Bobbie Andrews
Vice President of Marketing & Commercial EMEAR

Bobbie has been working in the cinema business for the last 15 years. Working for Exhibition, Distribution and 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.

Johnny Carr
Group Event Cinema Manager, Vue International

Johnny has worked in the exhibition industry continuously for the past 25 years holding a variety of positions at companies such as Picturehouse, Virgin/UGC Cinemas and for the past 16 years at Vue. He is the Group Manager for Event Cinema for Vue International, in a role that spans 9 countries, 225 venues and over1,900 screens, and on the board of directors at the Event Cinema Association. He is a passionate advocate for Event Cinema and works tirelessly to drive the sector forwards, through the championing of new genres of content and growing audiences.

James Collington
Managing Director, Savoy Cinemas

James is Managing Director of Savoy Cinemas Ltd, which operates six sites across the Midlands and North of England, including four purpose-built multiplexes. Since 2008, James has represented the UK Cinema Association Midlands and Northern Branch at board level, and has been UKCA Honorary Treasurer since November 2016. James was also on the board of the UK Digital Funding Partnership. James is a qualified engineer, was admitted as a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 2002 and is registered by the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer.

Anna Cremin
Head of Research and Consumer Insight, Pearl & Dean

Anna is the Head of Research and Consumer Insight at Cinema sales house Pearl & Dean. She has worked in Cinema Advertising for 15 years, with 13 of them at Pearl & Dean where she spends her time working with planners and strategists to ensure cinema is included on media plans.
She is a mum of 3, who discovered that home-schooling was not her strong point over the last 18 months and is super excited to be back talking about the power of cinema for brands.

Steve Davis
Exhibition Director, Digital Cinema Media

Steve joined is Digital Cinema Media’s (DCM) Exhibition Director, responsible for DCM’s exhibitors and investigating and implementing new and incremental revenue streams to drive profitability and ultimately grow cinema’s share of the media market. Steve also heads up DCM’s Charity and Diversity & Inclusion internal workstreams. Prior to DCM, Steve worked at Clear Channel for ten years in Business Development and Transformation, and has worked in media for his entire career to date, including senior sales roles at Haymarket Media Group and Incisive Media. DCM is the leading sales and marketing company in the cinema sector, owned by Cineworld and Odeon. Its Exhibition partners include Vue, Picturehouse, Curzon as well as a growing number of Independent Exhibitors, accounting for over 80% of UK cinema admissions.

Tom Fiennes
GB Commercial Sustainability Director, Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

Tom has been at Britvic Soft Drinks for almost 8 years and was appointed as Commercial Sustainability Director in September 2020 to lead the implementation of the Healthier People, Healthier Planet strategy. Tom began his career in commercial functions working with customers in the Grocery, Wholesale and the Licensed & Leisure sectors at companies such as Heineken and Mars. Tom represents Britvic Soft Drinks in the Deposit Return Scheme working groups for both BSDA and Circularity Scotland. He is also the chair of the LGBTQ+ network at Britvic, and is a member of the Global Diversity & Inclusion SteerCo.

Catherine Ferguson
Group Head, Pearl & Dean

Catherine Ferguson has worked in the media industry for 15 years with experience both media owner and agency side. Prior to joining the Pearl & Dean sales team in 2011, Catherine worked on the M&S and Unilever TV planning and buying accounts at Blue 449 and Mindshare. Catherine has a lifelong passion for film and in 2012 she developed and brokered Procter & Gamble’s first ever content partnership ‘Pearl & Dean Premieres’ – the UK’s only in-cinema movie show. She has since Executive Produced 165 episodes of the show and renewed the sponsorship with P&G for eight seasons.

Lyn Goleby

Lyn Goleby co-founded Picturehouse Cinemas in 1989. Picturehouse became part of Cineworld in 2012 where Lyn worked for 4 years building 3 more cinemas on the Picturehouse model, including Picturehouse Central, and building a development pipeline of 6 more. Lyn is now involved with several businesses, including the independent Abbeygate Cinema, the Chiswick Cinema, The Bowling House Norwich and Dabbers, a contemporary social bingo company. She is Executive Chairman of Trafalgar Releasing, distributing live events and arts programming to cinemas worldwide. She is also a Director of Albion Development VCT PLC

Kate Gerova
Co-founder and Creative Director, Mustard Studio

Kate comes from an exhibition and distribution background, most recently as Group Director of Brand and Marketing for cinema circuit Curzon Cinemas and oversaw the cinema and VOD platform audience development strategy. Before that, she ran Birds Eye View Film Festival, where she launched the business training programme, Filmonomics and prior to that, was Head of Distribution for Soda Pictures. She has recently blended interests in UX and UI with brand and design to focus on audience journeys and experiences.

Jonathan Gleneadie
Cinema Administrator, Barbican Centre

After studying Film Journalism at Glasgow University in 2011-12, Jonathan took part in the first Students Jury at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2012. Since then he has worked in film exhibition, with a brief stopover in higher education, starting with 4 years in Birmingham and now approaching 3 years with the Barbican in London.

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

As Group Head of Customer Experience and Insight 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.

Laura Houlgatte
CEO, International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)

Laura joined UNIC in March 2015 as a European Affairs Executive and was appointed CEO in August 2017. A graduate of the Strasbourg Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po), she worked for the Red Helmets charity in Paris and French Embassy in Dublin before moving to Brussels in 2011. She then worked for the British Council and the Federation of European Publishers. Laura topped Celluloid Junkie’s list of the Top 50 Women in Global Cinema in 2020 and featured on Politico’s list of Women who Shape Brussels in 2018. A French national, Laura speaks English and Spanish fluently, as well as basic Dutch.

Amir Jalaly
Client Director, MetrixLab

Amir has an extensive history working with Media & Entertainment clients and spent the last 5 years in LA working directly with the major Hollywood studios. His experience spans Theatrical, PVOD/SVOD and Gaming but understanding cinemagoing audiences in all corners of the globe is his bread and butter. More recently his work brought him back to the UK and has been focused on understanding how different audiences have been impacted by the pandemic. The primary focus being how a change in behaviour might impact the box office as we come out of lockdown, Cinemas reopen, and consumer confidence begins to return.

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, she 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 & projection on exhibitors in the UK & Ireland.

David Kapur
Co-Founder – elevenfiftyfive

Starting out with BA Hon’s in both art and business David has established a unique career & network combining entrepreneurialism with creativity. Excelling in product creation and trend spotting within film and cinema. David is currently a Barbican Trust board member and co-founder of award winning agency elevenfiftyfive. Career highlights include key roles in the development of iconic Orange Wednesday & Secret Cinema as well as creating industry wide Virgin Media Shorts, E4 Slackers Club, ourscreen and recently BFI & National Lottery backed MASSIVE Cinema.

Mandy Keane
Co-founder and CEO, Mustard Studio

Before co-founding Mustard Studio, Mandy was International Director of Cinema for Soho House & Co, including the world-renowned Electric Cinema brand and responsible for operations from Berlin to Hong Kong. As a proponent of elevated hospitality and immersive experiences, she has orchestrated experiential events fusing music, film and food to create memorable moments in the cinemascape. She started Mustard Studio in 2020, along with co-founder Kate Gerova, to collaborate with cinemas and venues on their business development and provide services for brand identity, customer loyalty and digital and operational excellence.

Colin Lawrence
Chief Executive Officer, MediCinema

Colin Lawrence joined MediCinema as its new Chief Executive Officer in September 2021. He is the former National Theatre Commercial and Media Director where he was responsible for digital and filmed content ventures including NT Live, and the launch of the National Theatre Collection for schools and colleges. Prior to his time at the NT Colin was Global Director Distribution and Board member of BBC Global News setting strategy, driving revenue and delivering a transformation agenda from TV network to multi-platform content provider. He spent his early career in commercial television, both in Europe and Asia.

Adam MacDonald
European Sales Manager, GDC Technology

Adam MacDonald 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 Governer of CTC and is a member of other key industry trade bodies including EDCF and ICTA.

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. Kevin regularly writes and broadcasts on the subject of film and cinema, most recently presenting a lockdown diary for Radio 4’s The Film Programme.

Richard Mitchell

Richard has been employed by Harkness Screens for over ten years. During this time Richard has led the global marketing initiatives for the company helping the company to re-imagine the brand and its products through innovative concepts and nowadays he has an increased focus on new technologies, commercial development and new business initiatives.
Richard is President of the Cinema Technology Community (CTC). A technologist at heart, he has a genuine passion for cinema with a strong emphasis on providing the best possible movie-going experience and this passion is driving forward the progressive and exciting agenda of CTC.

Anna Navas
Director and Programmer, Plymouth Arts Cinema

Anna Navas has worked in film exhibition for over 20 years as a film programmer and took over the Directorship of Plymouth Arts Cinema in 2018. She also runs the film programme at Plymouth University’s Art’s Institute.

Amanda Parker
CEO Inc Arts UK

Amanda is the Founder and Director of Inc Arts UK, which advocates for the creative, contractual and economic rights of the UK’s ethnically diverse arts sector workforce. Previously a programme maker across BBC news and current affairs teams, she is the former Director of London Short Film Festival, is an RSA Fellow, and a Clore Fellow. Amanda’s advocacy includes representations to UK and European Parliaments on behalf of cultural and creative sector workers, and UK-wide campaigns on anti-racist action in the arts and cultural sector. Amanda was responsible for overseeing the UK’s first industry-wide research into gender diversity in TV directing, and the recruitment and awareness strategy for the launch of BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Joan Parsons
Head of Queen’s Film Theatre, Queen’s Film Theatre

Joan Parsons is an experienced cinema professional currently leading the Queen’s Film Theatre, Northern Ireland’s only full-time cultural cinema. As the current guardian of QFT Joan has delivered organisational, financial and cultural change and successes. Joan relishes the challenges of the cinema industry and bringing incredible films from around the world to audiences.

Grainne Peat
Managing Director, Event Cinema Association

Grainne was appointed the Managing Director of the Event Cinema Association (ECA) in October 2018, the global and primary trade body for the alternative content sector. Since being in position, she has redefined the vision of the ECA and consolidated a new strategy for driving forward and promoting this growing area of big screen entertainment. Before joining ECA 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 one of the pioneering mentees and then subsequently the first mentee to mentor on the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme.

Alex Pumfrey
CEO, Film and TV Charity

Alex joined the Film and TV Charity in 2017, since which time the charity has been fast-evolving to meet deliver greater reach and impact to workers in cinema, film and television. During the Covid pandemic the charity was able to support more than 7,000 individuals with financial, emotional, mental health and practical assistance. Alex has spent much of her career in television at both Channel 4 and Freeview, and has worked extensively in North America. She loves travel, documentary film, going to the cinema on her own and hanging out with her kids.

Mark de Quervain
Director Client Services & Strategy, Showtime Analytics

Mark de Quervain has 30+ years’ senior level global experience in the film distribution and cinema industry. Including 7 years at UIP as VP Int Promotions & Licensing, 10 years at Vue Entertainment as Sales & Marketing Director, where he was part of the team that founded the company and brand. He has worked with many cinemas and associated suppliers worldwide on strategic projects. Recently returned from 5 years working in other industries including leisure and QSR. Now with the team at Showtime Analytics he works with clients on their business development and growth.

Egidio Rodrigues
Client Services Director, Powster

Starting as an usher in Sydney, Egidio spent nearly twenty years in cinema operations management and film programming for major and indie Australian exhibitors, including IMAX, Hoys and Dendy. Since moving to London over 8 years ago, he has seen roles in cinema technology for Vista for clients such as Vue, Nordisk, Showcase and Kinepolis. As Client Services Director for Powster, he is now working on digital solutions to movie marketing for clients globally. He is very passionate about the cinema-going experience and some of his favourite films include Zhang Yimou’s Hero, Babyteeth, and Bring It On.

Lee Shelton
Mustard Studios & Gruvi

With a background in technology and entertainment brands, Lee has been developing audience strategies for several years. He led the digital team at Curzon Cinemas from 2017-2019 and now has a consulting role with the group, Mustard Studio and most recently, digital marketing agency, Gruvi. Lee’s passion is sustainably focused online retail, running subscription service Zed Bees, founded with his wife in 2019.

Gabriel Swartland
Regional Director & Vice President, EMEA at Movio

Gabriel is the Regional Director & VP for Movio’s EMEA territories, where he oversees client relationships across exhibition and distribution. Movio are the global leader in data-driven marketing solutions for the cinema industry, where they help their clients better understand moviegoers, how to connect with them, and how to gain actionable insights on cinema-going behaviour. Before joining Movio, Gabriel directed marketing and communication strategy at Picturehouse Cinemas where he helped the group become one of the leading cinema operators in the UK, as well as launching their distribution arm, Picturehouse Entertainment. Gabriel also chairs the Advisory Committee of the British Independent Film Awards, championing independent filmmaking and filmmakers, nurturing, supporting, and celebrating the best of British independent film.

Faith Taylor
Head of Marketing, Pathé (UK)

Faith Taylor is Head of Marketing at Pathé (UK). Over her 13 year career in film distribution, she has launched over 200 films theatrically, ranging from Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival to animation sensation Peppa Pig, the Oscar-winning Judy to Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie. She graduated Cass Business School with a Masters in Film Business, and currently sits on the advisory board of the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit.

Leigh Thomas
Director of Business Development, Into Film

Young mind blown by the original Star Wars on the big screen in Cheltenham, Leigh considered a career in production management before moving into film education. After ten years funding short films made by young people, Leigh joined Into Film, becoming Director of business Development in 2017. In this role, Leigh seeks to enhance Into Film’s schools-based film education programme through industry partnership to build the next generation of cinema audiences and film fans.

John Travers
Head of Acquisitions and Distribution, CinemaLive

At CinemaLive, John is responsible for acquiring new content and managing the company’s worldwide releases in all territories. He is a founding Board Member of the E.C.A. with over 20 years’ experience in the cinema industry, working both as an exhibitor and distributor of films and events.

Sarah Walters
Campaigns Manager, Dimensions UK

Sarah has worked with not-for-profit support provider for people with learning disabilities and autism, Dimensions, for 8 years and has been in the Campaigns Manager role for 2 years. As Campaigns Manager she oversees a variety of campaigns supporting equal rights and inclusion. Throughout her career at Dimensions she has been involved in the autism friendly cinema screenings project and has seen it develop into a regular programme at hundreds of cinemas across the country, with over half a million visits to date!

Mark Williams
Director, WTW-Scott Cinemas

Mark is a Director of South-West based independent WTW-Scott Cinemas who operate 33 screens across 11 cinemas in the South of England, from Truro to East Grinstead. Mark is a member of the UKCA Executive Board and has previously served as Chair of the West of England branch of the UKCA and was a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Digital Funding Partnership. Mark is the fourth generation of his family to work in cinemas, with the company now being in family ownership for over 75 years.

Rob Younger
Parkway Cinema Barnsley and The Station Cinema Richmond

Rob has been in the industry for almost 42 years, having started as a trainee projectionist at Odeon Barnsley in 1979 (now Parkway Barnsley). In that time he has undertaken roles including projection, management, installation and service engineer and served as Head of Technical for Picturehouse Cinemas. In 2007, Rob – together with the late Gerald Parkes – took the opportunity to re-open the recently closed Barnsley site, around the same time taking the opportunity to open a cinema in the newly refurbished Station building in Richmond. While a director of two cinema companies for 14 years, Rob wants everyone to know that there is no role within cinema exhibition that he hasn’t been involved in, installing projectors, seats, screens and curtains, selling tickets and popcorn, introducing films from the stage to clearing blocked toilets!

This list will be updated regularly.