Chair of Film London
After seven successful and highly productive years, Film London’s Chair, David Parfitt, will complete his term of office in the autumn. The agency now wishes to attract an outstanding individual to help lead the Board and senior management team of Film London.
We are keen to hear from candidates with substantial knowledge and experience at a very senior level within the UK screen industries. We would especially welcome individuals who have extensive knowledge and understanding of content production, distribution and exhibition or their equivalents in related media industries.
Film London is a registered charity, no. 1163968, and the Chair will be leading the Trustees to ensure it fulfils its charitable objectives.
The Chair of the Film London Board is responsible for a) leading the Directors of Film London and b) steering Board meetings and related sub-committees, in order to:
- Provide strategic direction, helping to shape the policies and activities of the agency, including new ideas and initiatives.
- Provide corporate governance, ensuring that all financial and legal roles and responsibilities of the organisation are observed.
- Provide support and management advice to the Chief Executive and senior management team of the agency.
- Represent the agency, publicly and privately at the most senior levels of the film and other screen industries, and with key stakeholders; politicians and opinion-formers
Along with the full range of responsibilities for shaping Film London’s future direction, the key responsibility of the Chair will be:
- To raise awareness of the value of London’s screen industries (film, TV, animation, games, visual effects and post-production) and their contribution in economic, social and cultural terms.
The Chair will also be expected to follow the seven Nolan Principles for commitment to public life.
All candidates must be able to demonstrate at a senior level:
- Recognisable skills, experience and knowledge, at the highest level, of the screen industries.
- Significant leadership and management skills, in order to ensure that the Film London Board is a dynamic, coherent and effective executive group.
- Commitment to, and understanding of, the activities and services of Film London, its public value and industry remit across its brands.
- The ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
- Robust intellectual and judgment skills, experience of strategic decision making; diplomacy and tact.
- Excellent communication, representational and team skills.
- An understanding of the public policy context and its agencies, as well as the role of national, regional and local government.
Time commitment is a maximum of 2-3 days a months, including attending Board Meetings.
6-8 board meetings are held annually. Board meetings are held at Film London’s offices, The Arts Building, Morris Place, London N4 3JG.
The post is unpaid but all appropriate travel, hospitality and administrative expenditure is reimbursed.
The appointment is for three years and expected to start in September 2017. The appointment can be renewed for a second term
About Film London
Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond.
We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture.
Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England and DIT. Film London also has a national remit, the British Film Commission. We own, jointly with Ukie, the Games London brand, which is delivering an ambitious yearlong b2b programme as well as the London Games Festival.
Our aims are to:
- Grow the capital’s screen industries including film, television, animation and games
- Maximise investment in London through film, TV, animation, commercials and games
- Sustain London’s creative culture
- Promote London to the world through its screen industries
Our priorities for London are:
- Strengthen London as a global content production hub, maximising inward investment
- Support the development of London’s diverse and emerging talent
- Invest in and grow a diverse and rich film culture
- Promote and maximise access to the screen industries’ cultural output
- Champion and develop the sustainability and diversity of London’s screen industries
Aside from the Chair, the Board currently consists of 13 members who between them have a wide range of knowledge and experience across all aspects of the screen industries, film and moving image culture in the capital, as well as experience of working at senior level in the public and private sector.
Current Film London Board
David Parfitt (Chair)
Andy Payne, OBE
Iain Smith, OBE
Sir Robin Young
The British Film Commission has an advisory board, chaired by Iain Smith.
Games London has a steering group, chaired by Andy Payne.
There are number of sub-committees of the Film London Board.
Audience Development Sub-Committee
Production Finance Market Sub-Committee
Please send a brief statement of up to 1000 words together with a copy of your CV to: Chief Executive’s Office, Film London, The Arts Building, Morris Place, London N4 3JG. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOLAN PRINCIPLES: Commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life
Film London is committed to the following seven principles of public life as set out by the Nolan Committee:
Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must subject themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands it.
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects public interest.
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.