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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.


Janet Hull OBE

Chair of CIC Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

Carlos Grande


After the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020 knocking the creative industries off their growth trajectory, the industry members of the CIC submitted a proposed transition and recovery plan to Government.

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:

The Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Sir Peter Bazalgette

CIC working group chairs

Regions and Clusters

Debbie Bestwick

CEO, Team 17

Education and Skills

Dinah Caine CBE

Co-Chair: Chair of Council, Goldsmiths College

Education and Skills

Stephen Page

Co-Chair: CEO, Faber & Faber

Education and Skills

Neil Hatton

CEO of UK Screen Alliance


Geoff Taylor

CEO, BPI, BRIT Awards & Mercury Prize

R&D and Innovation

Dr Jeremy Silver

CEO, Digital Catapult


John McVay OBE

Chief Executive, Pact


Caroline Rush CBE

CEO, British Fashion Council

Technical Working Group

Hasan Bakhshi

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

Work of the CIC

Following negotiations with industry led by the CIC, the Theresa May government announced in 2018 a three-year Sector Deal of measures to promote growth in the creative industries.

The highlights of the deal included commitments to invest in the creation of creative clusters, developing future content and technologies and nurturing new creative skills and career opportunities.

Implementation of the deal has included a number of initiatives, listed on the right.