Broadcast – Laura Mansfield Appointed Pact Council Vice Chair

Outline Productions managing director Laura Mansfield has been appointed vice chair of Pact Council.

Mansfield, who founded the indie in 1999, will take up the role with immediate effect. Her term will run until December 2016.

She became a member of Pact Council in January 2013. Pact Council oversees the work of the trade body, signing off budgets and financial plans, as well as agreeing policy, campaigns, terms of trade and collective agreements.

Former Fremantle Media UK chief executive Sara Geater was elected as chair of Pact Council in December last year.

Mansfield was among those in the running for the role, previously held by Keo Films managing director Debbie Manners, alongside Nine Lives Media founder Cat Lewis.

The Outline boss has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, executive producing and developing over 200 hours of programmes including Sky 1’s Show Me Your Garden and Fat Families and Channel 4’s Go Greek For A Week.

She began her career with BBC Manchester’s youth and entertainment department before moving into the indie sector with Rapido TV and Watchmaker where she worked on programmes including Eurotrash and The Clive James Show.

Geater said Mansfield was “incredibly well respected” and would bring “creativity and a strategic viewpoint to Pact Council”.

“We’re in a broadcast climate which is fast changing, with new opportunities and considerable threats to the survival and growth of British independent production companies, and I’m passionate about enabling Pact to do its vital work,” added Mansfield.