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UK games industry vet Dinsey ascends to UKIE chair role

UK games industry vet Dinsey ascends to UKIE chair role

Industry veteran Stuart Dinsey has been appointed as chair of the board for UK video games trade body UKIE.

Announced yesterday at the organisation's annual general meeting (AGM), Dinsey replaces Revolution COO Noirin Carmody in the role who had served as chair since 2015.

Dinsey's career in games started at UK video games trade mag CTW, which he edited for more than a decade. He subsequently left and set up rival MCV in 1998 and ran its parent company Intent Media - previously MCV Media - until October 2013. He has also served as chairman of indie games label Curve Digital since 2013 and was appointed as director of Stevenage Football Club in 2012. Since 2016, he has also worked as a non-executive director for's corporate overlords, Steel Media.

Take-Two's senior director of sales and export David Gould has taken on the vice chair role, replacing Ian Livingstone CBE. Meanwhile, Sony Entertainment UK's finance and operations director Liz Fitzgerald fills Gould's shoes as UKIE's treasurer.

As well as a new chair, vice chair and treasurer, six new members have been elected to UKIE's board. FuturLab's Kirsty Rigden, Katherine Bidwell from State of Play, Simon Barratt of Co-Operative Innovations, Mediatonic's Helen Burnill, Thomas Hegarty of Roll7 and Auroch Digital's Nina Collins have been appointed to the board.

UKIE points out that one third of the board is women, the highest since the trade body was established, then named European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA).

At the AGM, the organisation also made changes to its articles of association so that board members can only serve a maximum of six years. 

"We welcome the election of our new chair, vice chair and treasurer, as well as the election – and re-election – of our invaluable UKIE board members," UKIE CEO Dr Jo Twist said.

"The board provides essential support to UKIE and its mission to make the UK the best place to make, play and sell games in the world. By participating in the election, our members make a crucial contribution to the way we are run – helping to set our course and keep us on track.

"I’d also like to thank our outgoing board members for their invaluable contribution to Ukie's work and mission. They have played their part in helping us champion our industry effectively both at home and across the world and I’d like to express the gratitude of the whole of our membership for their efforts."

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.