Pippa Cross, the producer of Shooting Dogs and forthcoming Heartless, has joined the UK Film Council's Board of Directors.

Her appointment will run for four years from today.

Pippa Cross has been active in the UK film industry as a financier, executive producer and producer for nearly 20 years. Since 2002 she has been a Director of CrossDay Productions, an independent film and TV production company.

Her credits with CrossDay include Rwandan genocide film Shooting Dogs directed by Michael Caton-Jones and the upcoming Heartless from acclaimed British director Philip Ridley.

Commenting on the appointment, Stewart Till CBE, Chairman of the UK Film Council said: 'I am delighted that Pippa Cross is joining the UK Film Council Board. She has a wealth of experience in the film industry and as a Screen South Board member, she is well equipped to serve both the UK Film Council and represent the voice of the regions. I am confident that she will do a fantastic job in fulfilling this role.'

Pippa Cross commented: 'It is an honour to be asked to join the Board and I hope to make a particular contribution in highlighting the great work that is being done to develop filmmaking talent in the regions and take filmmaking into the community. The climate now is difficult for everyone but with determination we can ensure the talent base is protected and nourished across the country.'

From 1993 to 2002, Cross was the Head of Film at Granada Media. She is a member of BAFTA, sits on the advisory panel of the British Independent Film Awards, and is a Board member of Screen South, the regional screen agency for the South of England.