Chair & Project Lead

Andrew Knutt

Andrew is the biggest advocate and driver for returning Gaumont Palace as an entertainment venue and is the overseer for all that Project Gaumont does. Educated in business studies and an Associate of the Institute of Business Consulting and Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

With over 25 years’ experience in the creative industries and 12 years running an arts centre that does multiple events, Andrew also has a strong creative and commercial background, having started, built up and sold several businesses including an IT services company, online ecommerce company, and a design, digital/media, and marketing company. Andrew is also a qualified business adviser, social enterprise adviser, a designer, digital artist and is co-founder and director of Creative Innovation Centre CIC and its arts centre and gallery in Taunton. Andrew is also founder of SABCA.

Andrew has worked on many large projects for government agencies and councils including a £4m business support and technology-based project for Somerset, funded by Somerset County Council and EU. A creative industry £2m project for iNet, a £1m food and drink sector project, and a £1.5m project for Dorset as business developer for Arts Council ‘Creative Local Growth Fund’ supported by the EU. Andrew has also completed 18-month contract with Somerset West & Taunton Council as a cultural development specialist – helping the council to deliver on its district wide cultural strategy. All demanding strong partnerships with many organisations, practitioners, and agencies.