The Culture24 board is comprised of a great mix of professionals. Read on to find out more about them.
Anna Rafferty (Chair) started her career at the start-up poster-child that was lastminute.com, moved to a digital agency (Dowcarter), went on to manage web projects at the V&A and for the past ten years was MD of Penguin Books Digital.
While there, she was responsible for Penguin’s websites, digital marketing, social media, digital publishing, apps, audio and new digital ventures. She stepped down following the arrival of her second baby in Summer 2013 and currently spends her time as Chair of Culture24, on various BAFTA committees and consulting for interesting companies, changing themselves and the world, in the arts, entertainment or charity sectors.
She’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of IADAS, a judge of many awards and at the mercy of two small, bellowing boys.
John Newbigin is a strategic consultant for the cultural industries. He is Chair of Creative England, and was previously Chair of the RSA network Screen England. Prior to that he was Head of Corporate Relations at Channel 4 Television and a special advisor to Chris Smith MP when he was Secretary of State for Culture.
He joined Channel 4 in January 2000 and previous jobs also include working for David Puttnam’s film company Enigma (1992-97) and as a Policy Advisor to Neil Kinnock (1986-92).
Adam Gee is Commissioning Editor – Cross-platform (Factual) at Channel 4 and is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of multiplatform interactive projects.
His productions have won over 50 international awards including a BAFTA, two RTS Awards, a Media Guardian Innovation Award, a Design Council Millennium Award and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & TV Festival. Adam has served on the Interactive and Television Committees of BAFTA, and is a voting member of the European Film Academy.
Michael Bedingfield is Director of Sales and Marketing for the Royal Automobile Club. He joined from the tourism industry, being Chief Executive of Tourism South East and previously, Marketing Director for VisitBritain, responsible for marketing Britain internationally, attracting over 32 million visitors each year.
Prior to VisitBritain he was Head of Brand Marketing at P&O Cruises and has held senior marketing posts in the travel and industry with Avis Europe and Thomas Cook.
Michael is passionate about culture, becoming a Trustee of the Brighton Dome and Festival in 2007.
Eddie Berg is an independent consultant specialising in film and digital arts. From 2005 -2014 he worked at the BFI, firstly as Director of BFI Southbank (leading the transformation of the venue) and then as Director of Partnerships where he was responsible for leading the BFI’s lottery investment in film exhibition, education and skills across the UK. Eddie is also the Founder and former Director of the £11m FACT Centre in Liverpool which opened to popular and critical acclaim in 2003.
He was part of the curatorial team for the 2002 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art; a judge for the 2004 Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists; was a member of the Alexander Korda Jury for the Best British Film at the 2006 BAFTA’s and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Hasan Bakhshi is Director, Creative Industries in NESTA’s Policy & Research Unit, where he leads NESTA’s creative industries and digital policy and research.
Prior to NESTA, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has eight years’ experience as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan has published widely in academic journals and policy publications on topics ranging from technological progress and economic growth to the economics of the creative and cultural sector.
He has also consulted for a number of organisations, including the European Commission, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the British Film Institute. Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Matt Locke is the founder of Storythings, a company established to experiment with new ways of telling stories. Prior to this he was Head of Multiplatform Commissioning at Channel 4 where he was responsible for running the Multiplatform Commissioning team with a £7m budget for multi-platform projects around some of Channel 4′s biggest brands, including Million Pound Drop, Skins, Misfits, Embarrassing Bodies and Big Brother.
From 2001-2007, Matt Locke was Head of Innovation for BBC New Media, where he ran a team responsible for developing internal and external innovation projects with the BBC’s content commissioning teams. He was one of the creators of the BBC’s Creative Archive project, and co-founded BBC Backstage and the BBC’s Innovation Labs.
Matt is a regular speaker at industry events and regularly writes for a number of publications and blogs, including Wired UK. He is on the Advisory Boards of the National Media Museum, The Edinburgh International TV Festival, The Children’s Media Conference and The Brighton Photo Biennial. He also sits on the BAFTA Children’s Committee and the BAFTA Learning & Events Committee.