John Newbigin OBE

John Newbigin OBE

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As Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Culture, Rt. Hon Chris Smith MP, John was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television (2000-2005) and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the film company Enigma Productions Ltd (1992-97).  As a policy advisor to the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, Rt. Hon Neil Kinnock, MP, (1986-92) he had responsibility for environmental and cultural issues, amongst others.

John is a member of the UK government’s Creative Industries Council; Chairman of the British Council’s Advisory Group for Arts and Creative Economy; member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London; and of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Knowledge Exchange Oversight Group. He is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Johnā€™s extensive arts board experience includes being Founder and Chairman of Creative England Ltd, and a trustee of Battersea Arts Centre and the Whitechapel Gallery.

A youth worker in East London for 6 years and writer-in-residence for Common Stock Theatre, he has also worked as a journalist and as an illustrator.

John was awarded an OBE for services to creative industries and the arts in 2015. He studied at Cambridge University.

As Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Culture, Rt. Hon Chris Smith MP, John was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television (2000-2005) and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the […]

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