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Jerrel Jackson

Jerrel Jackson

CEO, Creative Academies Network (CAN)

Jerrel is a social entrepreneur from the Midlands. Founding Chief Creative Changemaker (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. Jerrel founded CAN at the age of 25. He was a recipient of the Arts Council England Fellowship 2016/17 for the Clore Leadership Programme.

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 Bachelor’s degree in Creative Performance, Creative Technology and Media 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 16.

Jerrel has held a variety of roles on strategic boards & advisory panels across the social, cultural, leisure and education sectors and funders/commissioners, with his experience to diversify leadership representation, but also encapsulating collective voice to address inequality and inclusion.

Twitter: @IamJerrel

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Jerrel Jackson