Westminster Media Forum

Priorities for the UK creative industries workforce post-Brexit

Thursday, 30th March 2017

Central London


Bringing together officials and senior representatives from across the creative
Industries, this seminar will consider the priorities for ensuring the UK creative workforce remains globally competitive during and after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

It takes place in the context of official statistics from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport highlighting an increase of 19.5 per cent in the total number of jobs in the creative industries since 2011.

It also follows the recent publication of the Creative Industries Council’s growth strategy, Create Together, which sets strategic goals for industry and government over the next five years including: a joined-up careers strategy to increase entrants in creative industries-related subjects studied in schools; to widen apprenticeships; to support access to the creative professions for diverse and geographically dispersed talent; as well as promote the use of Creative Skillset’s Hiive network across the industry to help progression and increase mentoring.

Sessions will focus on the potential impact of changes to access agreements within the EU single market on the UK’s creative workforce, with particular focus on the movement and retaining of skilled workers, and filling the public funding gaps for training schemes, higher education and SMEs.

Guest of Honour

Seetha Kumar

Chief Executive Officer, Creative Skillset

Guest of Honour

Seetha Kumar

Chief Executive Officer, Creative Skillset


John Nicolson MP

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport)


Julian Cobley

Managing Director, The Skills & Growth Company

Denise Proctor

Chief Executive Officer, Noise Festival

Clive Gillman

Director, Creative Industries, Creative Scotland

Sally Benton

Director of Policy and Research, Design Council

Morag Blazey

Chief Executive Officer, UK, Ebiquity

Dr Mark Dittmer-Odell

Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms, Confederation of British Industry

Emma de la Fosse

Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather Group UK

Dick Penny

Managing Director, Watershed Media Centre

Dr Jonathan Wardle

Director of Curriculum and Registrar, National Film and Television School

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Melanie Lane

Partner and Head of Employment Group, Olswang