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The Creative Industries Council

The Creative Industries Council (CIC) is a forum of government, creative businesses and other creative organisations.

It focuses on areas where there are barriers to growth of UK creative sectors such as access to finance, skills, export markets, regulation, intellectual property (IP) and infrastructure, and on promoting opportunities such as the CreaTech category and greater diversity and inclusion.

Action is taken forward by means of a small number of working groups and initiatives. In 2018, the CIC also set up the Creative Industries Trade & Investment Board (CITIB) to spearhead efforts on exports and inward investment.

CIC Membership

Council members are leading figureheads drawn from across the creative and digital industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing, and film.

Currently the council is co-chaired by:

Rt Hon Lucy Frazer MP KC
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport,
Govt Co-Chair

Sir Peter Bazalgette
Industry Co-Chair

Francesca Hegyi OBE
Deputy Industry Co-Chair

CIC working group chairs & CITIB

Education and Skills

Stephen Page

Chair, Faber & Faber

technical education

Neil Hatton

CEO of UK Screen Alliance


Dan Guthrie

DG, Alliance for IP

R&D and Innovation

Dr Jeremy Silver

CEO, Digital Catapult

Diversity & Inclusion

John McVay OBE

CEO, Pact


Caroline Rush CBE

CEO, British Fashion Council


Hasan Bakhshi MBE

Centre Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC)


Caroline Norbury MBE & Francesca Hegyi OBE (Co-Chairs)

CEO, Creative UK; Executive Director, Edinburgh International Festival


Ben Roberts & Sara Whybrew (Co-Chairs)

CEO, BFI; Director, Skills & Workforce Development, BFI


Alison Tickell & Minnie Moll (Co-Chairs)

Founder & CEO, Julie's Bicycle; CEO, Design Council


Francesca Hegyi OBE

Executive Director, Edinburgh International Festival


Darren Henley CBE

CEO, Arts Council England

Work of the CIC

Following negotiations with industry led by the CIC, the UK government published a Creative Industries Sector Vision in June 2023.

It aims to add £50bn of Gross Value Added (GVA) and support 1m extra jobs in the UK creative industries by 2030.