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Creative Access appoints new Non-Executive Directors

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors to the Creative Access Board.

The two new Non-Executive Directors are Zoé Whitley, Director of the Chisenhale Gallery and Ameet Shah, a Strategy Director and Management Consultant. In addition, two new members have been appointed to the Creative Access Advisory Board; Joseph Harker, Deputy Editor, Opinion, The Guardian; and Tommy Nagra, Director of Content, BBC Children in Need.

Zoé is Director of the Chisenhale Gallery in the East-End of London. She’s a former Senior Curator at the Hayward Gallery and Curator of International Art at Tate Modern. Commenting on her appointment to the Creative Access Board she said:

“Thinking about my own career in the arts, I’m struck how much it depended on a combination of hard work, generous mentors and luck. Luck is one aspect that Creative Access is thankfully removing from the equation for the next generation of individuals working in the creative industries; I want to do all I can so that our future landscape of creative leadership is sustainable, equitable and inclusive.”

Ameet Shah is a Senior Business Consultant, most recently Strategy Director at BT Group. He brings a wealth of experience to Creative Access through both his commercial and charitable activities. He says:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the Board of Creative Access.  I love the work that we do.  The mission to give talent from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to succeed helps further the goals of both diversity and meritocracy.  It helps both the people from diverse communities and the organisations that they join.  I am honoured to be part of the team to push Creative Access forward.”

Commenting on the new appointments, Stephen Page, Chair of Creative Access said:

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Zoé and Ameet to our Board. Creative Access has grown rapidly in both its work and its influence over the past few years. It’s extremely exciting to add two such brilliant and skilled people to the organisation as we seek to grow our impact over the coming years, and to create the urgent change required to representation at all levels of the creative industries and culture sector.”

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 roles, has supported more than 35,000 young people with employability skills and worked with over 600 different creative organisations.