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BAFTA Scotland Appoints Sarah Walmsley as Chair

30 June 2014

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland is delighted to announce that Sarah Walmsley has been elected as Chair of BAFTA Scotland, succeeding Claire Mundell after her two-year tenure.

Sarah Walmsley has a led a rich and varied career in television production and founded Raise the Roof Productions with Jane Muirhead, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer in 2010.   In the four years since, Walmsley has overseen the development and production of over 200 hours of television and 10 network series which have been sold to 37 countries worldwide. Raise the Roof Productions is now the largest true independent and Channel 4’s biggest supplier in Scotland. 

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “We thank Claire Mundell for all her hard work over the last two years and are thrilled to announce Sarah Walmsley as the new Chair of BAFTA Scotland.  She is a highly respected figure in the television industry, with a wealth of experience to apply to the role.  The build-up for 2014’s British Academy Scotland Awards has begun and we've already received a good amount of entries - coupled with Sarah's election, we're looking forward to a bright, ambitious year for BAFTA Scotland.”

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About BAFTA Scotland

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York.

BAFTA Scotland has been championing the country’s film, television and game industries since 1989, celebrating and rewarding excellence through its annual British Academy Scotland Awards and BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards. BAFTA Scotland is at the core of Scotland’s screen industries, regularly engaging its members and the wider industry while reaching out to the public via a comprehensive range of screenings, educational events and masterclasses.

BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work.

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