The course will be led by Dr Chris Bilton, Reader in the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at University of Warwick and by Linda Green, Director of Leading Creative Talent and formerly Head of BBC Creative Leadership Programme.
Chris Bilton has lectured and published widely on in the relationship between creativity, management and organisation. As well as setting up and running the UK’s first postgraduate course in managing creative enterprises at Warwick, he has run workshops and masterclasses for Warwick Business School, the Highways Agency and the Roads Academy. In his teaching and his research, he applies theories and practices of creativity to organisational management and strategy. His publications include: Management and Creativity: from creative industries to creative management (Blackwell 2007); Creative Strategy: reconnecting business and innovation (co-authored with Stephen Cummings – Wiley 2010); Handbook of Management and Creativity (co-edited with Stephen Cummings – Edward Elgar 2014); and The Disappearing Product: Marketing and Markets in the Creative Industries (forthcoming – Edward Elgar 2017). Before joining the University of Warwick in 1999 he worked in arts management and theatre. He was educated at University of Cambridge and University of Warwick.
Linda Green started her career in pharmaceutical research and then factual programme making, before working in strategy and development at the BBC, where she developed ideas and programme strategy for many of the BBC’s top titles including Blue Planet, Top Gear and the BBC’s 2012 digital Olympics coverage. As Head of Creative Leadership at the BBC, Linda designed the BBC’s Creative Leadership Programme which over three years developed new ideas, talent and organisational cultural change for BBC North, BBCiPlayer, Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and external clients including BSkyB, Endemol Shine and Fremantle. More recently Linda founded and runs Leading Creative Talent, a creative strategy and training company whose clients include BBC Worldwide, The Coca Cola Company, Unilever and P&G.
Comments on Chris’s work on creativity:
Chris persuasively argues that our concept of creativity cannot simply be reduced to innovation, any more than it can be passed off as an act of individual genius. Chris subjects the current and wildly over-simplified notions of creativity and innovation to rigorous interrogation…”
– (David [Lord] Puttnam, film producer – in the foreword to Management and Creativity, 2007)
The trouble is few organizations understand how to foster and apply creativity, at least in any consistent manner. This book provides new insights into just how that can be done. It moves creativity from being just the occasional, and fortuitous, flash of inspiration, to being an embedded feature of the way the organization is run”
– (Sir George Cox, author of the Cox Review of Creativity in Business – on Creative Strategy, 2010)
In many organisations creativity is so often seen as the preserve of a small number of people with ‘artistic temperaments’ but in my experience all sorts of people have creative abilities which can be used to the benefit of a ‘creative’ organisation. The task of a manager is to find ways of exploiting this. This Handbook provides the reader with insights to help them and others to promote the kind of creativity that adds real value.”
– (Greg Dyke, former BBC Director General – on the Handbook of Management and Creativity, 2014).
Comments on Linda’s work on creative leadership training:
Linda is an inspirational leader who knows how to bring out the best in all those around her. She opens up creative channels for everyone she works with demonstrable and exciting results. Linda is a powerful force for innovation and change.”
– Sophie Castell, Global Category Director, Coca Cola Company
The creative theory was great, the set up exercises were excellent… it was about how to harness creativity to get a better result out of your team which is much more useful than just a course on how to be creative”.
– Kathryn Davis, Head of Global Beauty, P&G
Her experience in helping to drive and stimulate creativity in the business is second to none. She is a brilliant facilitator and works as well with junior staff as she does with senior leaders. She is open and honest and always acts with integrity. I would (and will) jump at the chance of working with Linda again. If you've got a creative challenge in your organisation that requires a creative solution, Linda is your woman.”
– Tamara Howe Controller of Business, BBC