Dr Martin Smith

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Position Visiting Fellow
Email msmit053 (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Martin Smith

Martin works in the media, cultural and creative sectors in  several advisory, executive, and non-executive capacities.  He is special adviser to the Ingenious group, an investment firm which, amongst other things, is the largest independent investor in the UK’s creative economy with an industry leading position in film and television finance. Martin speaks for Ingenious on policy matters.

He works with Ingenious founder Patrick McKenna on philanthropic and education projects linked to the creative sector, including BAME creative business incubator MeWe360, which is a joint venture between Ingenious and Arts Council England (ACE).  He also runs his own consulting firm, West Bridge Consulting.  

Martin was a partner at the Brunswick Group LLP, the world’s largest financial communications consultancy, from 1998 to 2003.  He previously worked in Parliamentary and public policy roles in London and Brussels and was a TV reporter for Thames TV in the early days of Channel 4.

Martin is chairman of classical music venue St John’s Smith Square, Westminster and a former chairman of the Young Vic Theatre Company, on whose board he served for fifteen years. He is an honorary adviser to the National Film & Television School (NFTS), an occasional lecturer for the British Council and a frequent speaker on creative economy and related policy matters in investment forums around the world.   
Martin has published on a wide range of topics including banking services (commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry), consumerism and Freedom of Information. He now writes mainly on cultural industry policy and investment and especially the film industry.