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The Grierson Trust has opened its hunt for a new managing director after Jane Callaghan’s decision to step down after 20 years with the organisation.

Callaghan joined the Trust in 2002 to co-ordinator the judging and ceremony of the Grierson British Documentary Awards and became managing director in 2014.

Among her achievements was the launch of Grierson DocLab, a mentoring and training initiative to bring new and underrepresented voices to the industry.

With Callaghan set to leave after the 50th awards in the autumn, Trust chair Lorraine Heggessey is leading the search for a new managing director.

The full-time role, which is held remotely, has a salary of £67,500 and spans the awards and oversight of the three DocLab schemes as well as ultimate responsibility for marketing and comms, HR, finance and liaising with the Trust’s board.

Applications are due by 20 June.

Heggessey said Callaghan “leaves very big shoes to fill”, having trqnsformed the Trust.

“Her knowledge of the UK documentary industry is unparalleled and she has made the annual Grierson Awards the most coveted awards in the factual filmmaking world,” she said.

“She has also skilfully steered the development and growth of The Trust’s training schemes for aspiring filmmakers, production managers and editors as well as ensuring The Trust is a recognised force within the industry.”

Entries for this year’s awards close on 20 May. To enter, click here

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