Jennifer Smith has been appointed to the newly created post of Head of Diversity at the British FiIm Institute (BFI).
As Head of Diversity Jennifer is responsible for leading on diversity and inclusion across all BFI activity-identified as key strategic priorities in the BFI 2022 five year strategy.
This includes continuing the pioneering work of the BFI’s Diversity Standards –now also adopted by Film4 and BAFTA –as well as building and implementing new partnerships and programmes to place the BFI at the vanguard of activity on diversity and inclusion working across its leadership, workforce, public programmes, policy areas and funding streams. Jennifer will additionally work closely with colleagues in government and across the film and screen industries to support opportunities to make film in the UK more inclusive and representative, both on-and off-screen.
Jennifer Smith said: "Lack of diversity and representation remain burning issues for the film and wider screen industries and I'm thrilled to be joining the BFI at a pivotal moment where we have a real opportunity to drive meaningful and lasting change.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to work in an inspiring and creative sector and I take my responsibility in this role very seriously. I'm looking forward to working closely with colleagues across the industry to forge new partnerships to effect change and prioritise the diversification of our workforce, both on and off screen."
The BFI has committed to a number of measures with diversity and inclusion at their heart, which Jennifer will play a key role in delivering. These include leading a major new 10 year skills strategy to create new opportunities for 1000s of individuals from all backgrounds from across the UK to join and progress within UK film, working with producers active in the UK to create the right conditions so that all productions in the UK can voluntarily adopt the BFI Diversity Standards, and using the power of the BFI cultural programme to spotlight issues of representation on screen.