The National Film and Television School has appointed Dr Jon Wardle as its new Director of the School.
Wardle will succeed Nik Powell who has been Director since September 2003.
Currently Deputy Director of the NFTS, Wardle will will take over on 1 August 2017.
He becomes the the fifth Director in the School’s 46-year history.
Before the NFTS, Wardle worked for 10 years at Bournemouth University in a variety of senior roles.
During his career Wardle has worked as a consultant for Creative Skillset, and developed courses with companies as such as Aardman, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe and the BBC.
Annually he leads the BFI Film Academy Talent Campus Residential. He has a BA (Hons) in Television Production, an MBA and a Doctorate of Education.
Patrick McKenna, Chair of the National Film and Television School’s Board of Governors, said: ‘I am delighted that Jon has accepted our invitation to become the School’s new Director. I have every confidence that Jon will fulfil his responsibilities with distinction. We look to him to provide the School with strategic vision, creative and outward-facing leadership and high calibre management of its expanding operations and activities. There is a great deal for the School still to achieve and Jon is ideally placed to take us forward.’
Wardle said: ‘I am thrilled to be taking over the running of the National Film and Television School, and will work hard to ensure that it builds on its world-wide reputation as one of the top institutions for learning about film, television and games. I am looking forward to leading the School through its continuing and exciting period of growth and development towards and beyond the 50th anniversary of the School’s founding.’
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