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Third women’s leadership programme from UK’s ICO

Eight senior festival and exhibition managers have been selected for the third round of the Women’s Leadership programme run by the UK’s Independent Cinema Office.

The participants in the four-month development initiative run by the cinema training body include Melanie Iredale, deputy director at Sheffield Doc/Fest and interim director for the 2019 edition; Jen Skinner, founder and director of Scottish film promotion body Screen Argyll; and Juliet Tweedie, head of development at Edinburgh’s Centre for Moving Image.

The programme of talks and mentorship will feature leading industry figures including Caroline Norbury, Creative England CEO; Briony Hanson, director of film at the British Film Council; Jaki McDougall, CEO at Glasgow Film; and Gaylene Gould, creative director, presenter and cultural ambassador for London.

Of the participants from the first run of the initiative in 2015, the ICO says 75% have either moved to a new role or been promoted within their organisation. They include Holli Keeble, chief executive of Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema since January 2018; and Gali Gold, head of cinema at London’s Barbican since May 2018. Both Keeble and Gold are among the mentors for the new cohort…

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