Former BBC executive Marcus Ryder has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK’s Film & TV Charity taking over from Alex Pumfrey who stepped down earlier in the summer.
Ryder joins the organisation from the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, where he was head of external consultancies. In 2022, he was named one of the 500 most influential people in the global film industry by Variety.
He will take up his new role in the early autumn.
Speaking about his appointment, Ryder said: “The Film and TV Charity is an incredible source of support for people working behind the scenes across the film, TV, and cinema industry, acting as a vital enabler for those facing disadvantage, financial hardship and poor mental health.
“I have admired how, through its research work, it has done much to shape the debate about how we treat the brilliant people who form the bedrock of the UK’s creative sector. The organisation and I also share a deep-seated understanding that the Charity will only be able to fulfil its core aims if it helps the industry address issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. I cannot wait to get to work to shape and implement a shared, ambitious strategy to make further strides across all of these priorities.”
The Charity’s board has also announced that Claire Tavernier has been appointed as the organisation’s new chair of trustees with immediate effect.