Directors UK, the professional association for British screen directors, has appointed Steve Smith as the new chair of its board.
Smith replaces the outgoing Beryl Richards, who is stepping down after two and a half years in the post.
He steps up from the role of vice chair, which he has been in for two years.
Smith is a director whose career in television has included stints on The Graham Norton Show on the BBC, as well as The New Paul O’Grady Show and Da Ali G Show.
Richards is departing after reaching the maximum term length of six years on the board.
During her tenure, she spearheaded campaigns on issues such as gender, diversity, pay, copyright and on the importance of training and career development for directors.
Andrew Chowns, Directors UK’s chief executive commented: “I would like to thank Beryl for all her work