Eliza Easton is a creative industries expert, who has spent the last five years as Head of Policy and then Deputy Director of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (Creative PEC) – an £8m Government-funded research and policy centre based at Nesta. Prior to joining Nesta, she was part of the founding team of the Creative Industries Federation (now CreativeUK). At the end of May she is leaving the Creative PEC to set up her own policy outfit.
Eliza has written more than thirty policy and research papers, including on arts funding in England, research and development, the UK’s export strategy, the changing skills needs of the economy, and the impact of Covid-19 on diversity in the creative industries. She provides keynotes and regularly appears on local and national radio and television. She sits on the UK Government’s Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board and on several of the Creative Industries Council’s joint working groups with the UK Government, as well as the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group for the Creative Economy. Eliza was a Cambridge University Policy Fellow from 2020-2022, and is now an RSA Fellow. She is a trustee for arts charity Gerry’s Pompeii which preserves the legacy of outsider artist Gerry Dalton.