Ed Vaizey MP is the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. Mr Vaizey was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot in May 2005.
Born in 1968, Mr Vaizey attended Merton College, Oxford. After university he spent two years working as a political researcher, before training and practising as a barrister. From 1996-2004 he was director of a public relations company. In 2004 he became a political speech writer.
Mr Vaizey was Shadow Culture and Creative Industries Minister 2006-2010.
He married Alex in September 2005. They live in Sparsholt and London with their son Joseph and daughter Martha.
Frances Brindle is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications at the British Library. As part of her remit Frances has specific responsibility for engagement with small and medium enterprises and the creative industries and is overseeing the roll out of the library’s Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) to six major city libraries. The London BIPC has welcomed over 300,000 entrepreneurs through its doors since it opened in 2006, approximately 25% of whom are from the creative industries. The library also stages an annual Spring Festival for creative practitioners, that showcases its unique collections and the products they inspire. Prior to joining the British Library Frances was Global Marketing Director at the Financial Times and has worked in a number of marketing roles specialising in advertising, branding and new product development. She also writes a regular marketing column for Real Business magazine.