Kate O’Connor

The business of Animation 
Kate O’Connor, exec chair of Animation U.K. will run through some of the key challenges facing the Animation sector as well as the opportunities and campaigns underway. This will include the need to to create a competitive business environment in a global market, developing our skills and talent base and supporting regional and of course National hubs.

In January 2015 Kate established a consultancy practice specialising in education, training and skills as well as wider strategy and policy. Kate’s deep knowledge of both the sector and skills and education policy are built upon a proven track record of success spanning 25 years as a strategic leader in the creative industries.

In addition to her consultancy Kate was appointed as Executive Chair of the newly formed Animation UK Council, which since January 2017 is part of the UK Screen Alliance, and in 2018 was appointed co-director of Creative Media Labs, and R&D cluster focussing on storytelling for interactive and immersive content. Kate is Chair of the BFI Research Committee and member of the BAFTA Learning and NewTalent committee, Trustee of You Make It and an active NED.