Board

Directors UK is led by an elected Management Board, themselves directors with experience across a wide range of genres. The current Directors UK Board was elected at the AGM in November 2011. Made up of some of the leading directors in the country the Board meets regularly to discuss the current issues that are facing members.

Each Board member is listed below, along with a brief biography. Please click through to read more about each director.

Charles Sturridge - Chairman

Charles Sturridge has worked in the theatre, television and film. He made his film debut as an actor in Lindsay Anderson’s If… (1968)...
 

Tom Roberts - Vice Chair

Tom Roberts, the Founder of October Films, is one of the leading documentary directors of his generation...
 

Beryl Richards - Vice Chair

Beryl directs TV and drama. She specialises in working with young and untrained actors...
 

Lara Akeju

After graduating from the University of Leeds, Lara began her career in television as a researcher on current affairs programmes at the BBC...
 

Yousaf Ali Khan

Yousaf is a multi award-winning writer/director with a unique personal voice. He has explored issues of identity..
 

Dan Clifton

Dan Clifton is an award-winning writer, film-maker and journalist, with a love for gripping stories and bringing them alive on screen...
 

Philippa Collie Cousins

A Graduate of the NFTS, Philippa Collie Cousins is a BAFTA-winning director, a qualified barrister...
 

John Dower

I started out as an actor, touring several shows with a young people's theatre company...

 

Coky Giedroyc

At London university I began making short films and pop promos on 16mm for friendsʼ bands and got a place to study...
 

Piers Haggard

Having started in the theatre, Piers’ first job in film was with Michelangelo Antonioni on The Blowup (1966). His own first feature came in 1972...
 

Menhaj Huda

Menhaj Huda is the award winning director of Kidulthood (2006) his debut feature film...
 

Cath le Couteur

Cath is the co-founder of Shooting People (shootingpeople.org) the online social network dedicated to the support and promotion ...
 

Kevin Macdonald

Kevin Macdonald's first feature, One Day In September, won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2000...
 

Rebecca Manley

Rebecca is an award-winning director specializing in animation. She is represented worldwide by Independent Films, London...
 

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is a BAFTA award winning director and has helped create some of the UK’s most popular television programmes...
 

Delyth Thomas

Originally from Birmingham, Delyth started her career in television drama as an assistant floor manager for BBC Wales ...
 

Paul Elston - TV Factual Chair

Paul Elston is an award winning film maker who returned to directing in 2007 after designing some...
 

Robin Sheppard - TV Fiction Chair

I began directing after graduating from the Royal College of Art MA in Film and Television Direction...
 

Iain Softley - Film Chair

Director, writer and producer Iain Softley is a native of England and graduated from Cambridge University, where he...