People

The board of directors provides our overall governance . Directors are nominated by the Animation and Facilities Councils

Will Cohen

Chief Executive, Milk VFX

Will Cohen is the CEO and a co-founder of Milk Visual Effects, a BAFTA and Academy award-winning independent visual effects company with studios in London and Cardiff. Milk create innovative and complex sequences for high-end television and feature films.

Phil Dobree

CEO, Jellyfish Pictures

Phil setup Jellyfish Pictures in 2001 and has successfully help transform it into a globally respected VFX and animation studio. Phil has a unique insight into the VFX and Animation industries having been in the industry for more than 20 years.

Oli Hyatt MBE

MD, BlueZoo

Oli Hyatt MBE set up Blue-Zoo in 2000 straight from university and over the following 16 years he has slowly grown the studio into one of the largest character animation studios in Europe. was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to Children’s TV and Animation, as well as picking up BAFTA Production Company  of the year for Blue-Zoo.

Claire McGrane

Director of Operations, Company 3

Claire is Director of Operations for Company 3 in London under the global Creative Services Group umbrella for Deluxe Entertainment. In the past Claire has worked in 3D, digital, and post production, at some of the industry’s foremost visual effects companies such as Framestore and Cinesite.

Fiona Walkinshaw

Global Joint Managing Director of Film, Framestore

Fiona is Global Joint Managing Director of Film at Framestore. Founded in 1986, Framestore has pioneered an impressive portfolio of work, recently collaborating with filmmakers to craft VFX and animation on projects including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Paul King’s Paddington 2.

Sean Costelloe

MD, The Mill

Sean Costelloe is Managing Director of The Mill’s London studio. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the visual effects industry and brings his insight and experience to drive new relationships, opportunities and strategic leadership across the group.

Rich Moss

Managing Director, Gorilla Group

Rich has worked in the Post Production Industry for over 25 years. Beginning in VT ops and tape editing, Rich gained a reputation as one of the most respected finishing editors in Wales. Rich has started, built and been involved with many UK post houses including Pyramid Post Production, Platform Post Production, The Joint and Mwnci.

Kerry Lock

Finance Director, Aardman Animation

Kerry is the Finance Director at Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time, Chicken Run), a role he has held since 2003, after joining the company in 1996.

JP Dash

Commercial Director, Fifty Fifty Post Production

After 8 years at TC Soho LTD, JP set up his own media company, Dash Media LTD and is currently providing sales consultancy services for leading short and long form post facility, Fifty Fifty Post Production, as well as working on commercial production projects.

Neil Hatton

Chief Executive, UK Screen Alliance

Neil has been involved with UK Screen as a director right from its inception in 2004. His background is in broadcast post-production where he was an editor/MD/owner for 20 years and he was a pioneer of non-linear editing. He was appointed CEO in 2016 and is the organisation’s principle spokesperson and policy advocate.

Kate O'Connor

Executive Chair, Animation UK Council

Kate is an established consultant specialising in training and education in the creative industries with over 20 years’ previous experience as executive director and deputy CEO of Creative Skillset. Kate was appointed Executive Chair of the Animation UK Council in 2016, and focuses on business and skills policy, with emphasis on liaison with government and industry stakeholders.

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