Governors

Mike Leigh

Writer/Director, Chair of LFS

Writer-director Mike Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School, of which he is now the Chairman.

His first feature film was Bleak Moments (1971); this was followed by the full-length television films, Hard Labour (1973), Nuts in May (1975), The Kiss of Death (1976), Who's Who (1978), Grown-Ups (1980), Home Sweet Home (1982), Meantime (1983), and Four Days In July (1984).

Other feature films are High Hopes (1988), Life Is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993)), Secrets and Lies (1996), Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All Or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Another Year (2010) and Mr. Turner (2014).

He has written and directed over twenty stage plays. These include Babies Grow Old (1974), Abigail's Party (1977), Ecstasy (1979), Goose-Pimples (1981), Smelling A Rat (1988), Greek Tragedy (1989), It's A Great Big Shame! (1993), Two Thousand Years (2005) and Grief (2011).

Photographer Eamonn McCabe.

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Professor Diana Green CBE DL

Acting Vice-Chair and Governor

Professor Green was previously the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Sheffield Hallam University.

She has extensive experience of corporate governance via directorships and chairmanship of publicly funded national and regional organisations.

Professor Green was actively involved in the regeneration of Sheffield and the Yorkshire region. She was also a former advisor to Government on Industrial Change, Innovation and the Exploitation of University Research, Better Regulation and the Impact of Fees on Higher Education.

Awarded a CBE, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Freeman of the City of London, Liveryman of the honourable Company of Air Pilots, and a Member of the Internatioal Women's Forum UK

Dan Chambers

Producer and Governor

Dan Chambers runs Blink Films which makes a host of programmes for UK and American Broadcasters. Recent shows include When Boris Met Dave (C4), Monty Don’s Italian Gardens (BBC2), How To Take Stunning Pictures (Channel 5), The Great Sperm Race (Channel 4), Miliband of Brothers (More 4), Chinese Food In Minutes (Channel 5), True Stories (Channel 5), The Silver Pharaoh (PBS), Who Killed The Honeybee? (BBC2).

From 2003 to 2006, Dan was Channel Five's Director of Programming. There he took the channel upmarket with commissions including World War I In Colour, The Buildings That Changed Britain, Battlefield Detectives, the award winning Revealed history strand, extensive arts programming with Tim Marlow and Brian Sewell, TV poems with Simon Armitage, and The Big Ideas That Changed the World – a series of authored films from luminaries including Mikhail Gorbachev, Jesse Jackson, Germaine Greer and Noam Chomsky.

He was previously Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Science, inventing the long-running strand Secrets of The Dead, and responsible for Scrapheap Challenge, Extinct, Escape from Colditz, and The Private Lives of the Pharaohs. He also had joint responsibility for the first UK run of Big Brother. Before that he was a freelance Producer-Director specializing in science films, with credits including Equinox: Sun Story, and Russian Roulette, both for Channel 4. 

Dan began his career in television in 1991 as a researcher on current affairs programmes, after realising he wasn’t cut out for academia, would go insane if he stayed at the Evening Standard’s London’s Diary, and had come across a dawning realisation that he would never make a living as a playwright.

Graham Easton

Film Finance

After reading English at Jesus College, Cambridge, Graham Easton worked as a freelance assistant director and production manager in feature films, documentaries and commercials. In 1983 he joined Thorn-EMI Screen Entertainment as production executive and supervised the company’s slate of in-house feature films. He returned to independent production before joining the London office of Film Finances, the world’s longest-established film and television completion guarantor. He subsequently participated in a management buy-out and became a shareholder and director of the parent U.S. parent company and managing director of Film Finances Limited. As a completion guarantor he has worked internationally with production companies, distributors, broadcasters, banks, financiers, public funding bodies and leading film makers. He retired from his full-time role with Film Finances in 2008 and is now a consultant to the company.

Graham’s producing credits include American Roulette and Loser Takes All. He was associate producer on Superman IV and produced and directed the film sequences used in the first ever stage production of Singing in the Rain at the London Palladium. His writing credits include radio drama and television and sponsored documentaries. In 2003 he received the Individual Merit Award from the Production Guild of Great Britain. In 2011 he was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the British Independent Film Awards. He is a member of the European Film Academy and a fellow of the RSA.

Kemal Akhtar

Governor

A deeply proud and committed LFS Alumnus, Kemal was born in London, the son of a barrister and a social and race relations worker.

Kemal earned a degree in History and French from the University of Sussex and a 2nd year degree in Cinema et les Etudes Audio Visuel from Le Sorbonne, Paris III, Kemal trained as a journalist at The Guardian and has been published by the Times, Telegraph, Time Out amongst others. He graduated with an MA Filmmaking from the London Film School in 2007. His 4th term film ZOHRA, won a many awards including a UK Film Council Race in Media Award, and competed at over 40 international festivals including Brief Encounters, Cannes, and San Francisco. The film also closed the 50th Anniversary of the London Film School celebration at the NFT. Kemal also won a Kodak Commercial Award while at school.

Kemal has completed three feature films BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN with Martin Sheen and an international cast (as associate director and producer). He was a co-producer of  documentary SHADOWS OF LIBERTY alongside LFS graduates Director Jean Philipe Tremblay and Daniel Cantagallo. The film was produced by the Bertha Foundation and Doc Factory. His newest film  as director and co-producer is MANDELA'S CHILDREN, a documentary about Nelson Mandela, made in partnership with his grandson Kweku, his family and with the co-operation of the Mandela Foundation. It features Mandela’s last interviews. The film is edited by the BAFTA award-winners of SENNA, Chris King and Gregers Sall. 

 

Kemal is currently in development with a new documentary and a new narrative feature.

Olivier Kaempfer

Governor

Named as one of Screen International’s ‘Future Leaders’ 2015, BAFTA-nominated producer Olivier founded the London-based independent production company Parkville Pictures in 2007.

Parkville Pictures' films have gone on to receive a string of international awards and nominations, and in 2016 was selected for the BFI ‘Visions Award’, the third edition of the BFI’s prestigious company feature development slate fund.

Olivier's first feature project BORROWED TIME, made as part of the Film London and BBC Films' 'Microwave' scheme, was released in the UK in September 2013 via a groundbreaking Direct Distribution model supported by the BFI's 'New Models' P&A Fund.

Olivier Executive Produced Parkville’s Indie Spirit Award nominated APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2014, before its international theatrical release in early 2015.

Olivier produced Parkville’s third feature SPACESHIP, which was funded via Creative England, BFI, and BBC Films’ iFeatures feature production scheme. SPACESHIP was selected for it’s World Premiere at the 2016 SXSW film festival, followed by its UK and US theatrical release in 2017.

Most recently Olivier Executive Produced Parkville Pictures' fourth feature, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, the follow up feature with Director Desiree Akhavan (APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR), which completed principle photography in November 2016 in New York, starring Chloe Grace Moretz (KICK-ASS and Sasha Lane (AMERICAN HONEY).

Alongside his Parkville Pictures work Olivier was appointed Senior Executive for Film London’s award-winning Microwave feature production fund in January 2014. He oversaw the relaunch of the scheme in May 2014 in partnership with BFI and BBC Films, with six films to be commissioned for production and delivery by 2018. 

 

 

Peter Armstrong

Lawyer

Peter is an established media lawyer with over 25 years' experience in the film and television industry. He is a partner in leading media law firm, Harbottle & Lewis LLP, and previously at Richards Butler and Theodore Goddard. Peter acts for Hollywood studios and for other leading independent UK, US and European film and television producers and industry organisations. Recent films on which he has been the main production lawyer include Robin Hood for Universal Pictures and War Horse for DreamWorks Studios. He is legal adviser to Film London and a Governor of the London Film School. He has served as a director of the British Film Commission and as chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee of the International Bar Association. Peter regularly speaks at film and copyright conferences in many countries.

Helen Dudley CBE

Governor

Helen has held a number of senior HR roles in government. She was HR Director at the Ministry of Justice and at the Cabinet Office and was the director responsible for top talent management across the Civil Service, including the graduate talent Fast Stream programme. She is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD.

She has worked with a number of charities, including as a trustee of the Whitehall and Industry Group and her local hospice. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded a CBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List.

Julie Parmenter

Governor

Julie is Managing Director of Soho post production house, Molinare, one of the longest-running independent post production facilities in the industry. Julie joined Molinare in June 2012 to head up the company and built a strong secure foundation from which it could grow.  Molinare has an excellent reputation for quality and is recognised as one of the leaders in the market.  Known for its outstanding talent, standards and facilities, it continues to have a clear focus on providing excellent customer service.   Recent productions include A United Kingdom, Absolutely Fabulous, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Virunga, White Helmets and Dr. Who.

Since joining Molinare, Julie has developed close ties with other industry organisations and sits on the UK Screen board, the Skillset VFX council and has been a mentor on the WFTV and Animated Women schemes. 

Prior to Joining Molinare, Julie had a 14 year career with the BMW Group.  Having joined BMW to head up the Finance team, her commercial business acumen meant she was promoted to be the Head of the UK, Used Car dealer network for both BMW & MINI.  After achieving exceptional success in this challenging role, she moved to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to head up the Global Sales Operations.

Guy Wilson

Student Governor

Guy is a student on the MA Filmmaking programme and was President of the LFS Student Union in 2016. 

Previously educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a scholar and recipient of a 1st class Masters degree in Chemistry, he has also trained as an actor at City Lit. He has worked as an auditor in the public services for Price WaterhouseCoopers (well before their Oscar shame), and taught English in Spain, Bolivia and Uruguay. With a broad interest in the arts, having performed poetry and stand-up, directed theatre, acted in a TV sitcom and studied art history, he has been working his way through various styles and genres in his LFS career.

Luis Buñuel, Alejandro Joderowsky and Werner Herzog are his greatest inspirations, together with the depth psychology of Carl Jung. With several festival successes and a Royal College of Art graduation project collaboration under his belt, he is currently directing the short film 'Cry', written by an LFS MA Screenwriter and produced by a Royal Holloway MA Producer, with his own graduation project to follow.