The Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, Richard Wilson, has passed away following a short illness. He was 58. Wilson was a longtime management fixture in the British TV industry and in 2012 took on the CEO role at the CTBF. The leading UK charity for film and TV professionals, the CTBF supports industry members in times of need. One of its major fundraising activities is the annual Royal Film Performance.
A statement provided by Wilson’s publicist says he described working for a charity as “different, challenging and satisfying compared to corporate business. He cared passionately about expanding the reach and capabilities of the CTBF, and providing help to those in need from the film and television industries.”
Wilson began his career in 1984 at Granada Television working in human resources, production and property management. In 1998, he took on the role of General Manager at London Weekend Television, which is now part of ITV London.
Wilson was later Operations Director at The London Studios, LWT’s studio complex on the South Bank, which today continues to function as the main studios for ITV.
In 2004, Wilson left ITV to set up a consulting business advising several leading European and U.S. media companies. During that time, he was Program Director for major build and technology projects at the BBC and also spent 12 months with BBC Scotland managing the technical fit-out of its digital media center in Glasgow.
Wilson later joined the Board of Trustees of the CTBF, and in 2012, became CEO.