Directors UK – the association of UK screen directors that counts 7,500 members – has made a quartet of board appointments.
Joining are directors Jan Genesis (Love Island) Christine Lalla (Hollyoaks), Deborah Stones (who has 30 years experience in copyright and collective management) and successor representative Lisi Russell (wife of the late Ken Russell and director of Ken Russell Productions).
The appointments have been made following the org’s wide-ranging governance review that took place last year.
“As well as bringing a wealth of skills and experience that will prove invaluable in the months and years ahead, the appointment of Jan, Christine, Lisi and Deborah goes a step toward ensuring our Board better reflects and represents the make-up of our wider membership,” said Directors UK board chair Steve Smith. “I’m pleased to say that alongside seasoned working directors, the addition of an independent board member with specialist knowledge around copyright in the creative industries will ensure we are able to better carry out our objectives as an organization. I know we are all looking forward to working together, and to continue to serve our members as our industry faces the uncertainties of the future.”
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“It is a pleasure to welcome Jan, Christine, Lisi and Deborah to the Board. Our new colleagues each offer a unique insight that, alongside the continued invaluable input from the rest of our Board, guides the work of our organization,” added Directors UK CEO Andy Harrower. “The Directors UK Board not only represents directors from different genres and different backgrounds, but now, with the addition of an independent Board member from outside of the film and TV industry, we can broaden our scope. Our collective knowledge and experience will serve our members across a wider range of issues – from protecting creators’ copyright to managing estates, from the pressing issues impacting directors to championing the craft of directing within our industry and beyond. I am very much looking forward to working with them all.”
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