Rose Marley is Chief Executive of SharpFutures the social enterprise partner of The Sharp Project, home to digital entrepreneurs and production companies, and Space Studios Manchester, a purpose built facility for large scale TV & film production servicing clients including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Netflix.
SharpFutures Manchester CIC, is a social enterprise designed to ‘seed, nurture and grow talent and skills for creative digital sector’ Clients include BBC, ITV, Cisco and a whole host of independent creative business using the innovating SharpFutures POD service to create business capacity and address social mobility in the sector.
In addition, in 2019, Rose was appointed the lead by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester for ‘Our Pass’, a new initiative which provides free bus travel and a host of opportunities for young people aged 16-18 across Greater Manchester working with brands including Coop, Vimto, JD, MUFC, MCFC and theatres and leisure centres. Rose is also chair of the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Advisory Group for Greater Manchester.
She is also founder and Director of Rose Marley Management, a management company specialising in the delivery of creative projects with a long history in music production and management. Career highlights include being COO of In The City for Tony Wilson (broadcaster and founder of Factory Records) as well as management for a diverse range of artists on EMI records and Warner Chappell, producing international events and performances from New York to Glastonbury.
Most recently Rose produced and directed Manchester Together, the large-scale, internationally broadcast, choir-led event from Manchester’s Albert Square in memorial of the 1st anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack. In 2020 this was developed in lockdown as Together In One Voice, the Greater Manchester community-led YOUTUBE Live broadcast, featuring stars including Liam Gallagher, Take That and over 100,000 of the people of Greater Manchester singing on their doorsteps, filmed by drones and using generated content. This featured on Good Morning Britain and Broadcast Magazine www.togethermcr.com
Both SharpFutures and Rose Marley have won a variety of awards including Women in Ethical Business for The Sunday Times and Tridos bank, the Prolific North awards for apprenticeships and digital delivery and most recently the Institute of Directors North West ‘highly commended’ Director of the Year.
Rose will commence as the new CEO of Cooperatives UK in January 2021 representing thousands of coops across the UK.