Staff

Gisli Snaer

Director & 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

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

Term Four Course Tutor

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

Philip Ramge

Academic Registrar

Philip Ramge joined the London Film School in February 2015. Upon completion his studies in Australia, he moved to the UK to pursue a career in Higher Education. After working as lecturer and course leader for a number of years, Philip focussed on higher education management, both at campus, national and European level. Throughout his career, he worked on a series of academic quality reviews, administrative and compliance reviews, and programme validations. Before joining LFS, Philip oversaw academic quality and academic partnerships across Europe for a private higher education provider. In his position at LFS, he leads Academic Registry and oversees policies and regulations, admissions, academic quality, programme administration, partnership administration, compliance, and U.S. Federal Student Aid.

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.She comes to LFS with over 10 years experience as a marketing leader and recruiter for the Arts, Finance and Higher Education sectors. With a track record of applying thoughtful curiosity and tenacity, she's previously transformed organisational performance and delivered brand results.
At LFS she manages the school’s marketing team, who have responsibility for brand profile and attracting talent to LFS' world-class programmes.

Email: v.fricke@lfs.org.uk

Lucy Aronica

EA to the Director and COO, and Support to the Board

 

My first job after graduating was working for producer Olivia Stewart's production company Three Rivers as Olivia's assistant. My first and only credit was on Terence Davies' The House of Mirth (2000) and I cried when I saw my name - I was very proud.

After a roller coaster seven years, I decided that instead of trying to make great films I wanted to promote them and found myself working for The Weinstein Company in their London office as part of the international publicity team.  That was an experience.

Two years later I freelanced for Premier PR working on the BFI London Film Festival account as the Press Screenings and Press Delegate Centre Manager - I did that for the 2008 film festival, and as a glutton for punishment went back again for the 2009 film festival. In between, I was an Event Account Manager for Firmdale Hotels looking after entertainment clients.

I volunteered for the Birds Eye View Film Festival for a while before joining the press team for the BFI where I was fortunate enough to work with some amazing people and got to work on, see and do amazing things.

Alex Curcuta

IT/Students Services Assistant

Alex Nuttall

Development Executive

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.

Amit Sen

Film Music Consultant

Amit started composing at the age of 12 and his first composition was performed at the Camden Festival when he was 14. Since then, over a twenty five year career in music, Amit has composed, orchestrated and acted as music director on a broad range of projects which includes, 2 CDs with Carmel (Warner Bros), Diehard director John McTiernan, The 2nd Bakery Attack director Wolf Baschung (featured short film Sundance Festival), Greekfire (series broadcast on C4), Our Orchestra (broadcasts on WMBR Radio Boston USA), Andorra by Max Frisch directed by Michael Attenborough (Falmer Arts Centre).

Amit studied film scoring with Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and David Raksin in the USA. Amit was the Head of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the Royal Academy of Music and has published articles on film music. 

Angus Finney

MAIFB Course Leader

Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist who has managed, taught, mentored and lectured across the world. His work includes MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow, and MA-level Course Directing at London Film School/Exeter University. He was appointed in 2016 to the Beijing Film Academy as a Visiting Professor, and holds an Associate Professorship at Exeter University in Film and Creative Industries, where he holds a Silver Award for outstanding teaching.

Finney has returned to Executive Producing with his next film, the $10m A PATRIOT (Tim Robbins, Helen Hunt), a sci-fi thriller to be shot early 2019. He is attached to Christopher Hampton’s HEART OF THE SOLDIER; and Gabriel Reid’s DIVISION and a range of projects in development.  Finney was the manager of Europe’s only Production Finance Market over the past decade, hosted by Film London annually. The market has supported independent financing of more than 100 films over since 2007.  His work has recently included acting as a government expert witness in two high profile cases, including the Ingenious Media £1bn tax tribunal.

Finney’s business planning and modelling have contributed to raising more than $150m for independent projects since 1995. He was appointed joint Managing Director of Renaissance Films, a UK-based development, production, finance and sales company in July 1999. During six years of business, Finney Executive Produced and sold a range of films, working with filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam, Daniel Craig, Neil LaBute, Marleen Gorris, Roger Michell, Glen Close, and Rose Troche, alongside leading US studios including Sony, Miramax, Warner Bros and Paramount.

Finney’s fourth and most recent book is: The International Film Business – A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood (Routledge) was published in May 2010. A second edition has been published in 2015, and has been released in China and Japan. His 1996 publication The State of European Cinema has been re-printed by Bloomsbury in 2016. He has worked on a number of screenplays as co-writer, including The Geisha Girl (with Berlin Silver Bear winner Soren Kragh Jacobsen).

Finney has delivered master classes and lectures at Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals, Judge/Cambridge, Cass/City, Grenoble, London University, the Sorbonne, Paris, Beijing Film Academy, China and the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He has a PhD in Management from Cass Business School, City University London. He has an MA in Film (Documentary specialism) and Journalism from New York University, a post-graduate Diploma from City University in Newspaper Journalism and a BA from Sussex University in International Relations.  

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 in Cinematography

Belinda Parsons is an award-winning Director of Photography who has worked with production companies for all the major broadcasters, on social documentaries and TV dramas, including 3 feature lengths for S4C. She has contributed to a number of cinema shorts, and the British low budget award winning feature film THIN ICE. Belinda was nominated for a BAFTA, and awarded a Chicago Silver Hugo, and WFTV Samuelson Award for Technical Excellence.

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