Creative Access has hired ex-BBC journalist and leading diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, Elonka Soros, into the newly created role of Development Director, working alongside CEO and founder, Josie Dobrin.
The new role will play a key part in the delivery of Creative Access’s mission to make creative organisations more accessible and inclusive and enable people from communities that are under-represented to access, progress and reach leadership in creative roles.
Elonka has a three decade career in the creative sector spanning advertising, publishing, broadcast journalism, multimedia content production, DE&I consultancy and training. She works extensively in Europe with cultural and creative institutions and brings global perspectives and best practice to her work with Creative Access. Elonka has worked with Creative Access as a consultant for 4 years designing and delivering action plans and training sessions that have helped employers in the creative sector move from words to action on diversity equity and inclusion. Prior to Creative Access, Elonka was a BBC journalist, programme maker and special advisor to Tony Hall, the then Director General of the BBC, where she lead the actions to kick start the corporation’s DE&I activities.
“Elonka is one of the leading DE&I experts in the creative sector and we are thrilled to have her take on this new role of Development Director. DE&I is a constantly evolving and complex space and as we look to the next 10 years of Creative Access, Elonka will play a critical role not only in shaping our own future strategy but continuing to work in close partnership with our clients in the C-suite to make their own organisations more accessible, representative and inclusive,” says Josie Dobrin, CEO and founder, Creative Access.
“There are many organisations that speak of shifting the dial on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the UK’s creative and cultural sectors but none has the impact of Creative Access. The #morethanwords campaign sums up Creative Access’s practical and action focused approach that is yielding results for individual careers and supporting employer partner aspirations to build sustainable, inclusive cultures and outputs. I am excited to take on this new role alongside Josie and the team, to help shape the next 10 years of Creative Access in its continuing mission towards the day when the creative industries reflect society,” says Elonka Soros, Development Director, Creative Access.