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Tuesday 17 September 2013

Wildscreen searches for new CEO to take the helm

Wildscreen Chief Executive, Richard Edwards, is to step down after 13 years with the internationally renowned wildlife media charity to take up a new opportunity with WWF-UK.

During his time at Wildscreen, Edwards has been instrumental in steering the growth and strategic direction of the charity, building strong professional relationships with some of the most eminent names in natural history broadcasting, conservation biology, technology and academia.

He has been responsible for the creation and development of ARKive, the multi award-winning digital project promoting the conservation of the world’s threatened species to a global public audience. Launched to worldwide critical acclaim by Wildscreen Patron, Sir David Attenborough, the ARKive project now attracts many millions of visitors from around the world each year.

Wildscreen Film Festival has also grown from strength to strength, with the 2012 Festival seeing a rise in international delegates attending the week-long conference in Bristol, the world’s capital of wildlife filmmaking, and a record number of entries to the acclaimed Wildscreen Panda Awards film competition. Wildscreen’s nature photography symposium, WildPhotos, has also grown under Edwards’ guidance and is now internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading wildlife photography events.

Speaking of his forthcoming departure, Edwards said “I have enjoyed a wonderful career at Wildscreen, had some incredible experiences, and worked with some amazing people – real industry greats. However, after 13 years, and with Wildscreen in excellent shape for the future, I feel the time is right for me to move on to new opportunities”.

Wildscreen’s Chair, Dick Emery OBE, commenting on the development said “The Trustees fully understand Richard’s position. He has done a tremendous job for Wildscreen over the years, and we wish him every possible success with his new endeavours”.

“Building on the solid foundations put in place by Richard, and with the continued involvement and support of the Board, I am fully confident that Wildscreen will maintain the necessary direction and momentum in our endeavours to engage ever greater audiences with the wonders of the natural world and the need for their conservation.”

Wildscreen is currently recruiting for a high calibre individual to take over leadership of the organisation, with the successful candidate reporting directly to Wildscreen Chair, Emery.


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Editor notes

Wildscreen is a registered charity committed to inspiring conservation of the natural world through the power of wildlife imagery.

Wildscreen’s key international flagship initiatives are:

ARKive ( – sharing the wonders of the natural world to inspire global conservation.

This multi-media guide to the world’s threatened species and habitats is freely accessible to all and preserved for the benefit of future generations. ARKive’s collection of the world’s best wildlife films and photographs provides an invaluable resource for conservation, education and public awareness.

Wildscreen Festival ( – promoting excellence and responsibility in wildlife and environmental filmmaking.

The Wildscreen Festival is internationally acknowledged as the most prestigious and influential event in the wildlife and environmental film industry. Held every two years in Bristol, the Festival brings together the natural history filmmaking community to celebrate excellence, encourage responsibility and inspire the next generation of talent.

WildPhotos ( – promoting excellence and responsibility in nature photography.

WildPhotos is one of the world’s leading nature photography events, bringing together the wildlife and environmental photography community to celebrate excellence, encourage responsibility, nurture new talent and promote the importance of wildlife photography as a communication tool for conservation of the natural world.


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