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FILM NATION UK Announces New Chief Executive

12 Jul 2013

The board of trustees of FILM NATION UK today announced the appointment of Paul Reeve to the position of Chief Executive.

Paul Reeve comes to FILM NATION UK from the Royal Opera House where he is currently Director of Learning and Engagement. He will take up his post in late September.

FILM NATION UK is a new organisation, building on the work of leading education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, and created to deliver the BFI’s 5-19 Education Scheme.

Paul was the unanimous choice of the FILM NATION UK board bringing with him a wealth of experience in arts education and a love of film. Aged 48, he has been at the Royal Opera House for the past 13 years, starting as Opera Education Manager, becoming Deputy Director of Education in 2004 and Director in 2006. Prior to joining the Royal Opera House, Paul held educational positions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and English Touring Opera. He is also Chair of East London Dance, one of the country’s leading dance development organisations.

Under his leadership, learning and community engagement has made a central contribution to the organisation's transformation since the millennium. Developments have included a major expansion of educational programmes and schemes to widen access, the establishment of Thurrock as ROH’s ’second home’ and a range of digital initiatives to increase reach and support learning.

Paul said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of FILM NATION UK. I’m hugely excited to be given the opportunity to lead an organisation that will ensure film education plays a dynamic, UK-wide role both in the creative, cultural and educational development of young people, and the development of audiences and the next generation of talent for the film industry.

I’m looking forward to working with the Board, colleagues and a broad range of partners to build on the great practice already in place to create a new programme that provides a film education offer for young people across the UK of a scale, reach and quality unparalleled anywhere in the world.”

Mark Higham, currently FILMCLUB Chief Executive, will be contributing to FILM NATION UK in a new role as a consultant. Remaining in position over the next few months, he will work with the board of trustees to oversee the converging activities of FILMCLUB and First Light towards one organisation and working with partners. He will continue to direct National Youth Film Festival 2013, which takes place at the end of October beforemoving to a new consultancy role with FILM NATION UK later in the year. Leigh Thomas, currently First Light Chief Executive, will continue to bring First Light into FILM NATION UK’s emerging plans as well as championing filmmaking and its role in the new unified offer.

Working closely with teachers, educators and youth leaders, FILM NATION UK will provide a significant step change in education provision. It will develop within children and young people a life long passion for film, encouraging them to learn about and learn through film.