Industry professional James Lennox has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Film Education, the industry-funded charity which supports the development of a new generation of cinema-goers.

Lennox joins Film Education from his most recent role as Chief Executive Officer of the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT), where he led the fight against film theft in all its forms.

Commenting on his new role, Lennox said:

‘I am delighted to have been asked to lead Film Education. I strongly believe in the power of film as a force for education, personal development and enjoyment. I look forward to working with Ian Wall and the Film Education team to take the organisation to even greater heights.’

The announcement is particularly timely, coming in the weeks leading up to Film Education’s flagship event, National Schools Film Week, the largest festival for children and young people in the World. Taking place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 14 – 22 October and Scotland from 28 October – 5 November, the festival will provide free screenings for over 400,000 school children aged 5-18 at cinemas across the country.

In addition to NSFW, Film Education has in recent years also supported the development and dissemination of study aids related to specific films as well as more generic teaching support packs.

Film Education is funded by the industry body All Industry Marketing (AIM), as well as by many of its constituent members.

Welcoming Lennox’s appointment, Film Education Chairman Barry Jenkins OBE said:

‘James comes to Film Education with a strong track record in business management and delivery. I am sure that colleagues across the industry look forward to working with him to ensure that Film Education continues to provide stimulating and rewarding film experiences to children and young people across the country.’