Marc Allenby
Chief Executive Officer, Trafalgar Releasing

Marc has over 20 years’ experience in the cinema industry, spanning across exhibition and distribution as well as all of the leading arts organisations working in the cinema space.

In February 2017, Marc helped facilitate the management buy-out of Picturehouse Entertainment, re-establishing the company as Trafalgar Releasing. Trafalgar are now firmly established as the global market leader in event cinema.

Bobbie Andrews
Vice President of Marketing & Commercial EMEAR, RealD 3D

Bobbie has been working in the cinema business for the last 15 years. Working for exhibition, distribution as well as industry partners, including time in the marketing departments of both Cineworld and 20th Century Fox EMEA.

Since joining RealD in 2016 as Marketing Director, Bobbie has occupied a number of roles and is now on the senior management team in the position of Vice President of Marketing & Commercial EMEAR.

Liz Bales
Chief Executive Officer, Industry Trust for IP Awareness and BASE

Liz, who has a background as a commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property, drives the industry Trust’s focus of consumer engagement around the exploitation and protection of IP.

Through her work for the Trust, Liz has forged powerful partnerships and spearheaded innovative, insight-led campaigns that consistently demonstrate high engagement and positive influence on audience behaviours. Liz is passionate about realising sustainability goals and is a champion of workplace inclusion and diversity.

Richard Barton
Managing Director, RED C Research

A researcher for over 20 years, Richard heads up RED C’s relationship with a range of global broadcasters and content owners, helping brands launch, grow and sustain audience engagement. He has strong expertise in modelling and forecasting to provide data-driven stories and give clients the confidence to make audience-centric decisions.

Richard is a member of the MRS Sustainability Council, helping to transition the research industry to net zero by 2026.

Mia Bays
Director of National Lottery Film Fund, BFI

Mia celebrates 31 years in film this year, having worked on over 150 films as a producer, sales agent and distributor of both documentary and fiction. She has produced an Oscar winner and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Debut for her work on cult music film Scott Walker: 30 Century Man. She is also renowned champion of new and emerging talent, a cultural activist and equality agitator (through Birds’ Eye View and Reclaim the Frame.)

As of October 2021, Mia has been the Director of the BFI Film Fund, at £30 million a year the largest public fund in the UK for film.

Claire Beswick
Founder, The Living Room Cinema

Claire has 20 years’ experience in the cinema sector, spanning multiplex and independent operators including ODEON and Curzon Cinemas, where she headed up the Film Programming team. As an independent consultant she has project managed cinema developments, teaches cinema as a business at the National Film and Television School and led the “Back to Cinema” campaign for the British Independent Film Awards.

Claire founded The Living Room Cinema to address the need to provide smaller provincial locations with no cinema with a quality independent offer. The first of these – Liphook – opens in mid-April 2022 followed shortly by another site in Chipping Norton. Claire is a regular contributor to industry publication Celluloid Junkie and has featured in their Top 50 Women in Global Cinema.

Mike Bradbury
Head of Cinema Technology, ODEON Cinemas Group

Having started as a projectionist in 1990 with UCI cinemas, Mike is first and foremost an avid cineaste, something that has driven him to strive for exacting standards of sound and projection. A common-sense approach to cinema support and maintenance saw Mike achieve promotion to national management where he oversaw a large team of engineers.

Mike has been in his current role with ODEON Cinemas Group for the past 16 years. With an ever-changing technical environment Mike works with exhibition, distribution and creative voices, his primary goal being to preserve the cinema going experience and ensure the cinema is the best place to watch a movie, as the film-maker intended. Mike is a member of the Cinema Technology Community (CTC).

Dan Braithwaite
Client Director, MetrixLab

Dan has worked in entertainment-based research for over 5 years, supporting a broad range of studios directly with audience, content and media insights to optimise movie releases.

Most recently, Dan has been focusing on cross-party research to learn about how the pandemic has impacted people’s entertainment consumption and consult on how both exhibitors and distributers can be better-placed to overcome the crisis and stimulate recovery.

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth is a multi-award winning actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards in seven categories and has won four BAFTAs (plus two honorary awards), two Emmy Awards, and a Golden Globe Award. He was knighted in in the 2012 Birthday Honours and made a Freeman of his native city of Belfast in January 2018. He has served as President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London – where he trained earlier in his career – president since 2015.

Alongside extensive theatrical and television credits, Kenneth’s film credits include: include Henry V, Dead Again, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, In The Bleak Midwinter, Othello, Hamlet, The Gingerbread Man, Theory of Flight, Celebrity, Wild Wild West, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Rabbit Proof Fence, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, As You Like It, The Magic Flute, Sleuth, Valkyrie, The Boat that Rocked. Thor, My Week with Marilyn, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Cinderella, Mindhorn, Dunkirk, Murder on the Orient Express, All is True, Artemis Fowl, Tenet, Belfast and Death on the Nile.

Charlotte Butterworth
Managing Director, RED C Research

Charlotte has 25 years’ research experience, specialising in qualitative research for international entertainment brands for much of this time. She is a passionate qualitative researcher and brings insights to life for client stakeholders, helping to put human stories at the heart of decision-making. Developing long-term partnerships with clients is core to Charlotte’s way of working.

Charlotte has led RED C’s response to COVID-19 through the longitudinal Families@Home qualitative study, which has explored the impact of lockdown on families in the UK, France and Italy. She is also actively involved in monitoring evolving research techniques to ensure qual approaches are fit-for-purpose in the COVID-19 and post-pandemic environment.

David Cameron
Head of Marketing UK&I, Vue Entertainment

David leads the Marketing and Customer Service team for the UK & Ireland. He is creative, yet commercial leader who enjoys seeking out and exploring insights and trends to create commercial customer focused plans, by putting the consumer at the heart of the business.

With a career spanning both retail and entertainment, David loves influencing business strategies to create exciting customer propositions, supporting attracting and driving frequency of audiences to the ‘Ultimate Big Screen Experience’.

Sophie Camp
Head of Insights and Analysis, NBC Universal

Sophie has worked in the Universal Pictures UK & Eire Marketing team since 2018, delivering audience research and insights to aid decision making for Universal’s theatrical releases.

Sophie has a 12 year career in insights, working in marketing, sales and content teams within entertainment and news organisations including Sky, the BBC and the Guardian.

Grainne Clarke
Managing Director, Event Cinema Association

Since her appointment as Managing Director of the Event Cinema Association (ECA) in October 2018, Grainne continues to elevate event cinema content across global markets and highlight new ways for cinemas to operate outside of the traditional forms to help attract new audiences to the big screen.

Before joining the ECA Grainne she held for more than five years the position of Policy Executive at the UK Cinema Association. Grainne also sits on the Board of Governors for the Cinema Technology Community (CTC) and was named on Celluloid Junkie’s list of the ‘Top 50 Women in Global Cinema’ in both 2019 and 2020. Grainne was also one of the pioneering mentees and then subsequently the first mentee to mentor on the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme.

James Collins
Head of Consumer Marketing, ODEON Cinemas Group

James joined ODEON Cinemas Group as Head of Consumer Marketing in March 2021, the point at which the sector was just coming out of lockdown and cinemas were planning for re-opening.

Before joining ODEON, James held marketing positions in the publishing, travel, energy and health and fitness sectors, most recently at The Gym Group, where he was Head of Customer Marketing.

Andy Compton
Consultant, Cortida

Andy is a popular Information and Cyber Security consultant with many years’ experience and a track record for delivery in IT security and risk management, audit and implementation of international security standards. He has significant experience across retail, technology, telecommunication and private member organisations and has worked on and led high profile ISO 27001 projects for telecommunication providers.

In January 2020, Andy conducted one of the UK’s first gap analysis against incoming NCSC standards for telecommunication providers following the UK government’s telecom supply chain review.

Mark Cosgrove
Cinema Curator, Watershed

Mark joined Watershed in 1994 and has worked in independent cultural cinema exhibition for over 20 years. He has curated seasons and touring programmes ranging from New Portuguese Cinemas to a retrospective of French filmmaker Claire Denis. He has been on juries at film festivals including Cannes, Venice and Berlin. He is also the Creative Director of Encounters International Film Festival in Bristol. In November 2010 Mark collected the Europa Cinemas award for Entrepreneur Cinema of the Year.

Mark is UWE Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education Visiting Fellow and teaches on their Screen Business MA. He recently set up Cinema Rediscovered – a festival showcasing restorations/screen heritage – and runs Conversations About Cinema in partnership with UWE Philosophy and Politics Dept.

Tony Dilley,
Senior Vice President Sales, Harkness Screens

For more than 25 years, Tony has been at the heart of Harkness’ global commercial operations. Credited with selling more than half the installed screens in the World, Tony has been responsible for developing new markets for Harkness as well as developing strong customer relationships.

Given his wealth of knowledge, Tony has a unique perspective and ability to understand changing market dynamics, exhibitor requirements and upcoming technology trends providing strategic direction on future product development for Harkness.

James Dobbin
Director of Event Cinema (UK & International), National Amusements

James has worked in the film industry for over 20 years with roles in cinema advertising, distribution and exhibition.

His role at National Amusements – which owns and operates the Showcase Cinemas circuit – includes being the Director of Event Cinema, covering the UK and international, and also the Director of Distribution, specialising in anime, pre-school, and eSports.

Serena Gill
Head of Film, Everyman Cinemas

Prior to her current role, Serena graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Spanish and World Cinema, worked in TV post-production, and lived and travelled in South America for a year.

Serena joined Everyman in 2015, when the company operated 16 sites across the UK, since which time she has helped open a further 21 cinemas. She oversees the programming across the circuit, focusing on a diverse film strategy that combines the best of mainstream and independent releases, as well as repertoire films and unique events.

Lauren Hammond
Head of Meerkat Movies, comparethemarket.com

Lauren joined comparethemarket.com in 2015. After a few years working in the Commercial team, she traded insurer relationships for rewards partnerships.

Lauren is passionate about rewards and loyalty, and in her role, has overseen the design, manufacturing and fulfilment of comparethemarket.com’s long-standing and hugely popular Meerkat toy programme. She now heads up Meerkat Movies, the 2 for 1 cinema ticket reward that runs every Tuesday or Wednesday all year round for comparethemarket.com customers.

Stuart Henderson
Head of UK Marketing, Studiocanal

Stuart heads up marketing for Studiocanal in the UK, where he was worked on the campaigns for a diverse range of releases, from the Paddington and Shaun the Sheep films to indie breakouts including Carol, You Were Never Really Here and Another Round.

Ruth Hinton
Group Head of Customer Experience and Insight, Vue International

In her role at Vue International, Ruth carries out research with customers and ensures their perspective is central when making changes with colleagues across Europe, to deliver amazing – and profitable – big screen experiences.

With a career in consumer insight spanning 20 years with a variety of major retail and hospitality brands (including McDonald’s, Marks & Spencer and Virgin), and a background in psychology, Ruth specialises in understanding the people and motivations behind the numbers.

Craig Jones
Director of Theatrical Sales, The Walt Disney Company

In an industry career spanning over 27 years, Craig has worked in a number of roles across both exhibition and distrubition. Beginning as a cinema manager at Warner Bros Cinemas’ Cambridge site in 1995, he moved on to the booking side of the business at Warner Village Cinemas and then Vue Entertainment, before joining Universal Pictures as Senior Sales Manager in 2006.

After a further period in exhibition, working as Director of Film at Empire Cinemas, Craig joined Walt Disney in 2016, and is responsible for all theatrical business for the company across the UK and Ireland.

Lucy Jones
Executive Director, Comscore Movies

After completing a degree in Economics at Lancaster University, Lucy started her career in market research at BMRB and Millward Brown. She joined the Comscore Movies team in 2005 as Director of Client Services, managing the UK & Ireland.

Since then, Lucy has overseen the addition of Italy, Africa and the Middle East within the London office team. Lucy completed an MA in Film Studies in 2009, studying at the University of Westminster; her dissertation topic was the impact of digitisation of film distribution and projection on exhibitors in the UK & Ireland.

Mark Kendall
Business Development Manager, Sharp NEC Display Solutions

Mark has worked in the audio-visual/ IT industry for more than 20 years, and has been responsible for cinemas business within NEC for more than 16 years, from the point when NEC introduced their first DCI compliant projectors in Europe.

Since successfully finalising the agreement to supply NEC projectors to the main cinema chains in Europe – including ODEON UCI Group, Cineworld and Gaumont Pathé – in 2008, Mark has supported the Cinema Division of Sharp NEC Display Solutions to sell more than 11,000 DCI compliant projectors in EMEA. Over the last few years Mark and the Cinema team have expanded the Sharp NEC portfolio in cinema to include digital signage in foyers, cinema retail and advertising.

Raj Khalid
Customer Experience Manager, Cineworld and Picturehouse Cinemas

With a background across customer services, operations and technology, Raj acts as a hands-on champion of all things that customers experience and beyond within Cineworld and Picturehouse, utilising his experience and knowledge to help make his Cineworld Group cinemas the best place to watch a movie.

Sarah Lewthwaite
Chief Client Officer, Movio

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in the cinema industry, joining Movio in 2014 to oversee the company’s growth in the EMEA region.

In her current position as Chief Client Officer, Sarah is accountable for Movio’s revenue and the company’s cinema, film studio and film distributor partnerships, globally.

Adam MacDonald
European Sales Manager, GDC Technology

Adam has been involved in the cinema industry for nearly 20 years, primarily within the cinema technology sector. Currently as European Sales Manager for leading digital cinema solutions provider – GDC Technology. He was involved in restructuring DTS Europe as it transitioned to become Datasat Digital Technology and later pivotal to the success of MasterImage 3D in the EMEA region, expanding business into Russia, India and the Middle East.

A keen advocate of enhancing the ‘movie going experience’, he is a long-serving Governor of the Cinema Technology Community (CTC) and is a member of other key industry trade bodies including EDCF and ICTA.

Saul Mahoney
Owner, Cineport

Saul has over 30 years of technical/operational experience in the film industry, including four years at Columbia Tristar/Sony UK, 22 years at The Walt Disney Company (EMEA), and more recently at cloud native tech start-up Sundog Media Toolkit as Business Development Director. Saul is currently consulting on projects for Digital Cinema United and Soho Media Club.

Katie Markwick
Manager, The Electric, Birmingham

Katie is the third generation of her family to be involved in the running of cinemas. After fourteen years working in the family business at The Picture House in Uckfield, Sussex, she is now in charge of the newly re-opened Electric Cinema in Birmingham, thought to be the UK’s oldest working cinema.

Kevin Markwick
Exhibitor, The Picture House, Uckfield

Kevin is the owner of The Picture House cinema and restaurant in Uckfield, East Sussex, one of the country’s most successful independent cinemas and winner of multiple awards including Screen cinema of the year 2018.

He regularly writes and broadcasts on the subject of film and cinema, most recently presenting a lockdown diary for Radio 4’s The Film Programme. Kevin has recently acquired the historic Electric Cinema, Birmingham.

Oliver Meek
Executive Director, Rio Cinema, Dalston and Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Oliver joined the Rio in 2015, where he managed a successful fundraising campaign to build a second screen and fully renovate the exterior.

Since then, the Rio has gone on to win two Screen Awards, including Best UK Cinema. He is the chief consultant and co-creator of London’s newest independent, Act One cinema, which opened in the old library building in Acton last year.

Humberto Michelacci
Film Programmer, Cineworld Cinemas

Originally from Brazil, where he worked as a film crew member in the advertisement industry, and with a background as a film-maker in lo-to-no budget productions in the UK, Humberto joined Cineworld Cinemas in 2009. He made his way up to cinema management and finally film programming in 2017, where he’s used his passion for movies and the UK market to help the team get the best results out of mainstream titles as well as bringing smaller movies to UK audiences.

Richard Mitchell
Senior Vice President, Harkness Screens
President, Cinema Technology Community

For more than a decade, Richard has helped to drive commercial and product development for Harkness Screens, identifying market opportunities, new technologies and partnerships for the business whilst overseeing global marketing strategies.

As well as his role with Harkness, Richard is President of Cinema Technology Community (CTC), the world’s largest not-for-profit trade organisation. During his tenure, he has driven a complete revitalisation of CTC, creating a dynamic, forward-thinking and progressive organisation with a truly global leadership team that are delivering vital educational resources for the cinema technology community.

Amanda Mundin
Director, Manero Cinemas

Amanda moved into cinema exhibition from film production when she opened the Ritz Cinema in Belper in 2006. To everyone’s surprise, mainly Amanda’s, it turned out to be a roaring success and from the Ritz went on with her family to re-open the Regal Melton Mowbray, Savoy Heaton Moor and Rex Wilmslow.

The pandemic brought a few challenges, closure posed a bit of an issue for exhibition but it was decided that programming would be a new and exciting avenue. How hard could it be? Several months and many grey hairs later, Manero Cinemas is established, with two new cinemas in the works.

David Pope
Chief Executive Officer, MusicScreen

David has worked in the cinema industry for over 30 years. Having trained as an audio engineer with Neve and then worked as a sound dubbing consultant then General Manager of European Operations for Sony Cinema Products, David joined DTS as Director of Business Development in 2001. He established a subtitling and audio description service to UK Cinemas as an active member of the UK Cinema Association’s Disability Working group. In January 2010 he joined XDC as Director of Operations for UK.

David is now heading up MusicScreen, a dynamic content provider to the cinema industry. The company distribute live music events into cinema from concert venues around the world. He is a member of the Cinema Veterans Association, a governor on the board of the Cinema Technology Community (CTC) and Vice President of the International Moving Image Society (IMIS), formerly BKSTS.

Toni Purvis
Director, International Delivery and Operations, Amblin Partners

After obtaining a master’s degree at the University of Leicester, Toni went into the cinema industry and gained experience as a Technical Manager and Digital Operations Manager at Odeon & UCI Cinemas in London.

She has worked as a co-ordinator and manager for multiple companies in the film production and distribution business, and is currently Director of International Delivery and Operations at Amblin Partners.

Natalie Ralph
Director of Distribution, Europe, MUBI

In her current role, Natalie has overseen the recent releases of Andrea Arnold’s Cow, Celine Sciamma’s Petite Maman and Leos Carax’s Annette in UK and Irish cinemas. Previously, she was at Studiocanal for six years, working on Paddington 2, Room and Manchester by the Sea as well as a wide range of studio and independent releases. Natalie has also worked at the BFI and Soda Pictures (now Thunderbird Releasing).

Sharon Reid
Director of Marketing and Partnerships, Cinema First

Sharon has more than 20 years of marketing experience gained across agency and private sector businesses, facilitating the development and delivery of customer engagement plans. She was Strategic Partnership Manager for O2’s digital loyalty app Priority, managing relationships with leading brands such as Walt Disney, Sky and Warner Bros, and high street favourites such as Pizza Express and Caffe Nero, to create stand-alone initiatives to engage and retain customers.

Now working across the cinema industry, she has primary responsibility for managing the comparethemarket.com Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 industry promotion, looking at opportunities to both innovate the programme and stimulate growth in usage. Most recently, her focus has been around leading and co-ordinating the UK cinema sector’s ‘back to cinema’ activity in the wake of the Covid -19 pandemic.

Jan Runge
Independent Cinema Consultant

Jan is an independent consultant with more than 15 years’ experience advising creative businesses, arts organisations, trade associations and government agencies on policy analysis, strategy and organisational development. He also heads up the international section of the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA).

Before starting out as an independent consultant, Jan was CEO of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), where he represented cinema operators and national trade bodies across 37 countries. Previous experience includes working in public policy, strategy consulting and telecoms.

Patrick von Sychowski
Editor, Celluloid Junkie

Patrick has worked in and reported about the cinema industry for over 20 years in various roles and countries.
He is the co-founder of Celluloid Junkie and Cultpix.

John Tate
Director, Ilkley Cinema

John first had the idea of building a cinema after a 30th wedding anniversary trip to Il Paradiso cinema in Wanaka New Zealand and thinking ‘this would go down well in Ilkley’. Two and a half years later John and his friend and colleague John Hewitt opened Ilkley Cinema as a single screen 57-seater in the site of a derelict first floor former night club, at that time the smallest single screen 4k digital cinema in Europe.

In 2018 a second 41-seat screen was added, and the cinema now attracts 80,000 customers per year and – like a small Yorkshire Terrier – the cinema continues to think big.