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06 April 2017

Jennifer Smith appointed BFI Head of Diversity

The BFI has announced the appointment of Jennifer Smith as its new Head of Diversity.

She will be responsible for leading on diversity and inclusion across all BFI activity including the roll out of the Diversity Standards, building and implementing new partnerships and programmes, and working with government and the screen industries to improve diversity.

Smith joins the BFI from Circle Housing Group where she led on diversity and inclusion until 2015. During her tenure, Circle Housing went from 244th to 22nd in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index and at the same time into Race for Opportunity’s top 10 BAME employers within the public sector.

Smith said: “Lack of diversity and representation remain burning issues for the film and wider screen industries and I’m thrilled to be joining the BFI at a pivotal moment where we have a real opportunity to drive meaningful and lasting change.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work in an inspiring and creative sector and I take my responsibility in this role very seriously. I’m looking forward to working closely with colleagues across the industry to forge new partnerships to effect change and prioritise the diversification of our workforce, both on and off screen.”

Read more via Screen here.