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Laura Mansfield appointed ScreenSkills chief exec

Outline Productions co-founder and managing director succeeds Seetha Kumar from next month.

ScreenSkills has named Outline Productions’ managing director Laura Mansfield as its next chief executive, Broadcast can reveal.

She will succeed Seetha Kumar, who decided to stand down in the summerafter eight years in the role. Mansfield will assume her role from mid-January 2024, reporting to chair Richard Johnston.

As chief, Mansfield will work with ScreenSkills’ leadership team and board to build on its strategy to provide training and development programmes for the sector’s workforce, industry leadership and expertise.

She will also work with cross-industry partners and collaborate with the Skills Task Force to deliver the objectives published in its recent report, which outlined the need for a pan-sector approach to skills shortages.

Mansfield said: “I’m passionate about supporting the development of people in our industry – whether that’s helping new starters or those who are mid-career and upskilling to move genre or role.

“I’m also looking forward to working with our partners across the UK. It’s a challenging but also exciting time for the screen industries and I’m encouraged by the recognition from the Skills Task Force that the industry needs to come together to build a long-term skills strategy to ensure the UK remains world-leading and best in class.”

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