacey.arnold@wearecreative.uk

Matthew HorneCommunications Manager

Matthew manages press and media activity for Creative UK and its key spokespeople. He studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and began his career at Intermusica Artists Management. He has since worked in press and communications roles at the Royal College of Music, Royal Opera House and Grimshaw Architects.

Matthew.Horne@wearecreative.uk

Benjamin is the Policy and Research Manager at Creative UK. In very close cooperation with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), he works on creative industries policy research, especially research and development, innovation, as well as on the skills requirements and the geography of the sector.

He previously worked in education, skills and innovation policy at the British Academy, Centre for London, UNESCO and New Economy in Manchester. Benjamin developed projects on topics ranging from urban labour markets, poverty alleviation in informal settlement in Cairo, to research on AI, digitalisation and post-industrial cities.

benjamin.kulka@wearecreative.uk

Stacey champions the work of the creative industries by shaping Creative UK’s policy and advocacy activity and growing its relationship with government. Over the course of her career, Stacey has worked for a number of cultural organisations including Tate Liverpool, Arts Council England, the BBC and the Museums Association. In her free time, Stacey can mostly be found at the theatre, singing with a local choir or with her head in a book. She is also a Governor working to improve school engagement and communications.

 

stacey.arnold@wearecreative.uk

Matthew manages press and media activity for Creative UK and its key spokespeople. He studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and began his career at Intermusica Artists Management. He has since worked in press and communications roles at the Royal College of Music, Royal Opera House and Grimshaw Architects.

Matthew.Horne@wearecreative.uk

Programmes, Business Support & Talent

Amelia De-FeliceProgramme Manager, Cornwall & Plymouth

Amelia is the Programme Manager for Cornwall and Plymouth. Passionate about helping the Creative industries, Amelia comes with 15 years of experience in the arts sector and is also an associate on a new immersive project in Plymouth. She is always keen to hear from screen-based businesses and practitioners in the far Southwest, so feel free to reach out at the address below.

Amelia.De-felice@wearecreative.uk

Olivia SavageProgramme Coordinator

Olivia’s role includes supporting the organisation and execution of our business support programme of events, workshops, boot camps and mentorship across both the Wakefield and Manchester areas, as well as liaising with participants, speakers, partners and venues. Olivia comes from a creative background, having attended Art school in Brighton before project management roles in various art galleries, artists’ studios, community arts projects and numerous large-scale arts events and festivals including Manchester International Festival. She is passionate about supporting the creative sector. Outside of work Olivia is a practising printmaker and potter and loves cooking (eating), travelling, going to gigs, film, hiking, camping and swimming in the sea.

Olivia.Savage@wearecreative.uk

Charlotte Bond Lead Programme Manager

Charlotte is the Lead Programme Manager Support for Creative UK, overseeing our regional business support programmes and working with our Head of Partnerships. Previously, Charlotte managed our Plymouth and Cornwall programmes. Charlotte is also an Associate at The Eden Project, and inclusive arts charity, Shallal.

She occasionally makes theatre for children trading as Light Theatre and sits on the Arts Council South West area council. Until October 2020 Charlotte worked with internationally renowned Kneehigh Theatre to deliver festivals, training and new technology projects. As Kneehigh’s General Manager she was responsible for overseeing finance, communications and operations, as well as developing the Asylum venue and a community engagement programme.

Before moving to Cornwall in 2007, Charlotte worked in London and enjoyed a culture-based, largely freelance career, working for a diverse range of organisations.

Amelia is the Programme Manager for Cornwall and Plymouth. Passionate about helping the Creative industries, Amelia comes with 15 years of experience in the arts sector and is also an associate on a new immersive project in Plymouth. She is always keen to hear from screen-based businesses and practitioners in the far Southwest, so feel free to reach out at the address below.

Amelia.De-felice@wearecreative.uk

Olivia’s role includes supporting the organisation and execution of our business support programme of events, workshops, boot camps and mentorship across both the Wakefield and Manchester areas, as well as liaising with participants, speakers, partners and venues. Olivia comes from a creative background, having attended Art school in Brighton before project management roles in various art galleries, artists’ studios, community arts projects and numerous large-scale arts events and festivals including Manchester International Festival. She is passionate about supporting the creative sector. Outside of work Olivia is a practising printmaker and potter and loves cooking (eating), travelling, going to gigs, film, hiking, camping and swimming in the sea.

Olivia.Savage@wearecreative.uk

Charlotte is the Lead Programme Manager Support for Creative UK, overseeing our regional business support programmes and working with our Head of Partnerships. Previously, Charlotte managed our Plymouth and Cornwall programmes. Charlotte is also an Associate at The Eden Project, and inclusive arts charity, Shallal.

She occasionally makes theatre for children trading as Light Theatre and sits on the Arts Council South West area council. Until October 2020 Charlotte worked with internationally renowned Kneehigh Theatre to deliver festivals, training and new technology projects. As Kneehigh’s General Manager she was responsible for overseeing finance, communications and operations, as well as developing the Asylum venue and a community engagement programme.

Before moving to Cornwall in 2007, Charlotte worked in London and enjoyed a culture-based, largely freelance career, working for a diverse range of organisations.

Paul AshtonHead of Film & TV

Paul has worked extensively with filmmaking teams through Creative UK’s programmes and funds, including Breakout, iFeatures, West Midlands Production Fund, Lottery funds and Sky partnership. He is Executive Producer on our film and TV slate, from Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ and Netflix Original ‘Calibre’, to theatrical releases ‘White Riot’ and ‘Benediction’. He has executive produced numerous BIFA-winning and BAFTA-nominated short films. Paul has over 20 years of experience across film, TV, radio and theatre, with a career-long commitment to emerging talent and regional voices.

Paul.Ashton@wearecreative.uk

Kate MayallProject Manager, Film & TV

Kate is the project manager for our work in film and television development. She works across all of our film activity, with a focus on delivering Breakout, the development lab for first-time genre feature filmmakers ran in partnership with Netflix.

Prior to joining the film team, Kate was a marketing manager at the then Creative England, where she devised and executed campaigns, supported the management and delivery of our live events, and produced the annual CE50 report.

Kate.Mayall@wearecreative.uk

Haley EdwardsProgramme Manager, Creative Enterprise

Haley leads the Creative Enterprise programme working with entrepreneurs in the moving image sector. Working closely with emerging and established talent in the screen industry, the programmes offer support and development in the growth of creative businesses. She curates and delivers bespoke development programmes, offering strategy support and connecting screen businesses in the English regions. With over 15 years industry experience, Haley is an advocate for creative sustainability.

Haley.Edwards@creativeengland.co.uk

Paul has worked extensively with filmmaking teams through Creative UK’s programmes and funds, including Breakout, iFeatures, West Midlands Production Fund, Lottery funds and Sky partnership. He is Executive Producer on our film and TV slate, from Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ and Netflix Original ‘Calibre’, to theatrical releases ‘White Riot’ and ‘Benediction’. He has executive produced numerous BIFA-winning and BAFTA-nominated short films. Paul has over 20 years of experience across film, TV, radio and theatre, with a career-long commitment to emerging talent and regional voices.

Paul.Ashton@wearecreative.uk

Kate is the project manager for our work in film and television development. She works across all of our film activity, with a focus on delivering Breakout, the development lab for first-time genre feature filmmakers ran in partnership with Netflix.

Prior to joining the film team, Kate was a marketing manager at the then Creative England, where she devised and executed campaigns, supported the management and delivery of our live events, and produced the annual CE50 report.

Kate.Mayall@wearecreative.uk

Haley leads the Creative Enterprise programme working with entrepreneurs in the moving image sector. Working closely with emerging and established talent in the screen industry, the programmes offer support and development in the growth of creative businesses. She curates and delivers bespoke development programmes, offering strategy support and connecting screen businesses in the English regions. With over 15 years industry experience, Haley is an advocate for creative sustainability.

Haley.Edwards@creativeengland.co.uk

Chris FilipProgramme & Product Manager, Creative Enterprise / Elevate

Chris joined Creative UK in 2021, after successfully being involved in the design and launch of the Tentacle Zone Incubator for underrepresented game studio founders. Throughout his career spanning game development, transport technology, marketing technology, and starting a community interest company growing the games industry, Chris has been a steadfast advocate for empowering creatives with strong and resilient networks and opportunities for collaboration.

Chris is currently our Programme and Product Manager, jointly overseeing our Creative Enterprise intensive business support and investment programme and funding new ideas, as well as working to create new business support products for creative innovators.

Chris.Filip@creativeengland.co.uk

Julia MorrishProgramme Coordinator, Creative Enterprise / PA to CFO

Julia has been working at Creative UK since 2018, initially starting as an Operations Coordinator and moving to Programme Coordinator for Creative Enterprise in 2020. Julia is responsible for coordinating the Evolve, Games Scale Up and New Ideas Fund strands of Creative Enterprise, where she supports screen sector businesses in enabling them to develop their practice.

Julia.Morrish@creativeengland.co.uk

Sarah JonesProgramme Coordinator, Creative Enterprise

Sarah joined the Creative UK team in 2021 as programme coordinator for Creative Enterprise coming from a previous theatre management background. Day to day, she assists in the coordination and running of the wide range of Creative Enterprise programmes helping things run smoothly, from the intensive business support programmes to the grant funding. Outside of work, Sarah has a keen interest in the theatre, music festivals and art.

Sarah.Jones@creativeengland.co.uk

Chris joined Creative UK in 2021, after successfully being involved in the design and launch of the Tentacle Zone Incubator for underrepresented game studio founders. Throughout his career spanning game development, transport technology, marketing technology, and starting a community interest company growing the games industry, Chris has been a steadfast advocate for empowering creatives with strong and resilient networks and opportunities for collaboration.

Chris is currently our Programme and Product Manager, jointly overseeing our Creative Enterprise intensive business support and investment programme and funding new ideas, as well as working to create new business support products for creative innovators.

Chris.Filip@creativeengland.co.uk

Julia has been working at Creative UK since 2018, initially starting as an Operations Coordinator and moving to Programme Coordinator for Creative Enterprise in 2020. Julia is responsible for coordinating the Evolve, Games Scale Up and New Ideas Fund strands of Creative Enterprise, where she supports screen sector businesses in enabling them to develop their practice.

Julia.Morrish@creativeengland.co.uk

Sarah joined the Creative UK team in 2021 as programme coordinator for Creative Enterprise coming from a previous theatre management background. Day to day, she assists in the coordination and running of the wide range of Creative Enterprise programmes helping things run smoothly, from the intensive business support programmes to the grant funding. Outside of work, Sarah has a keen interest in the theatre, music festivals and art.

Sarah.Jones@creativeengland.co.uk

Charlie GrayEvent Manager, Cornwall & Plymouth

Charlie is a freelancer based in Cornwall. Her role with Creative UK is to project manage and deliver events. In February 2022 Charlie was responsible for pulling together and streaming the only in-person event that was Cornwall’s contribution to the Creative Coalition Festival. Her other main event is the Immersive Futures Event for Plymouth, bringing together stakeholders, Investors and decision-makers around the Immersive tech conversation, establishing the Far South West as an Immersive Hub.

Charlie is a Creative Producer and has worked in the Creative Industries for over 22 years, mostly focusing on projects and clients based in the Cornish Cultural Industries and Heritage sector. With a background in communications, and a deep understanding of Cornwall and the local sector, Charlie is an advocate for the Creative Industries and is known to make things happen.

Charlie.Gray@wearecreative.uk

Julia BirchProgramme & Engagement Manager, North of Tyne

As Programme and Engagement Manager for our North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme, Julia oversees business support opportunities for freelancers and SMEs from across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle. Prior to joining Creative UK in May 2021, Julia worked for the British Council as Programme Manager for Creative Europe, and previously as an Assessor, Grant Manager and Trainer at Arts Council England.

Julia.Birch@wearecreative.uk

Charlie is a freelancer based in Cornwall. Her role with Creative UK is to project manage and deliver events. In February 2022 Charlie was responsible for pulling together and streaming the only in-person event that was Cornwall’s contribution to the Creative Coalition Festival. Her other main event is the Immersive Futures Event for Plymouth, bringing together stakeholders, Investors and decision-makers around the Immersive tech conversation, establishing the Far South West as an Immersive Hub.

Charlie is a Creative Producer and has worked in the Creative Industries for over 22 years, mostly focusing on projects and clients based in the Cornish Cultural Industries and Heritage sector. With a background in communications, and a deep understanding of Cornwall and the local sector, Charlie is an advocate for the Creative Industries and is known to make things happen.

Charlie.Gray@wearecreative.uk

As Programme and Engagement Manager for our North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme, Julia oversees business support opportunities for freelancers and SMEs from across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle. Prior to joining Creative UK in May 2021, Julia worked for the British Council as Programme Manager for Creative Europe, and previously as an Assessor, Grant Manager and Trainer at Arts Council England.

Julia.Birch@wearecreative.uk

Kate GledhillProgramme and Engagement Manager, Wakefield

Kate leads the development and delivery of the Advance Programme across the Wakefield district supporting the creative sector to develop talent, recognise growth potential and create a community to achieve economic growth and legacy. Kate has worked within the sector for over 20 years and is an impassioned champion of the creative sector and a huge advocate of the design process to empower organisations and communities to stimulate positive change and create a brighter world for all.

Kate.Gledhill@wearecreative.uk

Maeve ReynoldsProgramme Coordinator, Creative Enterprise

Maeve joined Creative UK in February 2020. She is a programme coordinator for our Creative Enterprise programme, based in the Manchester office. Her background is in TV and film acquisition which has led her to roles at both the Discovery Channel and Channel 5. Maeve has spent time working in both New York and London and is now a new mum of one.

Maeve.Reynolds@creativeengland.co.uk

Nadia AdofoProgramme Manager, Manchester

Nadia is our Programme Manager for our Manchester Business Support Programme, supporting creatives in all sub-sectors in the Greater Manchester area. From matching creatives with experts to receive bespoke mentoring, to delivering tailored mini cohorts and intensive workshops for specialised topics in the creative sector for participants, Nadia comes from a TV background having studied a degree in TV Studio Production at University and has worked on some well-known sets including First Dates and The Big Questions. In her spare time, she makes customised wigs, likes going for a swim and loves a good cocktail or two!

Nadia.Adofo@wearecreative.uk

Kate leads the development and delivery of the Advance Programme across the Wakefield district supporting the creative sector to develop talent, recognise growth potential and create a community to achieve economic growth and legacy. Kate has worked within the sector for over 20 years and is an impassioned champion of the creative sector and a huge advocate of the design process to empower organisations and communities to stimulate positive change and create a brighter world for all.

Kate.Gledhill@wearecreative.uk

Maeve joined Creative UK in February 2020. She is a programme coordinator for our Creative Enterprise programme, based in the Manchester office. Her background is in TV and film acquisition which has led her to roles at both the Discovery Channel and Channel 5. Maeve has spent time working in both New York and London and is now a new mum of one.

Maeve.Reynolds@creativeengland.co.uk

Nadia is our Programme Manager for our Manchester Business Support Programme, supporting creatives in all sub-sectors in the Greater Manchester area. From matching creatives with experts to receive bespoke mentoring, to delivering tailored mini cohorts and intensive workshops for specialised topics in the creative sector for participants, Nadia comes from a TV background having studied a degree in TV Studio Production at University and has worked on some well-known sets including First Dates and The Big Questions. In her spare time, she makes customised wigs, likes going for a swim and loves a good cocktail or two!

Nadia.Adofo@wearecreative.uk

Nick GrimshawHead of Partnerships, Public Sector

Nick is Head of Partnerships at Creative UK, with strategic oversight of Creative UK’s portfolio of UK-wide national and regional business growth and talent development programmes. These include our flagship BFI-funded, industry-leading Creative Enterprise business support programme for screen and moving image businesses, alongside Creative UK’s network of local government partners including North of Tyne Combined Authority, South Yorkshire Combined Authority, Greater Manchester Growth Hub, Wakefield Council and Cornwall Council.

Nick’s background is in corporate management consultancy, organisational and leadership development, and business research and insight – working at consultancies such as Gartner, CEB and PSI. Nick led on and implemented projects across the UK, Europe, Asia, USA and South America, developing collaborative partnerships with some of the largest and most innovative businesses in the global market including Virgin Group, BMW, Vodafone, HSBC, BUPA Global, AstraZeneca, Unilever, DirecTV, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, BP and Starbucks.

Kristian ForemanMarketing Manager, Programmes

Kristian is the Marketing Manager for Creative UK’s regional growth programmes and the film & TV activity within the organisation. Kristian’s background is in marketing and project management. He previously worked as Marketing Manager for Cambridge BID, Visit Cambridge, and Sunderland Culture where he managed the city’s shortlisted campaign to be UK City of Culture 2021. Kristian is also a freelance filmmaker and has produced short films and corporate videos for a number of businesses over the years, including Wild in Art, Visit Britain and Thameslink Railway.

Kristian.Foreman@wearecreative.uk

Carol BellStrategic Engagement Lead, North of Tyne

Carol is a freelance advisor for Creative UK; her role is Strategic lead for the North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme supported by the North of Tyne Combined Authority. Throughout her career, she has developed and delivered many complex capital and revenue cultural and creative sector projects.

As NewcastleGatesheads’s Director of Major Festivals & Events, Carol has led on and implemented a number of successful initiatives including NewcastleGateshead’s successful bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North which resulted in Newcastle and its partner town Gateshead being listed by the Rough Guide as the No1 Place to Visit in the World in 2018. Content created focused on showcasing the region’s strengths in innovation and creativity commissioning a range of content using digital, AR and VR technology as well as the work of some of the North of England’s most respected artists.

Previously, she has worked as a senior Cultural Officer in Local government and in philanthropy for the Northern Rock Foundation – supporting many cultural organisations across the North. In 2019 she was awarded an OBE for services to the Cultural sector across the North East.

Carol.Bell@wearecreative.uk

Nick is Head of Partnerships at Creative UK, with strategic oversight of Creative UK’s portfolio of UK-wide national and regional business growth and talent development programmes. These include our flagship BFI-funded, industry-leading Creative Enterprise business support programme for screen and moving image businesses, alongside Creative UK’s network of local government partners including North of Tyne Combined Authority, South Yorkshire Combined Authority, Greater Manchester Growth Hub, Wakefield Council and Cornwall Council.

Nick’s background is in corporate management consultancy, organisational and leadership development, and business research and insight – working at consultancies such as Gartner, CEB and PSI. Nick led on and implemented projects across the UK, Europe, Asia, USA and South America, developing collaborative partnerships with some of the largest and most innovative businesses in the global market including Virgin Group, BMW, Vodafone, HSBC, BUPA Global, AstraZeneca, Unilever, DirecTV, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, BP and Starbucks.

Kristian is the Marketing Manager for Creative UK’s regional growth programmes and the film & TV activity within the organisation. Kristian’s background is in marketing and project management. He previously worked as Marketing Manager for Cambridge BID, Visit Cambridge, and Sunderland Culture where he managed the city’s shortlisted campaign to be UK City of Culture 2021. Kristian is also a freelance filmmaker and has produced short films and corporate videos for a number of businesses over the years, including Wild in Art, Visit Britain and Thameslink Railway.

Kristian.Foreman@wearecreative.uk

Carol is a freelance advisor for Creative UK; her role is Strategic lead for the North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme supported by the North of Tyne Combined Authority. Throughout her career, she has developed and delivered many complex capital and revenue cultural and creative sector projects.

As NewcastleGatesheads’s Director of Major Festivals & Events, Carol has led on and implemented a number of successful initiatives including NewcastleGateshead’s successful bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North which resulted in Newcastle and its partner town Gateshead being listed by the Rough Guide as the No1 Place to Visit in the World in 2018. Content created focused on showcasing the region’s strengths in innovation and creativity commissioning a range of content using digital, AR and VR technology as well as the work of some of the North of England’s most respected artists.

Previously, she has worked as a senior Cultural Officer in Local government and in philanthropy for the Northern Rock Foundation – supporting many cultural organisations across the North. In 2019 she was awarded an OBE for services to the Cultural sector across the North East.

Carol.Bell@wearecreative.uk

Sarah Stamp Programme Coordinator, North of Tyne

Sarah is a freelance programme coordinator for Creative UK working on the North of Tyne Culture and Creative programme, primarily on the business support side. Sarah works part-time for Creative UK and also works as a freelancer in the cultural sector with a focus on audience development and project management.

As a freelancer, Sarah has worked with a range of organisations in the North East including; TWAM, Museums Northumberland and AmberSide. Sarah is also a visual artist which often involves creative facilitation and socially engaged work. She uses a range of craft techniques, creative writing and sculpture in her work.

Sarah.Stamp@wearecreative.uk

Kate SandersProgramme & Engagement Manager, Evolve

Kate leads on delivering the Creative Enterprise Evolve programme; an investment readiness and investor relations programme for content makers and innovators who’re seeking investment for business growth. Kate has worked at Creative UK for eight years managing the RGF investment programmes, facilitating hundreds of investments into growing and scaling creative digital companies across the English regions.

She is passionate about working with dynamic, interesting and creative people and is inspired by the fascinating people she gets to work with every day through all the various programmes at Creative UK.

Kate.Sanders@creativeengland.co.uk

Sarah is a freelance programme coordinator for Creative UK working on the North of Tyne Culture and Creative programme, primarily on the business support side. Sarah works part-time for Creative UK and also works as a freelancer in the cultural sector with a focus on audience development and project management.

As a freelancer, Sarah has worked with a range of organisations in the North East including; TWAM, Museums Northumberland and AmberSide. Sarah is also a visual artist which often involves creative facilitation and socially engaged work. She uses a range of craft techniques, creative writing and sculpture in her work.

Sarah.Stamp@wearecreative.uk

Kate leads on delivering the Creative Enterprise Evolve programme; an investment readiness and investor relations programme for content makers and innovators who’re seeking investment for business growth. Kate has worked at Creative UK for eight years managing the RGF investment programmes, facilitating hundreds of investments into growing and scaling creative digital companies across the English regions.

She is passionate about working with dynamic, interesting and creative people and is inspired by the fascinating people she gets to work with every day through all the various programmes at Creative UK.

Kate.Sanders@creativeengland.co.uk

Jasmin DaviesProgramme Coordinator, Cornwall

Jasmin’s role includes supporting the organisation and execution of our business support programme of events, workshops and boot camps across Cornwall. A recent graduate from Falmouth University with a First Class honours degree, Jasmin has a background in marketing and arts management, working with various venues and organisations including Wildworks Theatre where she was the Communications Assistant for their production of I AM KEVIN.

Outside of work, Jasmin enjoys watching films, creating music and hiking, even going on to successfully climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Her diverse interests mean that Jasmin is keen to support all areas of the creative industries.

Jasmin.Davies@wearecreative.uk

Jasmin’s role includes supporting the organisation and execution of our business support programme of events, workshops and boot camps across Cornwall. A recent graduate from Falmouth University with a First Class honours degree, Jasmin has a background in marketing and arts management, working with various venues and organisations including Wildworks Theatre where she was the Communications Assistant for their production of I AM KEVIN.

Outside of work, Jasmin enjoys watching films, creating music and hiking, even going on to successfully climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Her diverse interests mean that Jasmin is keen to support all areas of the creative industries.

Jasmin.Davies@wearecreative.uk