Board Membership

11 Feb 2015
11 Mar 2015
Job Type

Film London wishes to appoint an additional member 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 independent distribution sector and / or exhibition sector.

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 Creative Skillset. Film London also has a 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 11 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, UKTI and Creative 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.
  • Help champion Film London’s distribution/ exhibition activities with a specific focus on Film Hub London Network.
  • Membership of Film London’s Audience Development Sub Committee.
  • Board members will also be expected to follow the Seven  Nolan Principles for commitment to public life.

The person
We are looking for candidates who have substantial knowledge and experience at a very senior level within the independent distribution sector and or exhibition sector.
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)
Isabel Begg
Elizabeth Meek
Kevin Price
Ian Smith
Robert Wilkinson
Stephen Woolley
Sir Robin Young
Andrea Lissoni
Ian George
Anna Higgs
Angela Jain

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. 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. Alternatively, please email both documents to

Closing date for applications: 5pm 27th March 2015

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