One of you, many of us.
Our Staff

General

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.

Favourite Film
Singing in the Rain
Favourite TV
Frasier
Favourite Quote
“Allegations, allegations, allegations... and I’m going to find out who the alligators are” - Showbiz agent Eric Hall

  - Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office and HR Manager

Andrew’s assistant and the general office and HR manager at Directors UK supports Andrew in his role whilst overseeing the general day-to-day running of the office.

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Favourite TV
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Distribution

Simone Cammarota - Director of Distribution

Sim has worked at Directors UK for around 14 years, serving as Director of Distribution for the last three. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the work of the Distributions, IT and Membership teams and ensuring that payments are distributed accurately, efficiently and transparently. He has a BA in Modern History and enjoys playing hard rock songs on the guitar to unwind.

Favourite Film
Memento/Alien(s)
Favourite TV
The Sopranos/Game of Thrones/Hannibal/
Gomorrah
Favourite Quote
“Eleven. Exactly. One louder” - Spinal Tap

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.

Favourite Film
Manhunter
Favourite TV
Favourite Quote
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat” - Jaws

Laura Bannister - Distributions Manager

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.

Favourite Film
Bugsy Malone
Favourite TV
Breaking Bad
Favourite Quote
“How can they see with sequins in their eyes?” - Billy Flynn, Chicago

Jonathan Hart - Distribution Supervisor

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.

Favourite Film
Jaws
Favourite TV
Mad Men
Favourite Quote
“Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals” - Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

Kate Parish - Membership Manager

Kate joined Directors UK in October 2012 as a Distribution Assistant, becoming Membership Officer in March 2016 and Membership Manager in July 2019. She’s responsible for registering all new Directors UK members, and overseeing the administrative side of the membership scheme. She read English Literature at the University of East Anglia, with a master’s in Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures.

Favourite Film
Jurassic Park/Gosford Park
Favourite TV
Ripper Street/Penny Dreadful
Favourite Quote
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Richard Anderson - Distributions Administrator

Richard joined Directors UK in April 2016 as a Distributions Assistant, having moved to London from North East England where he grew up and studied at Newcastle and Durham University, gaining an MA in Philosophy focusing on Modern Aesthetics. He enjoys getting to as many gigs as he can, writing about and reviewing music, as well as spending as much time as possible cycling in and around London and snowboarding a little further afield.

Favourite Film
Hackers
Favourite TV
Futurama
Favourite Quote
“If you book them, they will come” - Wayne’s World 2

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.

Favourite Film
La Haine
Favourite TV
The Simpsons
Favourite Quote
“You just gotta keep on livin' man. L-I-V-I-N” - Dazed and Confused

Emily-Jane Burrin - Distribution and Membership Assistant

Emily joined Directors UK in April 2016. Prior to that, she spent a year travelling Australia and in 2014 she graduated from Ravensbourne, where she received a BA (Hons) in Digital Film Production and worked on a range of productions including the London Olympics. Outside working hours, Emily enjoys listening to Korean Pop and travelling.

Favourite Film
The Royal Tenenbaums/pretty much everything from Wes Anderson!
Favourite TV
Peep Show/Arrested Development
Favourite Quote
“Back home everyone said I didn’t have any talent. They might be saying the same thing over here but it sounds better in French” - American in Paris

Emma Donald - Distributions Assistant

Emma joined directors UK as a distribution assistant in September 2018. She graduated with a degree in Ancient History from Cardiff University in 2017, after which she spent a year working in Australia. Outside of work, Emma enjoys swimming, travelling and going to see live comedy.

Favourite Film
Some Like It Hot
Favourite TV
Blackadder
Favourite Quote
“Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me” - Carry On Cleo

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.

Favourite Film
Moonrise Kingdom
Favourite TV
Arrested Development
Favourite Quote
“Adventure is out there!” - Up

Nick Roberts - Distribution Assistant

Nick joined Directors UK in June 2018, and holds a background working in film distribution. He has a BA in Media Studies gained at the University of Surrey. Outside of his interests in film and TV, Nick enjoys listening to music, playing tennis and visiting art exhibitions.

Favourite Film
The Sea Inside/Oranges and Sunshine/A Better Tomorrow
Favourite TV
The Hour/Parks and Recreation
Favourite Quote
“The only thing better than a cow is a human! Unless you need milk. Then you really need a cow” - Walter Bishop, Fringe

Jake Sanders - Distribution Assistant

Jake is a film obsessive with a degree in English and American Studies.

Favourite Film
Paris, Texas
Favourite TV
Twin Peaks
Favourite Quote
“We span time together as a couple, because we’re a loving couple, spanning time. These photos are us, in love, spanning time” - Buffalo ’66

Communications and PR

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).

Favourite Film
The Big Blue/Slumdog Millionaire
Favourite TV
Scrubs
Favourite Quote
“He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy” - Life of Brian

Marc Abbs - Communications and Digital Manager

Marc began working at Directors UK as a Distribution Assistant in 2010, joining the communications team in 2014. Marc now oversees the Directors UK website and manages the company’s digital and other communications.

Favourite Film
Lost in Translation
Favourite TV
Six Feet Under
Favourite Quote
“She was born in 1898 in a barn. She died on the thirty-seventh floor of a skyscraper. She’s an astronaut” - Bert Cooper, Mad Men

Charlie Coombes - Communications Officer

Charlie joined Directors UK in 2019, having previously worked in theatre. She is the first port of call for press requests, and is always looking for new ways to tell people about the work we do and our brilliant members.

Favourite Film
Get Out
Favourite TV
The Leftovers
Favourite Quote
“Sometimes it’s good to do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it” - Frances Ha

Chris Young - Digital Officer

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.

Favourite Film
The Thing/In the Mood for Love
Favourite TV
Deadwood
Favourite Quote
“Obviously you’re not a golfer” - Jeffrey Lebowski

Campaigns

Ali Bailey - Director of Strategy and Development

Ali first joined Directors UK in 2014 as our Head of Campaigning. In 2019 she became the organisation’s first Director of Strategy and Business Development – a role that was created to devise and deliver a comprehensive strategy for our organisational and business development, as well as raise the profile of Directors UK in the UK and around the world. Within this role, Ali still oversees our campaigns activity and identifies areas where Directors UK can make a difference.

Favourite Film
Trainspotting
Favourite TV
The Thick of It
Favourite Quote
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Natasha Moore - Campaigns Engagement Manager

Tash joined the Directors UK Campaign team in November 2017, after completing her master’s degree in Feature Screenwriting. With nearly twenty years in marketing, communications and PR to her credit, writing is her sustaining passion. As well as being creative ‘on the page’, she’s been known to crochet, make pickle, direct community theatre productions and sing.

Favourite Film
The Adjustment Bureau
Favourite TV
Outlander/Spooks/Firefly
Favourite Quote
“By Grabtha’s Hammer, you shall be avenged” - Galaxy Quest

Member Services

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.

Favourite Film
The Shining/Alien/Gentlemen Prefer Blondes/Girlhood (and you’re lucky I’ve narrowed it down to four!)
Favourite TV
Absolutely Fabulous/Fringe
Favourite Quote
“I’ll have what she’s having” - When Harry Met Sally

Amy-Jo Bryant - Events and Member Services Manager

Amy-Jo recently joined as the Events and Members Services manager, where she will be working closely with the team to deliver on multiple projects and help create a diverse programme of events, benefits and services for Directors UK members. AJ has previously managed events for the Film and Television Charity, Everyman Cinemas, the BFI and Secret Cinema.

Favourite Film
Buffalo ’66
Favourite TV
London Irish/This Is England ’86
Favourite Quote
“Smokey this is not ’Nam, this is bowling. There are rules” - Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski

Andrea Corbett - Skills and Career Development Manager

Andrea joined Directors UK at the end of 2015 and is responsible for all training initiatives, skills and career development. She previously 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.

Favourite Film
Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet
Favourite TV
Long Lost Family/Undercover
Favourite Quote
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Sean Thomas - Member Services Co-ordinator

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.

Favourite Film
Pulp Fiction
Favourite TV
The Sopranos
Favourite Quote
“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” - The Dark Knight

Louise Blair - Member Events Co-ordinator

Most recently worked in festival sponsorship, managed the localisation of films at Disney and Channel Operations at MTV.

Favourite Film
Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)/ Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro)
Favourite TV
Handmaid’s Tale/Fleabag
Favourite Quote
“I want the truth’’ “You can’t handle the truth’’ - A Few Good Men

Finance

Guy Gibbons - Finance Director

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.

Favourite Film
Good Will Hunting
Favourite TV
Spiral
Favourite Quote
“He may have advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage. But he is a very gentle person!” - Me, Myself and Irene

Andrea Marlowe - Financial Controller

Andrea joined Directors UK in February 2017. She comes from a mainly creative background having spent many years in advertising, architecture, film, animal charity and retail, in similar senior finance roles. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, and assists Guy in ensuring the finance department runs efficiently and effectively. A big movies fan, Andrea loves comedy, sci-fi and anything Star Trek.

Favourite Film
Lost Boys/Top Gun/Avatar
Favourite TV
The IT Crowd/Green Wing/The Big Bang Theory
Favourite Quote
“Because I was inverted” - Maverick, Top Gun

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.

Favourite Film
Aliens
Favourite TV
Empire, Game of Thrones, Suits, New Girl
Favourite Quote
“Name? Benjamin Ignatius Adolphus Samuel Jones. Name? Benjamin Ignatius Adolphus Samuel Jones…” - Benjamin Jones, Black Joy

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.

Favourite Film
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Favourite TV
Blackadder/Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth, obviously...
Favourite Quote
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination” - Oscar Wilde

Anjelica Phoebe Barbe - Business Administration Assistant

Anjelica joined Directors UK as a Business Administration Assistant in October 2019. She graduated with an English Literature degree from UCL in 2016, after which she worked as a publicist for a music and entertainment PR agency and then as a legal administrator for a law firm specialising in charity and social enterprise. Anjelica is now completing a law conversion at BPP University.

Favourite Film
Silence of the Lambs, Carrie, Superbad
Favourite TV
Fleabag
Favourite Quote
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IT

Bhavesh Mistry - Head of IT

Bhavesh is good with computers. When we lose our IP address he gives us his. Working in IT for over 15 years, for various industries, Bhavesh decided to make the big move to London in 2011 from his hometown of Leicester. Bhavesh’s last employment was for an international producer and distributor of music films and programming for cinema, television and physical media. Artists such as Queen, The Rolling Stones, and Eminem to name a few. Bhavesh’s ability to take risks and think outside the box brings a refreshing mind from traditional views of development and strategy. Bhavesh has a passion for snowboarding and travel. He would like to take his girls to the mountains, but his wife says 6 months old is a bit young to be shredding the pow.

Favourite Film
Avengers Assemble
Favourite TV
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)/Stargate SG-1
Favourite Quote
“I do my best work stressed out and under pressure. Deep inside the mind is where you’ll find my buried treasure” - Method Man

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.

Favourite Film
Black Panther
Favourite TV
Queen of the South
Favourite Quote
“If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take” - Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland
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