Creative Industries’ Alliance

Our goal is to drive the representation and progression of diverse talent at all levels of the creative and cultural industries.

Working collaboratively we will use our shared insights and collective expertise to galvanise actionable change.

About

The Creative Industries’ Alliance is a growing professional network of diverse talent working right the way across the Creative and Cultural Industries. Established in 2018 by a core group of volunteers, we are a collaborative, empowering and supportive network dedicated to driving the representation and progression of diverse talent.

Achieving our Vision

Strategic Actions

Address the empathy gap

Address the empathy gap – to drive a genuine understanding of diverse audiences and workforce

Prioritise progression

Advocate for industry to prioritise the progression of diverse talent

Create a resource

Create a resource showcasing best practice

Steering Group

Nina Bhagwat – Chair

Head of Inclusion and Diversity – Warner Music

Nina believes she’s got the most interesting job in the world and feels incredibly fortunate to be working on an agenda she is so committed to. Starting her I&D career in TV and segueing into the Music Industry, she’s known for being a passionate advocate for talent. She remains a firm believer in our inherent desire and ability to connect and see the value of difference. Prior to joining Warner Music, Nina was Off Screen Diversity Executive at C4, where she was responsible for delivering the BAME lived experience focus groups’ project.

Brenda Emmanus OBE

Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent – BBC

Brenda works across the news outlets and presents documentaries for BBC2 and BBC4. She’s also Vice Chair of the staff network, BBC Embrace and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company.  A long-time champion of diversity, Brenda has been involved with a host of events and initiatives with the BBC, the National Theatre, The BFI, and The Art Fund. Brenda is a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts and a regular judge for the Stroke Association Creative Arts Awards and the Jack Petchey Foundation ‘Speak Out’ and ‘Glee’ youth competitions. She is a member of The Xchange, a network of diverse arts leaders.

Ian Vaughan

Head of Governance – Ofcom

With over 20 years’ experience in Communications regulation, Ian has led policy projects and conducted compliance investigations into organisations such as BT, EE and the BBC. Ian is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and is Ofcom’s ethnicity sponsor, leading diversity from an ethnicity angle. Prior to his role as ethnicity sponsor, Ian established and chaired Ofcom’s ethnic minority colleague network.

 

Maria St Louis

Agency Sales Manager – C4

Maria has worked in the Agency Sales department at Channel 4 Television since November 2003. Maria has a real desire to influence positive change regarding diversity in advertising (particularly for BAME representation), which has made her a real driving force within the 4Sales Diversity Taskforce and has prompted her to initiate Project Empress, which aims to educate diverse brands on the power of TV advertising. Maria is also the Chair of the C4 Collective, which is committed to creating positive change for BAME staff at C4.

Michelle Moon Lim

Independent I&D Consultant

With ten years’ experience as a D&I specialist, Michelle’s advised organisations ranging from children’s charities to global investment banks on employee engagement and best practice in the workplace. In 2017 Michelle began working on initiatives addressing discrimination within the screen industries. She conducted focus groups at BAFTA, drafted guidance on tackling bullying and harassment for the BFI, and commissioned compulsory unconscious bias training for all BIFA voters in 2018. Previously, Michelle worked on campaigns for sexual orientation equality at Stonewall. Michelle completed her Masters from SOAS.

Tsedenia Skitch

Diversity and Production Co-ordinator – Sky Scripted Comedy and Drama.

Overseeing the D&I strategy for content at Sky, Tsedenia looks after the growth of pre-existing diversity initiatives and spearheads new strategies to make Sky’s productions more inclusive. She chairs Sky’s Multiculture Network which celebrates different cultures whilst educating employees about them. Having developed a training plan to compel senior management to emotionally invest in the issues of BAME employees, Tsedenia facilitates Sky’s innovative training programme ‘Let’s Talk About Race’ which enables employees to feel more comfortable discussing issues of race. Tsedenia is also the production manager on ‘It’s All Blakademik’, an online platform designed to celebrate black people in academia.

Wincie Knight

Senior Director of Global Inclusion Strategies – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN).

Wincie is fiercely passionate about the notion of diversity being less about filling quotas and more about creating a sense of belonging. Knight holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck, University of London where she conducted research focused on BAME employees in media organisations. In addition, she recently completed an Executive Leadership Programme at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Executive Sponsors

Alec Boateng

Co Head of A&R

Atlantic Records UK

Alex Mahon

Chief Executive

Channel 4

Ben Roberts

Chief Executive Officer

BFI

Dame Carolyn McCall

Dame Carolyn McCall, DBE,

Chief Executive Officer

ITV

Gary Davey

CEO

Sky Studios

Karen Blackett OBE

WPP U.K Country Manager &
GroupM U.K CEO

WPP / Group M

Rob Neil OBE

Head of Culture Change – Transformation Division

DfE

Sharon White

Dame Sharon White, DBE

Stuart Murphy

Chief Executive Officer

ENO

Tim Davie

Chief Executive Office

BBC Studios

ABOUT

The Creative Industries’ Alliance is a growing professional network of diverse talent working right the way across the Creative and Cultural Industries. Established in 2018 by a core group of volunteers, we are a collaborative, empowering and supportive network dedicated to driving the representation and progression of diverse talent.