BBC Studios Factual Productions has tapped Alan Holland to lead its Documentary Unit.
He will succeed Amy Flanagan, who is stepping down due to family illness.
Glasgow-based Holland, previously creative director for the Documentary Unit’s teams in Scotland and Manchester and deputy to Flanagan, will report into Tom McDonald, MD of factual.
He will lead the whole unit, overseeing all programming from bases in Scotland, London, Salford and Cardiff, and takes up the role immediately.
In her tenure, Flanagan, who took up the role in 2019, secured multiple commissions from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and Channel 5 including Michael X, A Life in Ten Pictures and Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles, as well as a number of soon to be announced new projects, according to the studio.
The unit’s creative team, which includes Kirsty Cunningham, Cate Hall and — soon to join from BBC commissioning –Abigail Priddle, will now all report into Holland.
BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit spans five bases across the UK in London, Cardiff, Salford, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
“Amy achieved a huge amount in her time running the Documentary Unit and leaves with a body of work to be proud of,” said McDonald via a statement. “I’m genuinely sad to see her go but I know Alan is the perfect person to see the department through its next phase of growth; he’s been doing exceptional work since he joined BBC Studios a year ago. He’s that rare combination of brilliant leader and exceptional creative.”