John Woodward was appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council "in November 1999 and set up the UK 's lead strategic body for film.
"Woodward has an extensive track record in heading up other film and television industry organisations. Prior to joining the Film Council he was Director of the British Film Institute (1998-1999) working with BFI Chairman Alan Parker and was instrumental in refocusing the BFI as an educational body.
"Before that, as Chief Executive of the Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), Woodward set up and ran the most successful and influential trade association in the UK film and television industry representing the commercial interests of some 1,000 film and television companies. Previously Woodward had ran the successful "25% campaign" forcing the BBC and ITV to buy 25% of their programmes from independent producers. Woodward also successfully lobbied for the introduction of tax breaks for film production investment and the introduction of Lottery funding for film.
"Woodward is a co-founder and board member of Skillset, the film and television industry training organisation. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a member of the Video Consultative Council of the British Board of Film Classification." 
Resources and articles
- John Woodward, UK Film Council, accessed June 29, 2010.