Our senior teaching staff – including Heads of Department and Course Leaders – are distinguished professionals with a host of credits and awards to their names.
They include celebrated directors, producers and cinematographers, including Alex Garland (Annihilation, Ex-Machina), Brian Gilbert (Wilde, The Gathering), Lesley Manning (Ghostwatch), Ian Sellar (Venus Peter, Prague), Chris Auty (Crash, Blood and Wine), Stuart Harris (Wetherby) and Oliver Stapleton (The Cider House Rules, My Beautiful Launderette), former Director of the London Film Festival, Sandra Hebron, and acclaimed television entertainment director David G Croft (The Crystal Maze, Shooting Stars).
They are supplemented by dozens of visiting tutors from across the creative industries, as well as a programme of masterclasses from leading names from across film, television and games.
Heads of Department and Course Leaders
Alex GarlandAssociate Director
Credits include Annihilation, Ex-Machina and The Beach
Caroline AmiesHead of Production Design
Credits include In the Name of the Father, Land Girls, Ladies in Lavender
Peter AnsorgeCourse Leader, TV Drama: Creating the Bible
Ex-Channel 4 Head of Drama. His commissions included A Very British Coup and Traffik
Chris AutyHead of Producing; Course Leader, Creative Business
Credits include Stealing Beauty, Blood and Wine, Crash
Robert BradbrookHead of Animation
Directing credits include Home Road Movies, Dead Air, The Journey
Simon BroadleyCourse Leader, Factual Development
With 25 years industry experience, Simon is a Development Executive at IMG Productions
Simon ClarkHead of Location Sound Recording
Credits include The Crown, Mars and Wolf Hall.
Richard Cox ACE
Richard Cox ACEHead of Editing
Credits include Gentleman Jack, Trauma, Happy Valley, Doctor Foster, Last Tango In Halifax, Doctor Who
David G. Croft
David G. CroftHead of Television Entertainment
David has worked for many years on hit shows such as Crystal Maze and Shooting Stars
Peter DaleHead of Documentary
Peter spent 18 years in the field before becoming Head of Documentaries at Channel 4
Brian GilbertCo-Head of Fiction
Credits include Vice Versa, Wilde, The Gathering
Alison GoringHead of NFTS Scotland
Credits include Cloud Atlas, This is England 86 and Mad Dogs
Hugo HansellCourse Leader, Motion Graphics
Hugo has developed brand identities for BBFC, WFTV and campaigns for BFI, Film4, Pathé
Stuart HarrisCo-Head of Cinematography
Acclaimed film, commercials and music video cinematographer. Winner of the D&D Pencil
Sandra HebronHead of Screen Arts
Former Artistic Director of BFI London Film Festival; current programmer at Pingyao International Film Festival
Bex HopkinsHead of Production Managment
Credits include Mad, Sad and Bad, Nits and Cross My Heart.
John KeaneHead of Composing
Credits include A Very British Coup, Hornblower, Anna Karenina (TV series), Hideous Kinky
John LeeHead of Model Making
Credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Isle of Dogs and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Tom LewisCourse Leader, Sports Production
Tom has been in the sports television industry for almost thirty years.
Richard LingardCourse Leader, Assistant Directing/Location Management
Credits include The Escapist and Looking for Victoria
Lesley ManningCo-Head of Fiction
Credits include Ghostwatch, Leila, Honeycombe Lodge
Bucy McDonaldCourse Leader, Science & Natural History
Bucy has directed & produced content for Natural History Museum, BBC & charities.
Chris PowHead of Sound Design
Chris has tutored the Sound Design course for over 20 years. His credits include The Last Thakur
John RoweHead of Digital Effects
John has over 30 years experience in the DFX Industry and education
Deborah RowlandHead of Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition
Deborah has over 24 years’ experience in entertainment marketing and film distribution.
Ian SellarCo-Head of Fiction
Credits include Venus Peter, Prague, Home Road Movies
Oliver StapletonCo-Head of Cinematography
Credits include My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters, Shipping News
Ian StubbsCourse Leader, Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing
Previously Head of Playout and Cameraman at the BBC
Alan ThornHead of Games
Alan Thorn is a multidisciplinary game developer, author and educator with 17 years industry experience.
Brian WardHead of Screenwriting
Credits include The Interpreter and Death Defying Acts
Tim WrightCourse Leader, Creative Producing
Tim is a digital writer and cross platform producer with more than 20 years’ experience