News - 02 December 2013

Creative Quarter Company Calls for Two New Board Members

The Creative Quarter Company is looking for two SME representatives to play a significant part in shaping the work of the Creative Quarter by becoming members of its Board. 

The Creative Quarter is Nottingham city’s flagship project, supported by the Creative Quarter company. The company has been set up to ensure that enterprise, innovation and culture flourishes across the city but with a focus on the Creative Quarter area. Set up in December 2012 and with Kathy McArdle as its Chief Operations Officer, the work of the company is gathering momentum most recently with the exciting Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre at 10 Fletcher Gate. And there is more to come in 2014. 

The company is now looking for two entrepreneurs with drive, passion and enthusiasm for enterprise and the city, to work with the existing complement of board members. 

Kathy McArdle expands: “Applications for these positions are particularly sought from experts in software development and digital media, corporate and cultural events management, marketing and communications and, most critically, fundraising. Ideally we are looking for an individual who has grown or is employed by a business with fewer than 10 employees or someone who is currently leading or working in a larger business ideally with 10 or more employees.

“The Creative Quarter Company recognises the vital importance of SMEs to the economy. 99.9% of all enterprises in the UK are SMEs, providing 59.1% of private sector jobs. The performance of SMEs has a major impact on the performance of the wider economy. So we know it is vital to get a strong SME perspective at Board level feeding into the work of the organisation. The company is therefore seeking to appoint two individuals to the Board who will bring this unique entrepreneurial view and experience.”   

Mich Stevenson OBE, Chair of the board, said: “We look forward to welcoming two new SME-based appointments to our already high-calibre Board and are hoping the successful individuals will bring a with them a positive entrepreneurial spirit and flair. We are sure we will get a very positive response from the private sector as the Creative Quarter company is embarking on a raft of exciting projects which promises an exciting 2014.” 

Applicants will ideally be able to demonstrate experience and skills in enterprise and innovation as well as have an understanding of the barriers to enterprise. Experience of regeneration and economic development projects in other cities would also be welcomed. 

Those interested can email Kathy McArdle directly at for a full application pack. All applications will be reviewed by a subgroup of the CQ board. Closing Date for applications is 10th December, with interviews planned for the afternoon of 16th December.

Source: Nottingham City Council

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