Facilities trade body UK Screen has appointed former MPC chief executive David Jeffers to the role of non-executive chairman.

Jeffers will take up the role with immediate effect, working with chief executive Sarah Mackey and a board of ten directors.

He is replacing Steve Norris who has stepped down after five years in the role.

Jeffers retired from MPC in 2007 after 20 years with the company during which time MPC relocated to Wardour Street and was sold for $105m to Thomson/Technicolor in 2005.

His most recent industry role was as non-executive chairman at VFX firm BlueBolt.

Jeffers said: “I’ve spent a large part of my career in this industry and found it incredibly rewarding to work with such innovative, vibrant and creative companies.

“Having been one of the founding members I’ve always been a big supporter of UK Screen and the work it does for its members. This is a great opportunity for me to give something back to the industry that has meant so much to me.”

UK Screen chief executive Sarah Mackey added: “I’m very excited to welcome David on board as our new chair.

“He brings a wealth of industry experience and an enormous amount of enthusiasm to the role. This is a great fit for UK Screen.”