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Management Team

Executive Directors

Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive

Ivan Dunleavy has overseen the transformation of Pinewood Group into a global business, balancing Pinewood’s distinct heritage with its pioneering spirit. Prior positions include a variety of media business roles including Chief Executive of VCI plc until it was acquired by Kingfisher plc in November 1998.  He raised the acquisition finance and led the management buy-in of Pinewood Studios Limited in 2000.

Andrew M Smith, Director of Strategy and Communications and Company Secretary

Andrew M. Smith joined the Company in June 2008 as Group Director Corporate Affairs. He was appointed Company Secretary on 20 December 2010 and was appointed to the Board in May 2012. Prior to this he was Managing Partner of The Policy Partnership. He is a member of the Film Skills Council, the Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy Industry Board, the British Film Commission Advisory Board and the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. He is a Non-Executive Director of Bucks Business First Ltd.

Nicholas Smith, Commercial Director

Nicholas Smith joined Pinewood Shepperton in May 2002 and was appointed to the Board in July 2005. In February 2012, Nicholas was appointed to the Board of Iskandar Malaysia Studios SDN BHD. Previous positions include Head of European Sales for Nokia (Home Communications), European Sales Director for, Broadcast Director for TSMS Ltd and Marketing Manager at London Weekend Television.

Steve Christian, Director

Steve Christian is responsible for coordinating the investment advice to the Isle of Man Treasury Film and Television Fund.  Prior to joining the Company he was responsible for overseeing the development of the Isle of Man's film investment programme. He is currently a non executive director of the Isle of Man's largest energy provider The Manx Electricity Authority and is also a director of CinemaNX Limited, Fordex Limited, Agrimark Limited and Gasworks Media Limited.

Christopher Naisby FCCA, Finance Director

Christopher Naisby joined in 2001 as Finance Manager, having previously held a number of positions in the Finance teams of construction and media companies, including Reed Elsevier. Following promotion to Financial Controller in April 2008, he was appointed Group Finance Director of the Pinewood Studios Group in April 2012.

Executive Team

Nigel Bennett, Group Director Digital Content Services

Nigel Bennett joined the Company in 1998. In 2010 Nigel was appointed Pinewood Operations Manager Post Production and was made responsible for the daily operations of its post production facilities in Film, TV and Digital Production Services. In 2014 he was appointed Group Director Digital Content Services.

Paul Darbyshire, Broadcast Director

Paul Darbyshire joined Teddington Studios in 1998 and is responsible for the Group’s television and channel hosting facilities. In addition he oversees operational responsibilities for all television studios and related facilities across the Group. Before joining, Paul worked for BTTV as a Channel Development Manager and later Operations Director. In April 2012 he was appointed Broadcast Director.

Magdalena Duke, Legal Counsel

Solicitor responsible for the Company’s legal matters including negotiation of stage, studio and post production agreements, Pinewood Films transactions and litigation. Joined in October 2010 from media law firm Davenport Lyons following a career as a broadcast journalist with the BBC.

David Godfrey MCMI, Director International Operations

David Godfrey MCMI joined in 1985 and has held positions as Assistant Studio Manager, Television and Commercials Manager, Studio Manager and Head of Group Studio Operations. He was appointed Director of International Operations for the Group in 2010 with responsibility to develop international studio offerings worldwide.

Mark Hackett, Sales Director - Television

Mark Hackett joined as a TV Sales Executive in 2005 and was promoted to Head of TV Sales in 2010. Prior to 2005, Mark was employed as a Sales and Business development executive for a number of media related organisations including Universal Sound. In April 2012 he was appointed Sales Director – Television.

Peter Hicks, UK Operations Director

Peter Hicks joined in 1991 and has held positions at Shepperton such as Assistant Studio Manager and Studio Manager. He was appointed Group Studio Manager in June 2010 and is responsible for the operational running of both Pinewood and Shepperton studios. In April 2012 he was appointed UK Operations Director. He is also responsible for Group Health and Safety.

Noel Tovey, Sales Director - Film

Noel Tovey joined in 1989 and in 1992 was appointed Site Manager at Shepperton Studios. Since 1999 he has held sales focused positions including Group Commercials Manager, Sales Executive for Pinewood Toronto Studios in 2009 and Head of Film Sales Europe from 2010. In April 2012 he was appointed Sales Director – Film.

Andy Weltman, Executive Vice President, Pinewood USA Inc.

Andy Weltman joined Pinewood in 2012 as Executive Vice President, Pinewood USA Inc. having had an extensive background in feature film production. Prior to his current role, he oversaw the British Film Commission in the US, was Director of Development for several independent feature film companies and Director of Studio Operations at WGBH.

David Wight MA (Cantab) PG Dip MRICS, Group Director Property

David Wight is responsible for the Company’s real estate portfolio of land, buildings and Media Park occupiers, property development and planning. He joined in 2003 as Studio Manager of Pinewood Studios. Prior to this he was operations director in the independent sector of the cinema industry after a career as an officer in the Royal Navy.

Darren Woolfson, Group Director Technology

Darren Woolfson joined in October 2007 having held a number of technical roles in the film and television post-production industry. He is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of the Group’s strategy of enhancing its technology infrastructure for the benefit of its clients and for all aspects of technology associated with the smooth running of the Digital Content Services division. Previously he was the Technical Director at Molinare Limited.

Jules Robinson, Head of Business Development

Jules Robinson joined The Pinewood Group in August 2014 and is responsible for new business opportunities to supplement, add to and diversify all areas of the Pinewood Group. Previous experience in sales, marketing and management roles with leading multinational broadcast, digital and sport businesses including NBA, MTV Networks, the Discovery Channel and YAHOO!

Robert Norris, Commercial Director - Pinewood Pictures

Robert Norris joined Pinewood from CinemaNX in 2012 and works on the development and finance of feature films and tv, and the exploitation of the company’s feature films, as well as in Pinewood’s further ventures in developing and exploiting audiovisual content.  He is involved with the evaluation of projects and with the planning and structuring of finance as well as closing the finance and exploitation transactions.

Prior to joining CinemaNX, he worked in private practice at Reeds Smith, chiefly advising film and TV clients on the development, finance, production and exploitation of content. During this time he had secondments at broadcasters ITV and Channel 4.