UKIE's next CEO is Nick Poole

UKIE's next CEO is Nick Poole

UK video games trade body UKIE has its new chief executive lined up.

The organisation has announced that Nick Poole (pictured) will be taking up the mantle. He is currently the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), a role he has held for eight years. Poole also boasts a wide-ranging experience, having been part of the Government Media Literacy Taskforce and the chairman of Wikimedia UK.

He will be starting as UKIE CEO on April 1st, 2024.

"I could not be more excited to take up the role of CEO of UKIE at this pivotal moment for the UK's video games and interactive entertainment industry," said Poole.

"Video games are serious business, and I am looking forward to bringing my experience in growing professional membership associations and in government liaison to help secure the recognition and investments it deserves."

"I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Jo Twist, Tim Woodley and the UKIE board, as well as Sam Collins, Dan Wood, and UKIE's dedicated team, who have positioned UKIE perfectly to take a leading role as we look ahead to this exciting new era."

Chair of UKIE Tim Woodley said: "After a rigorous six-month process, we are thrilled that we have found in Nick the right combination of CEO experience, a growth driver, a heavyweight lobbyist and an acute sense of how to lead an organisation with mission, purpose, and equality.

"I'd like to thank our interim co-CEOs, Sam Collins and Dan Wood, and the whole of the UKIE team for not missing a beat during this period and affording us the requisite time to get this appointment right for the long-term good of the organisation and of the industry."

This comes in the wake of Dr Jo Twist stepping down as UKIE chair in February of this year

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