Performers at the Heart of BECS
BECS’ decisions are centred around performers – made by performers, for the benefit of performers. Our aim is to ensure performers are paid for their work being used outside the terms of their original contract. All major decisions are made by our Board of Directors, or the Supervisory Committee and endorsed by our members at the General Meetings.
Board of Directors
Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a founder member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre. Jean has worked in TV for over 40 years and has over 1000 BBC Radio broadcasts in her repertoire. She is popularly known as regular character Dolly Skilbeck in Emmerdale.
Jean has also worked tirelessly with BECS since 1998 and has acted as BECS Chairwoman from 2008-2014 and 2016 to date. Jean was recently awarded the TUC Women’s Gold Badge Award for her work on gender equality.
began his professional acting career in 1967 and attended RADA from 1972-74. He works mainly in Television, Theatre, Films and Commercials. Favourite roles include Captain Lancey in the first London productions of Translations at Hampstead Theatre and at the National, and Angus in the European premiere of The Drawer Boy in Vienna. His role on the board of BECS also draws on his experiences with co-operative agencies.
has been representing performers and their rights, both nationally and internationally for over 20 years. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of BECS since April 2008 and has also worked as the Acting General Secretary of SCAPR between 2013 – 2016.
was involved with BECS from day one. As Equity President at the time BECS was set up, he has fought hard to help ensure performers get their just dues via national or international agreements.
As a performer he worked many years in repertory companies and for four years at the National Theatre under Laurence Olivier’s stewardship. He has also worked in several television shows over the years with the most notable being The Three Princes, Talking to a Stranger, Justice and Emmerdale Farm (a 17 years’ run on the latter).
Jo Cameron Brown
is an experienced actress and internationally recognised dialect and dialogue coach. She combines a successful acting career, recently – There She Goes, The Christmas Switch, Follies, The Guid Sisters; with dialect coaching- Wonder Woman, Elizabeth is Missing, Peaky Blinders, Wheel of Time
Edinburgh born and bred, Jo studied at the RSAMD, now RS Conservatoire and as a post-graduate in Voice and Dialect Studies at Central in London.
started her career as a dancer with Scottish Ballet. She has also worked as an actor on screen, television, theatre, radio and audio. More recently she has been working as a writer for theatre and audio drama.
Natasha was a member of the BECS Board at its inception and is proud to still be helping with the work of BECS, working on behalf of all its members.
began his career in 1965 and has appeared in repertory throughout the UK. He has featured in several national and international tours with the Peter Hall company. His television and audio work over the past 40 years has been extensive. He co-founded The Harry Partnership LLP – a communications skills company, lectured in Broadcasting at Middlesex University and was associate producer of the world premiere of the Vivienne Ellis award winning musical Bon Voyage. He is married with three sons and lives in North London.
entered the entertainment industry with William Morris Agency (now WME) in Beverly Hills and was subsequently transferred to the company’s London office. He was its Managing Director until 2000 when he set up his own agency which continues.
He is a member of the Personal Managers Association and serves on its Council which chose him to be its representative on the board of BECS. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA.
Fred began his accountancy training at W H Paynes (now merged with Wilkins Kennedy). After many years working in the tax department, Fred left W H Payne to run the business affairs for Lou Coulson Associates. During this time Fred has seen the business grow from a one-woman operation to a thriving boutique agency, witnessing the constant changes in the industry along the way. For the past couple of decades Fred has been a vocal part of the Personal Managers Association (PMA), and currently sits as an alternate director on the board of BECS.
This committee is appointed by the members to provide the supervisory function to monitor the activities and performance of the management team of BECS. As per our Articles, the committee is made up of the Board of Directors, excluding the CEO.
Code of Practice
BECS has adopted a voluntary Code of Practice to support provision of its services to its members and others with whom it deals.
This can be found by clicking the following link – BECS Code of Practice.
The Code of Practice includes information about complaints procedures. These include provision for appeals to be referred to Ombudsman Services in certain circumstances. More information about Ombudsman Services and the relevant services it provides can be found here.
Articles of Association
The current Articles of Association of BECS, as adopted by Special Resolution passed at the Nineteenth Annual General meeting of BECS held on Friday 15th December 2017, can be found by following the link below:
The original Memorandum and Articles of Association of BECS adopted on 27 February 1998 and the Certificate of Incorporation of BECS as Company No. 3547531 can be found by following the link below: