Creative Industries Advisory Group


The Creative Industries Advisory Group was established in January 2017 to advise Scottish Ministers on how to support and grow Scotland's creative industries sector.


The purpose of the Creative Industries Advisory Group is to:

  • provide a strategic forum enabling the diverse range of sub-sectors across the creative industries to engage with each other and with the Scottish Government in a more effective and joined up way, and discuss issues of strategic relevance to the whole industry

  • provide the creative industries with a collective voice to highlight to the Scottish Government, and other stakeholders, what strategic support is required to help the creative industry sector in Scotland to reach its full potential, and ways in which the creative and cultural industries can support economic growth

  • identify and instigate industry led approaches to boosting the growth and competitiveness of the creative industries with the Scottish Government facilitating and removing barriers where appropriate

  • enhance collaboration between the public sector and the creative industries to enable creative ideas, creative people and creative businesses to emerge and flourish

Terms of reference

Scottish Government will provide the secretariat for the Advisory Group.

The Group will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and Major Events alongside an industry co-chair. The Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy will also be a member.

The Advisory Group will meet approximately once every six months.

Participants are encouraged to have free and frank discussions. The group will therefore operate under Chatham House rules.

A summary of the discussions and action points will be published on the Scottish Government website after the contents have been agreed by the participants.

Any public communication by an individual member or group of members regarding the group's discussion and activities should be shared in advance with the Secretariat and other members.

Short life task groups may be established to deliver on a specific piece(s) of work as identified by the group.

Membership is on a voluntary, non-remunerated basis.

Members are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. Membership of the group will be reviewed regularly to ensure it is focused and concise.


Scottish Government:

  • Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture
  • Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

Creative industries:

  • Brian Coane, The Leith Agency / Institute of Advertising Practitioners Scotland (and co-chair of the Creative Industries Advisory Group)
  • Toby Webster, The Modern Institute
  • Carol Sinclair, Carol Sinclair Ceramics
  • Lorna Macaulay, The Harris Tweed Authority
  • Chris Hunt, freelance creative
  • Janice Kirkpatrick, Graven
  • Lucy Mason, National Theatre of Scotland
  • Dougal Perman, Scottish Music Industry Association
  • David Eustace, Photographer and Chancellor of Napier University
  • Colin Anderson, Denki
  • Cameron Fraser, Ko Lik Animated Films
  • Pamela Tulloch, Scottish Library and Information Council
  • Sarah Cameron, Senscot
  • Jane Muirhead, Raise the Roof Productions
  • Jenny Todd, Former Publisher Canongate Books and Penguin, and Publishing Consultant
  • Alex Smith, XpoNorth
  • Simon Cotton, Johnstons of Elgin
  • Rachael Brown, Cultural Enterprise Office
  • Philip Hannay, Cloch Solicitors
  • Richard Scott, Axis Animation
  • Jacqueline Donachie, artist, Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Scottish Government staff:

  • Jonathan Pryce, Director for Culture, Tourism and Major Events
  • Mary McAllan, Director for Economic Development
  • Diane McLafferty, Deputy Director, Culture and Historic Environment
  • Simon Cuthbert-Kerr, Head of Creative Industries, Screen and Media
  • Heather Holmes, Strategic Policy Manager, Creative Industries and Media Policy
  • James Muldoon, Head of Entrepreneurship
  • Tom Craig, Policy Executive, Entrepreneurship Team


  • Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland
  • David Hartley, Creative Industries and Digital Markets Manager, Scottish Enterprise
  • David Martin, Creative Industries Skills Manager, Skills Development Scotland
  • Iain Hamilton, Creative Industries Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Hugh Lightbody, Business Gateway National Unit, COSLA