- Sir Quentin Thomas
Sir Quentin Thomas (born
1944) is a former British civil servant, currently president of the British Board of Film Classification.
He attended the
Perse Schoolin Cambridge. He was a civil servantuntil 1999, serving in the Home Office, Northern Ireland Officeand the Cabinet Office. His last civil service appointment was as Head of the Constitution Secretariat. It is reported that his "favourite escape from the stresses of his day job was visiting the cinema". [http://www.subvertcentral.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6096&sid=6ac0479e25fa6bf12e4437d5a91b41fb Subvert Central :: View topic - Ex BBFC head James Ferman dies! ] ]
In the Northern Ireland Office from 1988 to 1998, he led the team which first met
Sinn Féinfollowing the 1994 cease fire. He led the team supporting Ministers in the 1996-88 roundtable talks, chaired by Senator George Mitchell, which culminated in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was knighted in 1998 for “services to peace in Northern Ireland”. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/2165931.stm New chief film 'censor' named] (BBC)]
In the Home Office he was Head of the Broadcasting Department 1984 to 1988), with responsibility for advising on the development of broadcasting policy, including cable and satellite broadcasting, and on relations between government and the broadcasting authorities and other regulatory bodies.
British Board of Film Classification
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