Creative Industries Leadership Group


The Creative Industries Advisory Group (CIAG) was established in January 2017 to advise Scottish Ministers on how to support, grow and realise the potential of Scotland's creative industries sector, one of the six Scotland’s growth sectors in which Scotland has a distinct comparative advantage, and ensure that the sector can fully support our economy, with fair work at its heart, economic growth, net zero targets and wellbeing. 

Since that time the landscape in which the creative industries work has changed considerably, bringing significant disruption but also opportunities for the sector. This makes it even more important for the creative industries to come together as a sector, articulate its needs, realise its potential and provide advice to Ministers. This includes, but is not restricted to, the following areas: skills, training opportunities, business models and workplace innovation, the relationship between industry and education, fair work practices, business creation, international trade, place, and the transition to net zero. 

The strengthened remit of the group is reflected in the change of its name to the Creative Industries Leadership Group (CILG). 


The purpose of the Creative Industries Leadership Group is to:

  • provide a forum enabling the sub-sectors across the creative industries to engage with each other and with the Scottish Government in an effective and collaborative way to discuss and agree issues of strategic relevance to the whole industry, and to identify the support is required to help the creative industries sector in Scotland to meet its ambitions and reach its full potential
  • provide the creative industries with a collective voice and a higher profile: (1) the strategic importance of the creative industries to Scotland’s economy; and (2) how and in what ways the creative industries can fully support our economy, with fair work at its heart, economic growth, and wellbeing
  • identify and instigate opportunities to boost the growth and competitiveness of the creative industries, with the Scottish Government providing support, including partnership support, where appropriate
  • in light of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, consider and advise on ways of promoting the recovery and further development of the creative industries
  • provide horizon scanning and strategic insights into new developments and initiatives affecting the creative industries
  • respond to priorities for the creative industries set out by the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture, and other Ministers, to support, grow and realise the potential the sector
  • enhance collaboration between the creative industries, the public sector and other stakeholders, including trade bodies and membership organisations, to enable creative ideas, creative people and creative businesses to emerge, develop and flourish. This includes engaging with representative creative industry groups (for example, SCAN, Publishing Scotland, Craft Scotland, PACT and TV Working Group) to help build cohesion in the wider creative industries sector and support collective positions and contribute to global trends
  • engage at a strategic level with other groups in the public sector landscape, to influence and shape long-term thinking
  • contribute to the work of the National Partnership on Culture on agreed priorities for the culture sector and cultural renewal in Scotland with a particular focus on the creative industries


Scottish Government:

  • Neil Gray, Minister for Culture, Europe & International Development

Creative industries:

  • Brian Coane, The Leith Agency / Institute of Advertising Practitioners Scotland (and co-chair of the Creative Industries Leadership Group)  
  • Carol Sinclair, Carol Sinclair Ceramics
  • Lorna Macaulay, The Harris Tweed Authority
  • Chris Hunt, freelance creative
  • Janice Kirkpatrick, Graven
  • Dougal Perman, Scottish Music Industry Association
  • Colin Anderson, Denki
  • Pamela Tulloch, Scottish Library and Information Council
  • Jane Muirhead, Raise the Roof Productions
  • Jenny Todd, Former Publisher Canongate Books and Penguin, and Publishing Consultant
  • Alex Smith, XpoNorth
  • Rachael Brown, Cultural Enterprise Office
  • Jacqueline Donachie, artist, Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Scottish Government staff:

  • Penelope Cooper, Director of Culture, Major Events and Covid-Coordination
  • Bettina Sizeland, Deputy Director of Culture and Historic Environment
  • Mary McAllan, Director for Economic Development
  • Jane Holligan, Head of Creative Industries, Screen and Media
  • Hazel Parkinson, Creative Industries and Media Policy Team Leader
  • Heather Holmes, Strategic Policy Manager, Creative Industries and Media Policy
  • India Divers, Creative Industries, Screen and Media Policy


  • Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland
  • Derek McCrindle, Head of Place, Scottish Enterprise 
  • David Martin, Creative Industries Skills Manager, Skills Development Scotland
  • Iain Hamilton, Creative Industries Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • David Smith, David Smith, Director of Screen, Screen Scotland  
  • Andre Reibig, Scottish Funding Council
  • Jayne Ashley, Head of Natural Capital, South of Scotland Enterprise





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