The BFI today announces that CEO Amanda Nevill has decided to step down from her position in early 2020. Amanda joined the BFI as CEO in 2003, the first female in the position, and transformed the BFI into the lead organisation for film, TV and the moving image and, in 2012, took on an new expanded remit as the UK’s National Lottery distributor for film.
BFI Chair Josh Berger said, “Amanda’s contribution to the BFI has been enormous and over her 16 year tenure she has completely transformed the organisation.
“I am hugely grateful to her for her tireless championing of film and filmmaking, for both protecting our national collection of film and television – the BFI National Archive – and making it accessible to audiences, for leading the charge on greater inclusion and diversity in our industry and much, much more.
“Thanks to Amanda, the BFI has never been in better shape and she leaves an incredible legacy behind her, all delivered with her extraordinary energy, passion and elegance.”
Amanda Nevill, CBE said, “I think the real test of any job is whether at the end you still feel as much excitement and eager energy to do things and make a difference as you did on your first few months…and I do.
“I have so much to be thankful for, I have learned so much, and had some of the most wonderful cultural moments that any human being could wish for. I have also been blessed with marvellous colleagues and Board members and I want to thank them all.
“But, after 16 brilliant but incredibly busy years, I’m excited to have some time to pursue other interests and new avenues… some of which I hope won’t be far away from this world for which I will always be a passionate advocate.”
The BFI Board of Governors has begun the recruitment process for the new BFI CEO.