Governors

Greg Dyke

Chairman

Greg Dyke, former Director of Programmes and Chief Executive of London Weekend Television, Director General of the BBC (2000 to 2004) and Chairman of the British Film Institute (2008 to 2016), is currently one of three vice presidents of BAFTA. He was Chairman of the BFI at the time the Government closed the British Film Council and handed most of its responsibilities, including the distribution of lottery money for film, to the BFI. Dyke was also Chancellor of the University of York for 11 years, when the university doubled in size and opened its new department of Theatre, Film and Television. He was also Chairman of Britain’s biggest theatre company the Ambassador Theatre Group between 2010 and 2016 and is currently Chair of the Trafalgar Entertainment Group.

Moshe Nitzani

IT Manager & Staff Governor

Professor Diana Green CBE DL

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

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.

Juri Ferri

Student Governor

Juri Ferri is a current student on the MA Filmmaking programme at London Film School. Born and raised in Bergamo, Italy, he has completed a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, Netherlands, before moving to London. At London Film School, he is training in all areas of filmmaking and has worked as a writer, director, cinematographer, camera operator, editor and sound recordist in various film projects. Ferri is currently working on the pre-production of his graduation film.