Brighton Digital Festival is delighted to announce that it has appointed Jon Pratty, as its first ever Chair. Jon is a digital thought leader who has dedicated his professional life to driving ideas concerned with arts, digital and society. He was the architect of the festival during its creation in 2011 and now returns to the helm to steer its strategy, guide its ongoing development and spread the digital message to the masses.
This is the first time Brighton Digital Festival has appointed a Chair, marking an exciting step forward for largest digital festival in the UK, which takes place throughout September. With more than 150 events already planned for 2015, Jon’s guidance and knowledge of the digital and arts scene will help nurture and grow the festival even further.
Jon Pratty has a rich background in the arts and digital sectors and embodies all of the qualities that the Brighton Digital Festival is passionate about. He has held roles with the Arts Council England and digital publishing companies, Culture24 and The 24 Hour Museum.
Jon Pratty, new Chair of Brighton Digital Festival, said: “I’m immensely pleased to join as Chair at this exciting time in Brighton Digital Festival’s development. The consortium model that steers the festival is unique in that it draws both digital industry and creative sector organisations together.
“This supports the festival in creating a socially centred approach to programming, that reflects the needs and wants of the region’s thriving digital and creative industries,” added Pratty.
Miriam Randall, Executive Director at digital culture agency Lighthouse and member of Brighton Digital Festival Consortium, added: “Brighton Digital Festival is driven by the collaborative approach and passion of its diverse communities. As an active and committed advocate for digital culture in the region for many years, Jon will be a fantastic Chair”