Caroline Meaby

Caroline, Chair

“Upswing’s work provokes, inspires and invites us all to deconstruct the world as we know it – and build it back with a vision that is different, dynamic and inclusive. Upswing are a remarkable company, with a remarkable founder and a remarkable team. It is a huge honour to be joining Upswing as Chair.”

Caroline Meaby is a cultural and creative industries consultant, currently studying full time for an MSc in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London.

Caroline has 25 years experience in the creative industries, having started her career as an entertainment news journalist before ten years as a producer at the BBC, on shows such as Blue Peter.  She also worked in the BBC Academy, designing and delivering courses on production. She left the BBC to become Talent Schemes Director at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, where she worked with major broadcasters and production companies on a suite of training and development offers to promote a more inclusive TV industry.

Most recently, Caroline was Director, Arts Network at the British Council, overseeing the work of 300 specialist arts and creative industry colleagues around the world, delivering on a diverse portfolio of projects in visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, design and fashion.  She also led the British Council Arts External Relations team, and co-chaired the Creative Europe Desk UK Partnership Board alongside the BFI.

Caroline is also a Trustee of ACE NPO Studio 3 Arts in Barking. She was born and bred in East London and is of white British, Indian and Malawian heritage.


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