Staff

Gisli Snaer

Acting Director & Chief Executive Officer

Gisli Snaer is an award-winning film director, and a graduate of La Fémis in Paris, France. He comes to London Film School after heading up the Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore.

Snaer is a Lumen Prize 2016 Longlist Artist, and has served as a member of the international jury at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival Kinderfilmfest, the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poland 2003, Singapore Creative Video Competition 2011, Endeavours International Documentary Film Festival 2014 and 2015 in Singapore, and as a Head Jury for the Asian European Foundation photo competition 2015. Snaer is a member of the European Film Academy, and the Directors Guild of Iceland. His academic research interests include The Transformative Process and Continuous Adaptation of the Novel to Screen, Ambiguity and Subtext in Visual Media, The Evolution of Story, Storymaking and Storytelling.

Dan Lawson

Acting Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining the London Film School as Head of LFS OPEN, Dan acted as Partnership Manager for Creative Skillset, helping talent and businesses across film, TV, animation, VFX and games to develop their skills and careers, access training and development support, and connect talent to industry.

Previously Dan has run multimillion-pound film and TV investment funds supporting both production and development, acting as Executive Producer on a string of hit feature film and TV drama projects garnering BAFTAs, Golden Globes and many more awards including One Mile Away, Line of Duty and Dancing on the Edge.

Dan has also delivered major creative industries projects including Film Nation: Shorts, the official, UK-wide young people’s filmmaking competition of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Dawn Taylor

Financial Controller

Philip Ramge

Academic Registrar

Philip Ramge joined the London Film School in February 2015. Upon completion his studies in Australia, he moved to the UK to pursue a career in Higher Education. After working as lecturer and course leader for a number of years, Philip focussed on higher education management, both at campus, national and European level. Throughout his career, he worked on a series of academic quality reviews, administrative and compliance reviews, and programme validations. Before joining LFS, Philip oversaw academic quality and academic partnerships across Europe for a private higher education provider. In his position at LFS, he leads Academic Registry and oversees policies and regulations, admissions, academic quality, programme administration, partnership administration, compliance, and U.S. Federal Student Aid.

Femi Kolade

Term Four Course Tutor

Michelle Barkwith

Head of Human Resources

Michelle has recently joined the team to set up a HR function at London Film School, having lengthy experience working in senior HR positions for education and charitable organisations. She works as part of the LFS Management Team to address all employment related matters at the School (e.g. recruitment, contracts, staff engagement etc).

Véronique Fricke

Head of Marketing and Student Recruitment

Véronique heads up marketing and student recruitment at the school.She comes to LFS with over 10 years experience as a marketing leader and recruiter for the Arts, Finance and Higher Education sectors. With a track record of applying thoughtful curiosity and tenacity, she's previously transformed organisational performance and delivered brand results.
At LFS she manages the school’s marketing team, who have responsibility for brand profile and attracting talent to LFS' world-class programmes.

Email: v.fricke@lfs.org.uk

Lucy Aronica

EA to the Director and COO, and Support to the Board

 

My first job after graduating was working for producer Olivia Stewart's production company Three Rivers as Olivia's assistant. My first and only credit was on Terence Davies' The House of Mirth (2000) and I cried when I saw my name - I was very proud.

After a roller coaster seven years, I decided that instead of trying to make great films I wanted to promote them and found myself working for The Weinstein Company in their London office as part of the international publicity team.  That was an experience.

Two years later I freelanced for Premier PR working on the BFI London Film Festival account as the Press Screenings and Press Delegate Centre Manager - I did that for the 2008 film festival, and as a glutton for punishment went back again for the 2009 film festival. In between, I was an Event Account Manager for Firmdale Hotels looking after entertainment clients.

I volunteered for the Birds Eye View Film Festival for a while before joining the press team for the BFI where I was fortunate enough to work with some amazing people and got to work on, see and do amazing things.

Alex Curcuta

IT/Students Services Assistant

Alex Nuttall

Development Executive

Amit Sen

Film Music Consultant

Amit started composing at the age of 12 and his first composition was performed at the Camden Festival when he was 14. Since then, over a twenty five year career in music, Amit has composed, orchestrated and acted as music director on a broad range of projects which includes, 2 CDs with Carmel (Warner Bros), Diehard director John McTiernan, The 2nd Bakery Attack director Wolf Baschung (featured short film Sundance Festival), Greekfire (series broadcast on C4), Our Orchestra (broadcasts on WMBR Radio Boston USA), Andorra by Max Frisch directed by Michael Attenborough (Falmer Arts Centre).

Amit studied film scoring with Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and David Raksin in the USA. Amit was the Head of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the Royal Academy of Music and has published articles on film music. 

Angus Finney

MAIFB Course Leader

Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist. His work includes risk management for Octopus Media, part of Octopus Investments – a £1.5bn City of London fund manager, MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Cass Business School, City University, London, and he is the producer of Europe’s only Production Finance Market, hosted by Film London. Finney was managing director of Renaissance Films from 1999-2005 where he oversaw financing and sales.

Finney’s fourth and most recent book is: The International Film Business – A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood (Routledge) was published in May 2010. A second edition will be published in 2013. Finney has personally trained more than 800 film producers, company executives and students since 2005, and delivered master classes and lectures at Judge, Cass, Grenoble and Copenhagen Business Schools over the past five years.

Annette Streete

Admissions Manager

Graduated from Bilston College in the Midlands with a Diploma in Business Studies. Prior to joining the London Film School Annette was a qualified Dental Nurse.  

She moved to London in March 1987 and subsequently joined The London Film School in June of the same year as Receptionist. Later this role encompassed the Finance Assistant's role. She then spent a year as acting projectionist on 16mm and 35mm to cover maternity leave in 1990.    

In 2002 Annette was promoted to Admissions Manager - her current role.

Belinda Parsons

Senior Lecturer and Head of Camera Department

Belinda Parsons is an award-winning Director of Photography who has worked with production companies for all the major broadcasters, on social documentaries and TV dramas, including 3 feature lengths for S4C. She has contributed to a number of cinema shorts, and the British low budget award winning feature film THIN ICE. Belinda was nominated for a BAFTA, and awarded a Chicago Silver Hugo, and WFTV Samuelson Award for Technical Excellence.

Cameron Hills

Senior Lecturer-Sound

My parents were artists and performers. They produced sculpture, light shows, multi-media performances, sound and light environments, books etc.  I was the 'technical' member of the family and from the arrival of a Ferrograph series 4 tape recorder when I was still at junior school I enjoyed working on the sound content of our artistic activities. After a few years working as an Audio-Visual Aids Technician in a large London school I started Film work in 1979 with a Documentary production house in Central London becoming a Freelance Sound Recordist in 1985.

Over the last 30+ years I have enjoyed sound recording all over the world on Television Documentary, Theatre, Corporate, Commercials and Drama productions.

 

 

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