Former Disney executive takes up top role at education charity

Martin Allen Morales has joined the Institute of Imagination as chief executive

Martin Allen Morales
Martin Allen Morales

The education charity the Institute of Imagination has appointed Martin Allen Morales as its chief executive. 

Allen Morales has worked at a range of organisations including the music company EMI, the technology firm Apple and the entertainment giant Disney, where he was executive director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa between 2007 and 2011. 

He is a non-executive director of the social investor Big Issue Invest and has also been a trustee of charities including the mental health and substance abuse organisation Richmond Fellowship and Amantani UK, which supports young people in the Peruvian Andes. 

He has most recently been working as a consultant before joining the Institute of Imagination, which runs programmes to support the educational, cultural and creative health of children and families.

Basil Demeroutis, chair of the charity, said he was thrilled that Allen Morales had joined. 

“Martin has led multiple organisations across business and the third sector, at times through transformation and in challenging environments and changing industries, scaling them successfully,” said Demeroutis. 

Allen Morales said: “The way we live tomorrow will be shaped by the future change-makers being formed today. 

“These will address the world’s more challenging problems with new skills, creativity, innovation and enterprise.

“If we can nurture the imagination of our children with the right places, projects, programmes and platforms, then this will be a tremendous boost for society and our natural world. 

“I’d like to help achieve that and I can’t think of a better place to do that in than at the iOi.”

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