UK trade body Pact recruits head of international from government

Ross Lewis

UK screen trade body Pact has appointed Ross Lewis as its head of international and projects.

Starting on 11 September, Lewis will be responsible for working with members across the UK to help them develop their export potential, discover global opportunities by addressing any trade barriers such as regulatory or access, and seeking new business opportunities across key territories.

He will deliver and manage existing Pact projects as well as identifying and developing new projects to help Pact members to develop strong export strategies. Lewis will alsol be responsible for building stakeholder relationships across the UK and overseas and representing Pact on key stakeholder advisory boards.

Lewis joins Pact from the UK government’s department for business and trade, where he has spent the past seven years as senior account manager for screen (film & TV) and publishing.

During that time, Lewis was responsible for managing relationships with industry associations including Pact and also the BFI, BFC, Film Export UK, Animation UK and UK Screen Alliance.

He supported companies in the creative sectors to export and invest overseas, identifying and helping them overcome market access barriers. Lewis also sits on the UK Global Screen Fund steering board with DCMS and BFI.

Pact CEO John McVay said that Lewis “brings with him a wealth of knowledge from both the political and international sectors and many Pact members will already know him from the numerous events Ross has attended in his role at DIT.”

He added: “Over the past 15 years we have seen massive growth in international sales and it is important to us to continue to support indies in exporting overseas, and we are confident that with Ross on board, members will continue to benefit from Pact’s expertise.”

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