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Power is often vested in those that are in the elite group within a profession. It is recognised that in most professions, whether at a senior executive level or at board level, it is harder for women to reach the top. There are a host of factors for this which have been well covered by others and the Cultural and Creative industries are no exception. Of course influence can be exerted by reaching a high level, but the beauty of influence is that it does not depend on Power, even though it can be powerful, and it can emerge from any part of the creative and cultural ecology. We wanted to provide a platform for some of those women who have for a variety of reasons established themselves as thought leaders, opinion formers, exceptionally creative or entrepreneurial and through their activity have become influential. Sometimes they have been gutsy or provocative and sometimes they have just gone about their business in a confident, steady and assertive manner. They have all managed to attract a degree of attention, so here are some of those who have caught ours.
This time we profile Margriet Leemhuis, Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in London.
Roy van Dalm is senior lecturer in Urban Identity & Creativity at HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Roy is one of the leading journalists in The Netherlands on creative cities. For several years he worked for Het Financieele Dagblad – the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times – where he initiated a weekly series profiling 80 creative and innovative cities in Europe called Slimme Steden (‘smart cities’). 50 of these profiles ended up in the book Slimme Steden van Antwerpen tot Zürich (‘smart cities from Antwerp to Zurich’) of which Roy was one of the authors. This bestselling book was called Europe’s first guide to creative cities. For HAN University, Roy co-initiated a series called the HAN Creative Masterclasses, addressing several aspects of creativity by inviting renowned speakers. For this series Roy has worked among others with Kjell Nordstrom, Richard Florida, Charles Leadbeater, Pekka Himanen, Peter Senge and Charles Landry. At the moment Roy is involved in teaching, research and publishing on citybranding, using Jungian brandarchetypes. He is a member of ARCCI, the Arnhem Centre for the Creative Economy and Innovation.