Press release: Two young board members announced on the joint board of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England

May 14, 2021

Hannah Chukwu and Mya-Rose Craig (aka Birdgirl) appointed to joint board, working alongside leading figures from across the Creative Industries.

Mya Rose Craig and Hannah Chukwu

They will support and influence both organisations’ collective aim to grow the creative economy and use creativity to build a more prosperous, inclusive society.

Two new young board members have been announced on the joint board of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England, who together form the non-profit group Creative UK. They will work alongside leading figures from across the creative industries, including Dazed Media CEO and Co-Founder Jefferson Hack, Women of the World Festival Founder Jude Kelly and BBC Director-General Tim Davie.

Hannah Chukwu and Mya-Rose Craig were selected from over 100 applicants aged 18-25 and joined their first board meeting in April 2021. Hannah Chukwu is an Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House UK and sits on the Board of Trustees award-winning university access charity, The Brilliant Club. Mya-Rose Craig, also known as Birdgirl, is a birder and environmentalist and founder of Black2Nature, which aims to improve access to nature for ethnic minority communities.

Their initial appointment will be for a term of one year, with the option to renew for a second year. Throughout this period they will each be paired with an existing board member as a mentor, who will support their work.

Hannah Chukwu said: “I feel incredibly honoured at my appointment as one of the first young board members on the joint board of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England. It will allow me to serve two causes I am so passionate about - supporting the creative industries to thrive and grow, whilst making sure that young people’s voices are represented in conversations at the highest level. I believe that the creative industries benefit our society in a myriad of ways and I hope to use this opportunity to help include and elevate those across our society who have historically been absent from these conversations.”

Mya-Rose Craig said: “I feel privileged to have joined the joint board of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England. I hope to use my expertise, dedication and passion in making nature filmmaking ethnically diverse to find sustainable solutions to making the creative sector as a whole ethnically diverse. This includes all the UK’s diverse communities, being supportive of Visible Minority Ethnic people, engaging young VME people in the debate and encouraging them into the sector. I hope to at times make discussions uncomfortable and in doing so, to challenge the status quo so that real changes occurs."

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England, said: “I am delighted that Hannah and Mya-Rose have joined our board. They both bring a huge amount of passion and energy, as well as very valuable insights into what really matters to young people in the creative industries. Working alongside our other extraordinarily talented board members, their fresh perspectives and experiences will be vital in shaping and challenging the direction we take in boosting the creative sector.”

For further information, please contact Matthew Horne, Press and PR Manager on matthew.horne@creativeengland.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

About the Joint Board of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England

Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation joined forces in 2020 and are now part of the Creative UK group. The joint board is chaired by Rick Haythornwaite (former Chair, the Creative Industries Federation), with Belinda Budge (former Chair, Creative England) as Vice-Chair and is comprised of an exceptional mix of talent from across the creative industries.

  • Rick Haythornwaite (Chair)
  • Belinda Budge (Vice Chair)
  • Caroline Norbury MBE (CEO)
  • Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager of WPP and Chairwoman of MediaCom
  • Hannah Chukwu, Assistant Editor, Hamish Hamilton
  • Jamie Coleman, Founder, Codebase
  • Mya-Rose Craig, Birdgirl and Founder of Black2Nature
  • Tim Davie CBE, Director-General, BBC
  • Irene Graham OBE, CEO, ScaleUp Institute
  • Pardeep Duggal, Digital and Transformation Leader
  • Jefferson Hack, CEO and Co-Founder, Dazed Media
  • Jude Kelly CBE, Founder, Women of The World
  • Ian Livingstone CBE, Co-founder, Games Workshop and Chair of Sumo Group
  • Janet Markwick, Founder, Markwick Consulting Ltd; Formerly Global EVP, Commercial Operations and Production, Y&R
  • Danny Perkins, Founder, Elysian Film Group
  • Neil Rami, CEO, West Midlands Growth Company
  • Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director and Lead Principle Dancer, English National Ballet
  • Andrea Stark, Director of Employment, Skills and Culture, Islington Council
  • Giselle Stewart OBE, Director, UK Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft
  • Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art
  • Charles Wace, CEO, Limesnapper

 

About the Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation is an independent, not for profit, membership organisation which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries. Through our wide network of creative organisations, businesses and individuals, our influential policy and advocacy work and our support services, we connect creative businesses and individuals with the money, markets, information and the opportunities they need to thrive.

www.creativeindustriesfederation.com

About Creative England 

At Creative England, we believe that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. That is why we build programmes that create opportunities for talent to access the best support and reach the next stage in their creative entrepreneurial journey.

Creative England is working to build the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping creative businesses raise their ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative. We invest, connect, mentor, advocate and collaborate at all levels of the industry, from individuals and small independents to large internationals, creating the right conditions for success.

www.creativeengland.co.uk 

About Hannah Chukwu

Hannah Chukwu, age 25, is Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House UK. Hannah has worked with multiple authors including Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo across the Black Britain: Writing Back series and leads on the work of underrepresented creatives. Her work in the publishing industry has led to her becoming 1 of 5 winners of the recent London Book Fair Trailblazer Award 2021, recognising outstanding industry professionals aged 30 years and under who are demonstrating innovation, flair and ambition. Hannah is also a trustee on The Brilliant Club board, a charity working with schools and universities to increase underrepresentation. 

About Mya-Rose Craig

Mya-Rose Craig, age 19, also known as ‘Birdgirl’, is a Young Naturalist, Ornithologist, Environmentalist, Conservationist, Activist and Writer. In 2020, she was the youngest British person to receive an honorary doctorate in science. Mya-Rose set up NFP organisation Black2Nature to run nature camps for black and minority ethnic children. Her honorary degree was awarded for this and in recognition of her advocacy for visible minority ethnic (VME) children and teenagers. She calls on white-led organisations in the nature conservation and media and environmental sectors to do more to engage with young VME people. Mya-Rose wants to combine her passion for nature, wildlife and adventure to be a TV presenter going on expeditions to remote places. She has already made a number of TV appearances and interviews, including an interview at Creative UK’s Creative Coalition festival in 2020.

www.birdgirluk.com 

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