Number 9 producer Elizabeth Karlsen is the new chair of the WFTV (UK) board of directors.

Karlsen co-founded Number 9 Films with Stephen Woolley in 2002 and her credits include Made In Dagenham, How To Lose Friends & Alienate People, Sounds Like Teen Spirit, Great Expectations and Byzantium.

Karlsen said: “I have long been a supporter of Women in Film and Television and am very honoured to be leading the board at this exciting time in the organisation’s history. I’m looking forward to working with the Board and staff to keep expanding opportunities for our members and all women across the industry.”

WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont added: “We’re all delighted to welcome Liz as our new Chair of the Board. She is one of the UK’s top producers, a truly inspirational and dynamic woman and we are all greatly looking forward to working with her.”

The previous chair was Jana Bennett.

WFTV holds its annual awards tomorrow at London’s Hilton Park Lane.