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Catherine Richardson bids farewell to the iCCi!

30 May 2024

We are both saddened and proud to announce that Professor Catherine Richardson, Director of the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (iCCi) bids farewell to iCCi to embark on a new journey as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia.

Reflecting on her time at iCCi, Catherine expressed gratitude for the enriching experiences and fruitful collaborations: “It has been a wonderful 5 years, setting up iCCi and helping it to flourish with a superb team from whom I have learned a great deal,” she remarked. “We have achieved a remarkable amount, working across research, student experience, and regional engagement, and I’m incredibly proud of the impact we’ve had in that relatively short amount of time.”

“Particular highlights would be our National Portfolio Organisation status with Arts Council England, as a practice research Institute working to build young people’s cultural leadership skills, and our partnership working in Medway with Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Medway Council to bring in £13M of funding for Docking Station – making a step change in digital creative work across the region.”

Catherine conveyed her fondness for iCCi and her excitement for the Institute’s continued success. “I will miss iCCi greatly and look forward to returning for Gulbenkian programme highlights and the opening of Docking Station”.

As Catherine embarks on her new role at the University of East Anglia, her departure marks the end of an era for iCCi, yet we wish Catherine all of the success for a new chapter brimming with possibilities and potential. Thank you, Catherine, for your remarkable contributions and dedication!


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