Newly created role will oversee all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies.

Emma Baehr

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that Emma Baehr has become its director of awards, a new role that oversees all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies. These include the EE British Academy Film Awards, held in February, and next month’s British Academy Children’s Awards.

The role will be responsible for the ongoing development of BAFTA’s Awards, ensuring output reaches a wide and diverse audience, increasing engagement with the film, television and games industries and identifying strategic partnerships. 

Baehr will report directly to BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry.

Baehr also joins Berry on BAFTA’s senior management team, whose members are: Clare Brown, director of production; Gilly Burgess, director of finance; Tim Hunter, director of learning and events; Kevin Price, chief operating officer; and Julian Shaw, director of BAFTA 195 Piccadilly.

As part of the restructure, BAFTA head of membership Jim Bradshaw also becomes acting head of film with responsibility for the EE British Academy Film Awards and will be supported by awards officer Bradley Down.

Berry said Baehr’s appointment will allow her “to move away from day-to-day management of the awards and broaden my remit across the organisation”.