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MA Paul COLLARD Chief Executive, Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), London

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Paul Collard is the Chief Executive of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), the organisation responsible for delivering the British government's major creative and educational programmes for young people in England. He has 25 years experience of working in the arts and is an expert in delivering programmes that use creativity and culture as drivers of social and economic change, most notably in the North East of England and New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Other positions he has held include General Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Deputy Controller of the British Film Institute in London, Director of the UK Year of Visual Arts in the North East of England and Director of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in Connecticut, USA. CCE's particular focus is on unlocking the creative potential of young people in the education system, in order to prepare young people for success in the creative economy of the 21st century. In addition to running such programmes, CCE is able to access a significant range of research data that it has commissioned and collected demonstrating the positive impact of such programmes on the achievement and attainment of young people. Further information about the organisation is available at www.cceengland.org