John Woodward is the Chair and Film Producer. Previously, John was the Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council, the UK Government’s strategic funding body for film between 2000 and 2011. During this period, John oversaw investment of more than £150 million into more than 900 films, including Bend it like Beckham, Bright Star, The Constant Gardner, Gosford Park, Happy-Go-Lucky, In the Loop, The Last King of Scotland, Made in Dagenham, Man on Wire, Red Road, St Trinian’s, This is England, Touching the Void, Vera Drake, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Streetdance 3D, The King’s Speech, We Need to talk about Kevin, and Shame.
Prior to joining the UK Film Council, John was Director of the British Film Institute, and before that, as Chief Executive of the Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), John set up and ran the most successful and influential trade association in the UK Film and Television industry, representing the commercial interests of some 1,000 film and television companies.
John is the co-founder of Skillset, the audiovisual industry’s sector skills council, a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, and a member of the Video Consultative Council of the British Board of Film Classification.