Judging panel announced for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2019

 15 January 2019

The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards shine a light on the unsung heroes of the creative industries.

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The judging panel for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2019 has been announced today.

This panel of creative professionals come from various industries including theatre, music, heritage and creative education. They will be judging nominations on a variety of criteria, including their innovation, imagination and commitment to nurturing the future generation of talent.

Creative & Cultural Skills CEO Simon Dancey said, “We are delighted to have a range of experts from across the creative industries joining the judging panel for this year’s awards. Both individually and collectively they have a wealth of expertise in skill development and learning in the cultural sector.”

The panel consists of:

Cassie spent years working in publishing before becoming Director of Media and Stakeholder Relations for Arts Council England. She later moved to UK Theatre. In her role she supports members to become even more resilient and relevant in the future. This includes advocacy to Government and others, a training and events programme, and data collection and research.

Paul’s career has spanned Special Education, Schools, Further Education and Higher Education, as a teacher and leader. For the past decade he has been involved in leading and developing policy and supporting the implementation of Professional Standards, teaching improvement and workforce development across Further and Higher Education. 

Kath spent the early part of her career working in technical theatre before moving into the world of apprenticeships with the National Theatre. Not only is she the Workforce Development Manager but she is a member of the Institute for Apprenticeships’ Creative and Design Route Panel which reviews and approves apprenticeship standards and assessment plans.

  • Ahmet Ahmet, Director of Outreach and Education, The Stage

Ahmet is currently Director of Outreach and Education for The Stage Newspaper. He is also an Acting Tutor on the Foundation Musical Theatre programme and a guest director on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme at Trinity Laban. He lectures at Goldsmiths University.

Susan Edwards has decades of experience in archiving and has served as the Glamorgan Archivist for over 20 years. The Archives has achieved the Welsh Strategic Leadership Award, has bronze level Investors in People recognition and a thriving volunteer and skill sharing programme.

Charlotte Dryden was one of the first official workers of the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast. Their programmes focus on talent development, promotion and celebration, industry mentoring, youth development and community outreach. She has a background in leadership, music programming, event management, working with not-for-profit organisations, fundraising and music media.

This year’s awards are made up of six categories:

  • Training Provider of the Year Award
  • Creative Choices Award
  • Intern of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Employer of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year

Nominations are open until 25 January and winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Cardiff on 1 April.


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