Sparking Creativity,
Igniting Change

The UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts.

Create Live! Goes Live



Our Chief Executive

Create was born from the vision Nicky had in December 2002 of a charity that would use the creative arts to empower lives. She is motivated by her longing for a fair, caring, inclusive society in which every individual can fulfil their potential. Prior to co-founding the charity in July 2003, she was Chief Executive of the Orchestra of St John’s. She has extensive experience in creative arts management, before which she was a Marketing Executive at KPMG. She was a volunteer Childline Counsellor for five years before becoming a Samaritan in January 2002; was on the YouthXpress leadership team at Southwark Cathedral between 2007 and 2017, where she worked with young people aged 11-18; was Trustee/Vice Chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute from 2009-2019; and has been a Trustee of Wales Millennium Centre since 2018. Nicky has a First Class BSc (Hons) in Marketing (with arts) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. In 2013, she completed a Certificate in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London, for which she was awarded Distinction. Nicky was recognised as Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year in 2013; received the Charity Times Rising CEO Star Highly Commended award in 2014; was one of 30 #SocialCEO award winners in 2015; and was runner-up for the Directory of Social Change “Influencer” award in 2017.


With your support we can continue to provide free access to creative experiences that enable people to transcend their circumstances.


The coronavirus outbreak means that loneliness and anxiety are increasing. Our new digital initiative, Create Live!, is helping to empower lives, reduce isolation and enhance wellbeing. Find out more about it here.

Donate now and help us to provide a vital creative lifeline to the most vulnerable children and adults in isolation.

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