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12 February 2018

Liz Tucker Takes Over Reins of WFTV Board as Cassandra Sigsgaard Steps Down

Last week, Liz Tucker (left) was elected the new Chairperson of the WFTV Board of Directors, after Cassandra Sigsgaard stepped down.

Cassandra has been a Board member for over a decade, and served as Deputy Chair under Elizabeth Karlsen before taking on the role of Chair in January 2016.

Commenting on her time on the Board, Cassandra said: “It has been such an honour to Chair the Board of WFTV for the past two years. In that time, and in all the time I have served on the Board, the organisation has grown, both in terms of our offer to members, and our influence on policy makers and the industry as we continue to push for gender equality. Last year was a watershed: Harvey, #metoo, Time’s Up and the gender pay gap. We are at a pivotal point of social, cultural and political change, and WFTV, under the continued leadership of our formidable CEO, Kate Kinninmont, is at the forefront of how we as an industry are responding to this.

Things are also moving at pace for me as a producer, with three fantastic feature films gearing up, including the comedy Enter the Dragons by former WFTV mentee, Joy Wilkinson. I have therefore had to make the hard decision to step down from the Board, but have done so with the greatest confidence that under the leadership of our new Chair, Liz Tucker, the dedicated and impressive women who make up the Board will continue to help Kate steer WFTV and represent the membership in the continued fight for equality.”

Liz is also no stranger to the Board, having first been elected in 2010. Prior to that, she had served on the WFTV Events Committee, running the popular Meet the Commissioner strand.

Reflecting on her appointment, Liz made the following statement: “I am absolutely delighted to have been elected as the new Chair of WFTV. First of all, I’d like to thank Cassandra so much for her tremendous commitment and contributions to WFTV. But the good news for us is that she will still be a WFTV member, so she won’t get rid of us that easily!

The last twelve months have shown more clearly than ever the absolutely essential need for WFTV. This really does feel like a pivotal moment in our history that we need to seize. Occasionally in the past, people have said to me “Do we really still need an organisation like Women in Film and TV”? But I don’t think anybody is saying that any longer.

So as chair, along with the rest of the board we will be doing our very best to bring about change, by knocking on doors and influencing and lobbying key decision makers, because change will only happen if we make it happen. And all the support from you our members will be key during this critically important time. Many of you I know already, but those I don’t, I look forward to meeting soon.

I am really keen to understand your thoughts and concerns too and will be holding a regular one-to-one telephone surgery, during the first Friday of every month from 9:00am – 10:00am. The first surgery will be held on Friday 2 March. If you would like to book a time to talk to me, please e-mail the WFTV office on admin@wftv.org.uk. Many thanks and I look forward to talking soon.”

WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont added: “It has been a pleasure working with Cassandra throughout her time on the Board and we are very sorry to see her go. However, it is an exciting period in her career and we wish her all the very best. It’s fantastic for the organisation to have some one as experienced as Liz, who has been on the Board for almost eight years, to take on the role of Chair at what is a crucial time within the industry. I am looking forward to working with Liz and the rest of the Board to continue to do everything we can for women in our industry.”

Find out more about new Chairperson Liz Tucker and the rest of the WFTV Board of Directors here.