Screen Yorkshire announces appointment of new Chief Executive

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by Rachael Hesno
Screen Yorkshire - Caroline Cooper Charles

Screen Yorkshire has announced it has appointed Caroline Cooper Charles as its new Chief Executive, replacing Sally Joynson.

Sally Joynson announced in October that she plans to retire and step down as CEO after 16 years at the helm.

Caroline Cooper Charles will take up the new role as CEO moving on from her existing position at Screen Yorkshire as Head of Creative, and has a career spanning 25 years within the screen industries. 

Since taking up the role of Head of Creative in 2020, she has managed Screen Yorkshire’s ‘Yorkshire Content Fund’, overseeing investments and acting as production executive on TV dramas including Ackley Bridge and feature films including Ali & Ava.  

In former roles, she has spent time as the Talent Development Executive for Scottish Film Talent Network, Head of Film at Creative England, and spent a year as Director of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival. 

Caroline Cooper Charles said: “Since joining Screen Yorkshire in 2018, I have found it an immensely welcoming, remarkable and inspiring place to work. The company has such an important role in ensuring that the screen industries in Yorkshire & Humber continue to thrive and grow in a manner which reflects the fantastic talent that we have in our region.” 

 “As Screen Yorkshire moves into its third decade it will be an absolute privilege to take forward the incredible legacy that has been built by Sally Joynson and lead the brilliant team that delivers this work.” 

John Surtees, Chair of Screen Yorkshire, added: “We congratulate Caroline on her appointment as Chief Executive. Her impressive track record working within the screen industries for many years, combined with her strong vision for the future of Screen Yorkshire, made her an outstanding candidate for the role, amongst a competitive field of high calibre applicants.” 

She will take up the role of Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire on 1 January 2022.

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