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.
Sir John is Founder and Chairman of the Creative Industries Federation.
John is renowned as a champion of the creative industries whose influence on the UK's creative and cultural landscape has been far-reaching.
He is a UK Business Ambassador for the creative industries, appointed by successive prime ministers, to champion and promote Britain's creative sector abroad. He is the Co-founder and Chair of the London Design Festival, now in its twelfth year, and one of the world's leading design events. He chairs University of the Arts London, co-chairs The Sorrell Foundation and is President of the London Design Biennale.
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:
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, Notonthehighstreet.com
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 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: