How we’re run

Guiding our path for the greatest impact 
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We pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking organisation adapted throughout our long heritage to meet the needs of our beneficiaries. We started as the Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund in 1924, became the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund in 1964, and finally became the Film and TV Charity in 2018. 

As we evolve, we keep in mind the words of the Charity Governance Code: 

Good governance in charities is fundamental to their success. It enables and supports a charity’s compliance with the law and relevant regulations. It also promotes a culture where everything works towards fulfilling the charity’s vision.
Board of Trustees, The Film and TV Charity 

Our Board of Trustees are ultimately responsible for the governance of the Charity. Together, they set the strategic direction of the Charity, monitor the delivery, agree our vision and values, and are responsible for recruiting our CEO. 

We’re committed to building a diverse board with broad experience drawn from all facets of the film and TV industries and beyond. 

Patron, Vice Patrons, and Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees meets quarterly. Each trustee serves for a period of three years and, at the end of this term, may be re-elected by the Board at the annual retirement meeting (unless they have previously served three terms). 

Our trustees are from various corners of the screen industries, third sector, and beyond.

Our Patron is Her Late Majesty the Queen. We’re also supported by our Vice Patrons, who include several past Presidents. 

What good governance looks like

The Charity has set out the following guidelines to ensure what it deems to be good governance: 

  • The Board of Trustees should advance the Charity’s objects 
  • The Board should safeguard the Charity’s assets 
  • The Board should ensure the Charity is accountable 
  • The Board should properly represent the interests of stakeholders 
  • The Board should be effective
  • There should be a clear division of responsibilities
  • The Board should have proper oversight of the Charity 
  • The Trustees should be independent and impartial 
  • Recruitment of Trustees should be transparent 
  • The Board should be trained and inducted 

Our four committees

The Film and TV Charity currently has four committees:

  • The People and Culture Committee: chaired by Sara Putt with trustee committee members Emma Hoyle and Cameron Saunders.
  • The Finance Committee: chaired by Suki Gill with trustee committee members Catherine Bosworth and Peter Clark.
  • The Inclusivity Committee: co-chaired by Juliet Gilkes Romero and Joseph Adesunloye.
  • The Risk, Safeguarding and Governance Committee: chaired by Claire Tavernier, with committee members Robin Chalmers, Sara Putt and Jenny Brown.

Terms of reference for the Board of Trustees and the committees are approved by the Board. The committees act as a liaison between the Board and the management team and report back to the Board at quarterly Trustee meetings. To make sure the Charity is able to draw on the widest pool of expertise and perspectives, our committees may co-opt specialist advisers. 

Our fundraising polices

We’re committed to all our fundraising being legal, open, honest, and respectful. If you’d like to know more about our fundraising, you can read our policies here.

Incorporated as a company registered in England and Wales limited by guarantee on 1 April 2004, the Film and TV Charity is a registered charity with the Charity Commission no. 1099660 and is governed by its Articles of Association which were last updated and approved by members in February 2015.

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