Anwen Griffiths and Dr Romana Ramzan have been appointed to the board of the British Film Institute. Robin Saunders, Andrew Smith and Phil Stokes were also reappointed to the board.

Anwen Griffiths

Anwen Griffiths is a partner at Lee & Thompson LLP, a leading media, technology and creative law firm. With a background in film production, Anwen has over 25 years of experience and specializes in advising on all legal and commercial aspects of production and finance in the screen industries – film, TV and games. It represents many of the industry’s leading financiers and producers.

Anwen has also been heavily involved in supporting public funders in the growth of Indigenous talent, having previously worked at the BFI and spending six years as a member (then vice-chairman) of Ffilm Cymru Wales, responsible for funding the national lottery in Wales. , with a particular focus on promoting a sustainable industry and culture.

Dr. Romana Ramzan

Dr Romana Ramzan is a producer at BAFTA award-winning studio No Code in Glasgow, Scotland. Over the past decade, Romana has demonstrated a commitment and desire to advance changes in the industry to make it a safer and more welcoming space for people from underrepresented groups through her advocacy work. She has been at the forefront of driving innovative initiatives, within industry and academia, that have proven successful nationally and internationally.

Romana was one of the main founders and organizers of the Scottish Game Jam. She was previously director of the Global Game Jam and also served on the BAFTA Scotland Committee for Games. She was one of Develop Magazine’s ’30 Under 30′ and in March 2014 Romana received the Asian Woman of the Future award at the Scottish Asian Women’s Awards. More recently, Romana was named one of the top 100 women in games in the UK by MCV.

Robin Saunders

Robin Saunders is Managing Partner of Clearbrook Capital Partners, a private investment and advisory group working with growing businesses in a variety of industries including entertainment, business services, real estate, utilities and asset management. assets.

Prior to founding Clearbrook, Robin was a corporate banker leading global securitization and principal funding teams at banks including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and WestLB. She has served on numerous boards in the retail, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, consumer products and utilities industries. She has also served on the board of the Office of Rail and Road, the UK government’s industry regulator.

Robin is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, Commissioner of the US and UK Fulbright Commissions, and an enthusiastic supporter of arts and educational organizations.

Andre Smith

Andrew M. Smith OBE DL joined Pinewood Studios Group in June 2008 as General Affairs Manager. Synonymous with world-class UK and international productions, the Pinewood Studios group is home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows of all time, including James Bond and Star Wars.

Andrew is Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership; member of BAFTA, British Film Commission Advisory Board, British Screen Forum, Department of International Trade Creative Industries Trade Advisory Group and Governor of the British Film Institute. In June 2021, Andrew was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and in January 2022 he was awarded an OBE in the 2022 Queen’s New Year Honors for his services to “business and the British film industry”.

Phil Stokes

Phil is a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has extensive experience working with, auditing and advising film and media companies. He led PwC’s Entertainment and Media industry group in the UK for twelve years until 2017 and its EMEA Telecoms, Media and Technology practice from 2011 to 2015.

He founded and led the company’s global digital transformation group, responding to the impact of new technologies and changing consumer behaviors across industries. He advises businesses and charities on financial controls, risk management, corporate governance and financial reporting.

Phil is a partner of The Clive Barker Archive and has co-authored several books with and about author, artist and filmmaker, Clive Barker. He is a Trustee of Groundwork London, School Governor, Commissioner of the Durham Commission and Chairman of the BFI’s Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.

The members of the Board of Directors of the BFI are not remunerated. These appointments were made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments. The appointment process is governed by the Public Appointments Commissioner. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee within the past five years must be disclosed. This is defined to include holding office, speaking in public, making a recordable donation or standing for election.

Andrew Smith said he was the chairman of the Conservative branch of Stoke Poges, but said he stepped down in 2018 after being appointed governor of the BFI.

Anwen Griffiths, Dr Romana Ramzan, Phil Stokes and Robin Saunders declared no political activity.

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