The BFI has appointed Vue CEO Tim Richards and former Disney exec Alison Cornwell to its governing board.

Richards, the founder and CEO of Vue Entertainment, has more than 20 years of experience in international cinema exhibition. Earlier this month, it was announced that Vue had been acquired by two Canadian investment groups, with Richards retaining a substantial equity stake and continuing to manage the business.

Cornwell is a finance executive with film, television and broadcasting experience gained with major US studios and with independent companies. After launching and managing 40 international TV channels for Disney, she left in 2005 to become CFO of Sparrowhawk, which was sold to NBC Universal at the end of 2007.

Since 2008, Cornwell has been CFO of distributor Alliance Films and led the exit process when ther owners decided to sell the business. She is currently working with new owners eOne.

BFI chair Greg Dyke said: “Alison and Tim will help the BFI realise its ambitions and steer a path through the challenges it faces, particularly in the changing landscape of distribution and exhibition.”

The other governors  are Josh Berger CBE, Ashley Highfield, Tom Hooper, Matthew Justice, Peter Kosminsky, Libby Savill (Deputy Chair), Cy Young, Pat Butler, Charles Cecil MBE and Baroness Oona King.