John Newbigin is co-founder and first Chairman of Creative England (from 2011 to 2018), a public/private partnership that invests in creative content businesses ands digital technology.
As Special Advisor to the UK Minister for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, he was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He has written and talked extensively about the creative industries and worked with governments and public agencies around the world on creative economy policies.
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 EnigmaProductions Ltd (1992-97).
He was awarded an OBE for “services to creative industries and the arts” in the Queen’s 2015 New Years Honours List.