The Creative Industries Federation is an independent membership body which represents Britain's Creative Industries, arts institutions and educational bodies. It advocates, researches and provides a network for its members. In its inaugural year, the Creative Industries Federation’s research team will produce our first Annual Assessment- a definitive study of the competitive position of UK public arts and culture and commercial creative companies. From education and skills, to fiscal and other policies, it will provide a clear set of policy recommendations based around international best practices. We intend for this annual assessment to become a key yearly fixture in the national debate on the future of the public arts and creative industries. We have already released three interim reports which will form the basis of the annual report. The Creative Education Agenda, which I researched and wrote, was launched by Ed Vaizey MP, and reported on across the media. A link to the report is available here: http://bit.ly/1FtIhZg. I have also worked alongside Professor Jonothan Neelands in writing and editing a report examining how public investment in the arts contributes to growth in the creative industries: http://bit.ly/1I3pEL7 More recently I was the author of a report on diversity in the creative industries, which was produced in collaboration with MOBO and launched by Ed Vaizey MP and British actor David Oyelowo. The report can be found here: http://bit.ly/1NOJU5y I have been asked to speak publicly about the work of the Federation, and this year was a keynote speaker at the AHRC Cultures of Creativity and Innovation in Design symposium, a speaker at the NSEAD conference and gave the keynote at the COA conference on careers in the creative industries.