Published: 6th May 2020

Five new members appointed to the Advisory Panel on Children’s Viewing

Five new members have been appointed to the British Board of Film Classification’s (BBFC) Advisory Panel on Children’s Viewing (APCV).

Established in 1999, the APCV meets three times a year and advises the BBFC on issues concerning the interests of children and young people. Its members provide a wide range of skills and expertise connected with child welfare and development, and contribute to the development of BBFC policy.

The new members are Dr Linda Papadopoulos, Catherine Doran, James Lockwood, Catherine McAllister and Dr Helen Molden.

  • Dr Linda Papadopoulos is one of the most well-known and respected psychologists working in the UK today. Linda’s 20 year career as a research scientist and practicing psychologist has led to her work being published in some of the most well-regarded academic journals and given rise to a high profile media career.

  • Catherine Doran has spent her career providing and developing services, policy and regulation to enhance and protect the lives of children and young people. She is currently Non Executive Director at the Children and Families Court Advisory Service and at the charity Over the Wall, part of the Serious Fun Network.

  • James Lockwood has worked in education for more than two decades and has served as Headmaster at Woodhouse Grove School, Bradford since 2016.

  • Catherine McAllister has worked in children’s media since 2005. As the Head of Editorial Standards at BBC Children’s, Catherine is an expert in policy and practice related to digital and broadcast content for children and young people.

  • Dr Helen Molden is Senior Paediatric Psychologist at Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, with over 20 years’ experience working with children and young people, including periods at BBC Children in Need and Childline.

Patrick Swaffer, President of the BBFC, said: “The APCV plays an invaluable role in helping the BBFC set policy and guiding us in our decision making.  I am delighted to welcome Linda, Catherine, James, Catherine and Helen to the Panel. Their knowledge and expertise will add real value to the work of the BBFC, and I am looking forward to working with them.”

The BBFC is grateful to Nurole for their help and support during the recruitment process.