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Indielab expands team to enhance support for UK

December 8, 2022

Indielab, the UK’s accelerator company for content businesses, has announced five new appointments to its evolving team.

This news comes ahead of a busy 2023, which will not see Indielab look to expand its programme of national and regional Accelerators and Export Labs for TV, games, film, and animation companies, and also launch its first GrowthLab, a new-style event for founders and leaders of independent production companies. GrowthLab, to be held in London on 9th February, will platform the very latest industry thinking, invite discussion and provide useful advice on creating and sustaining growth paths in challenging times.

Kate Moore has joined the team as executive producer and is project lead on the GrowthLab event, including curating its sessions. As part of the senior management team, she also works closely with CEO Victoria Powell on business development and fundraising for Indielab’s programmes. Kate’s previous roles include senior producer at National Theatre Live, where she provided leadership and creative oversight across 35+ broadcasts, as well as acting as executive producer on the theatre’s portfolio of digital content. She has also worked as a development executive across scripted and documentary feature films, securing funding from the Wellcome Trust, BFI and Channel 4.

Nicola Hewitt joins as Indielab’s first business and operations manager. Also a member of the senior management team, she is responsible for finances, HR, legal, policies, IT, health and safety and budgeting. Nicola has gained many years of experience in these areas from working at organisations such as The Skills for Life Trust and Lexington Communications. She will now be using this experience to help put strategic action plans in place and introduce new processes to ensure the smooth running of the business.

Rebecca Thomson Foley joins the team in January as programme manager/producer, primarily responsible for the editorial design and delivery of Indielab’s programmes. Rebecca brings with her significant experience in producing and managing events all over the world. Most recently, she produced a UK-wide programme of events for Unboxed 2022: Creativity in the UK. She has also worked as VP global business development & events at Apex Social in California and as head of global operations, events and entertainment and head of studio operations at the Royal Caribbean Group.

Ashe Hussain will be providing essential policy advice as Indielab’s new inclusion executive. Ashe has had an extensive career in the television and film industry, focusing on business development for production companies, diversity, talent development and training.

She works part-time as business development manager for FOCUS at Film City Futures, supporting Scottish indies, and also sits on the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland and is a member of Creative Scotland’s EDI Advisory Group. Ashe’s role at Indielab will be part time.

Finally, Klaudia Lita joins as programme co-ordinator, supporting the co-ordination and delivery of all Indielab events and programmes from conception to completion. Klaudia started her career in sales but most recently has been a successful freelance creative producer and events planner.

Victoria Powell, Indielab’s CEO says: “At such a challenging time for recruitment, I am thrilled to have attracted such a wealth of exciting talent to the Indielab team. Between them, these new recruits bring a range of valuable experience in producing and delivering events, business development and management – from both within the content sector and the wider commercial world. This ensures that we will be well placed to deliver on our own growth plans in 2023, as well as support an increasing number of content creators with theirs.

“We may all be operating in challenging times, but there is still plenty of opportunity for TV and games companies to thrive and grow. Our expanded team will ensure we can help even more companies find the right growth path for them next year, as well as continually look to innovate our offer with new programmes and events such as GrowthLab.”

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