Nevern Johns is a businessman and entrepreneur with 30 years’ experience in the global marketing and licensing sectors. He established Devonshire Management, the first franchise greeting card distribution business in the UK, in the late 1980s, which grew to over 100 franchisees in the United Kingdom and seven Master Licences overseas. After selling the business, Nevern moved with his family to the United States where he established another publishing business, Appletree Inc, which operated successfully throughout the US and Canada. Having sold out his interest in the company he moved to Florida where he acted as an independent consultant for several years. After returning to the UK on a permanent basis he negotiated license agreements with a number of FMCG companies across Europe. He has a specialist knowledge and extensive hands-on experience of managing international contracts, and in addition brings to the company a lifelong appreciation of movies.
Gemma Coombes is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an experienced senior finance professional whose experience includes privately owned businesses, Public Limited Companies and multinationals across multiple industries. Her considerable expertise lies in strategic planning, financial reporting, cost reduction, treasury and cashflow management, streamlining systems and processes, due diligence and project management. Her career has included three years at Renaissance Films where she acted as Finance Director, where she worked closely with the Managing Director on a turnover of £1.8 million. More recently she has worked as Chief Financial Officer at Ocean Sky Group, a European aviation business with a turnover of £75 million, and as Finance Director within the marketing group Loewy with a turnover of £45 million.
Lisa Braund is a successful Marketing, Communication & Events Manager with over 20 years’ experience across film, theatre, television and commerce. Her high profile media event credits include Glamour, MOBO and GQ Awards and the BAFTA’s, as the senior film footage and licensing researcher for over 7 years. She has worked on West End productions including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon.
She has extensive television experience working with companies such as Endemol, BBC, ITV, Silver River Productions and Whizz Kid Entertainment on shows including UK Music Hall of Fame, Your Face Sounds Familiar and the Film and TV Bafta Awards. In 2004 Lisa starred in the history TV series Regency House Party, narrated by Richard E. Grant and produced by Wall to Wall Media Productions.
Whilst working with Cisco her role comprised the organisation of high profile media and business-to-business events, such as establishing a start-up community network in London with Google Campus, Tech Hub and Silicon Roundabout. Over the last several months Lisa has been responsible for hosting several high profile screening events and negotiated successful collaboration arrangements with London Book and Screen Week.
Paul has been a business man and entrepreneur of many years’ standing as well as a member of various boards, both Government and Private including NHS and Chair of Harbour Authority for nine years. He has served as Director of Finance for a number of media businesses and is a member of BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts). He has worked in the UK commercial real estate / asset management industry since 1988, having previously been with Banque Paribas / Quilter Goodison, private clients. He has had a wide range of success in both the commercial and residential sectors, as well as holding down senior roles in manufacturing, shipbuilding and repair.
Film Producer Paul Tucker has worked in the feature film industry for over 40 years and has maintained offices at Shepperton Studios for 30 years. He is a Full Voting Member of BAFTA.
Paul was Head of European Production for Mel Gibson’s & Bruce Davey’s Icon Productions for 10 years, producing 10 features. He has worked for all the US Major Studios.
Major Credits include: 102 Dalmatians (Co-Producer), Braveheart (Production & Financial Controller), 101 Dalmatians (Production & Financial Controller), King Arthur(Associate Producer), Aliens (Production Controller), Hamlet (Production Controller), Fairytale (Executive Producer), An Ideal Husband (Co-Producer), four James Bond films, Superman 1 & 1V, Hoffa, Star Wars.
Paul is one of the most respected names working in the film industry and we are most fortunate to have him as a board member of Fashion On Screen.
Amanda Groom is an award-winning senior international TV producer and digital creative project leader, Amanda Groom has 20 years’ experience in TV, digital campaign and brand integration commercial initiatives with full P&L responsibility to Board level, and is proven in returning positive financial results to multiple stake holders.
Amanda is the founder of The Bridge, a global media company with its hub in London. The Bridge brings together the content industries of TV, animation and film in Asia and the West, building global audiences and generating significant opportunities for content producers, broadcasters and brands in reaching new audiences and maximising the value of their content through global reach.
Amanda currently consults at senior broadcasting level, presents regularly at the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and chairs Digital Media Advisory Policy Sessions with the Industry and Parliamentary Trust, and works closely alongside UKTI.
David is an experienced investment banker and investment professional, bringing 30 years of knowledge and experience gained from the Equity and Capital Markets arena in the provision of structured solutions and the structuring of client driven transactions. David formerly served as a Managing Director, Head of the Debt and Equity Solutions Group of the Global Markets division within Deutsche Bank AG London, where he managed an international team providing banking, accounting, regulation, taxation and structuring solutions to corporate clients globally, and to the Bank directly in their management of internal portfolios.
David had responsibility for structured intellectual property transactions including both the origination of film finance and the secondary trading of film transactions including restructuring and optimising deals. David currently works for his own capital advisory business that specialise in Intellectual Property and real estate and as a non-executive director. David is a qualified Chartered Accountant in England and Wales having worked in practice at Clark Whitehill and Arthur Andersen, and holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering achieved at Manchester University.
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS
JoJo has unparalleled experience in a number of areas in the film and TV industries, including events, marketing, PR, festivals and markets as well as sponsorship and product placement. With over 25 years’ experience in the film and TV industries, JoJo has consistently been called upon to produce some of the biggest and best events at Cannes, Abu Dhabi, LA and Berlin at the various festivals. In Cannes she has also created parties and conferences for companies as varied as property clients, governmental agencies, finance houses, music moguls, celebrities and high end wet goods companies amongst many others.
John is the recipient of over 60 New York Film Awards and Television, Chicago film awards, Drum Social Media awards, AMI, Loerie and Busca film, television and video industry awards.
He has produced, directed, shot and edited well over 250 film and video projects (United Kingdom, Africa, United States, South America, Europe, Far East and Middle East) from wildlife and actuality documentaries to commercials and corporate videos.
John brings to the company an immense wealth of technical and artistic experience in the development of films.
FOS and Diversity
FOS is committed to seeking the very best talent from all backgrounds – both on and off screen. We pledge to use diverse talent at every level of our productions.
Already our executive board comprises 40% women – nearly double that of the current UK board average of 22%.
Additionally, we have film projects in the pipeline that reflect the diverse make up of our society. FOS understands that all voices matter and the crucial role that film plays in reflecting back to us all our lives – and not just the lives of a few of us.
Respecting diversity means recognising the differences between people as being both a valued and valuable asset. Our main focus for diversity will be behind the camera. We’ll be working with the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans). We commit to making a concerted effort to position female directors and to appoint BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) – people of colour – in our crews in the positions of director, producer, camera, Director of Photography, grips and runners etc. We will appoint these people not because they are female, LGBT or of colour but because they are talented people and the best possible person for each position.
FOS has joined the Creative Industries Federation, the brainchild of Sir John Sorrell whose ambition is to give political clout to the UK’s creative industries sector. The UK creative industries has been the fastest growing part of the UK economy over the last decade, however it previously has failed to punch its weight with government. We are together working to change this; addressing such issues as investment in arts and heritage, creative sector tax relief schemes, commitments to diversify and ensuring a strong IP framework.
FOS will prove its commitment to diversity every step of the way in a journey in which we greatly hope that you too will be involved.