Gary Townsend Vila is a Strategy Advisor to Consumers International the global organisation working to empower and champion consumer rights.

Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Executive of Creative Skillset, the National training and skills body which supports the future growth and productivity of the UK’s Creative Industries.
He has held senior marketing and public relations roles in the arts, further education, local authority and tourism sectors and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He also has particular interest and experience in diversity and inclusion.
Gary has a degree in Drama, Television & Theatre Studies, and trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music Drama.

Gary is Chair of Watford Palace Theatre’s Development Board.