PA and Pearson join Creative Industries Trade Advisory Group

PA and Pearson join Creative Industries Trade Advisory Group

The Publishers Association and Pearson are to sit in on the Creative Industries Trade Advisory Group, to assist in steering "ongoing and upcoming trade negotiations" in the UK. 

The organisations will be represented by Dan Conway, director of external affairs at the PA, and Rod Bristow, president of Pearson.

The Trade Advisory Groups were established earlier this year, in order to meet the requirements of the Department for International Trade's (DIT) trade negotiations, with other groups covering transport services, life sciences, agriculture and food and financial services. Each meeting will be chaired by a relevant member of the DTI. 

Conway said: “I am delighted that the Publishers Association is represented on the government’s Creative Industries Trade Advisory Group. As the UK negotiates new trading arrangements with global partners, it is imperative that the voice of publishing is heard loud and clear. We are a sector which has made a huge success of reaching international markets and in doing so have helped share British cultural, educational, and academic ideas all around the world. I hope that through the publishing representation on the TAG we can support the development of global trading frameworks which maximise the opportunities for publishers and their authors, as well as for the full complement of the country’s invaluable creative industries sectors.”

The groups will meet a minimum of three times a year, to cover key areas that are vital to the British economy. Alongside Conway and Bristow, he full list of  members of the Creative Industries group includes:

Konrad Sheck, strategic policy advisor at Advertisers Association 
Helen Keefe, head of international policy at BBC 
Geoff Taylor, c.e.o. at BPI and Member of Creative Industries Council
Chester King, c.e.o. at British Esports Association 
Khalid Hadadi, European affairs manager at Channel 4 
Caroline Julian, director of policy at Creative Industries Federation 
Andrew Smith, corporate affairs Director at Pinewood
Tim Vine, director of UK and international public affairs at Premier league  
Richard Constant, general counsel at UK Music 
Ted Shapiro, partner of Wiggin LLP