The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced Anne Morrison (pictured) as its new chair at last night’s AGM, succeeding John Willis. Morrison has been deputy chair for the last year and her tenure as chair will run for the next two years. Willis will be deputy chair for one year.
Morrison, who is the second woman to become chair in the history of BAFTA, has been closely involved with the organisation for six years as a member of the Television Committee, chair of the Learning and Events Committee and member of the Board of Trustees.
“I am delighted and deeply honoured to become chair of BAFTA,” commented Morrison. “Over the next two years I want to build on everything BAFTA has already achieved, from the prestigious Awards to the amazing year-round learning programme that supports, nurtures and develops new talent. I look forward to sharing my passion for offering opportunities to talented young people, regardless of their background, and inspiring them to progress further in their careers. BAFTA has something for everyone, from young game designers to world-leading practitioners.”
Morrison began as a producer/director and later became controller, documentaries and contemporary factual at the BBC. She was then appointed programme director of the Network Supply Review, planning and overseeing the growth of BBC network television from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In 2009, she was appointed director of the BBC Academy, overseeing the largest broadcast training organisation in the UK and delivering over 57,000 days of training each year to BBC staff and the wider broadcasting industry.