Monday 6 March 2017 - London, United Kingdom – Trade body announces new Head of Public Affairs
Games trade body Ukie have today announced that Tim Scott is joining the team as Head of Public Affairs. Tim joins the organisation from London First, where he was Programme Director for Tech and Creative Industries, following ten years in the civil service where he led Creative Industries and tech policy in the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Tim is well versed with Ukie’s activity being instrumental in the development and implementation of the Video Games Tax Relief in 2014. He also worked alongside the team on the NextGen Skills Campaign which led to a revamp of the outdated ICT Curriculum and successful initiatives such as Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse creative Computing programme.
In his new role, Tim will head up Ukie’s public affairs activity, including the organisation’s work with decision makers in Parliament to negotiate the best outcomes for the sector when the UK exits the EU, as well as our ongoing campaigns to promote the UK as a world leader in making and selling games and interactive entertainment.
Tim Scott, Head of Public Affairs at Ukie, said, “The interactive entertainment sector is the jewel in the crown of the UK creative economy, encompassing some of the most dynamic, innovative and advanced businesses around. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with some of the best and look forward to 2017 being a great year for the UK games industry.”
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, added, “Tim has a strong track record of running successful campaigns and has long been a champion of the needs of the creative tech industries that Ukie represents. He will be a fantastic asset to the Ukie team and I look forward to working with him during this crucial year for games, and as we continue to secure our position as the best place in the world to make and sell games.”
Tim Scott will take up the role on 6 March 2017. For any information about Ukie’s ongoing work with government you can contact Tim at email@example.com
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About UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie)
Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment) is the only trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry. A not-for-profit, it represents businesses of all sizes from small start-ups to large multinational developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile apps, consoles, PC, eSports, VR and AR.
Ukie aims to support, grow and promote member businesses and the wider UK games and interactive entertainment industry by optimising the economic, cultural, political and social environment needed for businesses to thrive.
Ukie works closely with the sector to influence government and decision makers, lobbying successfully for the 2014 Video Games Tax Relief, the UK Games Fund, and the Next Gen Skills campaign which resulted in a new Computer Science Curriculum. Ukie makes connections for businesses and help them access the opportunities a digital economy offers, via a successful International Trade programme, running UK Games Industry stands at the biggest international industry events.
It promotes the industry by working with the media to raise awareness of the sector’s positive cultural and economic contribution, as well as the societal benefits of games. Ukie runs askaboutgames.com, where families can learn about safe and sensible online practices, parental controls and age ratings.
Ukie’s skills work serves to increase inclusion and diversity, advocating a STEAM approach to education. Initiatives include the Digital Schoolhouse (DSH), Video Games Ambassadors (VGAs), a Student Membership scheme, and a professional development programme.
Ukie commissioned the Blueprint for Growth report in 2015, an independent review of the UK games industry with recommendations for decision makers in Parliament for how the industry can grow.
In 2016 Ukie partnered with Film London to deliver Games London, a ground breaking new three-year programme to promote the UK as the games capital of the world, the focal point of which is the annual London Games Festival.