Simon Roodhouse, A Rememberance
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

It is with great sadness that we report Simon Roodhouse passed away on Friday 6 April. Simon was the Editor of Creative Industries Journal and the book Cultural Quarters as well as editing and being involved in many other publications and projects. He had extensive experience in the educational and cultural fields and was the Chief Executive for the University Vocational Awards Council, and the founding Director of the Museum Training Institute where he developed and established national occupational standards of competence for the heritage sector. His energy and vision will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. 

Professor Graeme Harper, Associate Editor of Creative Industries Journal, remembers Simon:

Simon’s contribution to the field, to the examination of the Creative Industries, has been considerable – not least because of his openness to exploring avenues for new knowledge, and because of his sensitivity to the work and needs of artists and creative practitioners.  His background gave him insights that were further supported by a  natural and generous curiosity. In addition, he engaged critically with  the examination of creative sectors and economic notions driven by rising governmental and institutional interest in our human creative activities over the past dozen or so years – whether those activities were those of businesses and companies or whether those activities were those of creative individuals. In Britain, someone as personally informed and as genuinely interested in the field as Simon will be very greatly missed. But more so, I feel, here at the Creative Industries Journal, it has been an exceptional pleasure to work with someone who was a guide and a sounding-board as unbiased and as welcoming of discussion. We’re going to miss that voice, that generosity, and that curiosity, greatly.


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