Press Release from FTI

Film & Television Institute WA (FTI) boss, Graeme Sward, has announced his intention to resign his position of Chief Executive Officer as of the 31st December 2011.

After giving more than a decade of dedicated service to FTI and overseeing one of the most significant periods of growth in FTI's history, Graeme has decided that it is time for him to move on to other challenges in his own career and for a new CEO to guide FTI as it assists the next generation of Western Australian filmmakers.

Graeme said the extended notice would facilitate a smooth transition.

"The timing offers FTI the opportunity to examine an organisational structure that will better serve the needs of Staff and Members and best assist the organisation to carry out its objectives as FTI embarks on the next 40 years of service to the industry."

"The last 11 years have been an amazing journey for me and I will leave with some regret, but I will also leave with deep-seated memories of the many talented hard working people who have come on the journey, and the numerous projects we have been associated with over those years. The impact that FTI has had on the future of the industry in Western Australia and my life will last forever."

FTI Chair, Lisa Bradock paid tribute to Graeme's contribution and said the Board will immediately commencing the recruitment process.

"Graeme has very generously provided the Board with significant notice of his resignation, which will allow FTI the time to recruit a suitably skilled and experienced new Chief Executive Officer. Graeme will also have time to share his significant knowledge and understanding of FTI with the new incumbent before he departs."

"The loss of Graeme's insight, energy and unique perspective will be keenly felt by FTI; however, change is inevitable and we look forward to starting the recruitment process as soon as possible to ensure that strong foundations are in place for the next chapter in FTI's history."

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