The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has appointed John Pike as its new president.
With more than 30 years of corporate and commercial law experience, Pike will be responsible for helping the film and TV charity to increase its profile, reach and impact.
John Pike said: "I am delighted and honoured to be the new president of the charity which supports and is an integral part of the cinema, film and TV industry.
"We have some wonderful initiatives in the pipeline to help support and transform the lives of individuals who work behind the camera throughout the entirety of their careers. With my fellow trustees, staff and volunteers we have some exciting times ahead of us as we reach out to industry professionals and their families to make a difference for the better."
Prior to his role at The CTBF, Pike was an integral member of the real estate and finance team at Osborne Clarke, where his primary role was to strengthen client relationships and enhance business development activities with the firm's banking client base. He was a partner at Dundas & Wilson and, prior to that, a partner in the real estate group at Stephenson Harwood from 1985 to 2011.
Outgoing president Barry Jenkins, OBE, will remain on the CTBF board.
The CTBF provides dynamic support for industry professionals facing personal and career challenges due to illness, unemployment/redundancy, relationship breakdown, mental health issues, bereavement or financial worries.