Stephen Page, chief executive of Faber & Faber, has been appointed the new chair of the board of directors for Creative Access. He succeeds outgoing chair Saurabh Kakkar, executive producer, Comedy at Big Talk Productions.
Page said Creative Access, which facilitates access to the creative industries for those from under-represented communities, had played a "vital" role in helping organisations in the UK to begin transforming their workforce to better represent society, but it was "essential" this momentum continued.
Since it was set up in 2012, Creative Access has placed almost 2,000 candidates in paid three to 12 month roles, has supported more than 27,000 young people with employability skills, and worked with over 500 different creative organisations.
In addition to his role as chief executive of Faber & Faber, a position he has held since 2001, Page has also been a member of the Creative Industries Council, a board member of both Creative Skillset and the Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board, president and council member of the Publishers Association, and trustee of the Clore Leadership Fellowship and of the Folio Prize. He is also a regular Speakers for Schools contributor, a campaigner for public libraries, mentor, and writes and speaks on the challenges facing publishers and the creative industries.
"Creative Access has played a vital part in helping creative organisations throughout the UK to begin transforming their workforce to better represent society," said Page. "Josie Dobrin and her brilliant team have been terrific partners for us at Faber, expert in what they do, and I’m so thrilled to be able to join their board and support them in the next phase of their vital work. The changes needed across the creative industries have only recently begun, and it is essential that this new momentum is continued, and I’m very proud to be taking up this role at Creative Access, who have been, and will continue to be, one of the key agents of change. ”
Outgoing chair Kakkar added: "We are thrilled that Stephen has agreed to join our board as chair. With overwhelming industry support Creative Access has created a compelling and effective model that has brought under-represented talent into the creative sector and helped make those businesses fit for the future. We are sure Stephen will have a huge impact as we continue to grow and evolve, and support these talented young people and the organisations with which we work."