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Wildscreen appoints new CEO

Richard Edwards has been with the conservation charity and organizers of the Wildscreen Festival for a decade, and will be tasked with helping to expand its global profile.
March 16, 2011

Richard Edwards, a 10-year member of the Bristol-based conservation charity Wildscreen, has been appointed as its new CEO.

Edwards, currently director¬†of the¬†charity’s ARKive website initiative, will take up the position immediately. A graduate of Oxford University and University College London, he’ll be tasked with creating and implementing a long-term development strategy for the charity, securing alliances with external partners, and ensuring continued financial security for the organization.

The charity works to promote conservation and biodiversity through the power of wildlife imagery and natural history-related media. It also organizes Bristol’s Wildscreen Festival, which takes place every two years and is dedicated to wildlife and natural history filmmaking, in addition to other initiatives.

“Richard has built strong professional relationships with some of the most eminent names in natural history media production, conservation biology and academia, a testament to the exceptional skills being brought to the table and key to the reputation Wildscreen holds within these sectors,” said Dick Emery OBE, chair to the Wildscreen board of trustees

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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