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The BBC has named Dawn Beresford, head of talent at Married at First Sight UK producer CPL Productions, as director of talent, commissioning.

She joins next month and succeeds Donna Taberer, who leaves next month after three years in the role.

Beresford will work closely with the BBC's senior creative team, along with its indie relations, resourcing and creative diversity teams, to ensure that Charlotte Moore's content group can source the best off-screen talent.

The role also encompasses relationships with external partners to ensure the UK's creative industries as a while has access to the right opportunities, skills and workplace culture.

Initiatives under its remit include the corporation's assistant commissioner programme and the disabled talent-focused BBC Elevate scheme.

Beresford has spent nine years at CPL, initially as a talent executive before her promotion three years ago and one of her key roles was to oversee CPL Partnership, which provided back-office support to creatives looking to start up their own indies.

She is also an advisory board member for Creative Access, where she helped to rollout internships for BAME talent. She has also been a talent advisor at Arrow International Media.

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