FFILM CYMRU WALES announces five appointments to its Board of Directors, who will help develop the organisation’s commitment to talent development, the skills and regeneration benefits of film education, digital enterprise and community engagement.  


Neil Watson brings his wealth of experience in policy development, as an advisory to Lord Puttnam, the BFI, and variously consultants Olsberg SPI, the Media Business School, the BBC and Film London. Born in North Wales, Neil maintains a strong interest in Welsh culture.

John Giwa-Amu, co-founder/co-director of Cardiff-based production company Red and Black Films, and producer of the BAFTA, Raindance, BIFA and Screen Award winning The Machine, which has sold to more than 30 countries, will bring to the Board his practical experience of film development, production, and innovative new distribution and marketing models.

Digital entrepreneur, Neil Cocker, will bring his commercial and agile development focus as Wales’ Tech City advisor, and someone who has specialised in creating communities and brands in the creative and digital industries with Cardiff Start, TEDx Cardiff, online merchandising companies, Dizzyjam and Cottoncart. 

Anwen Griffiths, media entertainment lawyer and partner of Sheridans, will bring her creative legal expertise to the FfCW board from early 2015. A Welsh speaker, Anwen has over 20 years’ experience of working across the film, television and games sectors with a wide variety of creative industry professionals. 

Head of the Upper Afan Valley Federated Schools, Mike Tate joins the Board having aided the delivery of FfCW’s pioneering community regeneration scheme Film in Afan with his specialist experience of engaging young people and wider communities in disadvantaged areas.

These new additions to the Ffilm Cymru Wales Board join current members Rebekah Gilbertson, Rhiannon Wyn Hughes, Gethin Scourfield, Jane Dauncey, Will Machin, Thomas Dillon, Rob Kraitt and Chair Michael Gubbins, who comments: "These appointments demonstrate the breadth of our ambition at Film Cymru Wales. We are working to create a more diverse and active film culture and audiovisual economy, based on sustainable business growth and the widest possible audience access. Each of these highly experienced new members bring their own skills, ideas and leadership to different aspects of those goals."

Nick Capaldi, Arts Council of Wales Chief Executive said: “I welcome this announcement of new Board appointments.  Ffilm Cymru Wales has attracted individuals of real stature, whose cultural and business experience will ensure that the organisation continues to be a successful and vigorous promoter of film activity in Wales.”

The new board members will support the organisation’s ambitions for the future, as detailed in Ffilm Cymru Wales newly-published Annual Report, which is available to read at www.ffilmcymruwales.com