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Creative Clusters 2007, London: Featured Speakers

Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

As Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism at DCMS, Margaret oversees Government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, creative industries including film and the music industry, licensing and the historic environment. The DCMS is also responsible for 2012 Olympic Games & Paralympic Games.

DCMS helps the UK creative industries thrive by raising their profile and supporting their development. Their vision is that the UK becomes the world’s creative hub.

Margaret has been Leader of the London Borough of Islington, Member of Parliament for Barking, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform. She spent two years as a consultant for Price Waterhouse. Before coming to DCMS, she was appointed Minister of State for Industry (at the Department of Trade & Industry) and the Regions.

Will Hutton – Chief Executive, The Work Foundation

Will Hutton, one of Britain’s leading commentators on British, European and international politics, is chief executive of The Work Foundation – an independent research based consultancy which is the most influential voice on work, workplace and employment issues in Britain. Earlier this year, Hutton oversaw a
major report for DCMS into the UK’s creative economy, and will be drawing upon some of its findings at this year’s conference.

Will began his career as a stockbroker and investment analyst, before working in BBC TV and radio. He spent four years as editor in chief of the Observer and Director of the cheap oakleys Guardian National Newspapers, and has written several best-selling economic books such as “The State We’re In” and “The World We’re In”. Will has been a member of the EU Reflection Group on the Spiritual and Cultural Dimension of Europe since 2003.

Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE – Director, Royal Institution of Great Britain

Baroness Greenfield is Director of the Royal Institution and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. Her books include “The Private Life of the Brain”, and “Tomorrow’s People: How 21st Century Technology Is Changing the Way We Think and Feel”.

Baroness Greenfield is one of science and creativity’s most influential and inspiring advocates. As she told the Guardian:

“What I would like to think is that I am opening [science] to sectors of society that previously thought it wasn’t for them… My dream for the Royal Institution is that people should go to it like they go to a cinema or concert or play. I want people to leave there after an event excited, frightened, worried, inspired, involved, and above all disagreeing with each other, like you would after a good play. Because once we have science talked about -and people thinking about it and in a sense owning it – then we have a chance.”

At Creative Clusters, Baroness Greenfield talks about how future generations may start to see the world very differently indeed. Today, the brains of young people are surrounded by new technology, computers are in daily use in education and visual media plays a part in all aspects of life. She reports on the latest thinking in this area, and elaborates on the issues this raises for media, education and cultural policy.

Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Deputy Chairman, Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority

Since January 2006, Mr Nusseibah has been Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority. He is directly involved in the implementation of a number of Abu Dhabi’s cultural programmes.

At Creative Clusters, Mr Nusseibah will discuss the development of Saadiyat Island, a Dhs.100 billion
(£13 billion GBP) mixed commercial, residential, and leisure project currently under construction off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat (meaning “Island of Happiness”) is expected to Oakley Sunglasses cheap become Abu Dhabi’s cultural centre. The district includes cultural venues designed by some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary architects – Frank Gehry is designing the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (to be the largest Guggenheim in the world); Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi; Tadao Ando, a new maritime museum; and Zaha Hadid, a new performing arts centre for the emirate.

Mr Nusseibah holds various board positions with educational institutions such as the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi and the Emirates National School. He is also the President of the Abu Dhabi Classical Concert Committee and founder member of the Al Ain Classical Music Festival.

Jude Kelly OBE – Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

Jude Kelly is responsible for creating a unified artistic vision for the whole 21-acre South Bank site. She has held a number of important positions in the world of arts and culture. She made her name as Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre in the 1980s establishing it as a national venue. In 1986, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company before becoming the first Artistic Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP) in Leeds. As Artistic Director and CEO of the country’s largest regional theatre, she established the WYP as an acknowledged centre of excellence.

Jude left the WYP in 2002 to establish a series of arts spaces called Metal, an artistic ‘laboratory’ that develops creative ideas in a number of contexts. In her career, she has directed over 100 productions with actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, Alan Rickman and Alison Steadman. Jude has recently directed On The Town with English National Opera, a revival of the successful 2005 production.

Jude Kelly was awarded an OBE for services to the theatre in 1997 and is Chair of Culture, Ceremonies and Education at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

Charles Landry, Director, COMEDIA

Charles founded COMEDIA, Europe’s leading cultural planning consultancy, in 1978. He is regarded as an international authority on city futures and the use of culture in city revitalization.

Charles helps cities reach their potential by triggering their imagination and thinking. Working closely with decision makers and local leaders and acting as a critical friend, he inspires, facilitates and stimulates so cities can transform for the better.

He has published several books, including ‘The Creative City: A toolkit for urban innovators’, which was published in 2000 to widespread acclaim. He was appointed as the ‘Thinker in Residence’ for Perth earlier this year.

Charles will be giving a keynote speech at Creative Clusters 2007.

Peter Hewitt – Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Peter Hewitt was appointed Chief Executive of Arts Council England in March 1998. Since then he has overseen a programme of major structural reform in the arts funding system; a substantial increase in government funding of the arts and a nationwide investment programme in the country’s capital infrastructure.

Peter was Chief Executive of Northern Arts from 1992 to 1997, where he played a leadership role in the step-change in that region’s cultural provision, incorporating Visual Arts UK 1996, Angel of the North, the Baltic and subsequently SAGE Gateshead.

Peter has also worked in local government, the health service and the independent arts sector, starting his career with the pioneering community arts organisations, Inter-Action, in London’s Kentish Town in the mid seventies.

Finbar Ryan, Director of Culture, Ministry of Community Development, Culture & Gender Affairs, Trinidad & Tobago

As Director of Culture, Finbar advises the Trinidad & Tobago Government on cultural policy formation and on the development and promotion of cultural artforms.

Finbar is dedicated to the preservation of traditional carnival and folklore characters, and the rich cultural heritage, of Trinidad & Tobago.

At Creative Clusters, Finbar will elaborate on the spin-off industries from the Trinidad Carnival, which create employment in the cultural sector along with the social and economic impact it has on the lives of artists in Trinidad and Tobago.

Tony Hall CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House

Tony Hall became Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House in April 2001. He set up ROH2, a department devoted to supporting new artists, and developing new audiences. He has set up new initiatives to widen access to the Opera House – including big screen
relays out of London, Paul Hamlyn weekends, and other low price schemes.

At Creative Clusters, Tony will take part in a session looking at the West End of London, which has evolved to be one of the most vibrant cultural clusters in the world. But should this process of natural growth be trusted to continue to deliver, or should West End cultural enterprises now be banding together to improve their locale?

Until 2001, Tony was Chief Executive BBC News; he launched Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24, BBC News Online and BBC Parliament. He is Chair of the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, and Chair of the Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural Industries. He also chairs the Music and Dance Scheme Advisory Board, and is currently leading a Dance Review for the Dfes. He is a member of the Management Committee of the
Clore Leadership Programme, and a non-executive Director of Channel 4 Television. He is also on the Culture and Creative Advisory Forum panel for the DCMS.

Keith Khan, Head of Culture, London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Keith is responsible for the shaping and implementation of the Cultural Olympiad, which will include UK-wide activities and initiatives from a wide cultural remit.

At Creative Clusters Keith will demonstrate how culture and education will be a central component of the UK’s Olympic project, discussing the current plans for the Cultural Olympiad, and the long-term creative and cultural impact of the Games.

Keith’s career has been eclectic. A member of Arts Council England’s National Council, Keith began his career producing costumes for the Notting Hill and Trinidad Carnivals. He produced the Millennium Dome’s opening ceremony and was Director of Design Ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games 2002. He is co-founder of award-winning arts organisation, motiroti. Keith was Artistic Director for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and Chief Executive of Rich Mix.

Eddie Berg, Artistic Director, BFI Southbank

Eddie will be talking about a major new landmark art cinema complex for a site next to Hungerford Bridge on London’s South Bank. This is possibly one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in London, and its redevelopment has been controversial for some time.

BFI Southbank opened in March 2007. Eddie led the £6.2m redevelopment of the former Museum of the Moving Image site which now includes a state-of-the-art Mediatheque, Gallery and Studio cinema alongside the spaces formerly known as the National Film Theatre. Eddie is also contributing to the BFI’s vision to develop a purpose-built international centre for film and moving image culture in London for 2012.

Selma Prodanovic, Founder and Chief Networking Officer, Brainswork Group

Selma is a specialist in strategic marketing and networking. At Creative Clusters, she will address sustainable luxury – the ultimate new luxury experience – as a key to success for regional creatives worldwide.

Selma worked in the creative industries in a dozen markets before setting up the Brainswork Group in Vienna. Clients have included Ukrainian start-ups, Brazilian consultants and communities in war-torn Bosnia eager to foster development based on diversity and creativity.

The Brainswork Group envisions the whole world, 7 billion brains, crossing the borders of conventional business and working together for innovative improvement and sustainable progress, by connecting diverging visions such as the luxury industry and sustainable development. Selma is a former Vice President of the Austrian Creative Industries Platform, founder of Creative Europe, and co-initiator of Creative Croatia.

Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, The Guardian

Larry Elliott has been at the Guardian for over 17 years, and the newspaper’s economics editor for the past 11. He recently co-authored the book ‘Fantasy Island’ with Dan Atkinson, which criticises Tony Blair’s legacy and the concept of the UK’s “creative economy”.

At Creative Clusters, Larry will take part in a debate that asks whether we are moving into a golden age of creativity, or whether we are over-using the idea of creativity, making it hyped and hackneyed.

Outside of the Guardian, Larry is on the editorial board of Catalyst, a council member of the Overseas Development Institute and a visiting fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

Hans Monderman – Consultant, Keuning Institute

Hans Monderman is the ‘Father of Shared Space’: a revolutionary approach to the design and culture of urban streets. Shared Space has been called ‘designing for negotiation’. The goal is to make users more conspicuous and predictable, empowering them to cooperate with each another. In a Shared Space environment, most signs and road markings are removed, and the responsibility for negotiating a safe passage lies with individual drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, all of whom have parity of status.

Hans Monderman is a traffic engineer by background, now working at the Keuning Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands.

At Creative Clusters, Hans will take part in a seminar about the transformation of public space which will bring cultural practitioners, urban planners and economic development people into a conversation about the role of culture in improving the liveability of city streets.

Councillor Daniel Moylan – Deputy Leader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council

Daniel Moylan has been a Conservative Councillor, representing Queen’s Gate ward, on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council since 1990. In May 2003, he became Cabinet Member for Planning Policy and Transportation. This allowed him to develop his interest in promoting outstanding streetscape design and the enhancement of the public realm.

Daniel Moylan is interested in recapturing London’s reputation for outstanding, classical streetscape design; he wants to create barrier-free environments and to experiment with the interaction between design and behaviour in the public realm, to see if design can encourage decorous conduct and responsible autonomy amongst road users; he believes that what he calls the “regulation safety culture” is the major practical brake on streetscape improvement in Britain.

Daniel is also a member of the Local Government Association Regeneration and Transport Board.

Sir Simon Milton – Leader of Westminster City Council

Under Simon’s leadership, Westminster City Council has four times in succession been judged in the ‘Excellent’ (or 4 Star) category by the Audit Commission.

Simon is also Chairman of the Local Government Association, following his election to the role on 3 July 2007. The LGA represents councils across the country that spend £85 billion of taxpayers’ money per year and employ around 1.6 million people. His role as Chairman follows his work at the LGA as Deputy Chairman and Chair of their Improvement Board.

In addition to his Westminster and LGA responsibilities, Simon is a Board Member of the Local Government Leadership Centre, a non-Executive Director of the Energy Saving Trust and a Director of the Institute of Urban Information. Simon received a knighthood for services to Local Government in the New Year’s Honours list in January 2006.

Rob Whiteman – Chief Executive, The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Rob Whiteman joined LB Barking & Dagenham as Chief Executive in January 2005. Since then he has set ambitious targets for the area. Barking and Dagenham has considerable regeneration opportunities under Thames Gateway which are much needed to address issues of social deprivation and community cohesion.

Graduating in Economics and Government from the University of Essex, Rob started his management career at WH Smith plc before moving into the public sector. An accountant, Rob has held several leading advisor roles on local government finance. A period at the London Borough of Camden’s Finance Department was followed at the London Borough of Lewisham as Deputy Chief Executive.

Rob has recently chaired the CIPFA review, sponsored by HMT and DTI on local authority infrastructure assets. He is a regular speaker and writer on public services modernization, for example in relation to techniques of customer focused leadership.

Dr Beatriz Garcia – Director of Impacts 08: The Liverpool Model

Beatriz is a researcher in cultural policy and event-led urban regeneration and has developed a model for the longitudinal assessment of the cultural impact and legacy of regeneration initiatives. As Director of Impacts 08, Beatriz is researching the impact of Liverpool becoming European Capital of Culture.

Recent projects directed by Beatriz assess the legacy of cultural programming within major events such as the Olympic Games (Barcelona 1992 onwards), the Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002) and the European Union Capital of Culture (Glasgow 1990 and Liverpool 2008).

She has been funded by the British Academy, the IOC-Olympic Museum and the International Olympic Academy and has acted as academic advisor to the London 2012 Culture and Education team since the bid stage and is co-Editor of the ‘Culture @ the Olympics’ magazine.

At Creative Clusters 2007, Beatriz will be contributing to the Cultural Impact of the Olympics
event on Friday 9th November.