Sir John Sorrell CBE

Sir John Sorrell CBE, Chairman, University of the Arts London.

John Sorrell is a UK Business Ambassador, appointed by successive Prime Ministers to promote Britain’s Creative Industries abroad.

Sorrell co-founded the Sorrell Foundation with Frances Sorrell (neé Newell) in 1999 with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people. Their National Art and Design Saturday Club gives young people new pathways into further and higher education and careers in the Creative Industries.

Sorrell is founder and chairman of the Creative Industries Federation, the independent voice for the UK’s Creative Industries. He is chairman of the London Design Festival, which he founded in 2003 and is now one of the world’s major annual design events with 400,000 visitors attending 300 events at venues all over London.

Previously Sorrell was co-founder and chair of Newell and Sorrell, one of Europe’s most successful design and identity businesses, and has chaired the UK Design Council, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Design Business Association.

Sorrell was awarded a Knighthood in the 2008 New Year Honours List for services to the Creative Industries. He was appointed CBE in 1996, was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 1998 and holds numerous Honorary Fellowships and degrees.