Creative Wick was set up to facilitate a permanent, sustainable, creative economy in Hackney Wick and Fish Island.
Established in 2010, Creative Wick provides free access to a local business network - the Cultural Interest Group
- sources commercial opportunities for local artists and creative practitioners, delivers a range of
creative education projects and facilitates academic research.
Creative Wick seeks to benefit local residents, businesses and institutions with an interest in the
permanence of grassroots art, culture and creativity in Hackney Wick and Fish Island.
The Creative Wick team and directors
William Chamberlain is the Founder of Creative Wick, a lawyer and social entrepreneur who moved to Hackney Wick in 2008. For the past twelve years he has been developing a range of creative place-shaping and inclusive regeneration projects. In 2010 he founded the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Cultural Interest Group to engage local stakeholders, creative practitioners, businesses, institutions and residents and encourage networking, resource sharing and collaboration whilst working together towards a permanent, sustainable creative economy. In 2015 he founded Creative Wick as a non-profit Community Interest Company and Hackney Wick and Fish Island was designated as one of London's first Creative Enterprise Zones in 2019.
He is currently researching part-time for a PhD with the Institute of Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London and is a partner of Counterculture LLP, management consultants for the creative industries.
Josephine Chime is Creative Coordinator for Creative Wick and a Hackney Wick resident and artist. Chime is a past contributor to the Hackney Wicked Art Festival via open studios, group shows and a collaborative event with art collective Cosmic Mega Brain.
A mix media artist her creative practice sees her move between art and design, teaming with industry clients creating installations, products and illustrations for Gilles Peterson, Boiler Room, Havana Club and British Council to working with a diverse range of schools using art workshops as an expressive healing tool.
Cindy joined the board of Creative Wick as a Non-Exec Director in 2019.
Cindy heads up EquityChair, a niche recruitment business focused on placing Non-Executive Chairs and Directors predominantly into SMEs, both privately owned and with VC/PE funding. She also works closely with social investment funds and their portfolios across the UK through a long-standing partnership with Big Society Capital.
Prior to joining the Equity family of businesses (EquityFD, EquityFC and EquityInterim), Cindy spent 10 years at 3i plc as a Director of the Business Leaders Network.
She was also a Trustee of the Rio Cinema between 2016-2020. The Rio Cinema is a Grade II listed independent Art Deco cinema in Dalston. A charity, the Rio offers a range of services to the community, including special screenings for the over-60’s and those suffering from dementia. In 2017 the cinema successfully raised £125,000 to restore the art deco exterior and build a second screen in the large basement space. The second screen seating 28 opened in December 2017. In 2019, The Daily Telegraph named the Rio one of the best cinemas in London.
Aidan Bailey is an experienced chartered accountant and joined the board of Creative Wick as a Non-Exec Director in 2018. His experience ranges from FTSE 100 to start-up companies and charities and he brings industry sector knowledge in online retail, property and investment management. Aidan also brings audit, financial and management accounting and reporting experience as well as significant project experience.
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