Alice Morrison has stepped down as chief executive of Manchester based regional screen agency Vision+Media.

Morrison’s announcement that she was leaving came after a board meeting yesterday, in which the Vision+Media team agreed a “road map for change”, following this week’s news that the regional screen agencies were going to be restructured into Creative England.

Speaking to Screen on Monday following the government’s announcements, Morrison was positive about the future of Creative England, hinting that Manchester was a strong contender to be one of three “film centres” to be established as part of Creative England. However she did reveal that there were likely to be redundancies at the agency.

She told Screen today that everything she said on monday still stands. “This is long planned and having succeeded in gaining Creative England, my bit is done. We always said that with the government change and all the planned changes, that we were going to shrink a lot, and change significantly, and part of that change is a change in leadership, which is entirely appropriate.”

A former journalist, Morrison has been at Vision+Media since 2002.

Paul Taylor, its director of business delivery will now take over leadership of the company when Morrison leaves next month to compete in the Tour D’Afrique, the longest cycle race in the World, which runs from Cairo to Cape Town.