James Bird has today joined the CEA National Office to add to the policy and public affairs capacity of the organisation.

Bird, who was most recently Private Secretary to Films Minister Margaret Hodge, previously worked on Government policy on the creative industries, including film.

Commenting on his arrival, he said “This is a very exciting time for the cinema industry and the CEA. There is huge potential to make progress on the interests of cinema exhibitors and I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues across the sector to help deliver on their priorities.”