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The board of the Centre for the Moving Image, parent charity of Edinburgh International Film Festival, Filmhouse, Edinburgh and Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen, has announced that Alastair Morrison has been appointed its new Chair.

Alastair brings with him significant experience in strategy development and organisational growth and is currently Partner and Head of Client Strategy with Pinsent Masons.

He is highly influential and known industry-wide for his approach to innovation, and his ability to challenge and mobilise others to think differently. In 2019 he was recognised by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards Europe as the ‘Most Innovative Lawyer in Europe.’

Alastair is also a frequent speaker on sustainability and what the legal industry can do to be more active in the climate change agenda. He recently called on the legal industry to unite to pledge a million hours to help prevent climate change and reduce biodiversity loss.

Alastair has a longstanding interest in film, and has a keen interest in photography and architecture.

Alastair Morrison said: “I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity to Chair CMI at such an exciting and important stage of its development. I look forward to working with the CEO, Ken Hay, the rest of the CMI team, and my fellow trustees over the coming years to realise the undoubted potential of CMI and its contribution to Scotland.”

Atholl Duncan, Chair of the Appointment Panel, said: “The board enthusiastically welcomes Alastair Morrison as its new Chair. Alastair brings a wealth of experience to bring to the CMI and its work. We are very much looking forward to him joining us.”

Alastair will formally commence his role on 30 August 2021.