We are delighted to announce that Ian Livingstone CBE will deliver the CPHC Conference Keynote at 9am on Tuesday 8th April at Loughborough University. This follows the unfortunate news that The Right Honourable David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, will no longer be able to speak at the conference due to an unforeseen cabinet commitment.
Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry
He co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain.
He co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in 1982, the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook in the series which has sold over 17 million copies to date in 30 languages.
He designed Eureka, the first computer game published by Domark in 1984. He joined the board in 1992 as a major investor, overseeing a merger that created Eidos plc in 1995 where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002. At Eidos he launched major franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
He co-authored the Next Gen review published by NESTA in 2011, recommending changes in ICT education policy, spearheading a campaign that led to the introduction of the new Computing curriculum in Schools.
In the Wired 100 list for 2012, he was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK’s digital economy.
He is Founder of The Livingstone Foundation, Chairman of Playdemic Ltd, Chairman of Midoki Ltd, Chairman of PlayMob Ltd, Chair of Skillset’s Video Games Council, Chair Next Gen Skills Committee, Vice Chair of UKIE, Member of the Creative Industries Council, Trustee of GamesAid and an Adviser to the British Council.
He was appointed OBE in 2006, and received a BAFTA Special Award, a British Inspiration Award, the Develop Legend Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bournemouth University and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Abertay University, Dundee for his contribution to the UK computer and video games industry. He was appointed CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
Also, for Twitter enthusiasts, the official hashtag for the conference will be #CPHCconf2014