The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Creative Diversity was formed in May 2019 by Ed Vaizey MP (now Lord Vaizey). It was set up with the support of Alex Pleasants, formerly Ed Vaizey’s senior policy adviser, and Joanna Abeyie MBE, leading diversity consultant and CEO of Blue Moon. Its aim is to engage with industry and government to identify and tackle obstacles to equity, diversity and inclusion in the creative sector. Baroness Deborah Bull and Chi Onwurah MP are now co-chairs, giving the group prominent voices in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The group’s vice-chairs and officers bring a further wealth of political and industry experience and include Baroness Floella Benjamin, Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter, Lord Ed Vaizey, Helen Grant MP, Kim Johnson MP, Baroness Gail Rebuck. Alex Pleasants and Joanna Abeyie MBE provide the secretariat for the group.
Professor Roberta Comunian, Dr Tamsyn Dent and Dr Natalie Wreyford from the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, King’s College London, alongside Professor Dave O’Brien from the Department of Art History and Cultural Practices, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester constituted the core research team. They were supported by Tessa Read from Creative Shift, Academic Enhancement at University of the Arts London, Dr Mark Taylor from the Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield, Professor Sarah Jewell, University of Reading and post-doctoral researchers Dr Atif Ghani (University of the Arts London), Dr Ruth Brown, Dr Kate Shorvon, Scott Caizley, Aditya Polisetty and Yolanda Tong Wu (King’s College London) and Dr Sonkurt Sen (University of Bonn).