Management

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
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.
 
Ijeoma Akigwe | Director of Marketing and External Relations

Ijeoma joined the School in September 2019 and is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has worked in the higher and further education sector for over 26 years and has a proven track record in devising and delivering effective, student-focused marketing and communication campaigns. Her achievements in the higher and further education sector has been widely recognised and Ijeoma is the recipient of over 40 national marketing and/or customer experience awards.  These include Heist Marketer of the Year and College Marketing Network Lifetime Achievement Award. Ijeoma has also been recognised nationally as winner of the Inspirational Leader Award in Customer Experience by WiM, Women in Marketing.

Gillian Carr | HR Director

Gillian is the current HR Director at the NFTS. She joined the School as HR Manager in March 2017, having previously worked at Bucks New University as a Senior HR Advisor. Prior to working in Higher Education Gillian gained over 12 years experience working within HR in the private sector.

Gillian completed her MA in Human Resource Management in 2017.

Gillian can be contacted via email gcarr@nfts.co.uk

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: thall@nfts.co.uk

Dr. Mark Readman | Director of Curriculum

Mark joined the School as Director of Curriculum in July 2022. Prior to this he held an academic post at Bournemouth University, where he taught on doctoral and MA programmes and led the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Practice. His research and publications focus on critical approaches to creativity, media pedagogy, and representations of teaching and learning. His work on creativity has led to several invitations to address arts educators and practitioners in the UK and abroad, along with consultancy work in Israel, Hong Kong and Turkey. After graduating from Exeter University, he worked in BBC TV News before undertaking postgraduate work at the universities of Oxford, Warwick and Bournemouth.

Mark is the editor of the Media Education Research Journal, an editorial board member of Media Practice and Education, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has served as a BAFTA jury member. He is a UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor, an experienced research degree examiner, and has supervised a range of doctoral projects to successful completion, including PhDs by publication and creative practice.

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 on our Teaching Staff page. A selection of current or recent visiting tutors are also included on course pages.

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