The Creative Industries Federation is delighted to announce that Rick Haythornthwaite, one of the UK’s foremost business leaders and a long-standing supporter of the arts and creative industries, will become its new Chair next month.
Rick will succeed Sir John Sorrell, the founder of the Federation, on April 10.
He was appointed after an extensive and open search by the Federation Board, alongside recruitment agency Saxton Bampfylde. Federation Board members Tessa Ross, CEO of House Productions, and Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House, led the process.
The Federation Board unanimously approved the appointment at its meeting on February 21.
Further appointments to the Board will be announced in coming months.
Rick Haythornthwaite said:
“The creative industries are driving Britain’s growth and, thanks in no small measure to the Federation, they are now beginning to get the full attention they deserve. I am privileged to be taking on the chair from its founder, Sir John Sorrell, at a time when the Fed is leading the work on how best to grow the sector’s already preeminent global position.”
Sir John Sorrell said:
“Rick is a brilliant choice. I founded the Federation because it was time that the UK’s fastest growing sector had a powerful independent voice. It has made a fantastic start and is already recognised for its leadership role. I know it will go from strength to strength, supporting its members and influencing the way the world sees the UK.”
Tessa Ross said:
“The search for Chair introduced my colleagues and I to a number of wonderful candidates. Rick was outstanding amongst them and we all very much look forward to working with him.”
John Kampfner, Federation Chief Executive, said:
“The Federation has established itself as the fighting force for the entire sector in barely two years. None of this would have happened without John Sorrell’s vision and guidance. I’m delighted to be working with Rick on the next stage, to grow our business and to expand the work we do on behalf of all.”
Rick Haythornthwaite has enjoyed a long career spanning business, arts and culture. He is currently Chairman of Mastercard International and Centrica, as well as digital accelerator QiO, glass tableware company Arc International, and The Performance Theatre, a global leadership pop-up think tank. He recently stepped down as Chair of the Southbank Centre having previously chaired the Almeida Theatre, the Tate Corporate Advisory Board and the British-American Arts Association. He has also served on the boards of the British Council, Whitechapel Gallery and the National Museum of Science and Industry.
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