TIGA Welcomes New Board Members

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry, today announced the election of five new Directors to the TIGA Board: Karl Hilton, Chris Kempt, Georgina Mackenzie, Patrick O'Luanaigh and Mark Webley.

    <*>Chris Kempt is Managing Director and founder of Kempt, one of the UK’s leading specialists in creating playful, engaging advertising, largely in the form of games. <*>Karl Hilton is Managing Director of Crytek UK, one of the UK’s leading video game developers based in Nottingham. He was previously part of the team that set up Free Radical Design and before that was Lead Artist at Rare Ltd, the developer of GoldenEye. <*>Mark Webley is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Lionhead Studios, a British computer game development company now part of Microsoft Game Studios.  Mark was previously at Bullfrog Productions. <*>Georgina Mackenzie founded Toytek in 2008, a Serious Games development studio based in Guildford. Toytek has been focused on bringing high quality cerebral games to new platforms. Toytek develops games for mobile platforms and the web. <*>Patrick O'Luanaigh is the Chief Executive Officer of nDreams, a rapidly growing digital games developer/publisher. Patrick set nDreams up in 2007 and is the former Creative Director of Eidos.
 Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, said:

 “At TIGA our vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. Our mission is to fight for the interests of the UK games industry. To achieve these ends we are intent on building an enduring organisation, the best in its field, one that improves year on year, a business that will make a significant impact on the games industry and so benefit the wider UK economy.

“Our five new directors will help TIGA to achieve these objectives. They represent different segments of the games industry, have a range of experiences and are highly ambitious to drive TIGA forward. We are delighted that Chris, Karl, Mark, Georgina and Patrick have been elected to the TIGA board.”

Jason Kingsley, TIGA Chairman and CEO and Creative Director at Rebellion, said:

 “It gives me great pleasure to welcome our new Directors. I look forward to working with them in the coming year in our endeavour to drive TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, forward in our campaign to serve the sector ever more effectively.

“These are five outstanding people which the industry highly regards. They will bring great expertise to our Board and demonstrate how TIGA represents a wide range of very different games businesses. We are delighted to be working with them.”

 Chris Kempt, MD of Kempt, said:

 “Over the last few years TIGA’s assistance to small independent developers has been invaluable– particularly in the online/advertising space that we play in. I am very proud to join the TIGA board and I relish the opportunity to actively contribute to TIGA’s future growth and development.”

Karl Hilton, MD of Crytek, said:

 “TIGA is the voice of the UK games industry in policy circles, providing strong and effective representation at the highest level. I am pleased to be joining the TIGA board. Crytek UK intends to support TIGA’s continued growth and campaigning activities.”

Mark Webley, Chief Operating Officer at Lionhead Studios, said:

 “TIGA plays a crucial role in representing the industry in political and media circles and it also plays an important role in strengthening links between industry and education. It is important that all in-house studios join TIGA and actively back its campaign to advance the cause of the UK games industry.”

Georgina Mackenzie, CEO of Toytek, said:

 “TIGA is making a profound difference for small and start-up games businesses in mobile and helping to raise the industry’s profile in a positive way.  TIGA has also highlighted the importance of Serious Games and Mobile apps for education and training purposes which is where Toytek’s specialty lies. I am looking forward to supporting TIGA’s vision for making the UK the best place in the world to do games business.”

Patrick O'Luanaigh, CEO of nDreams, said:

 “TIGA is making real differences for the companies it represents. The company is constantly striving to improve and makes a real difference for the UK games industry. TIGA is the natural home of digital developer-publishers and I am looking forward to working with the TIGA team to enable all game developer-publishers to achieve their potential.”

ENDS

About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers.  We also have outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership.

TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business.  We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members.  This means that Tiga members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

For further information, please contact: Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO  richard.wilson@tiga.org 


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