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BOARD OF GOVERNORS

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Chairman
StJohn O'Rorke

I joined the BBC in 1980, as a graduate trainee. I first started editing in 1983, and was promoted to become a videotape editor in 1984. With the arrival of non-linear editing on computers, I left the BBC and now edit films and TV drama full time.
I have been nominated for a BAFTA & an Emmy, and recent work includes 2 feature films Summer in February, & First Night. I am currently editing with director Antonia Bird again, on a new tv series called The Village. We have collaborated frequently since 1986.
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Vice-Chairman
John Grover

In 1959 I started at MGM Studios, Borehamwood as a numbering boy and then progressed to Second Assistant on the picture side on feature films, then to First Assistant on picture, sound and music. I had a thorough training and could handle anything on or related to film.
From 1962 I worked on many films as First Assistant including The Haunting, Goodbye Mr Chips, The Wilby Conspiracy, Soldier Blue, Nicholas & Alexandra, Grand Prix, 2001 A Space Odessy and Doctor Zhivago. I have worked all over the world with some of the best directors and editors around.
From 1977 I was Assembly Editor on The Spy Who Loved Me, Wild Geese, Moonraker and Sea Wolves.
From 1981 I was Editor on For Your Eyes Only, Who Dares Wins, Octopussy, The First Olympics Athens 1896, Life Force, Labyrinth, The Living Daylights, Consuming Passions, Licence to Kill, Buddy's Song, Frankenstein, Nobody's Children, Gospa, The New Professionals, The Brothers, Monsignor Renard, Fat Friends, Hairy Tale and Forest of the Gods.
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Treasurer
Russ Woolnough

I entered the film industry in 1968 following nearly three years at Rank Film Laboratories. As an assistant editor I was fortunate to work on location in Spain with Michael Cacoyannis and in Paris, Corsica and Israel with Otto Preminger. Posting in London as assistant sound editor, I worked on Barry Lyndon for Stanley Kubrick.
I joined the Optical Visual Effects team on Superman 1 and Superman 2 at Pinewood Studios. In 1980 I went to Los Angeles for the editing of Peter Hyams' film Outland still working for editor, Stuart Baird and director Richard Donner. We travelled to locations around Italy on Ladyhawke returning to L A for the post.
I was Visual Effects Editor on Tim Burton's Batman, where all the visual effects were produced optically. On Mission Impossible and Event Horizon which followed, digital effects were used for the more complex shots.
The last eight years of my career were spent in a desk job as a post production supervisor working in Soho, retiring in 2008.
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Michael Johns

Started my career in the camera department, after a period of time felt film editing was more absorbing. Early career as assistant editor for Anne Coates and Clive Donner. Was one of the partners of production company Film Partnership with Arthur Wooster and Bob Angel, directing and editing documentaries and drama. In addition to picture editing, has worked as sound and music editor - Otello, Oliver, Brazil - also location sound recordist. Passionate interest in film production and ocean sailing.
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Derek Bain

I joined the news film agency Visnews in 1963 and trained in the film library, camera and sound departments and finally in the news cutting rooms. In 1968 I joined London Weekend Television as an assistant editor working my way up to editor, cutting numerous series and single films in the documentary and drama departments. I left LWT in 1990 to work as a freelance editor.
I have worked on many popular TV series, The South Bank Show, Dempsey and Makepeace, London's Burning and Agatha Christie's Poirot among many others.
I am currently editing the Midsomer Murders with John Nettles for ITV. I joined the Guild in 1990, and have served on the board of governors for the past 10 years.
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Robbie Gibbon

I am a London based Assistant Editor and Editor working in broadcast for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic etc. I am passionate about the craft and I enjoy collaboration with creative individuals. Being part of the GBFTE is an opportunity to work with established editors and ensure British editing receives the recognition it fully deserves.
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Alex Gollner

I am a freelance editor working the the corporate and charity world.
My interest in the technical side of post production has brought me attention online, including a link to my blog from Apple's Final Cut Pro web site.
I came to editing from motion graphics design, where I designed graphic and title sequences for TV programmes on the BBC and UK cable TV channels. I was the editor of drama short films funded by the BFI and the assistant editor on Too Much Too Young, an independent UK feature film.
As well as wanting people inside and outside the industry learning more about what editors contribute to successful films and TV shows, I'm interested in fostering editing and production skills in the wider population who want to tell stories using video, be it in cinemas, on TV on computers or on mobile devices.
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Andy Kemp

After graduating from a film school in Canada, I joined the BBC in 1980. I went freelance in 1982 and have been so since, cutting music promos, documentaries, dramas and current affairs programmes. The potential of doing a job that at times can be both hugely challenging and euphorically satisfying is what has kept me going for 35 years. As well as a busy editing schedule, I have been involved with the C4 producer training programme and I am a guest lecturer at Solent Southampton and Middlesex Universities. I have produced and directed films, been a jury member at film festivals and am a member of DirectorsUK and BAFTA.
I believe the Guild must continue to grow and spread the word; we need to exploit fully the Guild's phenomenal pool of talent and experience and use this resource to engage, inspire and celebrate what we do.
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Alan Miller

Film has been my passion for as long as I can remember. My first film job was on THE RIGHT STUFF in 1982. I entered the BBC as a trainee assistant editor a year later. I've worked as the director's assistant on a few features and after coming runner up in the Lloyds Screenwriting Competition, I joined a natural history film company and have become 'a wildlife editor', a label that frustrates to this day. I directed an observational documentary at the BBC, a four part series on the Serengeti and an independent feature that got a nod at the London Independent Film Festival. Freelance since 1987, most of my work is now editing and writing. I hope to work on drama sooner rather than later. In this 21st century world of endless screens and media, editing is a craft that is commonly misunderstood, vitally important and yet mostly invisible. It is my intention through FIRST FRAME magazine and outside Guild events to raise the profile of our craft. I would also like to find a way to get FIRST FRAME out to potential members working in the industry, editors unaware that our Guild exists.
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Andy Morrison

I studied film and television at the University of Glasgow and joined their established and successful student television station, Glasgow University Student Television (GUST).
After finishing university I landed the role of Assistant Film Editor in a production company working across a range of factual and entertainment programming. Following this was a year on a Channel 4 series about the First World War and three series of a BBC Scotland drama called Sea Of Souls.
I was very fortunate to get a break into television drama as Film Editor on two series of Hotel Babylon and a one off 90-minute drama called Whatever It Takes. I continue to work in drama and short film though occasionally I edit factual programming such as Panorama and Horizon.
Ultimately I would like to cut feature films and am excited by the technological advancements that have allowed cinema quality films to be made possible on the limited budgets that are available to film makers these days.
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Barry Peters

I started in the film library at ABPC when I first left school. After a few months I was called up to do National Service becoming commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. On leaving the army I worked as an assistant editor and sound editor with Gordon Stone, Anne V Coates, Russ Lloyd and many other top editors. Over the years I have also worked with some great directors, John Huston, Alvin Rakoff, Sidney Hayers, Kevin Connor, Simon Langdon, Charles Chrichton to name but a few.
I started editing on Amsterdam Affair and have since gone on to edit many feature films and TV mini-series.
I was nominated for a BAFTA for Paradise Postponed, Porterhouse Blue and won The Editors Guild Award for Porterhouse Blue.
I have an American passport and lived and worked in California for six years in the nineties. During my career I have worked in many other countries, Hungary, China, France, Holland, Germany, Morocco and Ireland.
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Brian Sinclair

With a career spanning over 40 years in film and video production, I started as a trainee assistant editor for the Rank Organisation. I soon became freelance and worked on numerous features as a first assistant film and sound editor. I was privileged to have worked with editors Jack Harris, Gerry Hambling, Ralph Kemplen and Winston Ryder.
I started editing commercials in the 70s and moved briefly into directing, but still kept in touch with feature film work. With the boom in corporate and conference work in the 1980s and 90s I was editing in film and videotape almost full-time. With newer technology I was also directing multi-camera as well as editing and took up part-time teaching posts at Harrow and Bournemouth Film Schools, in degree courses.
I have been a Guild member for nearly 20 years, including service as Chairman.
I am passionate to uphold the craft of editing and to promote the skill as an important element of motion picture production.
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Secretary
Sally Fisher

I have been Secretary of the GBFTE since 2002.
I am also currently Secretary of the Guild of Stunt and Action Co-ordinators (since 1986) and the Cine Guilds of Great Britain (since 1997), as well as running the CineMasters project for the Cine Guilds.
I have worked in the film industry for over 25 years, having previous advertising and PR experience.

ASSOCIATE GOVERNORS

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Chris Kelly

 
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Adam Masters

 
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David Sinclair

 
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