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Creative Industries Federation co-founder John Kampfner steps down as chief executive

Creative Industries Federation chief executive John Kampfner. Photo: Austin C Williams Creative Industries Federation chief executive John Kampfner is stepping down. Photo: Austin C Williams
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John Kampfner is stepping down as chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation to “pave the way for a new phase of strategic development”.

He is replaced by Alan Bishop, former chief executive of the Southbank Centre, who begins work this week. However, Kampfner will continue to work alongside Bishop during a four-month transition period.

Kampfner said: “More than four years after I helped to establish the Creative Industries Federation, it is time for the organisation to have a new leader. I am proud that this amazing sector now has a representative body that has given it a political heft and cohesion never achieved before. I am pleased that the board has asked Alan Bishop to succeed me.”

Bishop has been recruited to ensure that the organisation’s “advocacy capabilities develop further in terms of their strategic and creative content” and to continue to “help shape Brexit to the best interests of the sector”.

In addition, he will be tasked with finding “the right CEO for the longer term”.

Creative Industries Federation chair Rick Haythornthwaite, said: “Alan Bishop is the ideal successor and leader of the federation as we transition to our next phase. The future of the Creative Industries Federation lies in becoming more forensic and innovative in our advocacy and raising our efforts to help navigate through blockages in the national creative ecosystem and process.”

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