We strongly believe that the membership of the BFI should remain an important force championing British film and contributing to the BFI’s charitable objectives, which is why the Board determined that in Member Governor elections, at least 10% of those eligible to vote must participate to ensure that the election is truly democratic and that the successful candidate has a proper mandate from fellow Members.
Being a Governor of the BFI, a registered Charity governed by Royal Charter and the lead body for film in the UK, is a valuable opportunity to help shape a vibrant British film culture and contribute towards a prosperous film industry. The role brings with it great responsibilities. We are blessed with a high calibre Board drawn from all corners of film and other disciplines and it includes the award-winning filmmaker Peter Kosminsky who, as existing Member Governor, is active on the Board and gives the BFI membership a strong voice.
Regrettably in the recent Member Governor election the number of eligible votes received represented less than the minimum 10% of the electorate required under Article 13 of the rules for electing a BFI Member to the Board. The election was therefore null and void. At a recent Board meeting it was determined that the vacant position of a second Member Governor will now be filled through the normal appointments process. A further vacancy will arise next year and the Board will decide on a course of action at that point.