For twelve years President-International of Sony Television Entertainment, Sony Pictures’ division responsible for world-wide programme sales and distribution, new channel development and management and local programme production, Nick Bingham was also chairman of VIVA TV, the German music TV channel, in which Sony Pictures was a major shareholder. He is currently Chairman of Fortium Technologies, a software company specialising in leading edge digital content control technologies. Nick gained an MBA at INSEAD, has lived and worked in Spain, France, Italy the US and Japan.
Paul Newman is a Managing Director of Stifel Nicolaus Weisel, the US investment banking group. He is based in London and has some 25 years’ professional experience in providing corporate finance advice, including advice on capital raisings and on mergers and acquisitions, to UK and international companies, predominantly in the listed arena. Prior to his current position, he has had senior roles at ING Bank, at Charterhouse Securities, at stockbrokers Sutherlands (where in 1996 he was a founding director of a new London office) and at Williams de Broe. His industry specialisations include industrial manufacturing and natural resources. Paul holds a masters degree in science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a doctorate from Oxford University, where he carried out research in inorganic chemistry. His personal interests embrace the visual and performing arts, architecture and music. Paul finds continually remarkable the unexpected ways in which PAL is able to change the lives and perceptions of those fortunate enough to be involved in its creative processes.
Mark Phillips is a Partner of Harbottle & Lewis entertainment and media law firm, a member of its Strategy Group and head of its Interactive Entertainment Group and joint head of eCommerce & Technology Group. He has been involved with the digital and interactive media industries since their inception and his practice has evolved with the development of these technologies. Principally he specialises in corporate, commercial and copyright work for clients in the media, arts and technology industries and is recognised as a leader in the fields of interactive entertainment, the internet, e-commerce and publishing and is considered by various directories as one of the country’s leading practitioners in video games law and the law of publishing. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of internet and technology companies.
Joanna is the founder of Mission Bay Limited. As one of the UK’s leading media head-hunters, she is known for her deep experience in the media industry as both an executive and in recruitment. Her search career began in 2004 when she launched the London office of a US based media search boutique and then later led the media division of Whitehead Mann, subsequently Korn Ferry International, London, post-acquisition. Before embarking on her search career, Joanna was at Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment for four years working across a wide range of commercial activities and projects. She also spent seven years with Hasbro Inc., as global Senior Vice President of Visual Media and Head of International Licensing consecutively. Joanna began her career as an intellectual property lawyer in the U.K. and New Zealand. She has an LLB (hons) from the University of Auckland and an LLM from the University of Cambridge and is currently studying for a B.Sc in Psychology. Her career, based on the creation and exploitation of all forms of intellectual property in all formats, is characterised by its internationalism, versatility and trusted professionalism with clients and candidates alike.
Matilda Pye studied at the Ruskin School at the University of Oxford and the Jan Van Eyck Akedeime in Maastricht. As a practising artist she has shown in the UK and Europe. She was a visiting lecturer on the MA / MFA Fine Art programme at Middlesex University for a number of years and has lectured at Kingston University. She currently runs an MA module for Roehampton University and Tate. Since 2004 she has worked predominantly with museums including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery and is currently working at the V&A, creating public programmes for adults, students and the creative industries. From 2008-10 she was a researcher and project manager for the Engine Room at the University of the Arts, London. Matilda has worked with PAL for more than a decade on a range of Labs and has worked closely with PAL’s Founder Artistic Director.
Marc Mathison is PAL’s newest board member, he took part in the If Not You Who Else? PAL Lab during the summer of 2011. Marc started out as a youth worker before working as a Social worker in family support services. He graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design (now Norwich University College of the Arts) with a degree in Creative Writing and Visual Art. A life-long South Londoner, Marc has performed widely in London and Norwich, including, as a teenager, in front of the then Mayor, Ken Livingstone.
He has taken part in mentoring schemes for young artists and writers and he is currently writing a first collection of poetry. Marc is passionate about supporting young people to achieve their best, he is convinced that the youth clubs, football teams and creative opportunities he was able to access in as a young person have been essential in developing his sense of community and independence. As a participant in one of PAL’s Labs, he believes strongly in the organization’s ethos and sees becoming a trustee as an opportunity to give something back not only to PAL itself but also through supporting the organisation to ensure its work reaches all members of society.
Bob Lockyer spent over 40 years working at the BBC, rising to become an executive producer in the Classical Music Department, with responsibility for dance programming, including the Dance for Camera series, films from which attracted major international awards, including the Prix Italia. He reformed BBC Young Musicians, extending it beyond the popular search to find some of Britain’s most talented young musicians by giving young composers and conductors the chance to work with the BBC Philharmonic and looking at music therapy and jazz. For over ten years Bob has been running workshops on dance and the camera, visiting Australia, South Africa, Canada and the United Kingdom. He was the Founder Chair of Dance UK. He also helped establish the much admired Healthier Dancer Programme that has been copied all over the world. Until recently, Bob was Chair of South East Dance, the national dance agency, based in Brighton.
I’ve been associated with PAL for over ten years including several as its Chair. Why ? Because I am passionate about PAL’s working methods and its world famous LABS. These have developed in so many ways over the years but they always have deep self exploration of imaginative ideas at the heart of each Lab. They challenge those who have taken part, to rethink their working methods, to introduced new ideas and unexpected talent to eachother. Even when a LAB is about science the artists are there too. And most importantly PAL Labs enable people to make contacts and connections with people and whom they would never meet otherwise.