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Anne Morrison, Chair of BAFTA on being only the second woman to be appointed to the post in the Academy’s 67 year history

Anne Morrison

Anne Morrison is the director of the BBC Academy and has recently become Chair of BAFTA, only the second woman to do so in its 67 year history. Anne directed and produced a range of documentaries and features programmes for the BBC before becoming controller of documentaries and contemporary factual programming. She launched the BBC Academy in 2009, and is responsible for training and development across the BBC.

Anne Morrison
Anne Morrison

 On 9th July 2014 the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced Anne Morrison as its new Chair at its AGM, succeeding John Willis. Anne has been Deputy Chair for the last year and her tenure as Chair will run for the next two years. Anne is the second woman to become Chair in the history of BAFTA (Hilary Bevan Jones was BAFTA’s first female Chair in 2006). 

Becoming Chair of BAFTA

I am delighted and deeply honoured to become Chair of BAFTA. Over the next two years I want to build on everything BAFTA has already achieved, from the prestigious Awards to the amazing year-round learning programme that supports, nurtures and develops new talent.

I look forward to sharing my passion for offering opportunities to talented young people, regardless of their background, and inspiring them to progress further in their careers. BAFTA has something for everyone, from young game designers to world-leading practitioners.

As the second woman to chair BAFTA in its 67 year history, I am indebted to our first female chair Hilary Bevan Jones for paving the way. I’m also delighted to be working closely with Amanda Berry OBE, the long standing Chief Executive of BAFTA.

Anyone who knows me, knows how important diversity in the broadest sense is to me and I’m interested in how BAFTA can continue to use its influence to help talented people overcome barriers which stand in the way of their success. This includes, for example, supporting and developing female directors and encouraging more girls to think of games as a career.