Rosie Millard OBE is Deputy CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, which champions all the creative industries across the UK and advocates for the creative industries in Westminster and across the cultural landscape of Britain.
She is also Chair of Hull City of Culture 2017, a £32.5 million programme which opened in January 2017 with unprecedented success in the city of Hull. As Chair she has been called upon to speak at a vast array of public events on a national level, championing Hull and its unique cultural offer in the national media including all the broadsheets, the Today programme, BBC News, Sky News, and ITV.
Her position has involved extensive lobbying in the highest Government circles in order to raise the City of Culture’s profile and guarantee its success. She has argued for the social importance of inclusive and transformative culture at a senior level alongside politicians and peers. She has worked with a huge array of stakeholders both private and public, including the Arts Council of England, Hull City Council, BP and Yorkshire Water.
She has overseen not only the fundraising and good governance of Hull City of Culture but also its overarching programme and vision, founded in a belief of public service, and of high calibre culture accessible to all. Her aspiration is for a City of Culture which is distinctive to Hull, which will embrace diversity, and which will profoundly change lives and outcomes.
Hull’s Learning programme engaged all the 55,000 young people and children in the city. This is no mean feat for a city with historically very low levels of cultural uptake and investment. So far Hull has achieved astonishing press coverage and support in every single area of the media. It has even gained a permanent position on the UK weather map.
Rosie was the BBC’s Arts Correspondent for a decade, following which she was Arts Editor of the New Statesman and profile writer at The Sunday Times. She has been a columnist for the Independent, feature writer across the broadsheets and documentary presenter and maker on radio and television.
Rosie is on the board of Opera North and helps run the Second South Islington Brownies. She lives in London with her husband Pip Clothier and their four children. She runs a marathon every year.