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CQ Board

The Creative Quarter Company is a company limited by guarantee and has a Board of Directors who oversee our work.

The Board has been set up to represent the wide range of stakeholders in The Creative Quarter initiative including the private sector, high-profile established local businesses such as BioCity, Boots and EON, and the public sector with representatives from Nottingham City Council and both universities.

Craig Chettle, Chair

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Craig Chettle, CEO of Confetti Media Group, has been a Creative Quarter board member since the initiative was launched in 2012 and was recently appointed Chair of the Board. Craig, who has previously worked as a tour manager, sound engineer and producer, founded the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in 1994. It began life as a small business and has grown to become one of the country’s leading education establishments, currently home to over 1,300 students studying vocational and degree courses in music, gaming, film & TV, digital media and events. It’s also part of the Nottingham Trent University family. The Confetti Media Group, which includes Notts TV, is now one of the main creative industry employers in the city and region, with over 250 employees and a membership of more than 300 creative businesses.

Mich Stevenson, Founding Chair

Mich Stevenson

The Creative Quarter company was set up in December 2012 by founding chair Mich Stevenson, OBE, the founder of Spenbeck and the Lace Market Heritage Trust. Throughout his career, Mich has been involved with many well known organisations including Sport England, Nottingham Regeneration Ltd, East Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund, West Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund, Nottingham Express Transit Ltd (tram), Newark Air Museum, Nottingham’s NCCL and Galleries of Justice and the National Ice Centre.

Barbara Matthews, Board Member


Barbara is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture) and Head of College (Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities) at Nottingham Trent University. She joined NTU in January 2017 and is responsible for the University’s Cultural Strategy, maximising opportunities for students and staff and supporting the development of cultural and creative organisations within the city. Barbara moved to this post from De Montfort University where she was Pro Vice-Chancellor/ Dean of Arts, Design and Humanities at and prior to this she was a Director of Arts Council, England. Barbara holds an MBE for Services to the Arts and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Mark Chivers, Board Member

Mark Chivers

Mark is the Director of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, a partnership between Alliance Boots, Department for Communities and Local Government and Nottingham City Council. He is also a non-exec director at Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust. Mark has worked at Alliance Boots in a variety of property, marketing, procurement and operational roles.

Ian Naylor, Board Member

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Ian Naylor is the founder of AppInstitute, based in the Creative Quarter. He’s proud to be Nottingham born and bred and returned to the city to grow his business after ten years working in Sweden, South Africa, Australia and Thailand, starting up various tech businesses.

Glenn Crocker, Board Member

Glenn Crocker

Glenn has been CEO of BioCity since mid-2003, joining the business shortly after it was founded. He has a DPhil in Immunology from Oxford University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. At BioCity, Glenn has grown a thriving life science incubation business on the back of a strong commitment to building successful life science companies. BioCity now creates and develops life science start-ups, invests in the companies it knows well and provides them with the ideal environment for success at one of four sites across the UK. Glenn led the expansion of BioCity from its Nottingham city centre base into facilities in Scotland, Manchester and the Boots campus. In 2014, Glenn was awarded an MBE for services to the biotechnology industry. He also founded the Mobius Life Sciences Fund, R5 Pharmaceuticals in Nottingham, subsequently sold to Aesica, and BioAscent in Scotland and is a non-executive Director of a number of other life science businesses including Xenogesis and BioImages Group.

Cllr Nick McDonald, Board Member

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Nick is a city councillor with Nottingham City Council and is currently the Portfolio Holder for Jobs and Growth. In this role, Nick has played a leading role in developing the city’s economic growth plan, and led negotiations for the city on Nottingham’s City Deal with the Cabinet Office, leading to the development of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. Nick has also led the development of the Council’s Apprenticeship Hub and coordinates other initiatives including the Nottingham Jobs Fund and Employer Hub.

Barry Hayman, Board Member

Barry Hayman

Barry Hayman is the founder and director of Hayman Creative, a thriving creative business providing printing, signage, display graphics and framing. The company has been based in Sneinton Market, a newly renovated area of the Creative Quarter, since 1996 serving clients from large, multinational businesses to local SMEs, creatives and students.

Cherry Underwood, Board Member

Cherry Underwood

Cherry joined The Renewal Trust, a local regeneration charity based in Sneinton, in 2002 and became Trust Executive in 2009. She handles overall running of the Trust and its subsidiaries, as well as managing the team. The Renewal Trust works with local people and organisations to improve lives and neighbourhoods for the better. The charity provides services to support communities, but much more than that, it works hard to make sure local people are at the heart of everything The Renewal Trust does. From helping a group of like-minded individuals to start their own community project, to giving young people life-changing opportunities.