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Culture Secretary Extends the Terms of Two Board Members of the British Film Institute

John Whittingdale has extended the terms of appointment of Charles Cecil MBE and Alison Cornwell until 31 October 2016.


Charles Cecil is a video game designer and co-founder of Revolution Software. In 2011 he was awarded an MBE for services to the computer games industry. Charles is a member of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee. He is on the Board of Governors of Screen Yorkshire, and is a member of the Council of the University of York.

Alison Cornwell is Group Chief Financial Officer of Vue Entertainment International. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990 and spent 5 years in corporate finance before joining Disney’s International TV business where she was head of finance. In 2005 she was appointed Chief Financial Officer of a private equity owned international TV broadcasting business which resulted in a successful sale to NBC Universal almost 3 years later. Alison was subsequently appointed as CFO of the international film distribution company, Alliance Films, and during her 6 year tenure the business expanded and developed to include a very successful film financing division. She is also the Chair of the BFI’s Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.

Published 19 May 2016