A full list of BAFTA's Board of Trustees and their biographies
Chair of the Academy
Pippa Harris established Neal Street Productions in 2003, alongside Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, and runs the company’s Film and TV division together with Nicolas Brown.
Since the formation of Neal Street Productions, Pippa has produced Starter for Ten, Stuart A Life Backwards, and co-produced Jarhead. She also executive produced Things We Lost in the Fire, Away We Go and the Oscar-nominated Revolutionary Road, as well as feature documentary We Are Many.
Pippa is Executive Producer on the BBC’s award winning Call the Midwife – currently the most watched TV drama in the UK, as well as series 2 of Britannia, Jez Butterworth’s major new drama for Sky Atlantic. She also executive produced BBC Two's BAFTA winning The Hollow Crown - a series of Shakespeare films for the BBC / PBS, as well as a second series; The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, and the multi award winning Penny Dreadful, written by John Logan for Showtime / Sky Atlantic.
Previously, Pippa was the Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC where her commissions included The Lost Prince, State of Play and Daniel Deronda. Pippa joined the BBC in 1997 as a Development Executive for BBC films before becoming the Executive Producer of BBC Drama Serials. Her production credits include the BAFTA-winning dramas The Way We Live Now, Care and Warriors.
She is also a Governor of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a Trustee of The Charleston Trust, a Patron of Best Beginnings, and an Ambassador for Women for Women International.
In 2015 Pippa was made a Dame in the Dissolution Honours.
Deputy Chair of the Academy
Jane was a programme maker for many years before becoming the BBC’s Controller of Daytime where she commissioned Weakest Link and Doctors - a stepping stone for countless actors, writers, directors and crews. She left the BBC in 2005 as Controller Entertainment and Comedy responsible for Strictly Come Dancing, Catherine Tate, The Apprentice and Dragons Den. Jane is now running Kalooki Pictures co-producing with Hat Trick Productions.
Bocco has spent over a decade overseeing acquisitions and productions for IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, three multi-platform film distribution labels owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.
Since joining the company in 2006, Bocco has spearheaded all acquisitions at the company, acquiring the rights to some of the most critically acclaimed independent films from around the world. Under her leadership, the company has acquired over 400 films.
Bocco is revered for her vast experience in acquisitions, production and development, having held a variety of high-level posts throughout her career. In 2010, she was named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2009 Rising Stars and to Moves’ Top 20 Power Women of 2010. Prior to joining the company, Bocco served as head of the independent feature packaging division of the Gersh Agency in New York City, and previously, she worked at Miramax Films as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions. While at Miramax Films, she was involved in acquiring such notable films as Zach Braff's Garden State and Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent. Before joining Miramax Films, Bocco was Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features. She held various roles in acquisitions there during her six-year tenure. Bocco began her career at ICM and The Steve Tisch Company.
Bocco earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently resides in New York City, with her dog Henry.
Kieran Breen is the President of International Marketing at 20th Century Fox. He is responsible for strategy, research, media, digital, publicity, creative and promotions for all Fox, Fox Animation, Fox2000, and Regency movies in all territories outside of the United States.
A UK native, he graduated from the University of Hull in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Upon leaving university, he began as a runner at Working Title Films before moving into marketing with sister company Manifesto Film Sales. There, he was part of the team that launched up and coming filmmakers such as David Lynch with “Wild At Heart”, the Coen Brothers’ with “Barton Fink” and “Fargo”, and Quentin Tarantino with the seminal “Reservoir Dogs”.
As Marketing Director with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, he worked on the international creative advertising and the international distribution for a range of hit titles. These include what were then, 4 out of the 5 highest grossing British pictures of all time: “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Bean”, Notting Hill” and “Spice World”. In addition, he worked on ”Elizabeth”, “Priscilla”, “The Usual Suspects”, “Trainspotting”, “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”, “The Game”, “The Green Mile” and many more.
After exiting PolyGram/Universal in 2000, he joined Twentieth Century Fox as the UK Marketing Director where he was responsible for the marketing, creative advertising, publicity and promotions functions for all Fox films in the UK and Republic of Ireland. During his tenure, he launched a diverse array of films from blockbusters such as Star Wars (Episodes 2 and 3), X-Men (1 and2), Spielberg’s Minority Report, disaster epic The Day After Tomorrow and the 20th Bond picture “Die Another Day”, to such breakout hits as Moulin Rouge, 28 Days Later and Sideways.
In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles to take on the role of EVP International Marketing, and in 2014 was promoted to President of International Marketing. Key projects include the highest grossing film of all time, James Cameron’s Avatar, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Ridley Scott’s The Martian, the Ice Age saga, The Revenant, Logan and Deadpool. Current projects include Bohemian Rhapsody and Alita: Battle Angel.
Mr Breen is in his fourth year as Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles and is also a member of the Paley Media Council.
Chair of the Games Committee
Jo is CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment, making the UK the best place in the world to make, sell and play games. She is also Deputy Chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, an Ambassador on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, and Creative Industries Council member. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and won the MCV 30 Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. She is a Vice President for games and accessibility charity, SpecialEffect and the government’s Sector Champion for Disabilities. Previously, Jo was Channel 4 Education Commissioning Editor where she commissioned Digital Emmy-winning Battlefront II, free to play browser and iOS games and social media projects. Jo was Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor, and technology reporter for BBC News. Her doctorate in the late 1990s was an ethnography exploring identity and concepts of difference in place based and virtual communities.
Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE
Lloyd joined the Board of BAFTA in November 2017. He is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Founder of the Travelex Group, the world’s largest retailer of foreign exchange which he started in 1976. In 2014, an agreement was reached to sell the business
He has a variety of other business interests. He is the Chairman and co-founder (2014) of Doddle, which is a retail platform to enable people to collect, return and send their online shopping. Having been Chairman and majority shareholder of The Office Group (the leading flexible office company) from 2010 to 2017, he remains a shareholder following its £500m sale to Blackstone in June 2017. He is also a Shareholder and Board Director of the London Theatre Company and Ben Ainslie Racing’s America’s Cup Challenge, and was on the Board of M&C Saatchi from 2004 to 2015.
In the charity sector, he is the Chairman of the Prince’s Trust and of Prince’s Trust International. In addition, as well as being a Trustee of BAFTA, he is Deputy Chairman of the Community Security Trust and a Trustee of the Royal Opera House, of the Royal Academy Trust, of BAFTA and of JW3. He was a Governor of St Paul’s School from 2005 to 2016 and a Board member of the National Theatre from 2007 to 2015.
In 2018, he was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to philanthropy and the arts, following his appointment as CBE in 2008 for services to business and charity. In 2011, he was awarded The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy. As of 2017, he sits on the Business Advisory Board of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
Chair of the Television Committee
Krishnendu is an award-winning producer and director, trained on the BBC Production Trainee scheme, the ITN News Trainee scheme and the BBC Drama Series Directors Academy. He is the co-founder of Me + You Productions, an independent production company who make documentary, drama and comedy projects with co-founder Richard Yee. They are currently in production with the comedy drama series Sick Of It (Sky) starring Karl Pilkington and a trilogy of single dramas by Dominic Savage for Channel 4. Their output includes two series of EMMY winning Hoff the Record, a comedy starring David Hasselhoff and Asim Chaudhry; and two series of The Moaning of Life, starring Karl Pilkington. Their awards include a Mind Media Award and an International Emmy Award for Comedy; and nominations in the BAFTA Television Awards, RTS Programme Awards, British Comedy Awards and the National Television Awards. They have also been shortlisted for two Grierson British Documentary Awards. He has been elected to the BAFTA Television Committee since 2006, was on the Board of Trustees and was the chair of the Learning and Events Committee from 2006 to 2010. He served a term on the Board of Directors, UK and is currently on the PACT council. Credits include: BAFTA Nominated An Idiot Abroad (Sky 1), The Happiness Salesman (BBC Two), True Stories: What’s Killing Darcus Howe? (Channel 4), Bleach, Nip, Tuck: The White Beauty Myth (Channel 4), The World’s Smallest Man and Me (Channel 4), Michael Howard: No More Mr Nasty (BBC Two), Coked Up Britain (Sky 1) and BAFTA nominated Who You Callin’ a Nigger? (Channel 4).
Paul Morrell is a chartered quantity surveyor and was formerly senior partner and international chairman of Davis Langdon (now part of Aecom), where he had worked since graduating from university until retiring in 2007.
He was subsequently appointed as the Government's first Chief Construction Adviser in November 2009, with a brief to champion a more coordinated approach to affordable, sustainable construction.
He has extensive experience of major construction projects in both the public and private sectors, with a particular specialisation in commercial development, value management, procurement strategy and practice, and client organisation.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Association for Project Management. He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and the built environment in the 2009 New Year Honours list.
In Government, Paul chaired the Government Construction Board, responsible for the development of a new cross-Government construction strategy; served on the Board of the Cabinet Office Major Projects Authority; and led the BIS Innovation and Growth Team study into low carbon construction.
He has performed (or is performing) project steering/governance/advisory roles for the Siobhan Davies Dance Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rambert Dance, the Tate Gallery, the Bristol Old Vic, the Garden Bridge Trust, and the Royal Opera House.
He now practises as an independent consultant, and is a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University.
Chair of the Learning & New Talent Committee
For the last 25 years Sara has owned and run Sara Putt Associates, an agency for technicians and production personnel. Sara began her career in BBC radio and subsequently in TV production, before establishing her own agency to fill a gap in the market, offering career management to sections of the freelance industry who had not previously been able to access representation. This now includes above the line and VFX talent. Sara Putt Associates has also established its own trainee scheme in order to nurture the next generation of freelance talent.
In 2008 Sara successfully completed the BGP (Business Growth Programme) at Cranfield School of Management in order to develop and strengthen her management skills, and at the moment is doing a Graduate Diploma in Law. She also sits on the Women in Film and TV Board. Throughout her career Sara has also produced films for her clients including Tattoo which was BAFTA nominated for Best Short Film in 2002. Sara Putt Associates have sponsored the Breakthrough Talent section of the BAFTA Craft Awards.
Chair of the Film Committee
Marc Samuelson was formerly a Director of the Association of Independent Producers and of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, and MD of Umbrella Films, producers of White Mischief and 1984. He was previously a Board Member of the UK Film Council, a Governor of the NFTS and Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council, and he is a member of Pact Council.
From 1990 to 2006 he worked as an independent film producer on films such as the Oscar nominated Tom & Viv, BAFTA-nominated Wilde, Arlington Road, Gabriel & Me, The Gathering, Things To Do Before You're 30, and Stormbreaker, and as executive producer of The Libertine, Keeping Mum and Chromophobia.
In August 2007 Marc became a director of CinemaNX, the film investment company backed by the Isle of Man Government. For NX Marc produced BAFTA-nominated Me and Orson Welles and TT3D: Closer to the Edge and executive produced The Disappearance of Alice Creed, A Bunch of Amateurs, Heartless, Oscar-nominated Chico & Rita, Wild Target, Albatross, The Shadow Line, The Decoy Bride, Ashes and Honour.
Marc departed his position with CinemaNX to relaunch his company Samuelson Productions and has a slate of film and television projects in various stages of packaging and development. He was most recently executive producer on The Silent Storm directed by Corinna Villari-McFarlane and starring Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis and City of Tiny Lights directed by Pete Travis and starring Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper and Cush Jumbo.
In 2016 Samuelson launched Route 24 Ltd, an independent television production company working in high-end drama, backed by ITV Global Entertainment.
Co-opted - Chair of the Commercial Committee
John Smith was appointed Burberry Chief Operating Officer in March 2013, having previously served as a non-executive director from December 2009.
John has over 20 years' experience in the media industry, with a particular emphasis on building brands and digital. Prior to joining Burberry, he was Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide from 2005 to 2012, doubling turnover and quadrupling profits, and overseeing its significant expansion through the development of successful global franchises and innovative formats and platforms. Prior to BBC Worldwide, he was Director of Finance then Chief Operating Officer of the BBC.
John is a Director of the Henley Festival and an Honorary Fellow of RIBA. Previously he was a member of the Accounting Standards Board from 2001 to 2004 and has been a Director of Severn Trent PLC and Vickers PLC and a Vice President of the Royal Television Society.
Paul Taiano OBE
Co-opted - Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
Paul joined Nyman Libson Paul as a trainee in 1978, qualified in 1981 and was promoted to partner in 1986. The majority of his client base is connected with the entertainment industry including theatre, film and television, with clients ranging from the commercial sector (including theatre owners and managers and film, television and theatre production companies) through charitable organisations and the regulatory sector including employer associations.
As a result of his professional expertise and in-depth knowledge of the theatre industry, Paul joined the Board of Governors of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 1996 where he went on to serve as Chairman for the maximum term from 2005 to 2017. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in December 2017.
Other voluntary positions include acting as a non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jockey Club Racecourse at Huntingdon from September 2009, having been a board member since March 1995, and Chair of the BAFTA Finance and Audit committee since January 2018.
In recognition of Paul's services to Drama Training and Horse Racing Welfare he was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list.
National hunt horse racing is his lifelong passion but, unfortunately, his riding career was brought to an abrupt end following a fall in March 2005 when he suffered a broken neck resulting in tetraplegia paralysis. However, despite being confined to a wheelchair, Paul has continued to fulfill his work and voluntary commitments.
Deputy Chair of the Film Committee
Alison Thompson is Co-President of Cornerstone Films Limited, a sales and production-finance Company, which she co-owns with partner Mark Gooder. The newly-formed Company aims to represent and curate a diversified slate of films of enduring quality for the international market place, ranging from commercial, wide release movies, to talent-driven films from world-renowned filmmakers. Cornerstone debuted in Cannes with Asif Kapadia’s AMY which screened in the Official Selection Out of Competition.
Thompson’s career spans three decades: Prior to Cornerstone, she spent 8 years as Co-President of Universal owned Focus Features International (‘FFI’), running its international arm. FFI’s prestigious slate included Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and more recently Woody Allen’s, Blue Jasmine and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner. Before that she headed Pathé Pictures International representing films including Girl With A Pearl Earring and The Motorcycle Diaries.
Prior to joining Pathé, Thompson was chief executive of The Sales Company, one of the UK’s top sales agencies through the 1990s. During her 14 years there, she represented more than 100 films from some of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers. She began her career with the Rank Organisation and Channel Four.
Deputy Chair of the Television Committee
Hannah is Managing Director of Boundless, which is FremantleMedia UK’s factual label. Hannah first joined as Creative Director in March 2014, before becoming MD in July 2015. Boundless sits alongside the other FremantleMedia production labels; Newman Street, Retort, Talkback, Thames and Euston Films.
Shows produced by Boundless include ‘The Apprentice’, ‘You’re Fired’, ‘Grand Designs’, ‘Escape To The Country’, ‘Great British Railway Journeys’, ‘Four Rooms’, ‘Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure’ and ‘Great Continental Railway Journeys’.
Hannah held two roles at Mentorn, first as Head of Factual Entertainment and then as Director of Programmes. Whilst at Mentorn Hannah was responsible for shows such as ‘The Fried Chicken Shop’ and ‘Up All Night: Minicabs’ both for Channel 4, ‘Watermen: A Dirty Business’ for BBC 2, ‘Hotel of Mum and Dad’ and ‘Stacey Dooley: The Truth About Domestic Violence’ both for BBC Three, ‘The Hairy Bikers Mississippi Adventure’ and ‘John Torode’s Australia’ for UKTV Food and ‘Young and Married’ for MTV, among many others.
Hannah has also enjoyed a prolific career in popular factual and factual entertainment as a freelancer working on shows including ‘No 57 The History of a House’ for Channel 4 and ‘Gardens Through Time’ for BBC2’. Her factual entertainment slate includes the first ever ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ for Channel 4, ‘School Musical’ for Sky 1 and ‘Diet on the Dancefloor’ for Sky Living; daily live studio shows such as ‘Great Food Live’ and ‘Saturday Kitchen’ and also high volume daytime documentaries including ‘Pet Rescue’ and ‘Great Estates’.
Hannah studied History at Sussex University.
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