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ANNOUNCING INAUGURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND NEW TRUSTEE FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Updated: May 10, 2023

Top L-R: Sophie Buckle, Sharon Budwal, Lia Devlin, Jessica Edwards

Middle L-R: Julie La’Bassiere, Violette Martin, Bennett McGhee, Fozia O’Dowd

Bottom L-R: Laura Rothwell, Tolu Stedford, Jill Tandy, Rowan Woods

We’re thrilled to end the year announcing the members of our inaugural Advisory Group, who first met in November 2022, and to introduce our new Treasurer, Fozia O’Dowd (née Khaliq), who will be joining the Board of Trustees from January 2023 – marking an exciting start to our charity’s 20th anniversary year.

Announcing the New Advisory Group 

With expertise across production, international sales, distribution, exhibition, impact, workers justice, talent development, communications, awards, publicity and more, the 11 new Advisory members are:

Sophie Buckle, Film Booking Director UKI, ODEON Cinemas

Sharon Budwal, Finance Director in media/ entertainment

Lia Devlin, Managing Director, Altitude Film Distribution

Jessica Edwards, Clore Fellow 2022 / Independent consultant

Julie La’Bassiere, Awards, Publicity & Marketing Strategy Consultant

Violette Martin, Head of Distribution & International Sales, Film Soho/Studio Soho

Bennett McGhee, Producer & Co-CEO, Home Team

Laura Rothwell, Founder, Crystallised

Tolu Stedford, Co-CEO, Story Compound

Jill Tandy, Executive Coach and Leadership Trainer

Rowan Woods, Programmer, BFI London Film Festival and freelance curator, festival strategist and acquisitions consultant 

Introducing our New Treasurer

Fozia O’Dowd (née Khaliq) joins us as a Trustee, bringing a specialism in accounting to the role of Treasurer. Fozia is an award-winning Producer, founder of Public Display of Affection Films, and former Production Accountant. Her slate of projects have been selected for the Galway Film Fleadh, PACT’s Content Without Borders, Film London’s Production Finance Market and Creative England’s Market Trader Programme as well as being shortlisted for the EAVE Producer’s Programme 2023. She is an alumni of our Filmonomics programme and has projects in development with the BFI and Sky Drama across Film and TV.


Fozia joins the Board of Trustees from January 2023.

Meet our Trustees and Advisory Group here and the Team here.


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