The National Film and Television School's management team and senior staff are responsible for the direction and operation of the School.

Management team

Dr Jonathan Wardle | Director
Prior to joining the NFTS in early akil2012, Jon was Director of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, the only HEFCE Centre for Excellence for teaching and learning in the media area in the UK. In his role at Bournemouth University Jon was responsible for Bournemouth’s continuing professional development activity at masters level establishing postgraduate partnerships with the BBC, Guardian and Sony Computers Entertainment Europe. Jon also wrote the Creative Skillset ‘Build Your Own MA’ framework.

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.

Trevor Hall | Finance Director

Trevor qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000, securing a place on the ICAEW Order of Merit.

After a number of roles in the commercial sector with Marconi Plc and Aviva Plc, he changed direction and moved into the not-for-profit sector, joining social housing provider Anglia Housing Group as Financial Controller for its south-England based subsidiaries. Over the next 11 years, he enjoyed a variety of roles including Group Financial Controller post-merger with the C33 Housing Group, and Assistant Finance Director of the Group's Commercial division.  

2014, saw a move to the Higher Education sector, joining Trinity Laban Conservative of Music & Dance as Head of Financial Accounting. After a year at Trinity the opportunity to join the National Film and Television School arose where he has been Finance Director since 2016.

To contact Trevor, e-mail:

Phil Reilly | Director of Marketing and External Relations

Phil joined the NFTS after working for nearly a decade in politics, most recently as Director of Communications for the Liberal Democrats. Prior to this he worked in 10 Downing Street as Head of Government Communications and Chief Speechwriter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during the coalition government.

After studying Film Studies at the University of Kent, Phil worked as a newspaper journalist before joining the Liberal Democrats as a Press Officer in 2008, where he was subsequently promoted to Deputy then Head of Media before taking up his role in Government.

To contact Phil, email

Kate Renwick | HR Director

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Mark Tugwell | Director of Operations

Mark spent much of his career at the BBC. In BBC Wales he started as a trainee, and progressed to become a Lighting Director and Technical Manager in Studios and on Outside Broadcasts. Despite not being a sports fan, he cites having Gareth Edwards collect him from his house to spend a week in Paris covering what was then the 5 Nations as a highlight.

In 1996 he moved to BBC Television Centre where he was the technical manager on many of the BBC’s biggest shows. For a while he had 3 Saturday night credits in a row on BBC1 – 2.4 Children, the National Lottery and The Generation Game.

In 2000 he moved into management and soon after that into Outside Broadcasts. He became Director of BBC Outside Broadcasts, and sat on the main board of BBC Resources Ltd, a wholly owned and non-licence fee funded subsidiary of the BBC. One of the first big events he was responsible for, whilst he was still acting in the role of head, was the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. With full P+L responsibility for the £50m Outside Broadcast business he oversaw far too many events to list, and they include things like F1 - for BBC, then for ITV, then for BBC – China Olympics, India Commonwealth Games, Manchester Commonwealth Games, Wimbledon, the Open Golf, The Proms, The Party at the Palace and so on.

In 2008 he was key to selling the BBC’s Outside Broadcast operations to a private company. After the successful transition period he left to go boating. Something he still passionate about when he isn’t in work.

A couple of years later, the public service part of the BBC rang to see if he could help out for 3 months or so in the Property division. He did so and stayed for over 3 years, helping out on the closure of Television Centre and the move of EastEnders amongst other things. Then in 2015 he couldn’t resist the opportunity to become Operations Director at the NFTS. Responsible for IT, Engineering, Production Support, Safety and Property it draws upon his experience from many parts of his career, and he loves it.

To contact Mark, e-mail:


Eleanor Wheal | Registrar

Eleanor qualified as a solicitor in a City law firm after completing her English Literature degree at York University, and specialised in media law. She then took up practice as a commercial litigator at a firm in Uxbridge acting for a wide variety of corporate clients.

After a short career break, Eleanor took up a role at Brunel University London in 2006 as Complaints Officer and then progressed quickly to become responsible for student welfare and compliance matters. She was appointed Head of Student Services in 2010 with responsibility for a wide range of student-facing departments. Eleanor was seconded to lead the University’s preparations for its Quality Assurance Review which took place in 2016. Following this, Eleanor was appointed as Head of Quality Assurance and then in July 2017 became Assistant Director Academic Services.


Teaching staff

Details of our Heads of Department and Course Leaders can be found here. A selection of current or recent visiting tutors are also included on course pages.


Section Heads

Hazel Arthur | Web Design and Publications Manager

Hazel came to the NFTS in 1996 – shortly after completing her BA (Hons) in Film, Media and Culture at Bucks College (then, a college of Brunel University). After working for 3 years assisting in various departments, she was asked to produce layout and artwork for NFTS publications, and to build/maintain a website for the NFTS, a role that did not exist up until this point. Hazel's role has expanded from there to manage the creation of visual/digital content for both web and print, which she has now done for nearly 20 years.

Steven Boneham | Curriculum Finance Officer
Gillian Carr | HR Manager

Gillian is currently the HR Manager at NFTS. She joined the NFTS in March 2017, having previously worked at Bucks New University as a Senior HR Advisor. Prior to her experience in Higher Education she worked at a local housebuilder as Group HR Officer for 12 years.

Gillian has just completed an MA in Human Resource Management.

Alison Goring | Head of NFTS Scotland

Alison Goring worked for many years in film and TV drama in the UK and abroad as a 2nd Assistant Director and Production Manager. Her credits include This is England 86, Mad Dogs, Cloud Atlas, Hysteria and The Awakening. In 2012 she stepped away from production and took up the position of Drama Talent Manager, delivering the BECTU Vision project, a union learning short course project and the Drama Training Programme, a pan-industry funded programme to support senior editorial talent development and a Stepping Up programme for craft, technical and production crew.

Noel Greenwood | Librarian

Armed with an English degree from Loughborough University, Noel Greenwood joined the school in 1984 and has remained here ever since, making the NFTS his first and only employer! During his progression from Library Assistant [to Librarian] Noel has overseen the development of the Library from index cards and celluloid to databases and DCPs and has witnessed it’s growth from a collection of around 500 books and 200 VHS tapes to an archive of over 55,000 items.  Noel also performs an alumni tracking role, monitoring the achievements and credits of the school’s ever-growing body of graduates.

Alex Gurney | Head of Financial Reporting and Projects

Alex started at the NFTS in 1997 as Finance Assistant moving on to the roles of Management Accountant and then Finance Manager before being appointed Head of Financial Reporting and Projects, a role which involves responsibility for the financial statements and external audits for all NFTS companies, and financial reporting to funders,management, and various other stakeholders.

The role also involves managing the financial reporting team which includes the management accountant and curriculum finance manager.

Alex has a BA in History from Manchester University and is a qualified chartered management accountant (CIMA) and accounting technician (AAT). 

Venetia Hawkes | Executive Producer, Masterclasses and Bridges to Industry

As Executive Producer, Venetia has been responsible for running and delivering the NFTS Masterclass and Bridge to Industry programmes for over ten years.

She secures and produces Masterclasses with guest speakers and also arranges specialist genre days, including Commercials, Music Video, Horror and Sci-Fi and Fantasy days. 

She is responsible for student and graduate films with Industry partners such as BBC Films, Jigsaw and Odeon.

Prior to the NFTS, Venetia worked in production on Oscar nominated, BAFTA and Emmy winning animated TV programmes.  She also writes features for magazines.

She has a distinction in Script Development from the NFTS and a BA and MA in History from Exeter University.

Vicky Hewlett | Head of PR and Communications

Vicky joined NFTS in 2016 as Head of PR and Communications. Prior to NFTS she spent almost ten years at British FTSE 250 IP company, Imagination Technologies who are known for designing the IP for graphics used in Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad. Most recently, she was Associate Marketing Communications Director responsible for global marketing communications and PR for the company’s consumer brands including digital radio and wireless speaker brand, PURE and microcomputer brand, Creator. Before that, Vicky honed her marketing skills in the in-car entertainment sector at Blaupunkt after completing parent company Bosch’s management trainee programme and holds a degree in German Studies from Warwick University.

Abigail Howkins | Development Manager, NFTS Scotland

Abigail joined NFTS in 2018 as the Development Manager of NFTS Scotland, the school’s first hub outside of Beaconsfield.

Abigail has worked in film and TV production as a Co-ordinator and Manager in Scotland, produced several award-winning short films and a feature drama and taught undergraduate students on the BA Digital Film and Television course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She also co-founded and directed Diversity Films CIC which ran training and mentoring programmes to widen access to filmmaking in communities in Scotland and produced videos for a range of public and third sector clients.

Since 2012, Abigail has coordinated and managed creative media and education projects for organisations including Glasgow Life (during Culture 2014/Festival 2014), Tramway, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland (Creative Media Academy).

Katarina Kakpa | Registry Manager
Betty Key | Facilities Manager


Simon Mallin | Head of Health and Safety


Shakil Mohammed | Curriculum Co-ordinator Manager

Shakil is a screenwriting graduate of the NFTS. He returned to the NFTS and worked in the library.  A couple of years later he transitioned over to coordinating, firstly Directing Animation, Editing, Screenwriting and finally Directing Fiction.  He now manages a team who coordinate the full time MAs and Diplomas.  He still writes and directs.

Doug Shannon | Head of Systems and IT
Gill Woods | Events and Alumni Manager

Gill joined the NFTS in 2014 and manages an increasing portfolio of events including the annual fundraising Gala, the Graduation Ceremony and Screenings Showcase series, the Porsche International Student Advertising Awards, the Colin Young Annual Lecture, Alumni Party, general internal and external screenings, as well as overseeing Alumni Relations.

Prior to this, she held roles in marketing and event management at Heart Radio, Nickelodeon, Capital Radio and The Prince’s Trust, where she successfully produced a wide variety of event projects including BSkyB’s ‘Skyfest’ summer festival in London and Edinburgh for 18,000 people, the London Football Legends Awards, the celebrity-attended Berkeley Square Ball, the Kid’s Choice Awards, Royal film premieres and the Royal Gala Performance celebrating Nelson Mandela’s visit to the UK.

Louise Worrall | Finance Manager

Louise started working in Finance at the age of 16. Her first role was for The Services Sound and Vision Corporation, who broadcast live radio and television to the Armed Forces. After taking a year out to travel the world, Louise continued her Finance career mainly within the Hotel and Hospitality industry, until joining the NFTS in April 2015.


The 2015 film Minions was edited by NFTS graduate Claire Dodgson.

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