Director Beeban Kidron has joined the UK Film Council's Board of Directors.

The appointment was made by Margaret Hodge MP, Minister for Culture, today. Kidron will serve on the board for four years until 1 July 2012.

Kidron is currently in post-production on her next film, Hippie Hippie Shake, for Working Title. Her past features include Used People and Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason.

She is also the co-founder, with Lindsay Mackie, of Filmclub, a government-backed scheme to bring film into schools across the UK.

Stewart Till CBE, Chairman of the UK Film Council, said: 'I'm delighted that Beeban is joining the UK Film Council's board. With her passion for inspiring young people about film and her work which spans documentaries through to big budget features, she has a knack of connecting with audiences on many different levels. I'm really pleased because the UK Film Council's board just keeps getting stronger and stronger.'

Kidron added: 'The UK Film Council has an important role in shaping the future of the British film industry, which is in itself is an important part of our cultural heritage and export. I am looking forward to joining the other board members under the leadership of Stewart Till, the Chairman, and John Woodward, the CEO, in developing opportunities for members of the film making community and making sure that our industry thrives and our history is well cared for.'