Governors

The BFI is a registered charity, established by Royal Charter and governed by a Board of 13 Governors (currently two vacancies).

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.

Michael Birshan

Michael Birshan is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. He co-leads the firm’s Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and serves on the council of the McKinsey Global Institute.

Passionate about education, communication and creativity, Michael is a member of the governing body of the Royal College of Art and the advisory council of King’s Business School. He has been a commissioner of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which stewards the British Marshall Scholarships, and a trustee of the World Schools Debating Championships.

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, OBE

Idris Elba OBE 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.

Jay Hunt

Jay Hunt is Apple TV + Creative Director for Europe. She is the only person to have led BBC One, Channel 5 and Channel 4. She started her career at BBC News working on Newsnight and Panorama before becoming editor of both the One O’clock and Six O’clock News. She was Controller of BBC Daytime and Director of Programmes at Channel 5, before returning to the BBC in 2008 to run BBC One. There her commissions included Sherlock, Luther and Mrs Brown’s Boys. In 2011 she was made the first Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4. Over the next 7 years, she led what was described as a “creative renaissance” delivering global hits from Gogglebox to Humans, Catastrophe to Hunted, First Dates to Derry Girls.

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, OBE

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 British Film Commission Advisory Board, the British Screen Advisory Board and BAFTA. He is also a non-Executive Director of Bucks Business First and Chair 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.

Nell Whitley

Eleanor (Nell) Whitley has a reputation for driving forward ambitious work in a variety of forms – live events, art installations & digital media – her collaborations with Marshmallow Laser Feast (where she is Executive Producer) demonstrate a unique vision for the future of creative experiences. She has produced the critically acclaimed In the Eyes of the Animal (Sundance New Frontier 2016, Wired Award for Innovation in Experience Design) and other mixed reality works including; A Colossal Wave (SXSW 2018), Treehugger (Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Award 2017 & Best VR Film at Arles Festival) and We Live in an Ocean of Air which premiered at the Saatchi Gallery, London (2018-9).

Andrea Wong

Andrea Wong serves on the boards of Liberty Media Corporation, Liberty Interactive Corporation and the Hudson’s Bay Company. She is also a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Andrea was most recently President, International Production for Sony Pictures Television and President, International for Sony Pictures Entertainment based in London. She oversaw Sony Pictures Television’s 18 overseas production companies, creating nearly 1,300 hours of entertainment around the world each year. Among her many achievements in this role, Andrea brought The Crown to Sony, winner of Golden Globes for Best Drama Television Series and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series along with numerous other accolades. As President, International for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Andrea guided the company on matters impacting international production and championed the studio’s interests abroad.

Previously, Andrea served as President and CEO of Lifetime Networks where she oversaw the operations of Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, and Lifetime Digital, including programming, marketing, advertising sales, affiliate sales, public affairs, business and legal affairs, strategic planning, operations and research. During her time there she saw Army Wives become Lifetime’s top-rated original series ever and spearheaded Lifetime’s acquisition of Project Runway.

Prior to that, Andrea was Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late Night at ABC where she developed shows such as The Bachelor, the U.S version of Dancing With the Stars and the Emmy-award winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Andrea graduated MIT with a degree in electrical engineering and received an MBA from Stanford University. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.

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