Board Membership

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06 Dec 2012
14 Jan 2013
Job Type
Part Time

Film London wishes to appoint additional members to the Board of Film London.

Film London is particularly keen to attract candidates who have substantial knowledge and experience at a very senior level within the UK film (especially cinema exhibition), broadcast or games industries. We especially welcome applications from those who, in their field, are established creative talents.

About Film London

Film London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London also has a new national remit, the British Film Commission.

Based at Film London, the British Film Commission is the government backed national body responsible for globally promoting the UK as the best place to produce feature films. It works to encourage and support inward investment feature films, strengthening the UK's production infrastructure and working with the UK Government to ensure that film-friendly policies are in place.

Aside from the Chair, the Board currently consists of 10 members who between them have a wide range of knowledge and experience across all aspects of the film and TV industry and film & moving image culture in the capital, as well as experience of working at senior level in the public and private sector.

Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Skillset.

Film London works strategically with all bodies associated with film and media in the capital to help develop audiences and access provision. We support a wide range of exhibition and education initiatives, from festivals and participatory film-making workshops to community screenings and special events, which help to showcase the depth of London’s film and media talent and provide an opportunity for all Londoners to engage with a broad diet of cinema.

Film London’s activities include:
• Attracting inward investment and promoting London on an international stage as an attractive base for film and media production.
• Facilitating production on the ground through the Filming London Partnership and providing comprehensive information on London locations and production services to film-makers shooting in London.
• Providing access to production finance through Film London’s annual Production Finance Market.
• Increasing the promotion and sales of British films through the London UK Film Focus.
• Investment in new and established film-makers through a range of low budget production schemes.
• Supporting training and business development activities .
• Developing audiences and access provision across the film and media sector.
• Showcasing of London films and talent.
• Domestic and international film tourism initiatives.

The role
Along with the full range of responsibilities for shaping Film London’s future direction, the key responsibilities of board members will be the following:
• Raise awareness of the value of film and its contribution in economic, social and cultural terms.
• Help shape Film London’s strategies and policies.

Board members will also be expected to follow the Seven Nolan Principles for commitment to public life. [1]

The person
We are looking for candidates who have substantial knowledge and experience at a very senior level within the film (especially cinema exhibition), broadcast or games industries

All candidates must be able to demonstrate:
• Commitment to, and understanding of, the activities and services of Film London, its public value and industry remit.
• The ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
• Excellent intellectual and judgmental skills, experience of strategic decision making and the ability to operate effectively at Board level.
• 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.

Additional Information
Current Film London Board:

David Parfitt (Chair)

John Akomfrah
Isabel Begg
Sally Caplan
Dr Emily Caston
Stuart Comer
Edward Fletcher
Liz Meek
Kevin Price
Tim Richards
Robert Wilkinson
Stephen Woolley
Sir Robin Young

Time Commitment
Time commitment is a maximum of 1 day a month, including attending Board Meetings.

Board meetings:
About 6-8 board meetings are held annually. Board meetings are held at Film London’s offices, The Tea Building, Unit 6.10, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ.

The post is unpaid but all appropriate travel, hospitality and administrative expenditure is reimbursed.

The appointment is for three years and expected to start at the beginning of 2013 . The appointment can be renewed for a second term.
Please send a brief statement of up to 1000 words together with a copy of your CV to: Chief Executive’s Office, Film London, Suite 6.10, The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ.

Closing date for applications:  Monday 14th January 2013

Interviews will take place on:  Thursday 7th February 2013

It is the policy of Film London to promote and integrate equality of opportunity into all aspects of its business, including its appointment of staff. We wish to ensure that Film London reflects the diversity of the communities in which it works. We welcome applications from groups currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Chinese and other ethnic minority groups, and disabled people

[1] 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