Entertainment union BECTU has appointed its first female leader.
Philippa Childs will take over as head of BECTU from Gerry Morrissey, who steps down on November 15 after more than a decade leading the union.
Childs, who was formerly national secretary at BECTU’s parent union Prospect, will begin the role on November 12.
She will oversee the work of BECTU’s five divisions: the BBC, London Production Division, Regional Production Division, Independent Broadcasting and Arts and Entertainment.
“It’s a huge honour to be head of BECTU, and I’m proud to be the first woman to hold the position. “The strength of our union lies in the commitment of its members and in the exceptional work done by staff and reps in workplaces across the country,” she said.