Richard Wilson (previously Head of Business Policy at the Institute of Directors) was unveiled as the new CEO of TIGA, The Independent Game Developers Association here in the UK, at the trade body’s annual awards dinner.
Wilson, ex Torie researcher, takes up the position in March, succeeds current CEO Fred Hasson.
“The appointments board was unanimous in selecting Richard for the post,” said TIGA chairman Ian Baverstock.
“He, like our current CEO Fred Hasson, has no previous games industry experience but has an impressive public affairs background and understands issues relating to industrial sectors.
“We think he has the right qualities to build on TIGA’s achievements to date and take the organisation forward.”
“I am delighted to have been appointed CEO of TIGA. It is a lean, innovative and effective trade association that does a magnificent job in serving the interests of UK games developers,” Wilson said.
“Fred Hasson has been an outstanding CEO and it is an honour to follow him in this role. I am looking forward to campaigning vigorously on behalf of TIGA members, further enhancing TIGA’s effectiveness and raising the profile of the UK games development sector.”
Richard was previously Director of Communications at the Royal Academy of Engineering (2006– 2008). As Director of Communications he had responsibility for the management of the Communications Department, the Academy’s public and media relations, the development and delivery of the Academy’s publications, the design and delivery of the Academy’s programme of events and oversight of its awards portfolio. He was also Secretary of the Associate Parliamentary Engineering Group. Richard was Head of Business Policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD) between 1998 and 2006. Here he played an important part in the work and management of the IoD’s Policy Unit. He authored numerous policy papers, delivered keynote speeches and was a regular media spokesman.
Prior to joining the IoD, Richard worked at the Conservative Research Department (1996 – 1998), where he provided support for Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Ministers and MPs. Between 1995 and 1996 Richard worked as a political researcher for Andrew Lansley (now the Shadow Secretary of State for Health) and co-authored the book Conservatives and the Constitution.
Richard was educated at Reading University, where he gained a Ph.D. in political theory. He also taught politics at Reading University. Between 1999 and 2002 he was a governor of Christ the King Primary School in Berkshire. Richard is currently the Chairman of the Better Payment Practice Group, a public-private partnership that aims to improve the payment culture amongst businesses in the UK. He is also an independent director of the board of ‘Improve’, the Sector Skills Council that aims to raise the level of skills and training in the food and drink industry.