The UK games industry has seen tremendous growth over the last five years, and has innovated quickly through different business models. With our exit from the EU on the horizon and the UK government focusing on what kind of Industrial Strategy will support innovative creative businesses, what is required to maintain our global strength as a sector and our thriving UK ecosystem.
Jo Twist is CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment, making the UK the best place in the world to make games. Previously, se was Channel 4 Education Commissioning Editor where she commissioned Digital Emmy-winning Battlefront II, free to play browser and iOS games and social media projects. Jo was Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor, and technology reporter for BBC News. She is Deputy Chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador, BAFTA Games Committee member, and sits on a number of boards and advisory groups. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and won the MCV 30 Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. She is a Vice President for games and accessibility charity, SpecialEffect and the government’s Sector Champion for Disabilities.