BAFTA North America's Committees serve an important function in delivering the Academy's goals. Committees operate on an annual basis and are reformed each year. They are chaired by a serving BAFT North America Board Member and are comprised of Board Members, Members and Staff Members assigned to Committees based on areas of work. You can learn more about our Committees below.
Committees are typically formed at the beginning of each calendar year.
If you are a BAFTA Member and would like to submit your interest to join one of BAFTA North America's committees, please click here.
All submissions will be reviewed by the appropriate Committee Chair, based on specific skillsets and experiences required to deliver our plans.
Chair: Joyce Pierpoline
Represents the Film sector in North America. This may include securing guest speakers for the professional development events/programs, eligible titles for the screening program, and subjects for interview series. Committee may be asked to review applications and make recommendations for new membership from those working primarily in the Film industry. The Committee may also be called upon to offer a US perspective into the UK-based Film Committee’s conversations.
Chair: Tara Grace
Represents and support the TV sector in North America. This may include securing guest speakers for the professional development events/programs, eligible titles for the screening program, and subjects for interview series. Committee may be asked to review applications and make recommendations for new Members from those working primarily in the TV industry. The Committee also may be called upon to offer a US perspective into the UK-based TV Committee’s conversations.
Chair: Karl Stewart
Since 2018 the Games sector operates a single Games Committee based out of the UK with US representation. We are interested in hearing from Games professionals in the US who may be able to help deliver and grow our ambitions in the Games sector in North America.
Learning, Inclusion & Talent Committee
Chair: Nyasha Hatendi
Oversees the core goals, process, and programming for the various learning, inclusion and talent programs. Curates programs that provide a genuine level of structured support relevant to the various participants identified by BAFTA. Provides advice and guidance regarding educational best practices, and connections to potential valuable educational partnerships and grants.
Chair: Josephine Coyle
Maintains oversight of the Academy’s finances and provide financial guidance to the organization’s management. Develops and administers appropriate and successful financial plans, investments, and procedures to ensure the present and future financial health of the Academy.
Audit Committee (Active during Audit only)
Serves as the organization’s point of contact for external Auditors.
Increases awareness of BAFTA's year-round work and programs to wider and more diverse audiences in North America a) by collaborating and advising on strategic communication goals for BAFTA North America both internally and externally, (b) by working collaboratively with UK colleagues to elevate the BAFTA brand in North America and c) by developing opportunities for amplifying BAFTA’s work globally, including North America-based activity to UK audiences. To do this, the committee will collaborate with North America and UK Staffs and outside PR/Marketing agencies to lend North American expertise, perspectives and support for Communications matters including Press, Social Media Strategy, Marketing, Programs, Fundraising/Partnerships, and Events. The Committee will also serve as a standing resource for other BAFTA Committees seeking Comms expertise, where appropriate.
Sponsorship & Fundraising Committee
To advise upon and provide support for all fundraising activities including capital campaigns, personal donors, philanthropic support, grants, year-end giving, auctions, fundraising dinners etc. To advise upon, support, and provide warm leads for all commercial sponsorship activities including year-round annual partnerships and event-based partnerships.
Comprised of the Principal Officers (Chair, Deputy Chairs, Secretary and Treasurer), the Executive Committee ensures that management of the organization is consistent with the Bylaws, Policies and Strategic Goals of the Academy and maintains oversight of the various committees. The Committee can be empowered by the Board to make decisions between Board meetings, and to allocate financial resources.