Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015

The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards recognise those who have demonstrated a commitment to passing on skills and improving routes into work for young people.

Tickets for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards have now SOLD OUT.

Shortlist for sector-specific awards

Six sector-specific awards will recognise individuals who have shown an outstanding commitment to passing on and developing creative skills, and who make a difference to the lives of young people entering the creative industries. 

Music Skills Award

Kevin Harding, Academy of Music & Sound
Morna Cook, Universal Music
Rachel Haughey, Youth Production Network

Craft Skills Award

Alan Jones, Pembrokeshire Thatch & Carpentry Services
Imogen Gray, Cockpit Arts
Wendy Shorter, Wendy Shorter Interiors

Design Skills Award

Charlie Rohan, NCR
Chris Hunt, Scotland Re: Designed

Cultural Heritage Skills Award

Laurie Lambeth, Lambeth Stonework
Mags Walters, Coleg Sir Gâr

Jewellery Skills Award

Anne Graham, Glasgow Clyde College
Brian Hill, The Goldsmiths Company
Peter Taylor, The Goldsmiths Company

Theatre Skills Award

Geoffrey Joyce,  Association of British Theatre Technicians
Philip Crawford, The Lyric Theatre
John Young & Stuart Graham & Zoë Briggs, Ambassador Theatre Group
Nolan Pearce, City College Plymouth

Shortlist for Training Provider of the Year Award

The Training Provider of the Year Award will celebrate a business or education institution which has demonstrated an innovative approach to developing creative talent.

Dawn McManus, Red Dreams
Ines Tercio, Phakama
Katie Smith, Impact Arts (Projects) Ltd
Nicola Thompson, National Museums Northern Ireland
Sevra Davis, RSA
Martin Hunt, Wales Millennium Centre

Shortlist for Apprentice of the Year Award and Intern of the Year Award

The Apprentice of the Year Award and Intern of the Year Award are particularly prestigious honours. The awards will recognise two young people from across the creative sector who have demonstrated the ambition and talent to make a real difference in his or her workplace.  

Intern of the Year

Blanca Munoz, Co-LAB
Emilia Sutherland Netto De Oliviera, Nicola Hurst
Ian Tang, Urban Development
Jade Poole, Exim Dance Company
Sophie Inkster, Yorkshire Dance

Apprentice of the Year

Alex Flame, PF Events
Hannah Steele & Eli Bligh-Briggs, London Transport Museum
Richard Edgson, The Broadway Theatre at Barking & Dagenham College
Rob Brumfitt, North Pennines
Sophie Sutherland, Bait

Award ceremony

The judges of the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards are:

Please note that the judging panel is subject to change at any point.

Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 4 March 2015 at The Backstage Centre, Thurrock’s world-class training and rehearsal facility for the live events industries. Tickets have now sold out.

The evening will commence at 6pm and is due to finish by 9.45pm . The dress code is smart elegant.

Find your way to the awards


The Backstage Centre
High House Production Park
Vellacott Close
Essex RM19 1RJ

By train

The nearest railway station is Purfleet, on the C2C line from London Fenchurch Street.

Trains usually run approximately every 30 minutes. For more information on train times, visit the C2C website or National Rail Enquiries.

Free station and hotel coach service

Take advantage of our free coach service for the awards. Please note, coach seats are allocated on first come, first served basis. Pre-bookings will not be accepted. 

We will be providing a shuttle bus service to and from The Backstage Centre, Purfleet Station and the Premier Inns in West Thurrock and East Thurrock. The shuttle will run at the following times only on 4 March:

If you would rather do the final leg by taxi, please note that taxis should be booked in advance as there is no taxi rank at the station.

Z Carz Express: 01375 383236

The Backstage Centre is about a 15-minute walk from Purfleet Station.

By road

Take the Purfleet Bypass exit at Stonehouse Corner Roundabout, and take the first left towards Carpetright.

Keep left until you reach the car park between the Royal Opera House production workshop and The Backstage Centre.

For satnav, use the postcode RM19 1TT.

Annual conference

The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards will take place the day before a major conference event at The Backstage Centre which will bring together over 500 leaders from across the creative industries and the education sector.

Tickets are on sale now for Building a Creative Nation: The Next Decade.

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