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Introducing the UK-based CEP workshop associates

A team of Creative Enterprise Programme workshop associates were recently recruited to facilitate the Creative Enterprise Programme, a three-day capacity-building workshop for creative entrepreneurs around the world.

There are now ten independent UK-based associates to facilitate the core three-day workshop and also support our “local” associates in key British Council target regions. Local associates have already been recruited in East Africa, Egypt, Ukraine and West Africa.

Here, we are excited to introduce the UK-based associates.

Catherine Docherty

Catherine is an experienced researcher and consultant who has worked in the fields of design and innovation for over 20 years. She has worked with senior management in government, public sector and industry, and has directed and successfully delivered a range of national and international projects and publications, many of which are leading edge, relating to strategic aspects of design, innovation and sustainability.

Colum Lowe

Colum has spent 27 years in the creative industries in a variety of successful and challenging roles. His design and management expertise crosses over the disciplines of interiors, products, graphics and branding with experience in both public and private sectors from large national organisations to small private consultancies. Colum has led several leading London design agencies and has held senior positions at Sainsbury’s and the NHS.

Dee Halligan

Dee is a creative strategist and company director, running creative consultancy From Now On and education start-up FixEd. She has led creative and change projects with a portfolio of cultural and commercial sector clients including the National Trust, Glenfiddich Whisky and the Design Museum. She combines a deep understanding of strategic and design-led innovation with a strong belief in the importance of delivering social and cultural benefit, using her skills to advise values-led enterprises and organisations to shape change projects and build their creative capacity.

Fiona Myles

Fiona worked as a brand strategist at agencies like Elmwood, True North and Wolff Olins for over 12 years before founding Kin, an independent brand strategy and design company. Fiona has worked with the Design Council for over 10 years on design thinking and business growth mentoring programmes. With the British Council, she has worked on several international projects including naming and branding with True North, Aptis, a new English language exams product which launched in over 100 countries.

Gill Wildman

Gill is a strategic designer who has been working on innovation initiatives with corporates for over 20 years, and also through her agency Plot. Her work involves designing innovation labs and other forms of engagements to help them to work more effectively across the business, or exploring the affordances of new technologies. Her side project, Upstarter, isan incubation service for social and creative micro-businesses, which works in unconventional places with underserved audiences. Her purpose is to explore more collaborative, more humane, more participatory ways of both making new products or services and doing business. Past clients include BBC, Facebook, Microsoft, Oculus, and many tiny startups in the UK, EU and the US.

Megan Powell Vreeswijk

Megan delivers support and training programmes to new businesses as part of the Studio (Loughborough University's graduate commercialisation hub for creative and commercial start-ups) and manages its activities alongside promoting and securing opportunities for entrepreneurs, potential investors and partners. Megan has extensive business start-up and entrepreneurial experience in the creative sector and a strong background in design, product development, fashion & textiles and contour fashion.

Neil Gridley

Neil is an independent design and innovation consultant with over 20 years’ experience of working with organisations at all stages of growth. His focus is primarily on customer and user centred innovation and design – gaining customer and market insight and harnessing the insights to shape new products, services and brands that align with user needs and market opportunities. This is often delivered by facilitating organisations and groups to collaborate, align and co-create through the innovation process.

Philiy Irish-Page

Philiy is the founder of Creative Women International, a global supportive group offering training and networking for women across 27 countries. Philiy has also worked as an award winning photojournalist, an assistant producer and camerawoman for BBC documentaries, and a production manager for UK feature films. This wealth of professional experience has enabled her to mentor a variety of small international creative businesses as they start up, focusing on their longevity.

Siân Prime

Siân is Deputy Director for Goldsmiths’ Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE). She is Director of the MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship and helped develop Synapse, a service that is available to all students (and staff) at Goldsmith to develop entrepreneurial thinking and potential. She also teaches on the MA Social Entrepreneurship programme, as well as on Goldsmiths’ MSc Digital Entrepreneurship, MSc Management of Innovation and MA Prospects of Innovation courses, the MA Fashion and MA Design & Innovation based in Design.

Steve Lee

Steve helps organisations and communities use design to solve complex problems and to apply design thinking in a holistic, sustainable and human way. Clients include Nesta, NHS England, BBC, Samsung, UnitedHealth, Fedex and Transport for London. He continues to work internationally to understand and improve the lives of individuals through health, finance, transport, digital technology, education, the environment and social services.


Kimberley Ballantyne

Kimberley Ballantyne

Kimberley Ballantyne

Learning and Development Manager

Kimberley worked as the Learning and Development Manager.

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Georgina Innes

Georgina Innes

Georgina Innes

Learning Services Manager

Georgina worked in the Innovation Skills team as a Learning Services Manager.

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