Two more places set at BFI board table
The BFI has appointed Tim Richards and Alison Cornwell as two new members of its governing board. Both will attend their first meeting on 26 June.
Richards is the founder and CEO of Vue Entertainment, a company with nearly 150 cinemas in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Taiwan, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal. Vue Entertainment has recently been acquired by two Canadian investment groups; Richards will continue to manage the business, as he retains a substantial equity stake. Prior to this, he had 23 years’ experience in international cinema exhibition across four continents.
Finance executive Cornwell has extensive experience in film, TV and broadcast, at both indies and major studios. She is currently CFO of private equity venture Alliance Films, a post she has held since 2008. Alliance is involved in international film distribution and has financed titles such as The Woman in Black. Recently the company changed hands, with Cornwell overseeing the transaction.
The other governors of the board, which is chaired by Greg Dyke, are Josh Berger CBE, Ashley Highfield, Tom Hooper, Matthew Justice, Peter Kosminsky, Libby Savill (deputy chair), Cy Young, Pat Butler, Charles Cecil MBE and Baroness Oona King.
Greg Dyke, Chair, BFI said: “I’m very pleased to have secured two very talented individuals to the BFI board. Alison and Tim are leaders in their field and bring distinct qualities and experience that will strengthen and complement our existing board. Both also have a strong track record in film and television and their sharp business acumen and sector perspective is known and respected across the film industry in the UK and internationally.”
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