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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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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Hazel Arthur | Web Manager and Artworker

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 visual/digital content for both web and print, and manage the NFTS website as a whole, which she has now done for just over 20 years.

Steven Boneham | Curriculum Finance Officer
Joe Bradbury-Walters | Head of Outreach
Joe has worked in Widening participation and Outreach for over 15 years and until recently was the UK Chair of HELOA, the national association for professionals working with students pre and post entry into University. Prior to joining the school Joe has worked for the University of Surrey and the University of Portsmouth. In both institutions Joe managed, designed, developed and delivered outreach opportunities to thousands of young people from aged 9 upwards. Joe’s aim has always been to ensure people have the knowledge to allow them to make informed choices on their future and to break down barriers to higher education and beyond. Joe’s role at the NFTS is to continue engaging and inspiring people from all backgrounds to find the untold stories and unheard voices of the next generation of UK Film, Television and Games Talent.
Duncan Bruce | Alumni Manager
Duncan is a graduate of the National Film and Television School (Editing, 2010) and was appointed Alumni Manager in August 2019. Duncan’s role involves maintaining contact with the school’s ever-growing Alumni (Over 3,500 graduates) as well as tracking their accomplishments and credits. In addition to his role as Alumni Manager, Duncan coordinates the Cinematography MA and Assistant Camera Diplomas. He is a member of the Royal Society of Arts. Prior to joining the NFTS, Duncan worked as a freelance editor working principally in the fields of commercials/promos and Documentary.
Mirinda Dawkins | Head of PR and Communications

Mirinda Dawkins is the Head of PR and Communications for NFTS. Mirinda has worked in TV and film publicity for over 20 years, across a wide range of broadcasters and production companies including BBC, ITV, UKTV and Fremantle. Her various roles have involved PR campaigns spanning genres including drama, factual, natural history and entertainment.

Mirinda’s role is to lead all PR activity for the NFTS, generating stories and content to help recruit students to our courses. She is responsible for promoting the School’s world class reputation across all mediums and telling the story of our award winning students and graduates and events such as the Graduate Showcase and the School’s Masterclass programme.

Tori Giglio | Events Manager

Prior to working for the NFTS, Tori worked for The Ambassador Theatre Group – the largest entertainment company in the UK, organising events at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Projects included: sporting awards and galas, weddings and 80’s party nights. She also secured the first ever Comic Con to be hosted at a regional theatre as well as the weekly debate show Question Time.

With a background in events and client management she has also overseen events including: the Liberty Global Lessons for Life gala held at the British Museum and the launch of Harrods Corporate Service luxury hampers.

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.

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 & Bridges to Industry

Prior to the NFTS Venetia was part of a script and series editing team working on animated adaptations of classic stories for broadcasters including Channel 4, HBO and BBC, which won BAFTAs, Emmys and an Oscar nomination. Initially joining the NFTS in the animation department, now Executive Producer for Masterclasses & Bridges to Industry she delivers the School's renowned Masterclass programme and runs the Bridge to Industry programme, which sees NFTS students and graduates work with Industry partners such as BBC Film and Film4 to make extra-curricular short films and promos.

She is a graduate of the NFTS, with a distinction in Script Development, and provides script editing and story development advice to writers and directors and writes non-fiction articles alongside her role at the NFTS. She has been part of the BAFTA jury for Short Animation and is a BIFA voting member.

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
Jonny Lyons | Development Manager, NFTS Leeds
Jonny has spent the majority of his career working in the education sector. He has supported students to access training and he has also managed student support functions within education establishments, whilst developing new training programmes and initiatives.
Shakil Mohammed | Course Leader, Certificate in Filmmaking and Archive Project Leader.

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 some of the MAs, firstly Directing Animation, Editing, Screenwriting and then Directing Fiction.  He is now Course Leader for the Certificate in Filmmaking course and the Archive Project Leader. He still writes and directs.

Meabh O'Donovan | Head of NFTS Leeds

Meabh’s working life has predominantly been in the film & TV sector, working in marketing and sales for features, shorts and docs, then specialising in short films, training emerging talent and designing and delivering training such as BFI Film Academy network and academy courses. Most recently she was Head of Development for Showroom Workstation, an indie cinema complex. This included fund-raising, business and talent development.  

Doug Shannon | Head of Systems and IT
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.

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