Ian Hamilton to Chair new Screen EDI Working Group

Published: 06 Apr 2017

Open Session: Tuesday 9 May, 3pm-5pm, Glasgow’s CCA

Following the publication of Equality Matters, the comprehensive review of equalities, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within Scotland’s Screen Sector, Senior BBC Scotland Broadcast Journalist, Ian Hamilton will chair a new Screen EDI working group. The group will consider how the recommendations of the review can be implemented in order to improve both on and off screen representation in Scotland.The group will meet for an initial period of one year from May 2017.

The formation of the group follows a key recommendation from the Screen EDI Review, Equality Matters: A Review of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion in Scotland’s Screen Sector which was published by Creative Scotland in January 2017.

Made up of representatives from the screen sector, the group will be supported by EDI advisors from organisations across Scotland.

An initial open session for those interested in contributing to this work, will take place on Tuesday 9 May from 3pm-5pm at Glasgow’s CCA.  The session will provide an opportunity for a wide range of sector representatives to discuss the terms of reference and priorities for the group and agree the most appropriate size and make-up of a core group that will take actions forward.

Ian Hamilton, Chair of Screen EDI Working Group said: “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are too often seen as an internal box ticking exercise; something that has to be done rather than something we want to do and truly understand why it’s being done. For me reflecting how we are as a society on screen is critical to change and influence views. To achieve this it is vital we harness the many talents that are around Scotland to break down the many barriers that exist. I am really looking forward to making a contribution to the debate and help come up with a strategy that will make a genuine difference to the sector.”

If you would like to attend the Open Session on Tuesday 9 May, 2017 please secure your place by completing this short form. If you are interested in being a member of the Working Group please tell us why you would like to contribute to this work and what experience you would bring. Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 2 May 2017.



Notes to Editors

Ian Hamilton joined the BBC in January 2000 under the Extend Scheme which encourages people with disabilities to join the BBC.  Up until 2003 he worked freelance for Radio 4 and Radio Scotland after which time he joined the Newsroom as a Reporter working across television and radio.  He has made various radio documentaries and four television documentaries working across a number of topics, mainly around social affairs.  He has also covered three Scottish Elections and same again for General Elections as well as both recent Referendums.  Ian sits on the BBC Diversity Group.  Prior to joining the BBC Ian was a drama worker for a disability theatre company.

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