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British Equity Collecting Society appoints new Chief Executive

2 April 2011

Andy Prodger

Twelve years after being set up by Equity, it is fitting that BECS and Equity have agreed that the current Assistant General Secretary of Equity, Andy Prodger, should take on a full-time role as Chief Executive of BECS from 1 May 2011. The arrangements were endorsed by Equity Council at its meeting on 15 February. Contractual arrangements have since been agreed.

Andy Prodger has been seconded by Equity to work as part-time CEO of BECS since 1 June 2008.

Since that time BECS’ distributions to members have grown very significantly.

In 2009, BECS distributed approximately £7million to audio-visual performers. In 2010 the total distributed rose to £7.76 million.

Having joined Equity in 1998 as Opera and Dance Organiser, Andy Prodger became Assistant General Secretary of Equity in April 1999 with responsibility for Film and Television.

As such Andy has been closely connected with the work of BECS since it was established.

Jean Rogers, Chairman of BECS, and Christine Payne, General Secretary of Equity, welcomed the move.

Jean commented: “As Chairman of BECS, I am extremely pleased that Andy Prodger has agreed to become full- time CEO of the organisation. I know that I speak on behalf of the Board when I say he is the ideal person to strengthen and maintain the mutually beneficial relationship between BECS and Equity, which is in the interests of all audio-visual performers”.

Christine commented: “I am delighted that Andy will become the full-time Chief Executive Officer of BECS and that the close working relationship developed between Equity and BECS, particularly over the last two years, will be maintained. Together we shall continue to work hard and in partnership to initiate and seek opportunities which will benefit our members now and in the future. “

Andy Prodger will take on his new role from 1 May. Since BECS’ offices are now in Guild House, he will continue to work closely with former colleagues and will assist with handover of previous duties on a consultancy basis for five months following the move.

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