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Mel Alcock named as Chair of the BBFC’s Council of Management

Date 27/09/2019

Mel Alcock has been named as the Chair of the BBFC’s Council of Management. He replaces retiring member Sonita Alleyne, who has been a member of the Council since 2009 and has been Chair since January 2019.  

Mel Alcock is also Chair of the Rio Dalston and Vice Chair of Cement Fields and most recently was Chief Operating Officer of Curzon.  He has spent thirty years in the media industry, holding senior roles in Fremantle, Disney and Sky. 

Sonita Alleyne said: “As I step down from my role on the Council of Management, I’d like to warmly welcome Mel who will be taking up the mantle. It’s been a fantastic ten years, and I’m sad that my time has come to an end - but I look forward to the future and have no doubt that Mel will make an excellent leader.”

Mel Alcock said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the post as Chair of the BBFC’s Council of Management. I am pleased to be working with my fellow council members and the whole of the BBFC during this exciting time of change.”

David Austin, Chief Executive of the BBFC, said: “I’d like to thank Sonita for her decade of service to the BBFC. Over the last ten years in her role, she has seen a great amount of change and transformation, and has helped take us from strength to strength. As we move into a new era, I’d like to warmly welcome Mel. With him he brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience, which will help guide us in the coming years.”

The BBFC's Council of Management is responsible for the BBFC's operational and strategic management and senior staff appointments. They have no involvement in classification decisions, which are handled solely by the Board of Classification.

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