Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston has been appointed as the new Chair of industry skills body, Creative Skillset.

Johnston takes over from Dinah Caine CBE, Creative Skillset’s interim Chair over the last eighteen months.      

The appointment comes at a time when the Creative Industries is one of five sectors headlining the Government’s new industrial strategy and reflects Creative Skillset’s increasing focus on the UK screen-based Creative Industries.

Johnston, who became a Creative Skillset Board member in April 2016, said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this role at such an important time for the Creative Industries. They generate huge value for the economy and lead the world in creative excellence. The UK film, TV and related sectors are thriving but the need for a highly skilled workforce across the full breadth of the industry has never been more crucial.”

Seetha Kumar, CEO, Creative Skillset said: “Richard’s industry knowledge, experience and leadership will be incredibly valuable as Creative Skillset moves into its next phase. I look forward to working with him and maintaining a strong relationship that will future-proof our growth. My sincere thanks goes to interim Chair, Dinah Caine, who has agreed to stay on as a Board member to help support our policy and lobbying work.”

Dinah Caine CBE, outgoing Chair, Creative Skillset said "I will continue to champion skills for the Creative Industries both as a Creative Skillset Board member and as a member of the Creative Industries Council. We also want to thank Board members who have recently stepped down, Betty Jackson CBE; Stephen Woodford, CEO of the Advertising Association; Christine Payne, General Secretary at Equity and Mark Batho, Vice Principal at Abertay University, for their great work and commitment.  We are also extremely grateful to Vice Chair M.T. Rainey and all our Board members, Alex Hope, David Abraham, Ian Livingstone, Ivan Dunleavy, Stephanie Mills, John Woodward and Stephen Page, for their huge support during this period of transition."

Staff Reporter

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