Governors

The BFI is a registered charity, established by Royal Charter and governed by a Board of 13 Governors.

Josh Berger, CBE (Chair)

Josh Berger became Chair of the BFI in February 2016.  Josh is President and Managing Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Ireland and Spain.

Pat Butler

Pat Butler is a partner at the Resolution Group and an expert in corporate and business strategy, operations and performance improvement.

Pete Czernin

Pete Czernin lived and worked in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years for a number of production companies and studios. He featured as “a talent to watch” in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Generation Executives” issue of 1999. In 2005 he partnered with Graham Broadbent and set up Blueprint Pictures, a London-based feature film production company which has produced seven feature films including: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (directed by John Madden); Seven Psychopaths (written and directed by Martin McDonagh); and the award-nominated In Bruges (also written and directed by Martin McDonagh). Pete is currently prepping to release Posh (directed by Lone Scherfig) and is in production with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 (directed John Madden).

Idris Elba

Idris Elba is an award-winning actor, producer and director. He earned a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and four Emmy nominations for his role as Luther in the 2010 series, and has extensive film credits including American Gangster, Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, Beasts of No Nation and the Oscar-nominated Molly’s Game.

Behind the camera, Elba made his feature film directorial debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with Yardie. In 2013, he founded his production company, Green Door Pictures, to champion diversity. Through Green Door, Elba released the documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me, produced the TV mini-series Guerrilla for Showtime, and created, produced and appears in the Sky comedy series In The Long Run. He also created, produces and stars in the upcoming Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

Gerry Fox, Governor (Member)

Gerry Fox is an award-winning arts documentary filmmaker whose work spans the big and small screen, including documentaries on the artist Marc Quinn, the photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, and more recently the influential video artist Bill Viola. Throughout the 1990s he worked extensively for ITV’s The South Bank Show where he specialised in programmes about film directors and visual artists, including Gilbert and George. He also wrote, produced and directed a TV mini-series based on Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel Johnny and the Dead. Gerry has been a member of the BFI for 30 years and was closely involved in the creation of the BFI Reuben Library in 2012.

J. Timothy Richards

J. Timothy Richards is the CEO of Vue Entertainment, which boasts over 66 million annual admissions from 1319 screens in 145 state-of-the-art cinemas worldwide.

Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross OBE is a mainstay of British television and radio, rarely off the airwaves either as a presenter or as a host of his own distinctive style of celebrity guest interviews. He presented over two hundred episodes of the BBC’s iconic chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, which won five BAFTA Awards. In 1999 Jonathan cemented his reputation as a passionate lover of cinema when he became Barry Norman’s successor to the BBC One flagship film show, a position he held until 2010. In 2011 Jonathan joined ITV to present The Jonathan Ross Show which is currently on air today. Other career highlights include hosting the BAFTAs, Comic Relief (BBC1), Channel 4′s Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, and The Royal Variety Performance (BBC1).

Robin Saunders

Robin Saunders is Managing Partner of Clearbrook Capital Partners LLP, a private investment and advisory group working with growth companies across a variety of sectors including business services, real estate, energy, utilities and asset management, based in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America.

Prior to founding Clearbrook, Robin was a leading corporate banker who led intrapreneurial teams specialising in securitisation and principal finance within banks including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and WestLB. She has served on numerous boards including Formula One Holdings; Pubmistress; Swan Capital Group; Whyte and Mackay Group Ltd; Odeon; The Office of the Rail Regulator; Sadler’s Wells Theatre and others.

Robin is an enthusiastic supporter of numerous arts organisations in the United Kingdom and the United States; a visiting fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford; and actively mentors young entrepreneurs in various countries.

Andrew Smith

Andrew joined Pinewood Studios in June 2008 as Corporate Affairs Director. Prior to this, Andrew was Managing Partner of The Policy Partnership. Andrew is currently a member of the Film Skills Council, the British Film Commission Advisory Board, the British Screen Advisory Board and BAFTA. He is also a non-Executive Director of Bucks Business First and Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.

Phil Stokes

Phil is a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has an extensive background in working with and advising film and media companies and led PwC’s entertainment and media industry group in the UK for twelve years to 2017 and its EMEA Telecoms, Media and Technology practice from 2012 to 2015. He also founded and led the firm’s global Digital Transformation group, responding to the impact of new technologies and changing consumer behaviours across all industries. He advises companies on financial controls, risk management, corporate governance and financial reporting. He is a trustee of Groundwork London, a school governor and has been a non-governor member of the BFI’s Audit, Risk and Governance Committee for two years.

Andrea Wong

Andrea Wong is President of International Production for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and President of International for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Based in London she is responsible for the studio’s international television production business, overseeing the creative teams outside the US as well as the eighteen owned and joint venture international production companies around the world. She also acts as the company’s commercial and governmental representative related to production abroad. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Lifetime Networks, and as Executive Vice President, alternative programming, specials and late night at ABC.

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