The Board

The National Film and Television School is a registered charity overseen by a Board of Governors comprised of senior figures from film, television, games and higher education.

Patrick McKenna | Chairman

Patrick McKenna is the founder of Ingenious and is chairman of a number of companies in the media sector, including Hat Trick Productions. He chairs the Young Vic Theatre Company and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) at Goldsmiths in the University of London.

Ian Lewis | Deputy Chairman

Ian Lewis is Founding Director of Serenroc.

Joe Bradbury-Walters

Joe is the NFTS Staff Governor.

Georgia Brown

Georgia Brown is the Head of Amazon Studios, Europe

Professor Geoffrey Crossick

Geoffrey Crossick is a Professor of Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Warden of Goldsmiths, Chief Executive of the former Arts & Humanities Research Board, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) and Professor of History at the University of Essex. 

Phil Edgar-Jones

Phil Edgar-Jones is Director of Sky Arts and Head of Entertainment at Sky.

Patrick Fuller

Patrick Fuller is Director of Finance at the University of West London. He is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting.

Rose Garnett

Rose Garnett is Director of BBC Films

Sara Geater

Sara Geater is Chief Operating Officer at All3Media

Caroline Hollick

Caroline is Head of Drama at Channel 4.

Oli Hyatt MBE

Oli Hyatt MBE is the co-founder of Blue Zoo and the founder of Animation UK.

Andrew Macdonald

Andrew Macdonald is a producer and co-founder of DNA Films. His credits include Trainspotting, Never Let Me Go and 28 Days Later.

Leto Meade

Leto is the NFTS Student Governor.

Pukar Mehta

Pukar Mehta is Commercial Director at ITV Studios

Adil Ray OBE

Adil Ray is a screenwriter and actor. His credits include Citizen Khan, which he writes, produces and stars in, and Ackley Bridge.

Laurent Samama

Laurent Samama is the Director of EMEA Partnerships at Google.

Bal Samra

Bal is a media professional and entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in the media industry. He works closely with a number of creative businesses helping them to grow and accelerate their potential.

During his long career at the BBC Bal worked in Television, News, Radio and Online, in commissioning, production and operational areas - he’s led editorial, commercial, finance, technology and strategy teams.

Bal is a champion of inclusivity and social mobility within the media industry. As Managing Director of BBC Television he oversaw significant changes to the commissioning system to promote more diversity on and off screen. He was instrumental in developing the BBC’s network of production bases out of London and a big supporter of fair access for small independent production companies. At the NFTS he has actively supported the school to expand its presence across the UK.

Over his long career, he has operated at the cross hares of creativity, business and technology. Bal was a leading architect behind the BBC IPlayer and played a central role in some of the most prestigious service launches, including BBC News Online, Radio 5 live and BBC3.

As BBC Group Commercial Director he was responsible for Intellectual property, rights and deal making, overseeing the BBC’s relationship with key creative partners - including the independent production sector and talent representatives for writers, actors, presenters and musicians.

Bal’s inclusivity and social mobility work extends into his current portfolio of non executive roles. He is Trustee of the Ormiston Academies Trust sponsoring 43 academy schools in the most disadvantaged and impoverished areas of the country. He is Trustee of BAFTA and was on the investment committee of Comic Relief.
 
Bal has completed a leadership programme at Wharton Business School and has been recognised for his invaluable contribution to the creative industries by receiving the 2015 Global award for Sikhs in Media.

Professor Mary Stiasny OBE

Professor Mary Stiasny OBE is Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), University of London and Chief Executive, University of London International Programmes.

Hilary Strong

Hilary Strong is CEO of UK and Europe, International Literary Properties.

Sue Vertue

Sue Vertue is a producer and Board Director at Hartswood Films. Her credits include Sherlock, The Vicar of Dibley and Coupling.

Dr Jon Wardle

Jon is the Director of the National Film and Television School. He joined the School in 2012 as the Director of Curriculum & Registrar, before becoming Deputy Director in 2016. For 10 years previously, he worked at Bournemouth University in a variety of senior roles. During his career Jon has worked as a consultant for ScreenSkills, developed courses with companies as diverse as Aardman, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe and the BBC and he is the author of a number of papers and book chapters on media education. He is Co-Director of the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling (Storyfutures Academy), annually he leads the BFI Film Academy Talent Campus Residential. He is a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the National Association of Television Production Executives (NATPE) and he is on the Royal Television Society Education Committee.

Jon was NFTS Deputy Director & Director of Curriculum & Registrar from 2012 -2017. He was responsible for all educational matters at the NFTS including curriculum development, quality assurance, education enhancement and registry. Jon was appointed Director of the School in August 2017.

Since joining the NFTS Jon has developed a number of new courses working in partnership with organisations including Sky, Channel 4, Discovery Networks International, the BBC and Aardman. Jon leads the annual BFI Film Academy, a ‘talent campus’ for 66 of the most talented 16-19 year old filmmakers in the UK.

Jon is the author of a number of papers and book chapters on media education as well as co-editor of the book ‘Current Perspectives in Media Education'. Jon is on the editorial board of the Media Education Research Journal, is an executive officer of the Media Education Association and Nahemi, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the National Association of Television Production Executives (NATPE), an associate member of BAFTA and an advisor on education to the Royal Television Society. He has a BA (Hons) in Television Production from Bournemouth University, an MBA from the University of Southampton and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Bristol.

In addition to the Board, the School's Life President is distinguished film producer and educationalist Lord (David) Puttnam CBE. He has held the role since 2017, when he succeeded the late Lord (Richard) Attenborough. 

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