What our members, partners, allied organisations and individuals we work with are saying

I’m delighted to be part of the UCLAN Creative Communities Group and admire Russell and the work that is undertaken. Throughout my time in business in Lancashire, especially in creative industries like broadcasting and marketing, I have always valued cooperation and the sense of achievement that comes from peopleworking together. It’s what makes Lancashire a special place to be. Great creativity comes from sharing ideas, learning from each other and building confidence in one another to try new, innovative ways of working so long may the Creative Communities Group continue. John Barnett MBE DL. Community and Partnerships Director Bauer Media Lancashire. Former High Sheriff Lancashire. CCGUK member

- John Barnett MBE DL CCG member

My dear Mentor and Founder, GOODWILL MESSAGE AND BEST WISHES YOUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. I write, for myself and on behalf of the Law Firm of UTCHAY & UTCHAY, Legal Practitioners and Notary Public; The Creative Communities Group, Nigeria (CCG_NIG) and the Royal Family of The Utchay’s Dynasty to heartily congratulate you and all the members of CCG Worldwide for attaining this milestone – ten (10) years of THE CREATIVE COMMUNITIES GROUP (CCG) existence, global involvement and successes. As the Director and Nigerian Representative, CCG, and a citizen of Nigeria residing in Port Harcourt, I feel mightily proud to be associated with this global organisation, whom have been carrying on the good works these past years that are very remarkable. CONGRATULATIONS! Working with you Russell since I joined CCG in 2013 have been one of a great kind and very inspirational.You have mentored and took me as a son. My family and colleagues who have had contacts wit


Russell is the chair of our Creative Community Group that he co-founded 10 years ago at the University of Central Lancashire.The CCG, under Russell’s leadership, has gone on to achieve tremendous success and is nowrecognised both nationally and internationally as a model of best practice in lifelong learningand active citizenship. The Creative Communities Group members also focus on visual and performing arts, great Stories and narratives to inspire others to ‘make a difference.’ Members raise awareness of important issues and inspire others to get involved in the common good. I think it was appropriate, that in 2020 the Creative Community Group was awarded the Prestigious EU SOLIDAR Silver Rose International award in the category Building Learning Societies. Russell is a role model and community ambassador for both the University of Central Lancashire and the Creative Communities Group.  

- The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO
Lord Lieutenant Lancashire CCGUK Member

As a former Pro Vice Chancellor of a northwest University and a trustee of the National Forum for Health and Well-being, I am very aware of the value of the work of the CCG and I am delighted to offer my congratulations on its 10th anniversary.  The Forum owes a great deal to the CCG under its chair, Russell Hogarth, in maintaining and growing the relationship between the Forum, UCLan and many other community groups in the northwest.  Never has there been a greater need for community cohesion, shared understanding and active citizenship and the Group’s work in promoting and facilitating these is of critical importance. I am pleased to have been involved. The Group will, I am sure, continue to go from strength to strength and I wish it every success in the future.    

- Professor Robert Campbell, FRSA, FRSM
Trustee of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing CCG member

The Creative Communities Group is exactly that – a fabulous community of like-minded individuals from every walk of life (and several different continents) who come together to champion creativity.  Their inclusive approach and passion, together with the skills and expertise they collectively bring means that this group has flourished for 10 years and continues to positively impact so many.     

- Jane Anthony Executive Dean, Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries
University of Central Lancashire CCG member

I am pleased to be a part of the Creative Communities Group and celebrating 10 years of activity and success.  Groups which bring universities and communities together are so valuable, not only in the direct work they do, but also in the way in which they build strong networks and relationships which are so beneficial to all. Creative spaces and places for connection are so important in enabling positive collaborations that help communities to thrive.  Russell embodies the spirit of collaboration, and the Creative Communities Group is a welcoming and inclusive space, I would encourage others to join the group as it reflects on its successes and progresses enthusiastically into its second decade.    

- Professor Dawne Gurbutt
Director of the Centre for Collaborative Learning, University of Central Lancashire CCG member

The Creative Communities Group do excellent work reaching out into the community and here in Preston. It is sometimes difficult to integrate a university and transitory students into the everyday life of a city, but the CCG do good work in achieving this and having a positive impact on Preston. It is a huge and significant milestone to have reached their 10 th  anniversary, for which I am delighted to say a heartfelt ‘congratulations’ to Russell and all involved. I look forward to seeing many more years of success as they continue to set the standard for active citizenship and lifelong learning.  

- Councillor Neil Darby
Preston Mayor & Councillor (Ingol and Cottam) Dep Leader Lib Dem Preston City Council

My respect for Russell Hogarth is strong and long standing. He is for me, the epitome of a caring, committed business leader with a mission to make a difference in our community. In this respect, Russell has come to represent the values exemplified by the Creative Community Group. Seeking constantly to do more to build, reinforce and strengthen the elements of active citizenship that when coupled with active learning, provide outstanding service to the wider community.   This first decade is an occasion to celebrate all that has been achieved but more than that, it is perhaps a time to reflect upon the enormous sense of potential that this brilliant initiative holds for our collective future. I send my best wishes and congratulations.    

- Dr. John M. Mohin OBE D.Univ DL
Ambassador for Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise CCGUK Member