Ella Romanos, Simon Barratt and more win seats on UKIE board

Ella Romanos, Simon Barratt and more win seats on UKIE board
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

September 27th 2013 at 10:19AM

Nine game devs and execs named on board as total membership hits 185

Nine UK game developers and publishers have won seats on the UKIE board following recent elections.

Elected board members include Remode CEO Ella Romanos, Four Door Lemon MD Simon Barratt and Mediatonic's Geoff Heath.

Sega’s John Clark, Microsoft’s Jonathan Grimes, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment’s Spencer Crossley, Mastertronic’s Andy Payne, Activision Blizzard UK and Ireland MD Roy Stackhouse and TT Games Publishing MD Tom Stone also won seats on the board.

The tenth available slot was a tied vote, so a further voting round is set to take place in the coming weeks to decide the last member.

“I am hugely excited to have been voted onto the board,” said Remode’s Ella Romanos.

“UKIE are fantastic at representing our industry and forging strong links between studios like Remode, the government, consumers and business interests. I look forward to working hard alongside my fellow board members to continue to help evolve the games sector in the UK and want to encourage more young people, especially girls and young women to consider a career in games.”

During the AGM, UKIE also announced that total membership to the organisation had risen 429 per cent in the last three years fro 42 members to 185.

The trade body said most of its growth had come from the development community.

“Over the 18 months I have been heading up UKIE, we have been going through many of the same economic pressures and transitional headaches any SME and large company in our industry is under,” said UKIE CEO Jo Twist.

“More than ever before, I believe we are better together than alone. Sharing the burden, collaborating, being united is the only route to success. My aim for UKIE is that we are a support network for our members and the wider games industry: we are here when our members need us, and we go out of our way to make the UK the best place in the world to make and sell games.”

UKIE’s 2014 Annual Review can be found here.