National Conference

Our next National Conference will be held on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at The Lowry, Salford. As promised, we are taking the conference on the road and we’ll be located in the fantastic gallery and theatre complex in Salford Quays, overlooking Media City. The programme is being put together now, so if you would like to be involved, please get in touch.

Tickets will available to purchase soon – watch this space for more details!

National Conference 2017

Our conference was a day of debate, discussion, workshops and networking, and a chance for attendees to be the first to hear about the exciting developments happening in the creative industries.

Download our full programme to see the list of speakers and breakout sessions we had!

"An interesting and information-rich event, celebrating successes and putting young people at the heart of the programme through participation and contributing."

This year our conference was on the theme 'Building a Creative Nation: Diversity and Fair Access', which examined the state of diversity, fair access and recruitment practices in the creative industries, assessing the effect of new vocational employment initiatives such as apprenticeships and technical courses.

We also offered special workshops for apprentices and interns, to learn and network with the industry.

We really believe that this is the most important event of the year for the sector, featuring leaders from government, industry and education as we champion the success of getting young people into work and training!

Keep checking back on this page to find out information for next years conference.

Thank you to our Sponsors

London South Bank UniversityWhite Light UK Music SQA Arts Award Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation BECTU 

Our Speakers

  • Lord Tony Hall, BBC
  • Sarah Weir, Roundhouse
  • Tom Watson MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
  • Althea Efunshile, National College Creative Industries
  • Marcus Davey, Roundhouse
  • Kenneth Tharp, formerly The Place
  • Yvonne Kelly, Barking & Dagenham College
  • Rainer Pagel, Production Services Ireland
  • Catherine Large, Ofqual
  • Dan Simons, Skills Funding Agency
  • Melanie Abrahams, Renaissance One and Tilt
  • Simon Dancey and Sarah MacShane, British Council
  • Shonagh Manson, Jerwood Charitable Foundation
  • Lib Fox, Michael Sheehy and Emma Reeve, Colchester + Ipswich Museums
  • Tony Heaton, Shape Arts
  • Jane Button, National College Creative Industries
  • Philip Hedley, Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • Linda Brooklyn, Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Kath Geraghty, National Theatre
  • John Young, John Young Creative Industries
  • Dhikshana Pering and Sarah Moreno, London Transport Museum
  • Emrys Green, Digital & Arts 
  • Robin Millar, Music Producer
  • Darren Foley, Brand and Design Consultant
  • Andrea Stark, FutureLondon
  • Joanna Abeyie, Hyden, SThree PLC

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