The BFDG Committee 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.

Meetings are held once a month, normally on the first Tuesday, often at Pinewood but the venue and time is normally chosen once it is known how many of the members can make a certain venue. 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

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

Adam O'Neill


Adam is an experienced Supervising Art Director, who started working in the Art Department in the early 1990s on two films designed by Stuart Craig: Chaplain and The Secret Garden. Since then he has worked on many film and TV projects: as Art Director from Billy Elliot to Prometheus and Alien Covenant and Supervising Art Director roles on The Borgias (for which he received an Emmy nomination) and Fortitude amongst many others. He has been actively involved in the BFDG and served on the committee for several years.

Sonja Klaus

Vice 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 is Production Designer on the much anticipated Terminator reboot.

Position currently vacant


Terry Jones


The Guild have had Terry’s stable hand on their finances for a few years now both with the day to day finances and for the Guild’s events. Her speciality is as a Production Buyer and Set Decorator for film, TV and Corporate Events. As well as running the Art Department at London Weekend Television she has worked on a productions covering a complete range of genres and periods and specialises in working to schedule and budget!

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.

Ali O’Neill

Communications Manager

Ali works alongside Mads and Sophie looking after the Guild’s communications, ranging 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. Like the other two management team members, she has gained her interest and knowledge of the Art Department through family & friends.

Sophie Jones

Membership Manager

Sophie is the newest member of our team, having 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.

Other committee members for 2018-2020

Peter Walpole
Terry Ackland-Snow
Simon Bowles
Neil Lamont

Kevin Phipps
Mark Scruton
Malcolm Stone
Gary Tomkins

Darren Tubby
Daniel Vincent
Warren Lever
Glen Young

Advisory – Su Whitaker
International – Giles Masters

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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