Pact UK executive Dawn McCarthy-Simpson has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to exports.
McCarthy-Simpson (pictured), director of international strategy, has been at Pact for 10 years, and was previously head of nations and regions. Prior to Pact, McCarthy-Simpson launched Yorkshire’s first local terrestrial television channel and the UK’s first short film channel, which aired on Sky.
At Pact, she has launched three apps to help producers to expand their businesses globally and has been instrumental in co-production treaties and agreements across the world, most recently with China and Brazil.
In 2016, McCarthy-Simpson created and launched the Pact Export Accelerator program with the aim of supporting independent production companies to double their export revenue by 2020. The program has since been white labelled and adopted by other industries.
“I am thrilled that Dawn’s hard work on behalf of our sector has been recognized. She is always full of great, creative ideas that can help our sector achieve greater global success,” said John McVay, Pact UK chief executive of the honor.