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Creative Access appoints new Chair of Board of Directors

Creative Access has today announced the appointment of Stephen Page as Chair of the Board of Directors

Set up in 2012, with a mission to change the face of the creative industries, the organisation has already made a huge impact. Creative Access has placed almost 2,000 candidates in paid 3 to 12 month roles, has supported more than 27,000 young people with employability skills and worked with over 500 different creative organisations.

Stephen has been Chief Executive of leading independent publisher, Faber & Faber, since 2001. He has held numerous other appointments including Member of the Creative Industries Council; Board Member of both Creative Skillset and the Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board; President and Council Member of Publishers Association; and Trustee of the Clore Leadership and of the Folio Prize. Stephen is a regular Speakers for Schools contributor, a campaigner for public libraries, mentor, and writes and speaks on the challenges facing publishers and the Creative Industries.

Commenting on his appointment, Stephen said: “Creative Access has played a vital part in helping creative organisations throughout the UK to begin transforming their workforce to better represent society. Josie Dobrin and her brilliant team have been terrific partners for us at Faber, expert in what they do, and I’m so thrilled to be able to join their Board and support them in the next phase of their vital work. The changes needed across the Creative Industries have only recently begun, and it is essential that this new momentum is continued, and I’m very proud to be taking up this role at Creative Access, who have been, and will continue to be, one of the key agents of change. ”

Saurabh Kakkar, Executive Producer, Comedy at Big Talk Productions and outgoing Chair of Creative Access said: “We are thrilled that Stephen has agreed to join our Board as Chair. With overwhelming industry support Creative Access has created a compelling and effective model that has brought under-represented talent into the creative sector and helped make those businesses fit for the future. We are sure Stephen will have a huge impact as we continue to grow and evolve, and support these talented young people and the organisations with which we work.”