BAFTA has appointed former Sky Studios Chief Content Officer Jane Millichip as its next Chief Executive.

BAFTA said Millichip was selected by its Board of Trustees following an “extensive and highly competitive search.”

She will take up the role in October and replaces long service CEO Amanda Berry who has taken over as CEO of The Royal Foundation, the charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Jane Millichip: Chief Executive, BAFTA

Millichip joins following the redevelopment of BAFTA’s London headquarters at 195 Piccadilly and the expansion of its North America operations, which unified BAFTA’s New York and Los Angeles branches.

Millichip most recently served as Sky Studios’ Chief Content Officer and prior to that as its Chief Commercial Officer.

The first new CEO in 20 years

Previously as managing director of Sky Vision, Millichip established and built Sky’s production portfolio and distribution business, acquiring and managing production companies in the UK and US.

She also spearheaded Sky Studios’ commitment to Planet Placement and albert, the BAFTA-owned screen industry organisation for environmental sustainability. She is also a Trustee of SEEd – a sustainability and environmental education charity. 

BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar said: “This is the first time the CEO role has been available at BAFTA in over 20 years and I’m thrilled that we’ve pulled off a real coup in finding Jane, an inspirational leader who shares BAFTA’s values for making the screen industries more accessible, inclusive and environmentally sustainable.”

Millichip said: “BAFTA is a world-renowned brand and arts charity; entrusting its welfare to a new CEO is no small matter. I salute Amanda Berry and Kevin Price for their long-standing and impressive tenure, and I am honoured to be given this opportunity to take the organisation forward in the next chapter of BAFTA’s story.”

She added: “Increasing accessibility, inclusion and relevance for the beneficiaries of BAFTA’s learning initiatives, for its members, for the screen industries and for public audiences, alongside a focused growth strategy, will enable BAFTA to evolve and deliver its charitable goals for years to come. I have seen the passion and commitment from all those involved in the organisation, and I am thrilled to be joining such a brilliant team.”

To find out more about the albert sustainability project, read: Sustainability - how albert is expanding its reach