Andrew Meehan has been appointed Development Executive at the Irish Film Board (IFB). Working directly with chief executive Simon Perry, Meehan will participate in evaluating development funding applications for feature film projects, and in the management of projects selected for support.

As a member of the IFB's core creative team, Andrew will also play a close consultative role with regard to feature film, documentary, animation and short film projects submitted for production funding.

Meehan comes to the IFB with eight years' experience as a writer and script editor. He was recently a writer on the Sigma Films/Zentropa Films Advance Party trilogy - the first of which is Andrea Arnold's Red Road - and has had a number of scripts in development with broadcasters and production companies in the UK.

Before writing full-time Andrew was head of development at Antonine Films (Orphans and Magdalene Sisters) in Glasgow and then at Accomplice Television (Pure Mule and Bachelors Walk) in Dublin.

Meehan's appointment concludes a complete change in senior staff at the IFB, a process that began as part of a restructuring process in September 2005, prior to the appointment of Simon Perry as chief executive.