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.
Nick was the Finance Director of Thames TV/Pearson TV (1990 to 2000) , Manchester United including MUTV(2002 to 2007) and TopUpTV (2007 to 2010). From 2011 he worked as a Board member at the LTA, FA, ASA and British Basketball. He is currently a Trustee of the charity Richmond Theatre Trust and a director of Trafalgar Releasing Limited (the leading distributor of Live Events to cinemas in U.K.). He is a passionate theatregoer seeing over 100 regional, Fringe, Pantomimes and West End shows in each of the last two years as well as a regular visitor to the cinema.
Secretary to the Board of Governors
Robin joins London Film School as our Secretary. He has been a solicitor for 29 years, spending most of his time in the public sector and also with Eversheds LLP as a Senior Associate. He has held a number of senior roles in the higher education sector, including University Solicitor at Brunel University and University Secretary to both Lincoln and Cork universities. He was also the Secretary and Director at a Fire Authority. He has a background in the charity sector, where he was the Head of Legal at the Woodland Trust and then the Company Secretary at Arthritis Research UK. Robin joins the School from LAMDA, where he was the Secretary. He has also spent time as a retained firefighter and until recently served as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Lincoln. He is also working on his first novel and spending time building his niche legal consultancy, which includes advising some up and coming bands.
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
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.
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 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.
Peter is Executive Director of LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, which he joined in 2018 after many years’ experience of delivering strategic change in public and private education in the UK. He has held senior positions at London South Bank University, the University of Cumbria, the University of Salford and Regent Education Group. Prior to 2000, Peter was in the British Army for almost 20 years. He specialised in field communications but occupied a wide variety of roles and for five years had the privilege of serving with Gurkhas. He is a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College and MBA.
Course Leader MA Screenwriting and Head of Screenwriting & Staff Governor
Sophia Wellington began her film career on the floor – literally: placing marks for Richard Gere as a camera assistant. After years in the camera department, working on a number of Anglo-American features, Sophia moved into the cutting room where she is, to her knowledge, the only (living) assistant editor to get an apology out of Harvey Weinstein.
Sophia moved into script development in 2003 when she joined World Productions to develop a feature slate for their production deal with Sony Columbia. During this time, she worked with a variety of writers and directors on films including Layer Cake and Becoming Jane.
Another move, this time to Singapore where Sophia taught screenwriting for the Graduate Film and Dramatic Writing programmes of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia. Returning to London in 2015, Sophia combines teaching with writing and script development whilst maintaining her links with the South East Asian film industry. She runs feature workshops for the Cinemalaya Institute in Manila and recent script consultancy credits include Remittance (2016) a low budget feature exploring the life of migrant workers in Singapore and the upcoming Polis Evo 2, (2018) a high octane, Malaysian action movie.