Staff

Gisli Snaer

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Gisli Snaer is an award-winning film director, and a graduate of La Fémis in Paris, France. 

He comes to London Film School after heading up the Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. 

Snaer is an Associate Member of BAFTA, has served as a member of the international jury at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival Kinderfilmfest, the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poland 2003, Singapore Creative Video Competition 2011, 2014 and 2015 Endeavours International Documentary Film Festival in Singapore, Autism Uncut by The National Autistic Society in U.K., Fastnet Film Festival 2017 and 2018 in Ireland, the BAFTA recognised 2017 Aesthetica Short Film Festival in U.K. and as a Head Jury for the Asian European Foundation photo competition 2015 ‘On The Go’.

Snaer is a member of the European Film Academy, the Royal Television Society, the Directors Guild of Iceland, and the Federation of European Film Directors. His academic research interests include Adaptation of a Novel to Screen, Ambiguity and Subtext in Visual Media, The Evolution of Story, Storymaking and Storytelling.

Dan Lawson

Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining the London Film School as Head of LFS OPEN, Dan acted as Partnership Manager for Creative Skillset, helping talent and businesses across film, TV, animation, VFX and games to develop their skills and careers, access training and development support, and connect talent to the industry.

Previously Dan has run multimillion-pound film and TV investment funds supporting both production and development, acting as Executive Producer on a string of hit feature film and TV drama projects garnering BAFTAs, Golden Globes and many more awards including One Mile Away, Line of Duty and Dancing on the Edge.

Dan has also delivered major creative industries projects including Film Nation: Shorts, the official, UK-wide young people’s filmmaking competition of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Femi Kolade

Head of Studies and MA Filmmaking Course Leader

Femi Kolade has been a professional film and TV Writer, Director, Producer, Script Editor/Developer, Lecturer/Tutor, Higher Education and Media Education Manager for over twenty years. He has worked as a writer/director, producer, script reader and editor for film and TV companies such as Miramax, BBC Films, Celador Films, Bendit Films, FilmFour, Spiritdance, Bard Entertainments, ITV, Channel Four and for filmmakers Stephen Frears, Gurinder Chadha, and Forest Whitaker.   

As an educator, consultant, project manager, and lecturer, Femi has worked extensively managing and developing curricula in Higher Education and on various film, media education and combined arts projects for institutions and companies such as London Film School (LFS), University of West England, National Film and Television School (NFTS), Central Film School (CFSL), Southampton University, Sgrin, the UK Film Council, the British Film Institute (BFI), Film London, Arts Council, Mofilm, Arista Development, Skillset, Real World Records, and the Getty Centre for Arts and Humanities. Femi has also served as a board director for the South West Media Development Agency and the BFI’s Black World. He is also the founder of Bushfire Digital Media, an independent digital media company that has just completed a three-year incubation programme as part of Ravensbourne’s Digital Media Innovation Cluster (DMIC). The company focuses on leveraging digital technologies to create more targeted and effective 21st-century professional media training as well as developing intellectual property in global media content. 

He holds an MA degree in Film and Television Direction from the National Film and Television School (NFTS), and a BA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Bristol. 

Dawn Taylor

Financial Controller

Michele Maher

Academic Registrar

Michele joins the London Film School with over 30 years of higher education registry experience leading and managing both small and large teams to achieve their potential in supporting the student journey including recruitment, enrolment, induction, programme support, student records, assessment, quality assurance and enhancement, timetabling, progression and graduation. 

Michele’s has had substantial experience and her previous post was at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as Campus Registrar based at Farnham and this included responsibility for the registry support in the School of Film and Performing Arts. Prior to joining UCA Michele also worked at Manchester Metropolitan University responsible for the professional support services in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and originally started her higher education career supporting medical and nursing students in a School of Nursing.

As well as experience in registry functions Michele has taken the lead on a number of significant University projects including implementation of assessment policies, new timetabling software and has contributed to the development of several successful collaborative University partnerships.

Michele has a Business Studies degree of which she studied part-time whilst working in Higher Education.

Michelle Barkwith

Head of Human Resources

Michelle has recently joined the team to set up a HR function at London Film School, having lengthy experience working in senior HR positions for education and charitable organisations. She works as part of the LFS Management Team to address all employment related matters at the School (e.g. recruitment, contracts, staff engagement etc).

Véronique Fricke

Head of Marketing and Student Recruitment

Véronique heads up marketing and student recruitment at the School. Having previously worked in the Financial sector and at Conservatoires, such as Trinity Laban and Barclays Capital, she comes with a track record of applying thoughtful curiosity and tenacity to marketing and sales. Véronique has previously transformed organisational performance and delivered brand results at small specialist institutions. At LFS, Véronique manages the brand profile with a small team, ensuring new filmmaking talent is attracted to LFS' world-class programmes.
Email: v.fricke@lfs.org.uk

Adam Dorken

Finance Assistant

Alex Curcuta

IT and Marketing Officer

Alex Nuttall

Development Executive

Amanda Dorey

HR Advisor

Amanda joined the School in November 2019 and works with the Head of HR, Michelle Barkwith, as a member of the HR team. Amanda has substantial HR experience, having previously worked as an HR Adviser for local government, the charity & private sectors.

Amira Abdellahi

Short Course Programme Manager

Prior to joining London Film School, Amira spent most of her career immersed in the film festival world, working mostly in administration, programming and event production. She spent 5 years as the Delegate Services Manager with Hot Docs, where she oversaw the guest relations and registration departments, and coordinated logistics for all industry delegates. She’s been involved in the successful delivery of some of the biggest film festivals and events including the Toronto International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers and the Cork Film Festival.

Angelina Shortt

Senior Lecturer - Editing

After graduating in Film and Video, Angelina trained as an off-line editing assistant, working on drama and documentary projects. Approached by Poppy Films she became assistant to Peter Goddard, assisting on many of director Tony Kaye's commercial work. Eventually, herself becoming an editor, Angelina gained extensive experience in commercials and post production supervision for advertising agencies such as AMV BBDO, Grey London and Leo Burnett working on high profile brands such as Coca Cola, Adidas, Orange and Ford Motors. She has also edited music videos and short films and assisted on several features, including AMERICAN HISTORY X directed by Tony Kaye and IN LOVE AND WAR, directed by Richard Attenborough.

As an editor on film, Angelina has co-edited CARIB'S LEAP/WESTERN DEEP for Steve McQueen and HAND ON THE SHOULDER, screened as part of Channel 4's censored series. She is on the board of governors for the Guild of British Film and TV Editors and contributes regularly to its First Frame magazine.

Annette Streete

Admissions Manager

Graduated from Bilston College in the Midlands with a Diploma in Business Studies. Prior to joining the London Film School Annette was a qualified Dental Nurse.  

She moved to London in March 1987 and subsequently joined The London Film School in June of the same year as Receptionist. Later this role encompassed the Finance Assistant's role. She then spent a year as acting projectionist on 16mm and 35mm to cover maternity leave in 1990.    

In 2002 Annette was promoted to Admissions Manager - her current role.

Belinda Parsons

Senior Lecturer - Camera

Belinda Parsons is a freelance Director of Photography, shooting an independent feature films, cinema shorts and working with production companies for all the major broadcasters, filming social documentaries, arts programming, and three feature length dramas for S4C. She was Cinematographer on British low budget award winning feature film THIN ICE and has won the award for Cinematography on PENINSULA October 2019, Southampton Film Festival. The LWT music series LEAVING HOME was awarded a BAFTA, and the short BREATHING was awarded a Chicago Silver Hugo. Belinda was nominated for a WFTV Samuelson Award for Technical Excellence. She has also specialised in shooting films for artists for gallery installation – Mark Wallinger, Idris Khan, Dorothy Cross, Serena Korda, Jayne Parker, Sarah Baker, Richard Wentworth and others.

A graduate of the NFTS, Belinda has been a Visiting Lecturer in Cinematography at the University of Creative Arts, the London Metropolitan University, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of South Wales, the University of Bedfordshire, the University of Westminster and the National Film and Television School.

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