Film London wishes to appoint four new members to the Board of Film London chaired by Daniel Battsek.
As the terms of four of our Trustees are coming to a close later on this year, Film London is keen to attract four candidates to replace the skills and expertise they are bringing to our Board.
We are therefore looking for candidates who have substantial knowledge and experience at a very senior level in fundraising, distribution, marketing, and / or a strong commercial background in the creative industries across film, TV, animation and games.
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. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England, DIT and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Film London also has a national division, the British Film Commission and co-owns Games London with Ukie.
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.
Based at Film London and Ukie, Games London, is supported by the Mayor of London and the GLA to promote London as a destination for investment for Games as well as a global capital for Games culture and arts.
Film London is a registered charity, No. 1163968.
Aside from the Chair, the Board currently consists of 14 members who between them have a wide range of knowledge, skills, expertise and experience across all aspects of the film, TV and games industries and film and moving image culture in the capital, as well as experience of working at senior level in the public and private sector.
Film London works strategically with all bodies associated with the creative screen industries in the capital to help generate investment and jobs, develop new talent, grow audiences and access to specialist film as well as screen heritage.
Film London’s activities include:
- Attracting inward investment and promoting London on an international stage as an attractive base for production across film, TV, animation and games.
- Facilitating production on the ground through the London Filming Partnership and providing comprehensive information on London’s production infrastructure.
- Providing access to production finance through Film London’s annual Production Finance Market.
- Increasing the promotion and sales of British films through London Screenings.
- Investment in new and established film-makers through a range of short and micro-budget production schemes.
- Supporting training and business development activities.
- Developing audiences and access provision across the film through Film Hub London.
- Championing Games through Games London including the delivery of business to business events as well as the London Games Festival.
- Celebrating and providing access to London’s diverse and unique screen heritage through London Screen Archives.
- Showcasing of London’s talent.
- Domestic and international film tourism initiatives.
Along with the full range of responsibilities for shaping Film London’s future direction, the key responsibilities of the new board members will be the following:
- Raise awareness of the value of film, TV, animation and games and their contribution in economic, social and cultural terms.
- Help shape Film London’s strategies and policies.
- Help champion London’s emergent and diverse talent.
- Help identify and grow the commercial potential of our partnerships and programmes
- Membership of specific Board sub-committees:
- Film London has five sub-committees reporting into the Film London Board: Finance and Audit; Commercial; Audience Development; Talent Development; Communications and Public Affairs.
Board members will also be expected to follow the Seven Nolan Principles for commitment to public life.[i]
We are looking for candidates who have substantial knowledge and experience at a very senior level from the film, TV, animation and games sector. We are especially interested in senior level executives from the these sectors who have a significant and successful background in either fundraising, distribution, marketing, broadcast / commissioning and artists’ moving image work.
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 analytical 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.
Current Film London Board:
Daniel Battsek (Chair)
Time Commitment: a maximum of 1 day a month, including attending Board Meetings.
Board meetings: about 6-7 board meetings are held annually. Board meetings are held at Channel 4’s offices, 124-126 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2TX.
Remuneration: the post is unpaid but all appropriate travel, hospitality and administrative expenditure is reimbursed.
Terms: the appointment is for three years. The appointment can be renewed for a second term.
Applying: Please send a brief statement of up to 1000 words together with a copy of your CV to: Chief Executive’s Office, Film London, Jane.Shaw@filmlondon.org.uk.
Closing date for applications: 12pm, Monday 2nd September 2019.
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
[i] Film London is committed to the following seven principles of public life as set out by the Nolan Committee:
Selflessness: 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.
Integrity: 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.
Objectivity: 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.
Accountability: 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.
Openness: 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.
Honesty: 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.
Leadership: Holders of public office should promote and support these
principles by leadership and example