The UK Cinema Association has warmly welcomed today’s announcement of the appointment of Vue International founder and CEO Tim Richards as the new Chair of the British Film Institute (BFI).

Tim will take over the role from 16 February and serve a three-year term.

The public appointment was made by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, who said:

“The BFI showcases the great creativity and innovation of the U.K.’s hugely successful screen sectors, which are already bouncing back strongly. I know Tim will be a brilliant champion for the industry and his extensive experience will help ensure the BFI plays an important role in our cultural and economic recovery.”

Responding to today’s news, Tim said:

“I am honored and thrilled to have been asked to chair the BFI, especially at such a crucial time for the arts and cultural sector. British film and television have always had a unique power to inspire people globally and I am confident that Britain’s talent and creativity will help lead the screen industries to a great future.”

BFI chief executive Ben Roberts noted:

“It’s great news that Tim Richards will be the BFI’s new chair. Having been on the BFI board for 7 years, Tim is already under the skin of our organization, and has been an incredible supporter and champion of the work we do across film culture. His experience and knowledge of the business of film, particularly across exhibition but also across skills and education, will be enormously valuable to the BFI and I am very much looking forward to working closely with him as he steers us into our next exciting chapter.”

The UK Cinema Association is delighted that Tim – who has been a key supporter of the organisation’s work and is hugely well-respected across the entire global cinema industry – will be leading the BFI’s efforts to support the UK film and cinema sector during these most challenging of times and beyond.