Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston has been named as board chair of the UK industry skills body Creative Skillset.
Johnston, who joined Creative Skillset in April 2016, takes over from Dinah Caine.
Caine had previously served as interim chair for the last 18 months and chief executive officer since 1992. She has agreed to stay on as a board member to help support the organization’s policy and lobbying work.
Johnston will join a variety of leading industry executives on the Creative Skillset board. Current board members include M. T. Rainey, deputy chair of Channel 4 and vice chair of Creative Skillset; David Abraham, chief executive of C4; Dinah Caine; Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive of Pinewood; Louise Grainger, equity representing Federation of Entertainment Unions; Alex Hope, MD of Double Negative; Sam Jukes-Adams, executive coach and senior TV production consultant; Bella Lambourne, HR and operations director of Endemol Shine UK; Mark Linsey, director of BBC Studios; Stephanie Mills, group financial controller of C4; Ian Livingstone, non-executive chairman of Sumo Digital; Stephen Page, CEO of Faber and Faber; Iain Smith of Applecross Productions; and John Woodward, MD of Arts Alliance.
Further board member announcements will be made in the coming months.
Johnston’s appointment comes at a time when the Creative Industries is one of five sectors headlining the UK government’s new industrial strategy and reflects Creative Skillset’s increasing focus on the UK screen-based Creative Industries.
Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent, from classroom to boardroom.
Johnston was appointed CEO of Endemol Shine UK in January 2015 having overseen the merger of the Endemol and Shine companies in the UK. He began his television career in 1996 as a financial controller for Endemol UK-owned prodco Bazal Productions before rising through the ranks to become head of business development, finance director, joint MD, chief financial officer and chief operating officer prior to the merger.
He is also an elected board member of the Pact Council, the organization responsible for representing the interests of UK independent producers.
Endemol Shine UK, the largest indie UK production company, is now comprised of a range of prodcos and labels together producing more than 2,000 hours of content per year, including Big Brother, Hunted, MasterChef, One Born Every Minute and The Island.
“Richard’s industry knowledge, experience and leadership will be incredibly valuable as Creative Skillset moves into its next phase,” said Creative Skillset CEO Seetha Kumar in a statement.
“The UK film, TV and related sectors are thriving but the need for a highly skilled workforce across the full breadth of the industry has never been more crucial,” added Johnston. “I am very much looking forward to working with board members, partners and policymakers to build and develop the fantastic work Creative Skillset has done to ensure that our industry continues to be the envy of the world.”