Film Skills Council

Creative Skillset's Film Skills Council comprises senior film industry figures, from all areas of the film value chain, who lead and advise us on our work in film. The Film Skills Council meets quarterly.


Iain Smith OBE, Applecross Productions Ltd (Chair)

Mark Batey CEO, Film Distributors' Association

Charlie Bloye, CEO, Film Export UK 

Roy Button OBE, Senior VP, Production and Managing Director, Warner Brothers Europe Production

Phil Clapp, CEO, UK Cinema Association

Catharine Des Forges, Director, Independent Cinema Office

Paul Gerhardt, Director of Education, BFI

Seetha Kumar, CEO, Creative Skillset

Sarah Mackey, Chief Executive, UK Screen Association

John McVay, CEO, Pact

Kate Ogborn, Producer, Fly Films

Michael O’Sullivan, President, Cineguilds

Dan Simmons, Head of Partnerships, Creative Skillset

Alison Small, CEO, Production Guild

Andrew M Smith, Group Director: Corporate Affairs, Pinewood Studios Group

Karen Smyth, Managing Director, La Belle Allee Productions Ltd

Martin Spence, Assistant General Secretary, BECTU

Michelle Wright, Head of Production, Working Title Films