After five years Creative Future’s current Director/CEO Jane McMorrow is stepping down having successfully secured the organisation’s place as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) of Arts Council England.
“It’s been a wonderful five years with Creative Future. The team are incredible and the best part of the role has been working with them and achieving so much even through the uncertainties of the pandemic. Creative Future is an extraordinary organisation delivering amazing work over the past 16 years, and I am excited to see it grow with support from Arts Council England in place. After an outstanding interview process, I am thrilled to hand the role of CEO to Rose Kigwana, who will join us in September 2023. She brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience and I can’t wait to see where she will take the organisation next.”
Rose joins Creative Future after eight incredible years with South East Dance as one of the key people behind the opening of The Dance Space, Brighton. Rose has worked previously for Southbank Centre, Artswork and in Zimbabwe for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).
Rose has been working in the creative sector for 29 years. Throughout her professional journey, she has focused on cultural placemaking and developing creative opportunities for and in collaboration with children, young people and communities. She has supported many artists and people working in the cultural workforce to build their careers.
As CEO of Creative Future, Rose becomes one of five new local NPOs led by people from the Global Majority including:
- Tarik Elmoutawakil, Creative Director at Marlborough Productions
- Adam Joolia, CEO of Audio Active
- Ebou Touray, Director of African Night Fever
- Amy Zamarripa Solis, CEO and Founder of Writing Our Legacy
“I am thrilled to join Creative Future early in its journey as a new Arts Council England, National Portfolio Organisation. Creative Future’s vision aligns well with my own values and so I feel privileged to join a highly committed team that contributes to ‘a world where the arts are diverse, representative and accessible to everyone.’
This is an exciting time for Brighton and Hove, with some fantastic Global Majority led organisations that are shining a light right now; I am so pleased to be joining them. I have no idea how I will replace Jane and previously Dominique, as they are both uniquely amazing, but I promise you both, I will do my best to look after Creative Future and everyone who is involved.”
“We are absolutely thrilled that Rose Kigwana is joining us at Creative Future as our new CEO. She shares the trustees’ and team values and brings a wealth and breadth of experience as we embark on our journey as a new NPO We look forward to working with her.
We would also like thank Jane McMorrow for her outstanding work in not only transforming the charity into an NPO, but ensuring that the charity remained a sustainable, well run national charity during the most trying Covid years. We wish her the very best in her future endeavours.”
Nicole Finnan, Chair of Creative Future