Magazine article Screen International

Bectu Appoints Philippa Childs as First Female Head

Magazine article Screen International

Bectu Appoints Philippa Childs as First Female Head

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Gerry Morrissey to step down after a decade as head of broadcasting union.

Philippa Childs

Bectu has appointed its first female head to succeed Gerry Morrissey, who is stepping down after more than 10 years at the helm of the broadcasting union.

Philippa Childs, a former national secretary at parent trade union Prospect, will oversee Bectu’s five divisions: BBC, London production, regional production, independent broadcasting and arts and entertainment.

She takes up the role after Union Week concludes in mid-November.

“It’s a huge honour to be head of Bectu, and I’m proud to be the first woman to hold the position,” said Childs.

“I look forward to working alongside our members and reps to continue to fight for - and win - better working conditions for staff and freelancers in creative industries, through practical measures that make a real difference to their working lives. …

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