TIGA Welcomes New Board Members

By May 3, 2011 Press Releases

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry, today announced
the election of five new Directors to the TIGA Board: Karl Hilton, Chris
Kempt, Georgina Mackenzie, Patrick O’Luanaigh and Mark Webley.

  • Chris Kempt
    is Managing Director and founder of Kempt, one of the UK’s leading
    specialists in creating playful, engaging advertising, largely in
    the form of games.
  • Karl Hilton is
    Managing Director of Crytek UK, one of the UK’s leading video game
    developers based in Nottingham. He was previously part of the team
    that set up Free Radical Design and before that was Lead Artist at
    Rare Ltd, the developer of GoldenEye.
  • Mark Webley is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Lionhead Studios, a British computer game development company now part of Microsoft Game Studios. Mark was previously at Bullfrog Productions.
  • Georgina Mackenzie founded
    Toytek in 2008, a Serious Games development studio based in
    Guildford. Toytek has been focused on bringing high quality
    cerebral games to new platforms. Toytek develops games for mobile
    platforms and the web.
  • Patrick
    O’Luanaigh is the Chief Executive Officer of nDreams, a rapidly
    growing digital games developer/publisher. Patrick set nDreams up
    in 2007 and is the former Creative Director of Eidos.

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, said:

“At
TIGA our vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do
games business. Our mission is to fight for the interests of the UK
games industry. To achieve these ends we are intent on building an
enduring an organisation, the best in its field, one that improves year
on year, a business that will make a significant impact on the games
industry and so benefit the wider UK economy.

“Our
five new directors will help TIGA to achieve these objectives. They
represent different segments of the games industry, have a range of
experiences and are highly ambitious to drive TIGA forward. We are
delighted that Chris, Karl, Mark, Georgina and Patrick have been elected
to the TIGA board.””

Jason Kingsley, TIGA Chairman and CEO and Creative Director at Rebellion, said:

“It
gives me great pleasure to welcome our new Directors. I look forward to
working with them in the coming year in our endeavour to drive TIGA,
the trade association representing the UK games industry, forward in our
campaign to serve the sector ever more effectively.

“These
are five outstanding people which the industry highly regards. They
will bring great expertise to our Board and demonstrate how TIGA
represents a wide range of very different games businesses. We are
delighted to be working with them.””

Chris Kempt, MD of Kempt, said:

“Over
the last few years TIGA’s assistance to small independent developers
has been invaluable – particularly in the online/advertising space that
we play in. I am very proud to join the TIGA board and I relish the
opportunity to actively contribute to TIGA’s future growth and
development.””

Karl Hilton, MD of Crytek, said:

“TIGA
is the voice of the UK games industry in policy circles, providing
strong and effective representation at the highest level. I am pleased
to be joining the TIGA board. Crytek UK intends to support TIGA’s
continued growth and campaigning activities.””

Mark Webley, Chief Operating Officer at Lionhead Studios, said:

“TIGA plays a crucial role in representing
the industry in political and media circles and it also plays an
important role in strengthening links between industry and education. It
is important that all in-house studios join TIGA and actively back its
campaign to advance the cause of the UK games industry.””

Georgina Mackenzie, CEO of Toytek, said:

“TIGA is making a profound difference for small and
start-up games businesses in mobile and helping to raise the industry’s
profile in a positive way. TIGA has also highlighted the importance of
Serious Games and Mobile apps for education and training purposes which
is where Toytek’s specialty lies. I am looking forward to support TIGA’s
vision for making the UK the best place in the world to do games
business.””

Patrick O’Luanaigh, CEO of nDreams, said:

“TIGA
is making real differences for the companies it represents. The company
is constantly striving to improve and makes a real difference for the
UK games industry. TIGA is the natural home of digital
developer-publishers and I am looking forward to working with the TIGA
team to enable all game developer-publishers to achieve their
potential.””




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