Today (16 October) we’re excited to announce the appointment of four new Trustees that will energise our work supporting freelancers and diverse talent. The appointments include leaders from the worlds of TV, film and theatre.
Alex Pumfrey, CEO of The Film and TV Charity, said: “These four new appointments solidify the fresh direction for the charity. We need to be bold in our ambitions for the future of the industry and I’m really looking forward to working with our new Trustees.
“We have a vision to radically redefine the way that the charity supports the talented people in the UK’s film and TV industry and I hope that the energy, knowledge and creativity that our new appointees bring will help us to meet that goal, adding new voices to our work.”
The four new Trustees:
Suki Gill is the Chief Financial Officer for the UK, Northern & Eastern Europe for Viacom International Media Networks, leading the finance function for Channel 5, MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central and is passionate about diversity and inclusion. Suki qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and in a career spanning 24 years has held a variety of roles in the media sector including at Sony Music, Capital Radio Group, Channel 7 (Australia) and Sony Pictures International.
Juliet Gilkes Romero is an award-winning writer for stage and screen. Her earlier career as a journalist saw her reporting for the BBC from countries including Cuba, Ethiopia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Juliet was also a recipient of the BBC’s Alexander Onassis Bursary Award. Juliet recently wrote an episode for the TV series SOON GONE; A WINDRUSH CHRONICLE (BBC4) co-produced by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road and the Young Vic Theatre. She has also written a political drama for a Limited TV Series, currently in development. Juliet’s play THE WHIP will open at the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Swan stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2019/2020 winter season. Other work includes her play AT THE GATES OF GAZA which won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best Play Award and RAZING CANE, which was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award.
Joseph a. Adesunloye is an award-winning indie Screenwriter and Director. He was nominated for the BFI IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award at the 60th BFI London Film Festival in 2016. In 2017 Joseph was longlisted for BIFA’s Best Debut Screenwriter award for his film WHITE COLOUR BLACK. Joseph’s second feature film FACES had its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in 2018. The film stars Terry Pheto from Oscar-winning film Tsotsi. FACES won Best Feature Film at the 2018 Durban LGBT Film Festival and 2019 British Urban Film Festival. As a freelancer, Joseph is active in the LGBTQ and BAME sectors of the industry.
Sara Putt – for 25 years Sara has run Sara Putt Associates, the UK’s leader agency for freelance technicians and production personnel based at Shepperton Studios. Sara Putt Associates also runs an in-house Trainee Scheme supporting the next generation of freelance talent including those entrants from less traditional backgrounds. Sara is a BAFTA Trustee, sits on the Board of BAFTA, is Chair of BAFTA’s Learning & New Talent Committee & Deputy Chair of the BAFTA TV Committee.
Suki Gill said: “The Film and TV Charity is such an important and valuable charity providing help to those working within our industry at points when they need it the most. I’m really excited to be joining at a time of transformation under CEO Alex Pumfrey and, in my role as Trustee, look forward to supporting the charity’s ambition to scale its services for the future.”
Juliet Giles Romero said: “Creativity takes courage. It also requires community. I am therefore immensely proud to be joining The Film and TV Charity as it supports and enables film and television professionals so that they don’t have to face industry challenges alone.”
Joseph Adesunloye said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed a Trustee of the charity. I look forward to working with their great team to support and enhance the great work that The Film and TV Charity does at this exciting time.”
Sara Putt said: “I’m really delighted to be joining The Film and TV Charity as a Trustee at such an exciting time in their development. I’m a huge admirer of the work they do to support those working in the sector; in particular the Support Line and their extensive research into mental health in our industry is vitally needed. I hope I’ll be able to bring useful insight and perspective from my 30 years as an agent working with behind the camera film and TV talent, together with my work at BAFTA and Women in Film & TV”.