Andrew Chowns - Chief Executive
Andrew worked extensively for a number of years within ITV, the UK’s main commercial TV channel, and in 1993 became the Controller of Legal and Business Affairs for ITV Network Centre. In 1998 he was charged with launching the digital channel ITV2 and went on to become the channel’s Commercial Director. Andrew became the Head of Business Affairs and Deputy Chief Executive of Pact in 2001 (the trade association representing over 500 UK independent film television and digital media producers and distributors). In 2006 he became Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Affairs for Pact, and was responsible for overseeing the terms of trade with broadcasters, negotiations with unions and collecting societies and other major business affairs matters. Andrew was appointed chief executive of Directors UK in 2010. He has overseen the organisation’s transition from primarily being a collecting society to a fully-fledged professional association for all screen directors in the UK.
Shadia Fakhoury - Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office and HR Manager
Shadia is Assistant to Andrew and the general office manager at Directors UK. She assists and supports Andrew in his role whilst overseeing the general day-to-day running of the office. Having started in October 2015, Shadia is excited to join the Directors UK team.
Simone Cammarota - Director of Distribution
Sim started working for Directors UK in 2005 as a Distributions Assistant before becoming Head of Distribution in 2008. He is responsible for managing the Distributions Team and ensuring that payments are distributed accurately, efficiently and transparently. He has a BA in Modern History.
Nikki Hopper - Head of Foreign Collections
Nikki has worked at Directors UK for 10 years and is responsible for all aspects of the collection and distribution of members’ payments from foreign collecting societies. Prior to joining, she worked in publicity and marketing for various film companies including Warner Bros. and Artificial Eye.
Selina Ali - Distribution Supervisor
Selina graduated in 2004 with a Ba (Hons) in Music Industry Management & Popular Music, and joined DUK in 2011. A background in music publishing and a big love for music and film prompted her to leap into the realms of TV administration. Back from a maternity year to work alongside Laura on large pending projects aside from the distribution process, she also works with the Head of Distribution and Distributions Manager micro-managing assistants' individuals projects. Principle tasks include dealing with director members’ queries on matters relating to payments, work registrations, VAT, EC Sales.
Laura Bannister - Distribution Supervisor
Laura joined Directors UK in Spring 2010 and has enjoyed overseeing the mass distributions to members. She is a big TV fan, and an even bigger theatre fan; but only for special occasions. TV is an everyday pleasure.
Kate Parish - Membership Officer
Kate joined Directors UK in October 2012 as a Distributions Assistant and is now our Membership Officer. She studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia, and has a Masters in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures. Kate watches all sorts of TV and films, but has a special love for detectives and period dramas. She is happy to be contributing in some way to an industry she enjoys so much.
Sam Hoy - Foreign Administrator
Sam is a Foreign Administrator at Directors UK, which involves a lot of spreadsheets, data processing and television monitoring to ensure that our members are appropriately recompensated for transmissions of their work in the UK and in Europe. Sam joined in August 2011.
Richard Anderson - Distribution Assistant
Richard joined Directors UK in April 2016 as a Distributions Assistant. He is looking forward to living and working in London after moving from the North East where he grew up and studied, gaining an MA in Philosophy focusing on Modern Aesthetics. In his spare time Richard likes to get to as many gigs as he can as well as writing about and reviewing music.
Jonathan Hart - Distributions Assistant
Jonathan joined Directors UK as a Distribution Assistant in February 2015. When not monitoring television and tracing directors he loves going to the cinema, playing football and burying his head in a good book. Prior to joining, Jonathan previously worked for film and television in various production roles.
Eleanor Jest - Distributions Assistant
Eleanor completed her BA Hons in Classical Civilisations at Roehampton University in 2014. She then worked for a Inspections and Certification company, before joining Directors UK in May 2016. Outside of work she loves books, podcasts, camping, board games and cinema trips. She has a personal record of watching over 200 films at various cinemas across London in one year.
Sean Thomas - Distribution Assistant
Sean graduated in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in History, and joined Directors UK as a Distributions Assistant in 2017. He has a background in both finance and television production. Sean is a big football fan, loves music and enjoys watching a range of different TV shows in his spare time.
Emily-Jane Tossell - Distribution Assistant
Emily joined Directors UK in April 2016. Prior to that, she spent a year travelling around Australia. In 2014, she graduated from Ravensbourne, where she studied Digital Film Production. Outside working hours, Emily enjoys binge-watching TV shows, crafting and going to the cinema.
Victoria Morris - Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Victoria looks after our external communications including Press, PR and Public Affairs and works with the Web and Events teams. Victoria joined Directors UK in August 2008 having previously worked in programme making at the BBC and in Regional and Public Affairs at Carlton (ITV).
Ali Bailey - Head of Campaigning
Ali joined Directors UK in 2014 and previously worked at the Citizens Advice Service where she headed up the new national Campaigns team. Ali has led on campaigning, influencing work and strategy development for organisations spanning the private, public and charity sectors. Ali is responsible for designing and delivering Directors UK’s campaigning strategy and works in close collaboration with the Communications & Public Affairs and Digital teams.
Tolu Akisanya - Communications and Campaigns Officer
Tolu has worked in PR for over 10 years across sports, finance and entertainment. She has previously worked as a publicist for one of the UK’s leading independent distribution companies, with a range of theatrical and home entertainment titles/releases.
Marc Abbs - Digital Manager
Marc began working at Directors UK as a Distribution Assistant in 2010, joining the web team in 2014. As well as working on the website and Directors UK's social media outlets he is responsible for gathering and manipulating data as part of the company's research projects.
Chris Young - Digital Content Assistant
Chris joined Directors UK in March 2017 having previously worked in PR, journalism and publishing. He currently assists in running the Directors UK website and social media channels. He has an MA in Creative Writing, and routinely obsesses about books, film, dogs and Newcastle United.
Laura Adams - Head of Member Services
Laura joined the Directors UK team in spring 2016 as the Head of Member Services and is responsible for member benefits, events and career development. With a master’s degree in film studies, many years as a film and events programmer at the British Film Institute, and having worked in publicity at several independent film distributors, Laura is looking forward to learning more about television. Laura’s a big fan of science fiction film, TV and literature, and has published and broadcast on the subject.
Andrea Corbett - Training and Career Development Manager
Andrea joined Directors UK at the end of 2015 and is responsible for all training initiatives, skills and career development. Previously, she managed the Creative Skillset Film Academy at the London Film School after a period working in Dublin where she was Head of Festivals at the Arts Council of Ireland and Executive Director at the Dublin Film Festival. Many of her previous roles have involved the development of film and TV skills and training including: her time at the UK Media Desk at the BFI; film and training advisor for film at the LFVDA (now Film London); and PACT, where she began her career managing the training levy and working with independent producers based across the nations and regions.
Abi Berry - Membership Services and Events Manager
Originally a West Country girl, Abi joined Directors UK as a Distributions Assistant in 2011 from a Film Studies background after doing a Masters in London. Abi thinks the organisation is one of most important facilities in sustaining the UK film industry, helping to support directors and keep them producing a great variety of moving image work.
Tendai Chitawuro - Communications Team Assistant
Tendai’s role is to provide administrative and events assistance across a programme of events, benefits and services for Directors UK members. She has previous experience within the media and events industry.
Guy Gibbons - Director of Finance and Resources
Guy is a chartered accountant with broad experience across a range of blue chip and smaller businesses, mainly within media and publishing. The earlier part of his career was within the Pearson PLC group, initially in head office roles, with subsequent periods at two of their operating companies. He went on to work for several mid-sized and smaller businesses primarily in the business-to-business and consumer magazine publishing sectors. He hopes to make a strong contribution to Directors UK during a period of development and growth.
Donna Thomas - Head of Legal Affairs
Donna is a qualified lawyer who previously worked at Zodiak Rights (seconded at Reed Smith). She has been involved in acquisitions, licensing, consumer products from television and film content, and dealing with other media related rights issues. She is responsible for providing legal advice and services to staff and members, including contract vetting and assisting with the lobbying activities of Directors UK.
Charlotte Brotherton - Senior Legal Advisor
Charlotte joined Directors UK in August 2011 having been previously Head of Legal Affairs at the sales agent The Works International. She is responsible for providing legal advice and services to staff and members, including contract vetting and assisting with the lobbying activities of Directors UK. Charlotte originally qualified with London law firm Goodman Derrick in 2005 where she was involved in TV and Film financing transactions, production and rights issues.
Nicole Bandoo - Database and IT Support Officer
Nicole joined Directors UK in October 2016 as a Database and IT Support Officer. She provides day to day support to maintain the database and IT systems. She had previously worked within the charity fundraising sector after graduating with a BSc in Computer Systems Technology from the University of Westminster. Outside of work she enjoys going to the cinema, working out in the gym and promoting a healthy lifestyle.