Top UK games makers win seats in Ukie Board elections

27 September 2012 - London, United Kingdom – Ukie announces Sports Interactive, Revolution Software, MakieLab and Splash Damage are to represent games developers on new Ukie Board

Ukie has used its AGM gala event this year, which also saw the launch of the London Games Festival at the Eurogamer Expo, to announce four UK games developers have won seats on the Ukie Board in its recent elections. Ukie’s Board is representative of the UK’s wider games and interactive entertainment industry, with the four developers joining existing publisher Board members. Nine places were open on the Ukie Board and the following individuals will now join the Board of Directors to help shape what Ukie does for the entire industry:

  • Noirin Carmody, Owner and COO, Revolution Software Limited
  • Miles Jacobson OBE, Studio Director, Sports Interactive
  • Alice Taylor, CEO and Founder, MakieLab
  • Paul Wedgwood, CEO, Splash Damage
Ukie also welcomed Fergal Gara, VP and MD UK & Ireland, Sony Computer Entertainment UK and Ireland and Neil Boyd, European Anti-Piracy Counsel, Nintendo Europe, to the Ukie Board for the first time. Those who stood for re-election and return for another term included Deputy Chairman and Eidos Life President Ian Livingstone OBE; Rob Cooper, Managing Director, Northern Europe and Export territories, Ubisoft; and Keith Ramsdale, VP & GM Northern Europe, Electronic Arts.

New Ukie Board member Neil Boyd said: "I am honoured to be elected to the Ukie Board and am excited to be able to contribute to the great work that Ukie already does."

New Ukie Board member Noirin Carmody said: “I am absolutely delighted to be part of an organisation that so actively and effectively promotes and encourages creative skills and innovation in the UK interactive entertainment industry, and I very much look forward to working with my fellow Board members to support Ukie’s Senior Management in realising Ukie’s mission in this regard.”

New Ukie Board member Fergal Gara said: "Being able to serve as a board member of Ukie puts me in a privileged position to help shape the future of this fantastic industry which all format holders and publishers need in order to compete and to prosper. I am looking forward enormously to working with my fellow board colleagues and to collectively helping create a healthy future for the industry."

New Ukie Board member Miles Jacobson said: “I’m honoured and humbled to have been voted onto the Ukie board and promise to do my best to represent developers and the wider industry as best I can during my term.”

“My key interests on the board will be ensuring that the tax break consultation leads to something that everyone in the industry can be happy with, that we help build the next generation of talent to push the British games industry forward and to help build bridges to ensure that the industry is talking with one voice to government which will help smooth future discussions.”

New Ukie Board member Alice Taylor said: “I'm completely delighted to be joining the Ukie board, and I'm very excited about being able to help grow such a sterling organisation. Interactive entertainment takes more and more forms these days (and I'm representing start-ups and nu-manufacturing toys in with games here), and the work that Ukie does to represent the industry to government and beyond is essential in these tech-led times.“

New Ukie Board member Paul Wedgewood said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be appointed to the Ukie Board. UK based developers and publishers are leading the transition to digital distribution and I’m looking forward to helping Ukie shape the UK into the best possible environment for creating digital entertainment.”

A full list of Ukie’s new Board can be found here

Ukie also used its AGM to announce its total membership was up 224% in two years. Since it was established in September 2010, to become the trade body for the wider games and interactive entertainment industry, Ukie’s membership has grown from 42 mainly publisher members to a membership of 136 companies – representing companies from all parts of the UK interactive entertainment industry.

Ukie membership growth in the past year has come largely from the UK development community who now make up 18% of total membership. Studios of all sizes have been attracted by Ukie’s key work on skills, education and business support – led by the newly-formed Ukie Developer sub group, chaired by Ian Livingstone. The industry body also claimed that it was on course to have half of its membership made up of developer businesses in the next 18 months.

Ukie also outlined at its AGM the key activity that it has undertaken for its members in 2012. This has included:

  • Leading the Next Gen Skills Campaign that led to fundamental changes being made to the UK’s education system to improve the flow of highly skilled individuals into the games industry
  • Influencing government’s introduction of games tax production credits and playing a key role in discussions with HMT on implementation. This included holding seminars around the country to gather thoughts on the system from over 220 games businesses
  • Promoting the industry in over 360 press stories about the games industry in national and  trade media – including a PEGI awareness campaign that saw over 64 national major media hits and re-launched to educate parents about games
  • Launching Ukie Digital Download Charts
  • Partnering with UKTI to offer discounted access to GDC Europe, San Francisco and GamesCom (Ukie had over 1000 people visiting the Ukie British Games industry stand at Gamescom this year)
  • Events programme, including: Digital Shoreditch mixer event, Scottish Access to Finance event, Edinburgh Interactive, London Games Festival, screening of Indie Game The Movie at Develop Conference and launching Thursday@3 to give access to top industry speakers
Speaking at today’s AGM, Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist said: “I welcome this new blood to the Ukie Board and can’t wait to work with them. Having these individuals who represent different parts of the industry join the Ukie Board, as well as growing our membership to now represent 136 diverse companies, is a  clear sign that we are now offering services that are relevant to the whole UK games and interactive entertainment industry.”

“We now represent all the major UK and global publishers, the main console manufacturers, top UK development talent, and promising start-ups and disruptive companies. This mix is critical to making sure that we remain relevant and accountable to the industry and we will be listening and responding to their ideas and what they want in any way we can.”

“Our strategic Programmes deliver what the industry needs, giving real value to our diverse membership. From campaigning for improvements in skills and games tax production credits, to hosting events and delivering practical advice for games businesses, our commitment to the industry is clear, and has underpinned our membership growth.”

Speaking at the Ukie AGM Ukie Chairman, Andy Payne OBE said: “It was exactly 2 years ago that Ukie was launched and what a journey it has been thus far. We set out to represent the entire Interactive Entertainment industry and are now well on our way to delivering on that promise.”

“I would like to personally welcome all our new Board Directors. Having a diverse board is essential if Ukie is to be relevant to the excitingly evolving UK games sector and their input will shape the future direction that Ukie and the sector takes. I would also like to pay special tribute to those directors who have stepped down in this past year. Our Vice Chair David Yarnton, Treasurer Matt Carroll, lead of the Health and Wellbeing working group, Andy Barker and Martin DeFries have all served Ukie with tremendous verve and dedication and will be greatly missed.”

Ukie has also published its 2012 Annual Review which can be found here





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