Development agency names two new board members.

Creative England has appointed Erica Ingham and Jeff Coghlan to its board.

The move comes as the film, TV and digital media development agency completes its first year of operations and announces new initiatives to help creative digital SMEs grow.

Coghlan is the founder of branded entertainment specialist Matmi, which has worked with brands including United Airlines, EMI, Vimto, ASDA, ITV and Parlophone.

Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury said: “Jeff joins us at a particularly exciting time. The worlds of film, television and digital media are converging at an ever greater pace, opening up hitherto unforeseen opportunities for innovative digital companies to grow.

“It is fantastic for us to have someone with Jeff’s experience on the board so that we can shape our support to offer these SMEs the help they need to realise their creative ambitions.”

Ingham is the owner of FD Assistance, a Manchester-based company that provides portfolio finance director services for media and technology companies. She previous worked in senior finance roles at BBC Radio, MTV, 20th Century Fox and Chello Media.

Norbury added: “Access to finance is one of the issues most often reported as hindering the growth of SMEs in the creative digital sector. That’s why we’re especially delighted to have someone with Erica’s background and skills on our board so that we can address these problems and advise small companies on the best way forward for them.”

In its first year, Creative England has made £2 million available in the form of interest-free loans to support creative and digital businesses across the English regions.