The vision of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) is to provide independent research and authoritative recommendations that aid the development of policies for the UK's creative industries, contributing to their continued success.

The Centre provides a step-change for three main stakeholders – industry, policymakers and the wider research community – in the quality of evidence for the creative industries, tasking some of the best researchers across the UK with answering some of the most pressing questions about the sector.

Since its inception in 2018, the PEC (hosted by Nesta) has established itself as a UK centre of excellence for research and evidence to inform creative industries policy. Building on Nesta’s long history of evidencing the value of the creative industries, it has become the go-to place for policymakers working in the sector and provides a vital bridge between academia, policy and industry.

In May 2022, the AHRC, part of UK Research and Innovation, announced its intention to continue funding for the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) for a further five years. As such, it issued a call for expressions of interest for research organisations and independent research organisations that are interested in hosting the PEC and its core team from June 2023 for a further five-year period.

Nesta has been a proud host of the PEC since 2018. The new Nesta strategy sees a focus on three core innovation missions. As such Nesta is supporting the AHRC wholeheartedly in its search for a new host for the PEC, and we look forward to the PEC continuing its essential work in bridging academic research and policymaking for the creative industries.

Read more on the expressions of interest process.

Find out more about the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre.

Want to find out more about the PEC?

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Team

Alice Kent

Alice Kent

Alice Kent

Communications Manager

Alice is Communications Manager (job share) for the PEC.

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Simon Budgen

Simon Budgen

Simon Budgen

Centre Manager

Simon has been Centre Manager for the Policy & Evidence Centre since the summer of 2021.

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Duncan Todd

Duncan Todd

Duncan Todd

Finance and Administration Manager

Duncan is the Finance and Administration Manager at the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre.

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Benjamin Kulka

Benjamin Kulka

Benjamin Kulka

Policy and Research Manager

Benjamin is the Policy and Research Manager. He works on creative industries policy research, R&D and innovation, as well as on the skills requirements and the geography of the sector.

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Makena Guantai Day

Makena Guantai Day

Makena Guantai Day

Executive Assistant to Director of PEC

Makena joins Nesta as the Executive Assistant to the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre.

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Tom Cahill-Jones

Tom Cahill-Jones

Tom Cahill-Jones

Partnerships Manager

Tom is the Partnerships Manager for the PEC, he is always ready to have a conversation about creativity and innovation.

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Anna Zabow

Anna Zabow

Anna Zabow

Communications Manager

Anna is the Communications Manager for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC).

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Hasan Bakhshi

Hasan Bakhshi

Hasan Bakhshi

Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

Hasan oversees Nesta's creative economy policy, research and practical work.

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Eliza Easton

Eliza Easton

Eliza Easton

Head of Policy Unit

Eliza works with economists and data scientists to analyse and develop policies for the creative economy, and then with policy-makers to see them enacted.

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Billy Beckett

Billy Beckett

Billy Beckett

Policy Communications Officer

Billy is the PEC's Policy Communications Officer.

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