Dr Romana Ramzan, one of Scotland’s leading game academics and a producer at the multi–award-winning development studio No Code (Stories Untold, Observation) has been appointed to the board of directors of the British Film Institute. She is joined by Anwen Griffiths, a Partner at Lee & Thompson LLP, a leading law firm for the media, technology & creative industries, to represent Scotland and Wales, respectively.
Dr Ramzan is joined on the board by:
- Monica Chadha, board advisor and consultant
- Elizabeth Karlsen, producer and co-founder of Number 9 Films (Carol, Made in Dagenham, Little Voice)
- Laura Miele, executive vice-president and COO of Electronic Arts
- Scott Stuber, head of global film at Netflix
- Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead)
The new governors join the current BFI board of governors: Michael Birshan, Idris Elba, Gerry Fox, Jay Hunt, Robin Saunders, Andrew Smith, Phil Stokes and Nell Whitley.
The appointment of the board of governors marks an important milestone in the BFI’s ongoing transformation into a digital-first organisation, with a new executive team led by CEO Ben Roberts.
Dr. Romana Ramzan
Dr. Romana Ramzan is a Producer at the BAFTA Award-winning No Code Studio in Glasgow, Scotland. Over the past decade, Romana has demonstrated a commitment and desire to drive forward changes in the industry to make it a safer and more welcoming space for people from underrepresented groups through her advocacy work. She has been at the forefront of driving innovative initiatives, within the industry and academia, that have demonstrated success nationally and internationally.
Romana was one of the main founders, and organisers of Scottish Game Jam, she was previously a Director of the Global Game Jam and has also served on the BAFTA Scotland Committee for Games. She was one of Develop Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and in March 2014, Romana was awarded the Asian Woman of the Future Award at the Scottish Asian Women’s Awards. Most recently, Romana was named as one of the Top 100 Women in Games in the UK by MCV.
Anwen Griffiths is a Partner at Lee & Thompson LLP, a leading law firm for the media, technology & creative industries. With a background in film production, Anwen has over 25 years of experience and specialises in advising on all legal and commercial aspects of production and finance across the screen sectors – film, television and games. She represents many of the lead financiers and producers in the industry.
Anwen has also been heavily involved in supporting public funders in the growth of indigenous talent, having previously worked at the British Film Institute and spent six years as a member (and subsequently vice-chair) of Ffilm Cymru Wales, the delegate for National Lottery Funding in Wales, with specific focus on promoting a sustainable sector and culture.
These unremunerated appointments are made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.