Suzie Norton has been CEO of Screen WM since 2007 with a remit to develop the economic, social and cultural wealth of the region. During her time at Screen WM she was instrumental in restructuring the company, securing £14 million of funding for the region’s media industries and launching a partnership with leading UK broadcaster Channel 4, to deliver the first regional hub for the channel’s 4iP fund.
Suzie was named Vitalise Businesswoman of the Year in 2010, in recognition of her considerable personal contribution in raising the profile of Birmingham and the region as a dynamic and growing centre for the digital and creative industries. The judges highlighted Suzie’s tenacity and success at continuing to attract investment into the region through unprecedented economic times, and representing its creative industries at a national and local Government level.
In March 2011, Suzie was listed by leading consumer magazine, Glamour, as one of the UK’s top 35 women under 35.
John Newbigin, Chair of Screen England and Creative England, said: “Suzie has been a highly effective and focused Chief Executive who raised both the ambition and the profile of Screen WM. She not only developed a strategy for the organisation that re-engineered it for a digital future but made a significant contribution to policy development at a national level, with consequent benefit for other regional screen agencies across England.”
Samir Shah, Chair of Screen WM said: “Suzie has made Screen WM a major force in the development of the creative industries in the West Midlands and pulled off a number of very significant coups – very much due to her personal enthusiasm and charm. I have enjoyed working with her over the last three years and on behalf of the Board at Screen WM, wish her all the very best for the future.
“As Screen WM enters a transitional phase before Creative England takes over the reins in October 2011, the Board has decided that the best way to handle this stage is for the Senior Management Team to lead the company with the support of the Board.”
Suzie Norton said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Screen WM and I’m extremely proud of the team for firmly positioning the Midlands as a leading location for the creative industries.
“With a new support structure for the screen industries about to be launched, I feel it is the right time for me to leave and move on the next challenge. In the meantime I’m very proud to be involved in a voluntary capacity in UpRising, a scheme delivered by the Young Foundation to support and develop leaders of the future.”
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