New directors confirmed to lead Creative Edinburgh

An organisation set up to help unite the interests of the creative sector in Edinburgh has formally announced the appointment of two directors.

Janine Matheson and Lynsey Smith will share the full-time post at Creative Edinburgh, which is set to be relaunched on 3 November at an event featuring Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Creative Edinburgh has been revived as part of the City of Edinburgh Council's strategy to maximise the economic potential of the capital's creative enterprises. More details of Creative Edinburgh's work will be revealed on 3 November at an official launch, but its initial focus will be on connecting businesses with each other, clients and industry opportunities.

The Council's culture convenor, and Creative Edinburgh board member, Cllr Deidre Brock  said: "The appointment of two dynamic and experienced practitioners to this post will really drive forward our plans for Creative Edinburgh. The fact that Janine and Lynsey run their own businesses in this sector means they have a great understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face the industry. A healthy creative sector is absolutely vital to Edinburgh's economic prosperity and I'm very excited at the prospect of what we can deliver with Janine and Lynsey's involvement."

Janine is the Director & co-curator of Sierra Metro (www.sierrametro.com) a not-for-profit gallery based in Edinburgh. Janine also works at Cultural Enterprise Office to provide creative industry clients with information and guidance on business and professional development issues. Previously, she was project manager at Five Square Property Marketing working on high profile commercial developments including Tanfield, Venue Studios and The Cube (Greenside Place).

Lynsey runs her own business (www.lynseysmith.co.uk) providing a variety of business services to organisations and practitioners. She is also a part-time lecturer at Caledonian University. Before this, Lynsey was the Project Manager of Starter for 6, an enterprise training programme for innovative businesses across Scotland. Prior to Starter for 6, Lynsey was the Creative Entrepreneurs Club Manager at The Lighthouse.

Janine and Lynsey have been in post since August 2011 preparing for the relaunch of Creative Edinburgh. The organisation was originally created by Scottish Enterprise in 2002 but was mothballed in 2006 during a review of the enterprise network. Creative Edinburgh is independent of Creative Scotland, the national agency formed in 2010 from the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen.

Creative Edinburgh's current board members are: Ginnie Atkinson, June Edgar, Robin Macpherson, Councillor Deidre Brock, Mark Gorman, Ros Davis (acting chair), David Weir and Jeffrey Meek.

Earlier this month, Creative Scotland announced funding of £120,000 for the Council's creative industries strategy, which includes the revival of Creative Edinburgh.

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