Programme Director – Whole Picture Programme

Reports to: Director of Impact and Innovation

Contract: An initial 12-month fixed term contract with the opportunity to extend. Full-time.

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: Golden Square, London (with flexibility for some remote working)


About The Film and TV Charity

The Film and TV Charity offers financial support, professional advice and mental health support to people working in the UK film, TV and cinema industries

The UK film and TV sector enjoys exceptional creative talent and has growing economic importance. However, a culture of long hours, challenging conditions, and acceptance of a long-held status quo, mean that it can be a tough place to work. Since the introduction of the Support Line in 2018, the charity has provided mental health and wellbeing support to thousands, as well as financial support, legal advice, and practical resources.


The Whole Picture Programme:

In February 2020, The Film and TV Charity published the results of The Looking Glass Report, a major industry survey conducted in 2019, that found 9 in 10 people in the industry had experienced a mental health problem, and more than half had considered taking their own life. The £3m Whole Picture Programme was developed to mitigate the impact of the crisis and create a movement for change.

The programme’s ambitions include enhancing the support available to individuals as well as to fundamentally change the way in which content is created, putting people at the heart of production processes; stamping out bullying, racism, and harassment; and professionalising the way the film and television industry looks after its people. The charity has won the support of more than 25 industry organisations to undertake this work.

As we enter Year 2 of the programme, we have the opportunity to reflect on progress to date and to ensure that we are working as effectively as possible to achieve our key aims: to mitigate the mental health crisis and to create the conditions for long term change. In Year 1 an extensive development and codesign process has resulted in the launch of a number of tools and services. In Year 2 the focus will need to shift to ensuring the impact and legacy of the programme by working with our industry partners to embed and champion best practice and build a commitment to long term change.


Role Overview

To lead the Whole Picture Programme to deliver on its ambition to create sustainable change for workers in film and TV, improving the mental health of the industry workforce.


Key Responsibilities

  • To be accountable for successful delivery of the Whole Picture Programme, according to the agreed delivery plan, to meet its twin aims: (i) to mitigate the mental health crisis in the industry and (ii) to create a movement for change in culture, working practices and behaviour.
  • To always operate the programme in line with its principles and values (1. Industry Wide, Industry Led, 2. Evidence based, Impact focused, 3. Collaborative and Amplifying, 4. Transparent and Inclusive, 5 Pioneering and Persistent)
  • To act as the programme’s main spokesperson internally and externally for the widest possible reach and impact.
  • To ensure the programme is fully inclusive, meeting the mental health needs of all beneficiaries, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic industry workers, disabled industry workers, LGBTQIA industry workers, and women.
  • To ensure the programme delivers value for money for its donors, holding overall responsibility for the programme budget.
  • To stay abreast of key issues and activity in the film, TV, and cinema industry, and wider sector, and to effectively mitigate and manage any related risks.
  • To leverage relationships, evidence and learning to build a sustainable plan for the programme beyond the two-year urgent response.
  • To oversee the design and implementation of effective internal and external stakeholder engagement and communications strategies.
  • To adhere to relevant legal and statutory requirements including the Data Protection Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act.


Team Leadership

The candidate is expected to provide strong and effective direction to the Whole Picture Programme delivery team. They will be expected to line manage the Programme Manager, the Head of Mental Health & Wellbeing, and a dedicated Communications Manager.

You will also work with the Director of Impact and Innovation and the charity’s wider leadership team to deliver timely and appropriate reports across the governance structure, which includes the Film and TV Taskforce for Mental Health and the Whole Picture Programme Steering Group, as well as the charity’s Board of Trustees.


Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree or equivalent qualification, or relevant continuous professional experience which demonstrates equivalent academic skills.
  • Experience of developing and delivering high-impact programmes involving multiple stakeholders in a collaborative, ‘co-design’ environment, whilst motivating diverse, inclusive, and high-performing teams across a matrix and horizontal structure
  • Exceptional communication skills and able to convey the strategic vision of the programme internally and externally to build genuine and trusting relationships at a senior level.
  • Experience of financial and budget management including setting, monitoring, and reporting on budgets.
  • An established network of contacts, excellent inter-personal skills, and a proven track record of building effective and impactful partnerships
  • Demonstrable commitment to delivering a fully inclusive programme of work which meets the mental health needs of all beneficiaries, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic industry workers, disabled industry workers, LGBTQIA industry workers, and women.
  • Awareness of the issues facing people with mental health conditions and policies across the UK.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the work and structures of the TV, film, and/or cinema industry.
  • Excellent IT skills and ability to use new software, hardware and IT solutions as required.


Diversity statement

The charity is a committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the industry and within the third sector and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.


To apply

Applications for this position are being handled by our recruitment partner Research Europe.

To apply, please send your CV, a brief covering note and your salary details to Karen Bishop [email protected]

Please address any queries to [email protected]

Unfortunately, we cannot respond to telephone queries.


Applicants will be asked to complete a diversity monitoring questionnaire.