Kate O'Connor, Executive Chair of Animation UK Council

Kate O'Connor

Kate will focus on the business and skills policy for Animation UK, with emphasis on liaison with government and other industry stakeholders.

Kate has proven industry track record spanning over 20 years as executive director and deputy CEO of Creative skillset. Kate was responsible for all industry partnerships and worked with employers and industry and government at the most senior level, possessing a deep knowledge across all aspects of strategy and policy as well as on workforce development skills, education and training. 

In January 2015 Kate established and now runs a successful consultancy practice specialising in education, training and skills in the creative industries.

In November 2016 Kate was appointed as Executive Chair of the newly formed Animation Council, now officially part of the UK Screen Alliance representing key screen sectors including animation, VFX, studios, post production and facilities.

Kate is Chair of the BFI Research Committee and member of the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee.