John Kampfner

John Kampfner is Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, the national membership organisation for all the UK's arts, creative industries and cultural education.

The Federation was launched to much acclaim in November 2014 to offer a single voice across all creative disciplines and around the country, and began work at the beginning of 2015. Its members range from the largest multi-national to the smallest start-up, from art galleries, to theatres, film companies to dance studios, independent production companies to video gamers to design practices. The Federation has hosted a series of high-profile events on policy issues including the economic case for public investment in the arts, cultural education and diversity. It has established strong links with all political parties and with government departments from 10 Downing Street, to Treasury, Foreign Office, DCMS and Department for Education. 

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In September 2015, John was named one of the 1000 most influential Londoners in the Evening Standard Progress 1000 survey. In October, he won the Art and Design category at the HClub 100 awards.

He is also Chair of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, a charity which nurtures the next generation of leaders in the charity sectors.

In December 2015, he stepped down as Chair of Turner Contemporary after seven and a half years in which he oversaw the opening of what came to be seen as one of the most successful art galleries and cultural organisations in Britain. He was also for three years a member of the Council of King's College, London.

He is a long-standing author, broadcaster, commentator and book reviewer. His books include, The Rich, published by Little Brown in paperback in July 2015. Before that, he was author of Freedom For Sale (2009) and the best-selling Blair's Wars (2003). He is a regular books reviewer for the Observer.

He began his career as a foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph, first in East Berlin where he reported on the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany, and then in Moscow at the time of the collapse of Soviet Communism. He went on to become Chief Political Correspondent at the FT and political commentator for the BBC's Today programme.

As Editor of the New Statesman from 2005-2008, he took the magazine to 30 year circulation highs. He was the British Society of Magazine Editors Current Affairs Editor of the Year in 2006.

In 2002 he won the Foreign Press Association award for Film of the Year and Journalist of the Year for a two-part BBC film on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, called 'The Ugly War'. His film 'War Spin', exposing the propaganda behind the rescue of Jessica Lynch, received considerable publicity in the US and UK.