The BFDG is an all-inclusive, non-political organisation which welcomes into its membership all qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, neuro-diversity, or age.

The same of course goes for the the BFDG Committee (Management Team), which aims to be representative of all skills, levels and experience; both regional, national and international. Nearly all our Committee Members are working and practically involved in film making.

Full committee meetings are held once a month, normally on the second Tuesday, on Zoom or similar internet communication tool. As a member we encourage you to attend and see what goes on. Should you feel strongly about issues or have value you could add, please get in touch. If you can’t commit for a full term we would still love to hear from you.

The BFDG only benefits if the membership does. The BFDG is the membership. Help us to help you. Get involved at any level. Anytime.

Committee Members 2020-2022

A committee serves a two year term. All are either proposed by associates or self motivated to stand.

Sonja Klaus

Chairperson

Sonja is a leading UK Film and Television Designer who also designs large scale events. Her film work as Designer includes A Good Year, Babylon AD. Television credits include Taboo (Season 1) and Mr Selfridge (Season II). Sonja has also worked as a Set Decorator on Gladiator, American Gangster, Prometheus, Tomb Raider I & II, Robin Hood and Kingdom of Heaven. She was Production Designer on the much anticipated Terminator reboot and the recent TV adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Blair Barnette

Vice Chairperson

Blair is a UK Art Director and Designer in Film, Television and Commercials. Her earlier American work developed from chargehand scenic art and puppetry for Henson Studios, Sesame Street and Nickelodeon. Her credits include The Power, Oslo, Devils, You Were Never Really Here, Decline and Fall, and Sightseers. Outside broadcast media, Blair also creates large-scale murals and live events.

Anne Clemens

Secretary

Malcolm Stone

Treasurer

Mads Bushnell

Operations Director

The life blood of our organisation. Historically her background has been in communications, trade marketing & event management and spent much of her early career working for several of the world’s largest drinks companies.
Latterly she became a freelance office & event manager and has worked mainly for awards and event organisations. Mads knowledge & interest in the Art Department, has been gained through close family ties and she joined the Guild in 2010.

Bimla Jackson

Co-Operations Director

Bimla has worked in events and management for over 12 years, having spent the last 6 running her own successful event consultancy for FTSE100 and high net worth clients. She has had many customer-facing roles, including positions within fundraising, sponsorship and development departments, giving her a good grounding in understanding the mechanisms of membership organisations. Her family are heavily involved in TV and Film production, working as actors, writers, producers and composers. She is excited to be working with the Guild management team, helping to bring the BFDG into our next chapter.

Ali O’Neill

Communications Manager

Ali looks after the Guild’s communications, which range from our members’ Weekly Update email to the marketing of BFDG events. Her background is in Marketing and Interior Design. Before retraining as an interior designer, Ali worked in Arts Marketing for the Royal Opera House and the arts and entertainment advertising agency, Dewynters, before becoming freelance and working in regional theatre and audience development. She has gained her interest and knowledge of the Art Department through family & friends.

Sophie Jones

Membership Manager (Maternity Leave)

Sophie joined the BFDG in March 2018. Her background is in membership management of various UK Conservation & Wildlife Trusts.
Having grown up on film sets, within a family of creatives, Sophie is very familiar with the workings of the Art Department and is thrilled to be combining her skills and experience of membership management with that of her inherited knowledge of the Film and Television Industry.

Sarah Lamont

Membership Manager (Maternity Cover)

Sarah is looking after the membership management whilst Sophie Jones is on maternity leave. She started her career at the BBC and then moved into Film Production before having a family. She then worked in property and, until recently, owned her own lettings and property management company. Sarah is very happy to be returning to the film industry, as she has a long term family connection with the Art Department and now her two children are carrying on the family legacy working there too.

Other core management team committee members in 2021 (in addition to the officers)

Simon Bowles
Neil Lamont
Jonathan Green
Sarah Horton
Jamie Lapsley

Adam O’Neill
Duncan Howell
Daniel Vincent
Elizabeth Martin
Kevin Phipps

Darren Tubby
Graham Wyn Jones
Warren Lever
Claire Levinson-Gendler
Gary Tomkins

Paul Frost
Moira Tait
Advisory
Su Whitaker – UK
Giles Masters – Int

The Chairperson is typically voted for by the current holder of the position who puts forward several names for discussion. The individual should have knowledge of the business and respected skill and ability to positivity contribute to the BFDG as a whole. After accepting they serve a two year term as Vice-Chairperson. This allows for in depth frontline experience and familiarity of existing inter-Guild relationships, Sponsor agreements and general daily running of the BFDG. There after automatically becoming the Chairperson for the following two year term.

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