Florence Magee (née Harmelin) is a business support specialist with an MBA in Creative Industries Management. She has worked in the creative industries for over 15 years, from apprentice to entrepreneur. She is currently the Head of Artists Development at SPACE, a leading London-based arts organisation. Originally from France, Florence has lived in Ireland and England for the past 17 years and is currently based in London.

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 business support tailored for the creative sector.

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 is a PRINCE2 trained project manager. She was the Programme Manager for ‘New Creative Markets’ at SPACE (London) from 2012 to 2015. This ERDF-funded programme helped over 500 artists and creative businesses in London create over £2m in new sales. She is now at the head of “London Creative Network”, a follow-up European programme.

Florence also gives 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