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Kate O'Connor


Executive Director / Deputy CEO

Kate O’Connor, Executive Director / Deputy CEO – Skillset

Kate O’Connor is Executive Director at Creative Skillset, the Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council. Kate is responsible for industry partnerships and policy across all of the creative sectors represented by Creative Skillset and she works with industries of senior level and all skills and training and development issues. Kate also leads Creative Skillset’s work on education policy and in particular the strategy for industry led partnerships including the Creative Skillset Academy Network and kite-marking arrangements.

Kate was the founding member of Creative Skillset which was set up as industry lead body in 1992. Since that time Creative Skillset has developed from a standard setting body through to being the first “Trailblazer” sector skills council to be licensed and being at the base fore front of the industry and national skills and policy developments.

Prior to joining Creative Skillset, Kate worked at City and Guilds of London Institute. There she managed a small consultancy team with an extensive employer client base offering bespoke qualifications and assessment arrangements.  Before that Kate worked in the Governments department for employment in various roles all connected to skills and training policy.

Kate is a non-executive board member of Improving Business Performance, a business and development consultancy and IIP quality assessment centre. She chairs the Film Education 21st Century Leadership Group and represents the industry on many consultative and government policy advisory committees.

Kate is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of BAFTA.

Kate is married with one child and lives just outside London.