Richard Wilson, chief of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, dies aged 58

Wilson became permanent chief executive in December 2012 after a long career in television

Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson

The chief executive of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, Richard Wilson, has died at the age of 58 after a short illness, the charity has confirmed.

Wilson, who became permanent chief executive at the CTBF in December 2012, also served as the interim chief executive for five months before his permanent appointment.

He was on the board of trustees at the CTBF for nine years before becoming chief executive.

In a statement, the charity said Wilson saw working for a charity as "different, challenging and satisfying compared with corporate business". It said he cared passionately about expanding the reach and capabilities of the CTBF and providing help to those in need from the film and television industries.

Wilson, who was brought up in Yorkshire, had a long career in television before leading the CTBF, starting at Granada Television in 1984. He also worked as the general manager of London Weekend Television, now part of ITV London, and as the operations director of the company’s television studios on the South Bank, London.

After Granada and Carlton Television merged, Wilson set up a media consulting business in 2005 and worked on several projects with the BBC.

He is survived by his wife Yvonne and his children George and Francesca.

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