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BBC Worldwide's creative director for drama joins new Screen Yorkshire board


By The Drum Team | Editorial

May 3, 2012 | 2 min read

Screen Yorkshire has appointed three new board members including Sarah Doole, creative director for drama and head of indie drama at BBC Worldwide.

Also joining the organisation is charted accountant Ian Roe, who was based at Yorkshire Television in Leeds for 17 years and has held finance roles in Granada Production and latterly ITV Productions, where he was head of finance.

Completing the board is Richard Gerard, who held financial director roles at B&Q Logistics and ITV.

Their appointments comes as the organisation embarks on delivering a £15m Yorkshire Content Fund for TV, film, games and digital.

In further changes to the board, John Surtees, former director of resources at ITV and an existing Screen Yorkshire board member, takes over as chair from Steve Abbott (producer of A Fish Called Wanda; Brassed Off; and Michael Palin’s travel series).

Abbott is standing down after 10 years but continues on the board alongside Cameron McCracken (managing director of Pathe UK and executive producer of over 30 films, including The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire and The Iron Lady) and Charles Cecil (managing director of Revolution Software and developer of games franchises such as Broken Sword).

Surtees said: "I’m delighted to take over as Screen Yorkshire’s Chair and would like to thank Steve Abbott for going beyond the call of duty in guiding Screen Yorkshire since its formation ten years ago.

"We’re entering a new era for the organisation and I know that Sarah, Ian and Richard will bring an abundance of new skills to the organisation. Combined with the continued commitment and expertise of our existing board members we have the ideal balance for this new chapter for Screen Yorkshire."


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