Creative Edinburgh, the social enterprise that brings together and helps grow the city’s creative community, has appointed three new directors to its board.
The new board members bring together a wide range of skills, experience and expertise, as well as extensive connections with other areas of the creative world. They will work with Creative Edinburgh’s management team and steering group, to help the organisation to continue innovating and find new ways to support its community, which has been profoundly impacted by the ongoing pandemic and a year of disruption.
The new directors are:
Jeanie is a cultural consultant and the founder of Culture Radar. She has worked within the creative and cultural industries for over 20 years, supporting cultural leaders, creative organisations, research and policy agencies achieve their ambitions through strategic support, research and analysis, coaching and mentoring.
Michaela is the business development manager of the Creative Informatics cluster. She has a demonstrated history of working at the interface of academia and industry, creating and developing relationships in a wide range of sectors, including the arts, education, technology and engineering.
Brian is the founder of the Scottish Games Network, the industry body for Scotland’s videogames and interactive sectors, and a creative gaming consultant. Brian brings over 25 years of experience in helping creative businesses grow and thrive with a focus on creative digital transformation and applied gaming principles.
Jim Hollington, the chair of Creative Edinburgh, said: “Over the last year, the creative community across Edinburgh has been dealing with a very challenging, volatile period. The pandemic has impacted every sector, creator and practitioner. The team at Creative Edinburgh has worked incredibly hard to adapt to the changing conditions and ensure that we could provide support to all of our members.
“As a city with such a strong cultural focus and active creative community, we want to ensure that Creative Edinburgh can continue to lead from the front as a pioneer, an innovator and a champion of the city’s creators, artists and practitioners.
“Our new board members bring years of experience across a very broad range of sectors and skills, which will complement the strengths of the management team and our steering group, to help the organisation deliver an ever stronger and more successful 2021.”
Jessica Armstrong, the chair of the Creative Edinburgh steering group, said: “We are very excited to welcome these new members to the Board. They bring a depth of skills, knowledge and experience from a range of sectors as well as a passion to make a real and positive impact in the creative industries in Edinburgh and beyond."
In 2020 Creative Edinburgh introduced a range of new initiatives and pivoted its programme of live events to a purely virtual calendar.
- Creating the Raise Your Game digital skills programme which focused on the use of digital tools, data and future-proof working models
- Signing the first cohort of the Connected Innovators programme which provide grants to creative leaders to explore new data-driven opportunities
- Introducing a new student membership level to plug the city’s talent pipeline directly into its creative industries
- Holding 25 online events from Creative Circles coffee mornings, to Talking Heads, and the first ever Creatives with Kids event.
- Building its pilot industry mentoring programme, with 68 mentees receiving help and support from industry practitioners
- Providing over 113 direct support drop-in sessions focused on the impact of Covid on the creative ecosystem
- Celebrating the success of 10 inspirational individuals and projects at the first virtual Creative Edinburgh Awards
- Approaching its 5,000th member, with over 450 joining in 2020.