Sandi Toksvig has been named president of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
The comedian, writer and television presenter was announced as the union’s new president at its annual general meeting in London, taking over immediately.
The Writers’ Guild represents writers working across all entertainment forms in the UK, including TV, film, theatre and radio, as well as books, comedy, poetry, animation and video games.
Toksvig takes over from Olivia Hetreed, who held the position for six years.
Toksvig said: “I am honoured to take my place at the end of such a long line of illustrious presidents – JB Priestley, Maureen Duffy, David Edgar, David Nobbs and Rosemary Anne Sisson, to name but a few.
“They were all leading writers and campaigners of their times and I pick up the baton from Olivia Hetreed who worked tirelessly to stamp out the bullying and harassment and gender inequality that blights the screen and other industries in which we writers work.”
She takes over as the Writers’ Guild celebrates its 60th anniversary.
In addition to Toksvig’s appointment, Call the Midwife writer Lisa Holdsworth became the union’s new chair, alongside several other new elected officers.