We are a small team based in London who work in collaboration with global colleagues and friends.
Beatrice Pembroke, Director
Beatrice Pembroke is Director, Creative Economy at the British Council, a network of pioneering people in a rapidly changing world. She works with creative practitioners, industry and academics to produce international collaborations, support talent and share powerful ideas. Live programmes include Playable City with Watershed in Brazil, Unbox Labs in India and FutureEverything in Russia.
She began her career in publishing at Simon and Schuster, then Index on Censorship, before moving on to the BBC and MTV. Along the way she got an MA in Literature and Culture from UCL.
Pablo Rossello, Programme Manager
Pablo has an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries from Kings College London and an MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics. He's been with the team since 2005, when he joined to support the development of the Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme. He now develops programmes around policy and urban development and cultural leadership, and overseas projects in the Americas and the Middle East.
Kay Henning, Global Programme Manager
Kay leads on cultural district developments introducing UK expertise to the commercial and cultural opportunities associated with cultural infrastructure developments around the globe. She previously worked as Projects Director and Head of Business Investment for South East Media Network and Screen South following on from her position as Director of Catalyst Media crafting initiatives supporting the development of the screen industries and cultural quarters across the UK.
Caroline Meaby, Global Programme Manager, YCE
Caroline joined the team in the summer of 2013 from the Edinburgh International Television Festival, where, as Talent Schemes Director, she ran some of the industry's leading development opportunities for up-and-coming TV executives and creatives. Before that, she was at the BBC, spending 10 years working in television production before moving into partnership management. As Global Programme Manager, Caroline oversees all YCE activity, working closely with overseas colleagues to strengthen the programme and develop further opportunities for growth.
Rebecca Shoesmith, Network Project Manager
Beccy has worked for the British Council since 2009, starting in the Arts team supporting the delivery of the pilot year of Cultural Leadership International. She has also worked in the Science and Education departments before joining the Creative Economy team in May 2011. She has a specific interest in entrepreneurship and the development of creative businesses, is a keen traveller and wants to learn Spanish. Her role focusses on building and maintaining an active network of YCE alumni, connecting creative entrepreneurs from across the globe. Beccy has a BSc in Business Management from King’s College London.
Erin Bunting, Programme Manager
Erin leads our creative economy work in East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), currently focusing on projects in Indonesia, Vietnam and the UAE. She joined the team in September 2013 having previously managed Camden Council’s Olympic and Paralympic Games programme. Erin has also developed economic development initiatives for the fashion, product design and jewellery sectors at the City Fringe Partnership and managed the business support programme at Cockpit Arts. She has an MSc in Urban Regeneration from the Bartlett, UCL and spends her free time cooking.
Lynsey Smith, Programme Manager
Lynsey leads our creative economy work in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining the team in October 2013, Lynsey was freelance Director of Creative Edinburgh, an organisation that brokers connection and collaboration opportunities while creating national opportunities for its creative community. Prior to working freelance, Lynsey ran Starter for 6, an enterprise training programme designed by NESTA and delivered it to creative entrepreneurs across Scotland. Lynsey also ran the Creative Entrepreneurs Club at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.
Alicia Stewart-Colvin, Programme Assistant
Alicia joined us at the beginning of 2014, by way of award winning advertising agency, Mother London. She has worked in the creative industries since graduating in 2011 and has developed campaigns for the not-for-profit, commercial, fashion and social engagement sectors, both in London and Amsterdam. She is passionate about travel and has spent a year in South East Asia, China and Tibet and undertaken community development work in Sri Lanka. Alicia holds a first in BA Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Jennifer Caira, Intern
Jennifer is our Creative Economy Intern and has been with the team since November 2013. She studied History of Art and Spanish at the University of St. Andrews, gaining a Distinction in spoken Spanish. Upon graduation, Jennifer moved to Tijuana, Mexico and gained work experience in fashion, teaching, and translation; whilst enjoying the rich artistic culture of Baja California. After returning to the UK, Jennifer worked as a supervisor for Assembly during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and had a brief stint in the children’s literature marketing team for Random House. She is endeavouring to learn Italian this year.
Come and work with us! We have a rolling programme of interns. To find out more contact us here.