Jerrel Jackson FRSA

Mr Jerrel D Jackson FRSA, entrepreneur from the Midlands (UK). Founding Chief Changemaker & Creative (CEO) of Creative Academies Network (CAN) a multi-layered organisation that supports the development of children & young people in the Black Country to accelerate their full potential through Cultural Education, Creative Practice & Civic Leadership.

Over the past few years Jerrel has toured across Hong Kong, India, France, Malta, Spain, Dubai, Greece, Croatia , Sweden and Bulgaria to strengthen his international relationships and leadership enquiry of children and young people across the sub-sectors of Cultural Education, Creative Industries, Cultural Diversity, Community Regeneration and Creative Economy. Jerrel is currently working on his research publication ‘D.I.C.E’ (Diversity Integrity Cultural Equality). Jerrel received his Masters and Bachelors degree in Creative Performance and Creative Technology from Chichester University. In 2014 he was awarded Young Educator of the Year (Royal Bank of Scotland and Trinity Mirror) and Princess Diana Memorial Award for recognition of his contribution towards the local community through the arts & education and overcoming adversity/bereavement of his brother and mother at the age of 16yrs.

Jerrel currently holds the following strategic roles:
+ Chair - Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership
+ Board Member - West Midlands Combined Authority: Cultural Leadership Board
+ Advisory Board Member - Midlands Metropolitian University Hospital: Arts & Culture Committee
+ Advisory Board Member - SIPS Education: Music Service
+ Board Member - Sandwell Council: Shape