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Culture Secretary Reappoints Three Board Members of the British Film Institute

John Whittingdale has reappointed Pat Butler, Oona King and J. Timothy Richards to the Board of the British Film Institute for terms of four years each.


Pat Butler is a partner at The Resolution Group and an expert in corporate and business strategy, operations and performance improvement. Prior to joining The Resolution Group, he was Senior Director at McKinsey & Co. From 2006 to 2010, he led McKinsey’s European Retail Financial Services Practice and before that led the firm’s UK Financial Institutions Practice. Before McKinsey, Pat qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. He is the Chair of the Finance Committee and is a non-executive Director for the Bank of Ireland, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Towergate Insurance Limited, Res Media Limited and the Resolution Foundation. He is about to step down from his role as non-executive Director for British Business Investments Limited. His second term as a Governor commenced on 18 February 2016 and will finish on 17 February 2020.

Oona King is a member of the House of Lords (appointed Baroness King of Bow in January 2011) and a Diversity Executive at Channel 4. She was previously Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister on Equalities and Diversity (2007-09) at 10 Downing Street. Oona is also a broadcaster, writer and political campaigner. Other roles have included Vice-Chair of the British Council (1998-2002), Chair of the All-Party Group on Business Services (1998-2001), Vice-Chair of London Labour MPs (1997-2005), and Treasurer of Friends of Islam (2001-2005). Oona is a Trustee of the Tower Hamlets Youth Sports Foundation. Her second term as a Governor commenced on 6 March 2016 and will finish on 5 March 2020.

J. Timothy Richards is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vue Entertainment International, the fifth largest cinema operator in the world, with over 90 million annual admissions from 1860 screens in 209 state-of-the-art cinemas in 10 countries worldwide. Tim has been heavily involved in assisting and promoting British film for the past 18 years, through his directorships at Film London, BAFTA, Creative Skillset, Cinema Association UK, and the British Screen Advisory Council. He was appointed by DCMS in 2012 to a Peer Review of the UK Film Council and in 2011 to the British Film Policy Review. In 2006, Tim won the Ernst and Young overall UK Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2015 was awarded the Variety Children’s Fund Humanitarian of the Year award for his charitable work. His second term as a Governor commenced on 14 May 2016 and will finish on 13 May 2020.

In accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice, Oona King has declared that she has spoken on behalf of a Labour Party candidate, has canvassed on behalf of the Labour Party and has helped at elections.

Published 19 May 2016