The UK-based Grierson Trust has named artist Grayson Perry, Dartmouth Films founder Christopher Hird and BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore (pictured) as patrons of the organization.
The Grierson Trust - named after Scottish documentarian John Grierson – promotes doc and television production and education, and is also responsible for the annual British Documentary Awards, known as The Griersons.
Existing patrons of the organization include natural historian and presenter David Attenborough and documentarians Nick Broomfield and Kim Longinotto.
Hird – the founder and MD of Dartmouth Films – is also a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Foundation and was the founding chair of Channel 4′s BRITDOC foundation. Meanwhile, Moore – whose formal title is commissioning editor for documentaries at the BBC – has overseen such programs as Between Life and Death and 7/7 One Day in London, the series The Great Bake Off and the documentary Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.
Perry is a documentarian, author, curator and social commentator whose work has been shown in the UK and abroad. The artist’s shows at the British Museum include ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ and ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ while his Channel 4 series include Who Are You? and All in the Best Possible Taste.
Both Hird and Moore are former Trustees and are to continue advising and supporting the Grierson Trust board.
“Over the years they have all played an important role in both the development of the British Documentary Awards and the Trust’s education and mentoring projects,” said Lorraine Heggessey, chairman of the Grierson Trust board, in a statement. “I’m delighted that we will be able to continue to harness their vast knowledge, passion and expertise – all invaluable assets to the Trust.”