Shortly before Christmas, Pact Chief Executive John McVay received his OBE for Services to the Media and Creative Industries at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. John attended with his three sons and received his award from Prince Charles.
John's leadership as Chief Executive of Pact for almost 18 years has been integral to the organisation building a reputation for punching well above its weight, so it was perhaps fitting that at the ceremony he stood alongside heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua, who was also collecting an OBE that day.
Working for indies
At Pact, John led the successful campaign that resulted in changes to the 2003 Communications Act which has enabled the UK independent production sector to become the world’s most creative and commercially successful. This achievement was followed by negotiating and overseeing the successful introduction of increased competition for BBC commissions (The WOCC) in the BBC charter from 2007-17 and the further agreement with the BBC that all programming will be contestable by the end of the BBC Charter 2017-28. He recently led the successful campaign to ensure UK independent producers retained the regulations that guaranteed their ownership of intellectual property rights.
John is a member of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) where he was appointed Chairman of the CIC committee on the EU, and is the industry lead on the CIC sector deal which was agreed with the UK Government in 2018. He is the Chairman of the UK’s digital single market campaign and is the UK rights spokesperson for the Creative Coalition Campaign.
John has been active on many industry bodies and organisations and has served as a board member of Skillset, Chairman of the Skillset TV Investment Committee, a Governor of the NFTS, and President of CEPI, the pan‑European TV producers' association. He is also a member of the British Film Commission’s business group and a Board member of the Creative Cities Convention. John attends and contributes to many UK government and international policy fora on the creative industries, broadcasting, trade and investment.
John has been committed to championing diversity in the film and TV sector throughout his career, and has embedded the drive for greater inclusion into the heart of Pact's work. He was appointed Chairman of the Creative Diversity Network in 2015, and became the first person to be re-appointed to the role to serve another two-year term. He was also appointed Chair of the CIC’s Diversity Working Group.
John has extensive experience of policy development across all aspects of broadcasting and television production and leads on all Pact policy development across the UK and Europe. He also maintains excellent relationships with all of the UK’s major political parties and the devolved assemblies and parliaments.
Prior to his appointment at Pact, John held positions as the founding Director of the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity in Glasgow, Director of Training and Education at Scottish Screen, Chief Executive of Scottish Broadcast and Film Training and as a Director of Independent Film and Television production companies.
On behalf of everyone at Pact and all of our members we would like to congratulate John on receiving his OBE.