Andrew Dixon is CEO of Creative Scotland, the new national leader for the arts, screen and creative industries. After five years as an arts officer in local government he moved to Northern Arts, progressing to become its Chief Executive and was a member of the national executive team of Arts Council England for three years before moving to a role promoting NewcastleGateshead as a world-class place to live, work, learn and visit.
Andrew raised the profile of the region through advocating and finding partnership funding for large projects such as the Angel of the North and the Sage Gateshead. He also initiated the merger of three film agencies to create the Northern Film and Media Agency.
As CEO of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, he ran a public private sector partnership with 176 members, promoting cultural festivals and events. He led the bid to host the World Summit on Arts and Culture in NewcastleGateshead in 2006 which attracted delegates from 70 countries to North East England. He has spoken widely on culture and regeneration, creative industries and cultural tourism and has advised local authorities, government agencies and cultural organisations nationally and internationally.