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Twelve Awardees have been chosen from 157 applicants by an industry panel to each receive up to £5000 in order to progress their careers. The Awardees will be honoured this evening at a CTBF special industry event to celebrate 10 years of the JBAs.

Over the last 10 years the CTBF has given over £500,000 for talent development support to more than 100 Awardees. The newest Awardees will use the money to help towards practical professional development and activities associated with their projects, including: completing post-production; developing feature films and documentaries; and course tuition fees.

The 2017 Awardees are:

  • Natalie Cubides-Brady – Director/Producer (Documentary): having written and directed a short film through Film London’s Borough Production Fund, she is now studying documentary directing at the NFTS. Recipient of the British Cinema and Television Veterans’ grant for 2017. (London)
  • Lindsey Dryden – Writer/Director/Producer: the producer of Unrest, winner of the Special Jury Award at Sundance 2017, Lindsey is currently preparing her next feature film. (South West)
  • Nell Garfath-Cox – Writer/Producer: previously nominated for an RTS award, Nell is writing as part of Mrs&MrThomas and their award-winning script The Assessor is in development with Number 9 Films. (South-East)
  • Xenia Glen – Writer/Producer: recently selected for the Encounters Film Festival ‘Widening The Lens’ development scheme, Xenia is currently developing Foxhole with writer/director Daniel Bayle. (London)
  • Omar Hanif – Director/Producer: currently in post-production on The Big Fast, a feature documentary about the lives of British Muslims during the fasting month, Omar is also currently in pre-production on Food Bank Nation and City of Industry. (West Midlands)
  • Adam Jenkins – Writer/Director: has directed short films and been a First Assistant Director on the recent Cuckoo TV series and fellow JBA alumni’s directorial feature debut, The Ghoul. (London)
  • Douglas King – Writer/Director: nominated for the BAFTA Scotland New Talent awards, Douglas is currently developing a feature project. (Scotland)
  • Sharon Rapose – Writer/Producer: assistant producer on Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition, Sharon’s short screenplay The Silent Waltz is a finalist in the Austin Screenwriting Contest. (London)
  • Ben Sharrock – Writer/Director: winner of ten awards for his work including the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at Edinburgh International Film Festival for Pikadero. (Scotland)
  • David Thomas – Writer/Director/Producer: writing as part of Mrs&MrThomas, David’s The Assessor won the Shore Scripts Feature Award and is in development with Number 9 Films. (South-East)
  • Isla Ure – Writer/Director: after her award-nominated short film work and her directorial feature debut, Halcyon Heights, Isla is studying for an MA Scriptwriting at Bath Spa University and developing a play and a feature drama. (South-West)
  • Jody VandenBurg – Director/Filmmaker – Jody is working on a rough-cut of his Malcolm Hardee feature documentary about the enfant terrible of the alternative comedy scene. (London)

Read the press release .


The CTBF has today appointed Alex Pumfrey as its Chief Executive. Alex was formerly COO of Digital UK and has spent her career leading digital change in the creative industries. She will join the charity in October 2017.

Alex Pumfrey

Commenting on her appointment, Alex Pumfrey said,
"I am delighted to be joining the CTBF. The charity has an illustrious history of supporting people who work in the film and TV industry and the CTBF has huge potential to develop its services for the future. Our industry is undergoing enormous change in the digital age. The needs of those who work, or have worked, in this creative sector and of those young people who want to begin to develop their careers in it, are changing too. The charity is evolving to meet these needs and to provide easily accessible and appropriate support to talented and driven people, whilst helping them to sustain the success of our brilliant and world-leading film and TV industries."

CTBF President, John Pike, said,
"We're very pleased that Alex, who has a successful track record in leading change, will be joining us as CEO at a time when we will be making significant adjustments at the CTBF. Alex will be taking forward our transformative plans to make the charity an integral part of the moving image industry. She will be leading a new strategy to develop relevant UK-wide support services which extend our reach, are more accessible and meet the specific needs and challenges faced by those working in the industry today".

The Trustees would like to extend their gratitude to D’Arcy Myers for his support as the CTBF’s Interim CEO since September 2016.


16 June 2017

The CTBF completed the sale of Glebelands care home to Greensleeves Care, an award-winning care home charity that cares for more than 750 residents at its 20 homes across England.

The sale is a key part of The CTBF’s refocusing of the support it provides to people working behind the scenes in Cinema, TV and Film, to better meet their changing needs and lifestyles, including the desire to have care available closer to home, friends and family.

The sale secures the home’s future as a care home for current and future residents. Greensleeves Care is a specialist care provider which manages residential, dementia & nursing care homes across the Midlands, Southern and Eastern England, and has been providing high quality care for older people for 20 years. As a charitable trust, it is not-for-profit, so all funds available are invested back into its operations, helping them offer outstanding care and services to residents.

D'Arcy Myers, Interim CEO of The CTBF, commented:

"I'm really pleased we have been able to conclude the sale of Glebelands to Greensleeves Care as I believe they will build on its track record as a fantastic care home that provides a very personal and warm service to its residents.

“Glebelands has played a hugely important part in the services we have provided as a charity over the years and I'm very glad that it will remain an option for all of our beneficiaries in the future.

"Our plan is to concentrate on better meeting the changing needs of people working behind the scenes in Cinema, TV and Film, who find themselves in need for one reason or another."

Paul Newman, Chief Executive of Greensleeves Care, also welcomed the agreement:

"We are really looking forward to the residents and staff of Glebelands joining Greensleeves Care and extending our sector-leading support services to them.

"We have much in common and share fundamental values about our approach to care. Care is at the heart of everything we do. Like us, they are focused on making a positive difference to the lives of residents and we will work closely with them to ensure the handover is as smooth as possible."

The CTBF will use the income raised from the sale to increase the reach and impact of the support it offers to those people and families in the industry who are facing adversity or barriers to work. Its National Care Plan frees up beneficiaries and their parents to choose any Anchor Care Home in England at a preferential rate.


We will be making an announcement in the coming months about the next CTBF Royal Film Performance™ which is expected in the New Year.

D'Arcy Myers, Interim CEO of the CTBF says, "We're continuing discussions with distributors and relevant partners about selecting the film for the next CTBF Royal Film Performance™, which is a great celebration of our industry and plays an important role in promoting the work of the CTBF across the UK."

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John Pike joins with 30 years' experience

23 May 2017: London, UK - The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, commercial television and film, has today announced the appointment of its new President, John Pike. A professional with more than 30 years of corporate and commercial law experience, John will be responsible for helping the Film and TV charity to increase its profile, reach and impact.

John Pike said of his appointment: "I am delighted and honoured to be the new President of the charity which supports and is an integral part of the cinema, film and TV industry. We have some wonderful initiatives in the pipeline to help support and transform the lives of individuals who work behind the camera throughout the entirety of their careers. With my fellow trustees, staff and volunteers we have some exciting times ahead of us as we reach out to industry professionals and their families to make a difference for the better."

Prior to his role at The CTBF John was an integral member of the real estate and finance team at Osborne Clarke, where his primary role was to strengthen client relationships and enhance business development activities with the firm's banking client base. He was a partner at Dundas & Wilson and, prior to that, a partner in the real estate group at Stephenson Harwood from 1985 to 2011. He was appointed Stephenson Harwood's Chief Executive in May 1996 and held that position until April 2004, overseeing much of the change that has seen that firm re-energised.

Outgoing President, Barry Jenkins, OBE, will remain on the CTBF board.

The CTBF also extends its gratitude to the following long serving trustees who have retired: Former president, Anne Bennet; Derek Cooper; Steve Jaggs; Denise Parkinson and former president Ian Lewis.