He will head a group examining ways to maintain Britain’s lead as a creative hub which is heavy with West London connections. The panel also includes Elisabeth Murdoch, chief executive of the Shine Group, and closely associated with BSkyB, and Charles Dunstone, founder of Carphone Warehouse.
Other members include Lucian Grainge, chairman of Universal Music Group International, and Brent Hoberman, co-founder of lastminute.com.
Creative Industries are very important to the West London economy, with clusters all over the sub-region, and much employment in the sector – Park Royal Partnership has recently launched a media services website at http://www.westlondonmediahub.com/ which seeks to promote companies working in the sector on the industrial park.
Around 37% of jobs in Hammersmith are linked to the creative industries, one of the highest proportions in the UK. This could get higher if the proposals for Creative London bear fruit – a 37ha redevelopment of the employment lands to the North of Westfield London.