John Tulip, the UK agency’s current finance and operations director, has been promoted to the newly created position of managing director.

Tom Harvey has stepped down from his role as chief executive of UK agency Northern Film & Media.

Harvey joined as the agency’s first chief executive in 2002 and received an MBE for services to the creative industries in last New Year’s Honours list.

During his time as chief executive, the regional screen agency - which has carried on operating as a separate entity rather than folding into Creative England - leveraged more than £80 million of investment into north east film, TV, digital media and music industries and helped build a 37.6% GVA boost in the five years to 2010.  

Harvey was instrumental in launching the £2.4 million Finance for Business - North East Creative Content Fund which brought in £5 million of investment into the north east film, TV and digital media industries.

His departure comes after Northern Film & Media successfully secured local authority funding to protect the agency’s production services and struck a digital content partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

John Tulip, currently Northern Film & Media finance and operations director, will now lead the agency in the newly created role of managing director. 

“Following the confirmation of funding and realisation of a future-defining partnership with BALTIC, I have decided that now is the right time for me to step down as chief executive of Northern Film & Media. The agency is now well positioned for a new funding era and will continue to deliver a range of creative initiatives to new and existing clients,” said Harvey, who is currently weighing up his options as to what to do next.