We aim to have a representative from all skills, levels, experience; both Regional and National supported. If our departments are made up of such we want to get your input, make you feel welcome and that you are recognised as integral the Guild. Experience is highly valued, yet the needs of the younger next generation are essential for the quality and continuation for the goal of excellence.
Committee is composed of active regularly attending members, as well as a wonderful rich resource of talent.

The Guild only benefits if the Membership does. The Guild is the Membership.
Help us to help you. Get involved at any level. Anytime.

Committee meeting North Lodge at Pinewood

This is our favourite meeting place, the North Lodge at Pinewood.
We also use Pinewood Studios main board room, even sometimes Shepperton Studios. We've even been found in the Pinewood restaurant too.
As members you are welcome to attend and see what goes on.

Peter Walpole - Chairman

Peter Walpole - Chairman

My work has varied over the years, it has included Designing Television Drama and Commercials but is mainly concentrated on Feature Films as a Set Decorator, taking me to over thirty different countries.

At the end of 2015 I embarked on the second season of Sense8, another Wachowski Project for Television, it is a story about a group of people around the world who are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat. I have teamed up with Hugh Bateup again but this time as the Supervising Art Director. We are shooting in 16 different cities around the world in eight months. A logistical challenge with 14 different Art Departments.

Adam O'Neill - Vice Chairman

Adam O'Neill - Vice Chairman

Liz Griffiths - Secretary

Liz Griffiths - Secretary

My design flair, organisational knowledge and sourcing compendium are the main resources I utilise every day in my professional life. Whatever challenges present themselves, I like to think I can find a solution, somewhere, some how…

These literary and design skills to interpret scripts, bring them to creative life with the “I know we can make it happen” attitude is what I do naturally. I adore the teamwork inherent in an Art Department – it’s a great buzz when all the elements integrate to create something fresh and different – I love being central to that creative process. After nearly twenty years in the industry this is still a process I find, stimulating, exciting and enjoyable - I revel in collaborating with new exciting people and projects and that passion makes every day an amazing journey to be taken.

Terry Jones - Treasurer

Terry Jones - Treasurer

Terry Jones (Bexley) - Production Buyer. Set Decorating, Purchasing and Hiring of Props for TV- Film-Commercials-Corporate-Events - to Budget !
Sourcing props for many sets (to each production) that need to conform to Director and Designer's specifications, also remaining within budgets, ranging from £1,000 to £500,000 per set.

Productions covering a complete range of Genres and Periods.
Responsible for managing a small team and mentoring interns.
Constant liaison with other departments to ensure that all props and set dressing were on the right set at the right time, and to deadlines.
I also ran the Art Department at London Weekend Television.
Specialties: Working to schedule and Budget

Mads Bushnell - Ali O'Neill - Sophie Jones - Operations, Communications and Membership Team

Mads Bushnell - Ali O'Neill - Sophie Jones - Operations, Communications and Membership Team

The whole organistation management team have a passion for the Film & Television industry having either been brought up with family in the art department or married to it!

Mads - Historically her background has been in communications, trade marketing & event production and management and spent much of her early career working for several of the worlds largest drinks companies.Latterly she became a freelance office & event manager and has worked mainly for awards and event organisations....subsequently she joined the Guild in 2011.

Ali - Ali works alongside Mads looking after the Guild’s communications ranging from our members’ Weekly Update email to the marketing of Guild events. Her background is in Interior Design and Arts Marketing where she worked for the Royal Opera House and a range of high profile West End Shows.

Sophie - looks after the membership side of the organisation and many of you will already know her!  Her role ranges from developing our current membership system into the smartest / most efficient software going to handling all the new recruits and dealing with any membership / joining queries - a very similar job to which she did whilst in charge of memberships at the Woodland Trust.

A Committee's term duration is for two years. All are proposed either by associates and some self motivated to stand. All require to be voted for and accepted. Regularly certain specialists are invited onto committee. A few members are valued for their knowledge and being treated as a resource yet are not expected to contribute on a regular monthly basis.

Should you feel strongly about issues or have value you could add, we would love to hear from you. If you cannot commit for a full term this should not deter you from talking to us.

Nearly all our Committee members are working and practically involved in film making. Due to the wonders of the internet and email distance is not not a problem.

As for Chairman / Chairwoman or Chairperson position, this is typically voted in by the current holder of the position putting forward several names for discussion behind closed doors. Attributes required are knowledge of the business, respected skill and ability to positivity contribute to the Guild as a whole. This individual after accepting serves a two year term as Vice-Chairman. This allows in depth frontline experience and familiarity of existing inter-Guild relationships, Sponsor agreements and general daily running and contribution of the Guild to Membership. There after becoming automatically the Chairman for the following two year term. After which the title of 'ex officio' member, in Latin means literally 'from the office'. Another wonderful resource.


In 2012 -13 we have a particularly large Committee. This has the advantage of that when some members are aboard or unavailable our regular events, meetings and socials are still very successful.

This has alleviated pressure and commitment required leading to a thriving buoyant team.


Awarding winning TV series designed by Sonja Klaus

A new film from Christopher Nolan on which several of our members where involved, including Toby Britton.

Star Wars: episode VII - Shooting now completed at Pinewood studios. On which many members of the BFDG have been busy working on.

Steven Spielberg's latest outing. Based at Leavesden, featuring members Supervising Art Director Mark Scruton, Art Directors Guy Bradley, Remo Tozzi, Decor Artist Julian Walker, Co-ordinator Pollyanna Seath and Art dept assistant Andy Young

Ali and Nino filmed in Azerbaijan with Supervising Art Director Christian Huband.

GAME of THRONES, a long running HBO series worked on by host of members over the years.

TARZAN the UNTAMED, shot at Leavesden studios with Supervising Art Director James Hambidge, Art Directors Toby Britton, Guy Bradley & Susan Whitaker, Set Designers Charlotte Malynn & James Spencer and Art Department Assistant Stephanie Clerkin.

Stephanie Clerkin
Stephanie Clerkin