John Kampfner

John Kampfner

John is Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation.

He has been Chair of the Clore Social Leadership Programme since October 2014. He was the founding Chair of Turner Contemporary, one of the UK's most successful cultural institutions, for seven and a half years until December 2015 and was previously a member of the Council of King's College, London.

He is a critically acclaimed author, broadcaster and commentator.

Rick Haythornthwaite

Rick Haythornthwaite is Chair of the Creative Industries Federation.

He 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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The Board

  • Rick Haythornthwaite (Chair) 
  • Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London
  • Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder, Black British Business Awards
  • Baroness Lane-Fox, philanthropist & public servant
  • Lord Hall, Director General, BBC
  • Nick Harvey
  • Anna Jones, Co-Founder, AllBright Group
  • Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
  • Ian Livingstone CBE, games entrepreneur
  • Janet Markwick
  • Tessa Ross, Co-Chief Executive, House Productions 
  • Philip Watkins, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (Company Secretary)
  • Tom Weldon, Chief Executive, Penguin Random House UK



The Team




The UK Council

The UK Council was formed to give ad hoc advice on policy matters and generally inform the Federation's policy.

Federation members are selected to give representation to all the arts and creative industries across the commercial, public and education sectors as well as broad representation of the country at large.

The current members of the UK Council are:

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  • Marcus Davey, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Roundhouse (Co-chair)

  • Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive, British Film Institute (Co-chair)

  • Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council (Co-chair)

  • Nick Allott, Managing Director, Cameron Mackintosh

  • David Anderson, Director General, National Museum of Wales

  • Paul Appleby, Chair, Bristol Media

  • Joanna Baker, Managing Director and Company Secretary, Edinburgh International Festival

  • Simon Belsham, Chief Executive,

  • Karen Blackett, Chairwoman, MediaCom UK

  • Andrew Brewerton, Principal and Chief Executive, Plymouth College of Art

  • Sally Britton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya

  • Lisa Burger, Executive Director, National Theatre

  • Dinah Caine, Chair, Creative Skillset

  • Jo Dipple, Chief Executive Officer, UK Music

  • Sean Duffy, Managing Director, Barclays

  • Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Liverpool Philharmonic

  • Naomi Gummer, Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Google UK

  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

  • Chris Hirst, Chairman, Havas UK and CEO, Havas Europe and UK

  • Barry Ife, Principal, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

  • Richard Johnston, Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine UK

  • Tiernan Kelly, Director, Film City Glasgow

  • Cat Lewis, CEO and Executive Producer, Nine Lives Media

  • Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director, Royal Shakespeare Company

  • Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, Facebook

  • Dorothy Miell, Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh

  • Dave Moutrey, Director and Chief Executive, HOME

  • Jonathan Newby, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Science Museum Group

  • Adrian Packer, Chief Executive Officer, CORE Education Trust

  • Natasha Plowright, Director of Communications, The Photographers’ Gallery

  • Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary

  • Jemma Read, Head of Philanthropy, EMEA, Bloomberg Philanthropies

  • Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates

  • Alistair Spalding CBE, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sadler’s Wells

  • Amahra Spence, Founder and Director, MAIA Creatives

  • Giselle Stewart, Director, UK Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft

  • Phil Stokes, UK Entertainment and Media Leader, PwC

  • Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive, British Phonographic Industry

  • Graeme Thompson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Sunderland

  • Nick Toon, Vice President, UK Public Policy, Time Warner

  • Sharon Watson, Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

  • Paul Williams, Director, Stanton Williams

The International Council

The International Council was established to bring a broader international perspective to the Federation’s work.

Membership is drawn from a mix of arts, creative industries and cultural education, all with strong international expertise, whether based in the UK or overseas. The first tranche of members can be seen here.

The aim is to identify and then share examples of best practice and innovation from around the world.

The current members of the International Council are:

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  • Tom Fletcher, Diplomat (Chair)
  • Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs of the United Arab Emirates and twofour54
  • Hasan Bakhshi, Senior Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta
  • Anne-Britt Gran, Director, Centre for Creative Industries at Norwegian Business School and Secretary, Norwegian Government Council for Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Roly Keating, Chief Executive, British Library
  • Andrej Kupetz, Chief Executive, German Design Council
  • Ruth Mackenzie, Artistic Director, Holland Festival
  • Jairaj Mashru, Founder, Bombay Innovation Group and Ecosystem Architect, Lower Parel Innovation District
  • Linda Merrick, Principal, Royal Northern College of Music
  • Tamara Rojo, Lead Principal and Artistic Director, English National Ballet
  • Martin Roth, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Dr Krishna Thiagarajan, Chief Executive, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Phil Thomas, Chief Executive, Lions Festivals (including Cannes Lions
  • Michele Trimarchi, Professor of Cultural Economics at the University of Bologna and Founder & Chairman of Tools for Culture, Rome