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Top leaders from the creative and cultural industries have pledged a major commitment to addressing skills issues.

An unrivalled group of industry professionals joined the Board of Creative & Cultural skills as the organisation launched its bid to become the Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural industries.

Addressing Ministers and leading industry representatives at the launch of the bid this evening (09/12/04) at the Royal Opera House, Tony Hall, the organisation’s chair said:

“I have been bowled over by the incredible response I’ve received from this fantastic group of industry professionals. Each of them is totally committed to tackling the skills issues our sector faces. They are setting an important example to everyone in the industry by pledging their support.”

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) agree sector priorities and targets with employers and partners to reduce skills gaps and shortages; improve productivity, business and public service performance; increase opportunities to boost the skills and productivity of everyone in the sector’s workforce; and improve learning supply. The SSC for the Creative and Cultural industries will incorporate Advertising; Crafts; Cultural Heritage; Design; Music; Performing, Literary and Visual Arts and possibly Publishing.

The Board members of Creative & Cultural Skills currently include:

Tony Hall (chair), chief executive, Royal Opera House
Catie Callendar, managing director, Clear Channel Entertainment (Theatre)
Roy Clare, director, the National Maritime Museum
Jayne Glaister, director of Arts, Heritage and Leisure at City, Bradford MDC
Judith Isherwood, chief executive, the Wales Millennium Centre
David Kershaw, partner, M&C Saatchi
Eric Nicoli, chair, EMI Group Plc
Christine Payne, head of Theatre & Variety, Equity
Fiona Reynolds, director general, National Trust
Daniel Taylor, managing director, Metro Design Consultants
Karen Turner, Acting Director, Crafts Council
Alison Wenham, chair and chief executive, the Association of Independent Music Ltd
David Worthington, managing director, the Conran Design Group.

“The future of this country is not call-centres – but its creativity”, said Tony Hall. “All of us are on a crusade to make a difference to people’s skills.”

Other board members will be announced shortly for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Notes to editors
Biographies of board members are available at

For interviews with Tony Hall, chair of Creative & Cultural Skills and/or Tom Bewick, the organisation’s chief executive call Emily Penny on 020 7089 5865 or email

About Creative & Cultural Skills
Creative & Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council in development for the Creative and Cultural Industries – incorporating Advertising; Crafts; Cultural Heritage; Design; Music; Performing, Literary and Visual Arts and possibly Publishing. It was formed in May 2004, following the successful submission of an Expression of Interest to the Sector Skills Development Agency, which was supported by over 800 employers and stakeholders from the sector.

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and the Skills for Business Network
The Skills for Business Network currently comprises 20 Sector Skills Councils – which are licensed or recommended for licence by the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) – and five further SSCs in development.

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