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The Film & Television Charity, supporting people at every stage of their careers in the film, cinema and TV industries, has today announced two key appointments to its Board of Trustees: Melanie Tansey, currently HR Director of media organisation ITN and Lori Houlihan FCIM, Vice-Provost (Advancement) at University College London (UCL) and leader of its external affairs function.

Commenting on the appointments, the Film & Television Charity’s CEO, Alex Pumfrey, said,

“The Film & Television Charity’s two new appointments to its Board of Trustees will drive the delivery of our new mission to help creativity in the industry thrive. Melanie and Lori bring exceptional skills and experience in high profile organisations to support the Charity as we rebuild and modernise to reflect the rapid pace of change taking place in our sector.

“Melanie’s career in HR will help as we look to offer much more support to our workforce, particularly to freelancers who form such a substantial part of our creative industry. Lori will underpin the development of a sustainable fundraising model so we can massively increase our reach and impact. I am absolutely thrilled they’re joining us at this pivotal moment in the Charity’s history”.

Melanie Tansey, who will be joining publishing giant Hachette UK as Group HR Director in January 2019, commented,

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Board of the Film & Television Charity at such an important and exciting time, as it expands its reach and impact, and transforms the way in which it supports all those who bring stories to our screens. It will be an honour to work with such an ambitious team, and I look forward to enabling the Charity’s mission to help creativity thrive, in an industry where people are so central to its success.”

Lori Houlihan FCIM, whose portfolio includes leading the £600m philanthropic Campaign for UCL, “it’s all academic”, commented,

“The UK’s creative industries wouldn’t be the pioneering global success they are without the talented, passionate people who work within them. Supporting and nurturing that talent is absolutely vital, so I’m delighted to be joining the Film & Television Charity as a Trustee to help it develop and expand the important work it does.”