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City University London Press Release, June 2009

City University London has appointed Roger Neill as Director of its newly-launched Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice.
 
Roger Neill is a leading authority on creativity, innovation, leadership, change and communication. He was until recently international managing partner for Synectics Corporation a pioneer and world leader in innovation and creativity. He is currently managing partner of Per Diem. Previously he has worked in a number of the world's largest advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi, during the period when the agency was rising to number one worldwide. He was appointed to the Saatchi board at age 27.  
 
Roger also spent ten years at Lintas (now Lowe) agency, in a variety of roles including Chairman and CEO in Australia/New Zealand. He joined WCRS Worldwide in London as deputy chairman in 1990 to help the group’s rapid internationalisation.
 
One of Roger’s first initiatives as Director of the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice will be to host a major launch event on Tuesday 15th September 2009. The event the Big City Brainstorm - will bring together a variety of industries to brainstorm a plan for rebuilding the City of London’s reputation following the economic turbulence of the past year.
 
The Centre for Creativity at City University London brings together experts from across many of the University's Schools, namely the School of Informatics, Cass Business School, School of Arts, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the Learning Development Centre, with the aim of becoming the UK's leading centre for teaching, research and creativity in professional practice.
 
“Creativity in business is often the poor relation to strategy, innovation, finance and planning, but it is creativity that can actually make a business regardless of the sector. Everything comes back to creativity - it was Albert Einstein who said that imagination is more important than knowledge," says Roger.
 
“This Centre will become the global benchmark for creativity. I want to see creativity on the curriculum of every course that City offers and for industries and governments all over the world to wake up to the benefits creativity can bring.”
 
The Centre will develop and launch a Masters in Creativity and Innovation next year which will be delivered by City staff from across five different Schools. The Masters’ will equip professionals from across the economy to meet their organisational challenges through innovative and creative problem solving. Much of this will be delivered outside the classroom and in non-traditional learning environments.
 
An expert on the artists, writers and musicians of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Roger has helped director and actor Sam Wanamaker to re-build Shakespeare’s Globe in London. He is currently chairman of Music Preserved and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and Sciences.
 
For further details about the event on Tuesday 15th September 2009, please contact: Alison Lee -  Alison.lee.1@city.ac.uk


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