BFI Governor (Member)

The successful Governor (Member) candidate will support the BFI in achieving its aims across a renewable four-year term, one-two days a month.

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity thrive.  We are a Government arm’s length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI is also a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.

The BFI is looking to appoint a Governor (Member) to the BFI Board of Governors, chaired by Josh Berger. The ideal candidate will help contribute to the BFI’s new five year plan and to support the organisation in achieving its aims to energise film culture in the UK, to build audiences and support the British film industry domestically and internationally.

BFI Patrons, Champions and Members are eligible to apply and will need to provide signatures of support from two others who meet the same criteria. Suitable candidates will be interviewed by the Nominations and Appointments Committee who will make a recommendation to the Board of Governors.

Applicants for the position of member Governor should meet the following criteria:

  • Active involvement in film
  • Demonstrated knowledge of film culture;
  • Board experience;
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience is preferable

The BFI has a real commitment to diversity and would welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates.

Governor positions are unpaid, except for the reimbursement of travel expenses, but BFI Governors enjoy free BFI Membership and have opportunities to attend BFI and film industry events. For an information pack, please email We’re delighted that the deadline for applications has been extended until Mon 31 Oct 2016.


Please note that the BFI Board of Governors resolved in January 2016 that this application process should replace the election process as the last two elections were invalid because less than ten percent of the electorate voted.  

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