Florence Magee (née Harmelin) is a creative and cultural industries specialist with an MBA in Creative Industries Management. She has worked in the creative industries for over 15 years, from apprentice to entrepreneur. Originally from France, Florence has lived abroad for 20 years. She was based in london from 2010 to 2017 and relocated back to Dublin at the start of 2018, 20 years after moving there as a student in 1998.

With a BA in Management from the Kedge Business School (France), Florence gathered sales and management experience in a wide variety of businesses, from corporate to craft. Having built a career in IBM, she then apprenticed with a handweaver and opened her studio in Dublin in 2007, Ergane Textiles. She decided to merge her background in business management and her experience as a designer-maker to develop impactful support programmes for the creative sector.

Florence is a PRINCE2 trained project manager with European funding expertise. She ran SPACE’s flagship ERDF-funded professional development programmes from 2012 to 2017, supporting over 1,000 creative practitioners to increase their sales and innovate their products and services. She now works at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, a leading visual arts organisation in dublin, Ireland.

Florence honed her research skills and industry expertise at the MBA Management of Creative Industries at the University for the Creative Arts (Kent, UK), from which she graduated with distinction in September 2011.

Florence also gives workshops, talks and lectures on Entrepreneurship and the Creative Industries for students and professionals and she has published a number of articles on business support in the creative industries.

The term ‘The Network of Atoms’ was coined by Florence during her MBA research to recognise the way creative microbusinesses naturally tend to grow.

Extended CV available on: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/florence-magee/28/105/876