Alex Pumfrey, the CEO of the U.Okay.’s Movie and TV Charity, is about to go away the group after practically six years within the put up.
Pumfrey, who joined as CEO in October 2017, has overseen a serious transformation of the charity, together with a full rebrand (it was previously often called the Cinema and Tv Benevolent Fund), and a shift in its focus from monetary and later life help to psychological well being and wellbeing help for these working behind the scenes throughout the movie and TV trade.
Throughout Pumfrey’s tenure, the charity undertook its first Trying Glass survey, which revealed in early 2020 that just about 90 p.c of individuals working within the U.Okay.’s movie, TV and cinema industries had skilled psychological well being points, far above the nationwide common. The survey — which claimed there was a “psychological well being disaster inside the U.Okay. movie and tv trade” — prompted Pumfrey to guide the creation of a Psychological Well being Taskforce, that includes senior personnel from main movie and TV companies, trade our bodies, and wider stakeholder organizations, who labored collectively to ship new initiatives equivalent to an recommendation service for bullying and psychological well being toolkit for productions.
It wasn’t lengthy after the primary Trying Glass survey that the COVID pandemic hit, throughout which the Movie and TV Charity helped increase from than £6 million ($7.2 million) to help greater than 10,000 movie and TV professionals who had misplaced their livelihoods because of the lockdown and ensuing restrictions on manufacturing. One in 5 of the two,000 recipients of the Covid Emergency Aid fund mentioned they’d have misplaced their dwelling with out the charity’s intervention.
Since Pumfrey joined in 2017, the variety of shoppers the charity serves has additionally grown greater than 20-fold from 500 to greater than 10,000 per 12 months; and fundraising revenue has trebled.
“It has been the best privilege to guide the transformation of the Movie and TV Charity and see the workforce’s phenomenal work make our attain and impression soar,” mentioned Pumfrey. “Working in a purpose-driven group amongst wonderful colleagues is a big pleasure, and I wish to pay tribute to their achievements, because it actually is teamwork. My mission once I arrived in 2017 was to safe the charity’s relevance, impression and monetary sustainability – and I’ll go away glad in a job completed, but additionally excited that there’s a lot extra the charity will go on obtain in its future.”
Pumfrey will stay on the charity till the tip of Could when an interim CEO will probably be introduced. The recruitment of the subsequent chair of trustees will open on March 6, with the brand new chair then anticipated to guide the recruitment of Pumfrey’s alternative.
“During the last six years Alex has led the transformation of the charity, working with the workforce and the Board to develop the technique to 2030,” mentioned interim chair of the charity’s board of trustees Andrew Wilson-Mouasher. “Because the group faces into its hundredth 12 months, it’s now much better geared up to meaningfully assist these working behind the scenes in movie, TV and cinema with the challenges and limitations they face, and the technique that Alex and her workforce are actually implementing means it’s well-placed to proceed to fulfill these wants over the subsequent hundred years. I wish to pay tribute to her tireless arduous work, strong spirit, and to her compassion – she gained’t be simple to exchange however I, and the entire charity’s Trustees, want her the easiest for the long run.”