A full list of BAFTA's Board of Trustees and their biographies
Chair of BAFTA
Krishnendu is an EMMY-winning and BAFTA-nominated television producer and director. He was elected on the BAFTA Television committee from 2006-18 and chaired the Learning and New Talent committee from 2006-10 and became Chair of the Academy in 2020. He co-founded the independent production company Me+You Productions in 2012 alongside Richard Yee. They make cinematic, authored drama, comedy and documentaries with the very best writing and directing talent. He has produced two series of the BAFTA nominated drama series I Am by Dominic Savage (Channel 4) – the latest series starring Suranne Jones, Letitia Wright and Lesley Manville plus the International Emmy-winning comedy, Hoff The Record starring David Hasselhoff and Asim Chaudhry. Other credits include the critically acclaimed comedy drama Sick Of It (Sky), the RTS-winning single film The Dali and The Cooper and co-creating the BAFTA-nominated global hit franchise An Idiot Abroad starring Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington and the BAFTA nominated single film Who You Callin’ a Nigger? He started his career as an ITN News Trainee and a BBC Production Trainee. He has also served on the Board of Directors UK and the PACT Council. He has been twice selected by Variety in their V500 list as one of the influential leaders shaping the global media industry.
Deputy Chair of BAFTA & Chair of the Television 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 BAFTA North America
Executive Vice President, Development & Programming, Sony Television/TriStar Television
As Head of TriStar Television, Busby identifies content that aligns with the creative vision of the prestige, IP driven Sony Pictures Television division and guides the continued growth of each series. She oversees development and programming while working to refine TriStar’s content strategy.
Previously, As Senior Vice President of Development for Sony Pictures Television Networks, Busby initiated, drove and oversaw the sourcing, development and production of ABSENTIA. Initially commissioned by Sony’s AXN Networks, the critically-acclaimed series has been sold around the world, including a three season sale to Amazon. The success of ABSENTIA pioneered a new model of low-cost/high-value production, working with emerging local talent to create English-language global dramas, christened as Gemstone Studios.
Before joining Sony, Busby was Vice President of Original Programming for TBS.
Before TBS, Busby was Senior Vice President of Production at New Line Cinema. Busby was an Executive Producer of the first Sex And The City movie, which grossed $415,000,000 worldwide.
Busby also directed and produced the comedy short Max and Josh, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival.
Busby serves on the Board of Directors for PACE (Philanthropy and Community Engagement). She received her BA from Harvard College and resides with her family in Los Angeles.
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 Film Committee
Anna Higgs is a creative leader working at the forefront of storytelling and audiences.
As Head of Entertainment at Facebook in the UK, Anna leads a team across film, music, television and publishing, working in partnership with studios, record labels, broadcasters and publishers to help connect great work with the right audiences.
Because side hustles are all the rage, Anna is also a columnist for Creative Review, specialising in career coaching, workplace culture and career growth advice for creatives with the ‘Ask Anna’ monthly feature.
Before joining Facebook Anna was Creative Director at global culture channel NOWNESS, bringing the best emerging and established filmmakers together with bold audience strategies. During her time there, she developed, commissioned, produced and distributed dozens of series, hundreds of single films and curated thousands of acquired short films. She also spearheaded a move to 50/50 gender balanced commissioning across all editorial and branded work, as well as a strategic company restructure that led to a successful merger with China’s Modern Media and Dazed Media Group.
Prior to NOWNESS, she was a commissioner and Head of Digital at Film4, leading cinematic innovation with projects including Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth, Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank. This move built on a strong track record as an independent producer working across film, TV and digital projects.
Anna’s work has seen her named as one Creative Review's ‘Creative Leaders 50’, alongside the likes of Felix Barret, Gorillaz and Maria Balshaw. In 2012 she was selected as one of the inaugural Time Out ‘Culture 100’, a celebration of the "innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what's now and what's next. A search for the most original and influential people in the UK creative and media industries" alongside creative innovators such as Danny Boyle, Stella McCartney, Grayson Perry, Jonathan Ive, Zadie Smith, Thomas Heatherwick and Alan Rusbridger.
Patrick is a communications executive within the TV and content sector with nearly three decades experience representing production groups, indies, talent and international TV brands.
Most recently Patrick served as Group Director, Marketing and Communications, Endemol Shine Group, the global television production, distribution and digital group which spanned 20 territories and was responsible for over 700 productions annually. Patrick has promoted, and protected, some of the world’s most successful, award-winning non scripted formats, dramas and digital IP including campaigns for the award-winning roll out of MasterChef (‘the world’s most successful cookery format’ ©Guinness World Records), the renaissance of Big Brother (which returned to 8 countries in its 20th year), and successful scripted formats including The Bridge (to over 10 countries). He joined from Shine Group upon its merger with Endemol in 2015 and was part of the Executive Team that delivered the successful sale of the company to Banijay Group in 2020.
Starting his career at Freuds as the unit publicist on The Big Breakfast in the early 90’s, across two decades Patrick progressed to head the agency’s entertainment division with a place on the Board. In that time, he handled campaigns for some of the most high-profile TV shows of the nineties and noughties including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Survivor, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, led the agency’s media logistics teams at major premieres and ceremonies and contributed to award-winning campaigns for promoting London tourism and the successful 2012 Olympics bid.
Patrick has previously led the accounts for Film and TV Awards campaigns for BAFTA (whilst at Freuds) and served on the Academy’s TV Committee.
He currently operates as a consultant across production, agency and live entertainment sectors, is a seasoned presentation trainer, speech writer, radio contributor and recently completed a Mini MBA in Marketing.
Elliot Knight is an actor who’s decade of work in Television, Film and Games spans both the UK and US industries, beside his international philanthropic and humanitarian work and overarching mission to energise entertainment industry progress around issues of identity and diversity equality.
Originally from Birmingham, UK, Knight trained at The Manchester School of Theatre before kick-starting his professional career as the titular role in Sky 1’s 2012 family adventure series “Sinbad” and was celebrated as one of Screen International’s “Stars Of Tomorrow”. Soon after, Knight was catapulted to Los Angeles, USA and immediately stepped into his international career on dominant US TV hit series such as ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Once Upon A Time” among many others.
Across his career, Knight has starred in leading roles opposite house-hold names such as Viola Davis, Nicolas Cage, Sophie Okonedo, Timothy Spall, Rufus Sewell, Vanessa Williams, Katie Holmes, Naveen Andrews and many more.
Most recently, Knight made up the lead cast of the record-breaking behemoth gaming title “Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare” and continues to reprise his celebrated role as legacy franchise character “Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick”, a proud British placement in a colossal global US export.
With BAFTA LA, Knight first served on the Learning and New Talent committee before joining the Board in 2020 and has also served as the first ever official host of the BAFTA Student Awards for the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies. He will now serve as Co-Deputy Chair on the BAFTA North America Board as well as being a member of the UK Board.
Knight continues his advocacy to fuel his vision of a better, more inclusive Film, Television and Games industry in all spaces and carries this torch fully with him during his time with BAFTA.
Andrew Miller MBE
Transforming perceptions throughout his 35 year career in the creative industries, Andrew is recognised as one of the UK’s most influential disability advocates with extensive experience of the arts, film and broadcast sectors.
Starting out in broadcasting, Andrew belongs to the first generation of disabled presenters of British television and went on to produce and direct tv arts documentaries. Subsequently becoming the first wheelchair user to run a major UK arts venue, he is now a prolific cultural commentator and his consultancy supports major new cultural infrastructure such as the University of Oxford Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities and Coventry City of Culture.
Andrew is a National Council member of Arts Council England, a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and his previous non-executive roles include The Arts Council of Wales, Welsh National Opera and The Space. He is Chair of the BFI Disability Screen Advisory Group and in 2020 co-founded the UK Disability Arts Alliance #WeShallNotBeRemoved, where he developed the Seven Inclusive Principles which helped shape the cultural sector’s pandemic recovery. Between 2018-21 Andrew was the UK Government’s first Disability Champion for Arts & Culture, establishing the role as a powerful campaigning platform for greater inclusion.
Chair of the Learning, Inclusion & Talent Committee
Ade Rawcliffe is Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ITV, and is a member of the Management Board. She has responsibility for all diversity and inclusion related matters across the Group, including leading, developing and growing ITV’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy on and off screen.
Prior to that, Ade led the Creative Diversity team at Channel 4 and spearheaded the delivery of the broadcaster’s 360° Diversity Charter. She oversaw the creation of C4’s Commissioning Diversity Guidelines and developed programmes through diverse funding vehicle the Alpha Fund.
Rawcliffe was also part of the team responsible for C4’s coverage of Rio 2016 Paralympics and London 2012 Paralympics, which broke records for employing disabled presenters and production staff.
Ade also worked in the Features Commissioning team at C4 and as Television Producer at the BBC, ITV and in the independent sector working on shows including: Big Brother, The Big Breakfast and This Morning. She is a Chair of BAFTA’s Learning, Inclusion and Talent Committee, a Board Member of Women in Film & Television (WFTV), Founding Board Member of Times UP UK and a Trustee of the National Trust.Ade Rawcliffe is Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ITV, and is a member of the Management Board. She has responsibility for all diversity and inclusion related matters across the Group, including leading, developing and growing ITV’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy on and off screen.
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Co-opted - Chair, Commercial Committee and Chair, Governance & Appointments Committee
Bal is a media professional and entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in the media industry. He works closely with a number of creative businesses helping them to grow and accelerate their potential.
During his long career at the BBC Bal worked in Television, News, Radio and Online, in commissioning, production and operational areas - he’s led editorial, commercial, finance, technology and strategy teams.
Bal is a champion of inclusivity and social mobility within the media industry. As Managing Director of BBC Television he oversaw significant changes to the commissioning system to promote more diversity on and off screen. He was instrumental in developing the BBC’s network of production bases out of London and a big supporter of fair access for small independent production companies.
Over his long career, he has operated at the cross hares of creativity, business and technology. Bal was a leading architect behind the BBC IPlayer and played a central role in some of the most prestigious service launches, including BBC News Online, Radio 5 live and BBC3.
As BBC Group Commercial Director he was responsible for Intellectual property, rights and deal making, overseeing the BBC’s relationship with key creative partners - including the independent production sector and talent representatives for writers, actors, presenters and musicians.
Bal’s inclusivity and social mobility work extends into his current portfolio of non executive roles. He is Trustee of the Ormiston Academies Trust sponsoring 43 academy schools in the most disadvantaged and impoverished areas of the country. He is Trustee of the National Film & Television School and was on the investment committee of Comic relief.
Bal has completed the leadership programme at Wharton Business school and has been recognised for his invaluable contribution to the creative industries by receiving the 2015 Global award for Sikhs in Media.
Chair, Games Committee
Tara Saunders is Co-Studio Head of PlayStation London Studio, one of a group of sister studios that is owned by, and make games exclusively for, Sony Interactive Entertainment.
A graduate of Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation, Tara has over 20 years’ experience working as an animator and creative leader for PlayStation. Tara has worked on many innovative franchises including The Getaway, EyePet, Wonderbook and industry leading VR projects. As Co-Studio Head, she runs the studio with an emphasis on strong value based leadership and healthy development practises. She works closely with the creative disciplines as well as overseeing operations to develop the environment and culture within the studio.
Tara is also an active industry mentor and role model, participating in numerous activities which assist underrepresented groups and career starters within the games industry.
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.
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