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Creative Skillset welcomes three new board members

Creative Skillset has announced the appointment of three new Board members; Richard Johnston, CEO of Endemol Shine UK, Ian Livingstone CBE and John Woodward from the Arts Alliance Ventures.

All three appointments bring considerable industry experience and expertise to the Board.

Creative Skillset Chair, Dinah Caine CBE said: “This is a pivotal time for the training and skills agenda as the pace of change requires a fully adaptable, highly skilled and fluid workforce. So, I am delighted that Ian, John and Richard have agreed to join Creative Skillset’s Board adding their expertise to an already high calibre board of industry leaders. Their experience and commitment to the skills agenda is key to continuing our work encouraging greater collaboration, investment and action."

"The UK Creative Industries have a world-class reputation and Creative Skillset play an important role in maintaining this position. I’m extremely pleased to help support their incredible work by joining the board." Richard Johnston

Ian Livingstone CBE said: "The Creative Industries are constantly evolving and growing rapidly. So, it is vital that industry works cohesively to ensure we have the best talent pool to sustain growth. The training and skills agenda, plus promoting the diversity of the Creative Industries, has always been vital to their growth and is a particular interest of mine. I'm thrilled to be joining the Board of Creative Skillset to support the important work that it does in this area." 

John Woodward said: “Now, more than ever, skills and continued investment in skills, are the lifeblood of the UK’s Creative Industries, I’m delighted to join the Board at this crucial time to support the sector and the invaluable work that Creative Skillset does on its behalf.”

Creative Skillset will be announcing further appointments to the Board in due course.

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Notes to Editors

Richard Johnston was appointed CEO of Endemol Shine UK in January 2015, where he oversees all labels and companies within the UK Group. Prior to the Endemol Shine merger he held variety of positions within Endemol UK, including COO and CFO.  He is also a trustee of LAMDA and a governor of his local school. 

Ian Livingstone CBE is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry and the government’s Businesses’ Creative Industries Champion. He co-founded iconic games company, Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons and Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain. He was awarded an OBE in 2006 as well as receiving a BAFTA Special Award. In 2011. He co-authored the Next Gen review published by NESTA, spearheading a campaign that led to the introduction of the new computing curriculum in schools.

John Woodward is the Investment Director at Arts Alliance Ventures, working mainly on film related businesses ranging from Arts alliance Media, the leading digital cinema software and services company, to the Met Film School, the UKI’s largest film academy, through to Park Circus/AAL, the classic movie and event cinema distribution business. Previously John was the founding CEO of the UK Film Council. Before that he was the CEO of the British Film Institute and before that, the founding CEO of the Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT). John is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a trustee of the Riverside Arts organisation.

Creative Skillset is the Creative Industry’s key skills partner. We work with industry and for industry to improve productivity, creativity and employability across film, TV, VFX, animation, games, radio, advertising and marketing communications, publishing, print and fashion and textiles. We work with our industry partners to identify and meet skills needs enabling targeted investment in skills development from education to executive level, providing a diverse, flexible workforce in these fast-moving industries.