Meet our CEO and see which creative industry leaders sit on our board.

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO

Caroline Norbury MBE is the founding Chief Executive of Creative England and dedicated to championing the creative industries. Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.

Creative England is working to build the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping them raise their ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative. It also lobbies for change and uses its unique local, regional and national perspective to feed back to the UK Government and policy makers.

Prior to establishing Creative England Caroline was the Chief Executive of regional screen agency South West Screen; the public body responsible for the leading the strategic development and promotion of the film, TV and digital content industries in the South West of England. She has extensive experience of the media industry as a producer, director and commissioning executive and was previously an independent producer and Chief Executive of First Take Films.

Caroline is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Trade & Investment Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and leads on the work of the Creative Industries Council Access to Finance working group. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to the film industry.

Tara Stewart, Assistant to the CEO, is responsible for diary management as well as servicing internal and external communications on Caroline's behalf. Email: tara.stewart@creativeengland.co.uk

Follow Caroline on Twitter: @CarolineNorbury

Board Members

Below you'll find some further details of the various members that constitute the Creative England board. 


Belinda Budge, Acting Chair

Belinda Budge spent 25 years in the publishing industry and is a former board member of HarperCollins Publishers, a global News Corp media company. Her professional journey began as a Lecturer in Cultural Theory.  After becoming CEO of a start-up publishing company she joined HarperCollins, where she managed a large portfolio of global content, and provided strategic, commercial and operational leadership to the worldwide business. During the last few years her focus was on managing business transformation through the use of creative thinking, to maximize opportunities and reach a global audience by embracing the disruptive technologies in the digital space.This reached out across the HarperCollins business and delivered a new thinking framework for refining cultural and strategic strengths, goal setting and problem solving. 

She founded her creative consultancy in 2012 and is an Associate of Design and Innovation Consultancy, IDEO, (an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design- based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow), a Non Executive Director of Creative England (a Government funded organization promoting creative talent and businesses, providing a platform for new voices and generating jobs and economic growth) and Co-Founder of The MultiKids Foundation (a charity which supports children with special needs to go to school in Ghana, West Africa).

Karen Blackett OBE

Karen Blackett is the Chairwoman of  MediaCom UK. Karen has been profiled in Media Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Times Business section - Andrew Davidson interview, Company Magazine and The Independent and writes an online column for The Telegraph Wonder Women.

Karen has featured in the 2008 ,2010, 2013 & 2014 Power List as one of Britain's 100 most influential black people. Most recently, Karen has spoken at the House of Commons for the Black Women Mean Business event, LSBC event and at the Voice of Women event as part of the organisation's women as agents of social change programme, Management Today Inspiring Women conference as well as winning the WIM's Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Award in 2013. Karen was also one of the finalists in the 2014 Veuve Cliquot Business Woman awards. In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours for services to Media & Communications.

In 2012, Karen launched an Apprenticeship Scheme for 18-24 year olds at MediaCom, working with Tim Campbell, MBE and The National Apprenticeship Service. This is helping to fulfil a personal lifelong passion to find, discover and mentor talent from all backgrounds and classes in order for them to get a foot in the door of The Advertising Industry and help to diversify the industry in terms of socio-economic background, ethnic background and gender. The Apprenticeship scheme is the first government approved scheme for any media agency in the UK, working with Outsource Training and leading to an NVQ in Marketing and Communications. Karen has also hosted two House of Lords Peers at MediaCom HQ to teach them about the scheme and meet her first ten successful apprentices.

Follow Karen on  Twitter.

Matthew Coats

Matthew has been the Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency and Director General for MOJ Corporate Services since 2013. He provides leadership of the agency in delivering around £2bn of legal aid, (overseeing 3000 staff) and is the Digital Leader for the MOJ striving to make a digital justice system a reality. Working closely with the Government Digital Service he is helping to push forward programmes such as online prison booking. Matthew was part of a Government delegation to Silicon Valley to meet leading technology firms, and is currently looking into how he can implement some of the lessons learnt across Government. Bringing expertise in Board-level leadership, financial stewardship and organisational governance Matthew has been a member of Boards and senior leadership teams for over fifteen years, both within central Government and in the NHS. His previous roles include; Head of Immigration (UK Border Force), Strategic Director (Asylum, Home Office) and Head of Secondary Care (Department of Health).

Ian Livingstone CBE

Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. He co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain. He co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in 1982, the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook in the series which has sold over 17 million copies to date in 30 languages. He designed Eureka, the first computer game published by Domark in 1984. He joined the board in 1992 as a major investor, overseeing a merger that created Eidos plc in 1995 where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002. At Eidos he launched major franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. In the Wired 100 list for 2012, he was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK's digital economy. He is Founder and Chairman of The Livingstone Foundation, Chairman of Playdemic Ltd, Chairman of Midoki Ltd, Chairman of PlayMob Ltd, Chair Next Gen Skills Committee, Vice Chair of UKIE, Member of the Creative Industries Council, GamesAid Trustee and Adviser to the British Council. He was appointed CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list. 

Follow Ian on  Twitter.

Danny Perkins

Danny started his career as Marketing Executive at theature Film Company in 1996. He then joined Optimum Releasing (now STUDIOCANAL) at the inception of the company in May 1999, taking on responsibility for the positioning and promotion of all titles. As the new company developed and grew through its acquisition by STUDIOCANAL in 2006, his role was extended to include management and development of the company, and he was named CEO on September 1st 2010 with a responsibility across Production and Distribution. He has overseen the release of over several hundred titles theatrically and more than a thousand titles in Home Entertainment, including critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles, such as 'FAHRENHEIT 9/11', 'THE HURT LOCKER', 'THIS IS ENGLAND' and 'RUSH', as well as an impressive slate of productions including Tomas Alfredson's 'TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY', Jaume Collet Serra's 'NON-STOP' and Paul King's 'PADDINGTON'. Danny has lectured at both the National Film and Television School and the BFI, and has represented the company at events at the London School of Economics, London Film Festival and the BritDoc festival among others


Irene Graham

Irene is the inaugural CEO of the  ScaleUp Institute and Board Director. A former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank where she held both European and global managing director roles, she set up, ran and scaled several of the bank’s key client and product businesses and led several global M&A activities. Before joining the ScaleUp Institute she was Managing Director at the British Bankers Association (BBA). She led the Business Finance Taskforce set up by the CEOs of the UK banks which resulted in the creation of the BGF, the Enterprise Research Centre, the SME Finance Monitor, and Mentorsme as well as many other key export and business policy initiatives on which Irene advised Government and industry. She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and sits on the advisory Board of Stratford Circus Arts Centre. The ScaleUp Institute was co-founded in 2016 with a range of private sector partners to focus on how to develop a UK ecosystem to support fast growth businesses and make the UK the best place to not only start but scale a business.

Pardeep Duggal

Pardeep Duggal is a digital and transformation leader with experience across the energy, finance and banking and retail sectors. She loves to work in companies and sectors willing to build digital capacity to transform customer experience. Pardeep has extensive expertise in strategy, planning, marketing, brand development and online customer service. 

One of very few BAME female leaders in the digital space, Pardeep led  E.ON's customer transformation, joining in 2011 to build capability as part of the marketing leadership team and co-create a digitisation strategy with E.ON’s CEO.    

Over five years Pardeep secured investment of more than £25m and drove savings of £36m. She transformed E.ON’s UK digital team from the smallest in marketing by size and budget, growing it to the largest with 60 colleagues. Pardeep’s legacy at E.ON is the UK business led E.ON’s digital capability globally, with online visitor numbers trebling to over 32m, making digital its primary service channel. Pardeep has a BSc in Business Management from Bradford University Business School – during which she won a scholarship from Bradford & Bingley Building Society – followed by an MSc in Marketing Management from Aston University.    Pardeep has broad non executive experience. She currently serves on the  Post Office Advisory Council, and previously served on the Board of Go ON UK, a digital inclusion charity chaired by Baroness (Martha) Lane-Fox.

Neil Rami 

Neil oversees the  West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), formerly Marketing Birmingham, which was established in April 2017 to create new jobs, expand existing businesses and attract new investment and visitors to the region, aligned to the ambitions set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan.   Under Neil’s leadership of Marketing Birmingham, the city secured the highest number of foreign direct investment projects on record, attracting significant new investments from companies such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Jaguar Land Rover and ASOS. The city’s visitor economy has also grown significantly in recent years, with Birmingham enjoying the largest growth in international visitors of any UK city outside London and the tourism sector now contributing £6.5 billion to the local economy, a 22% increase (£1.16bn) since 2013.   Previously, Neil held similar roles in Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a member of the British Tourism Industry Group; Chair of the Midlands Trade and Investment Group and is a former Governor and Board Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company


Andrea Stark

Andrea Stark is Director of Employment, Skills and Culture at Islington Council. During her career Andrea has focussed on making culture and creative industries more inclusive.

She led the partnership responsible for High House Production Park in Thurrock, which established a centre for education, vocational training and apprenticeships in creative industries. During her tenure Andrea collaborated with local councils, LEP and business leaders to advance a wider strategic role for the to sector at the heart of regional plans for inclusive economic development.

As a member of the National Executive Board of Arts Council England , Andrea strengthened relationships between ACE and wider government, particularly DCLG, BIS and DWP. She led the development of the Arts Council’s first national apprenticeship programme to open up routes to paid employment in the cultural sector. While Chief Executive of Eastern Arts Board, Andrea devised a region-wide arts and economic development investment strategy that led to a series of new cultural centres across the East of England As a senior manager for Dundee City Council and the City of Sunderland, she led regeneration initiatives to position libraries, museums and arts services as an integral part of successful place making.


Charles Wace

Charles is the founder of award winning global media group Twofour, a factual, features & entertainment television producer and content agency.  Charles stepped down as Group Chief Executive in 2013 following a sale of the group.  He is a former Chairman of the TV trade federation Pact and is now Chief Executive of limesnapper, a company that has invested intensively in property and companies with intellectual property at their heart.

Charles is Chairman of Tin Roof Media, a company who has acquired Blink Films and Outline Productions.  Charles is also Chairman of fast growing, London based, media marketing specialist, Earn Studios as well as Chairman of Beagle Media, a corporate communications and thought leadership company. He is Deputy Chair of the UK's number one Arts University – Falmouth.

Charles is a Director of Creative England and Chairman of the Creative England Trading Company.