The Management team is reponsible for the overall
direction and operation of the NFTS.


Dr Jonathan Wardle Director

Prior to joining the NFTS in early 2012, Jon was Director of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, the only HEFCE Centre for Excellence for teaching and learning in the media area in the UK. In his role at Bournemouth University Jon was responsible for Bournemouth’s continuing professional development activity at masters level establishing postgraduate partnerships with the BBC, Guardian and Sony Computers Entertainment Europe. Jon also wrote the Creative Skillset ‘Build Your Own MA’ framework.

Jon was NFTS Deputy Director & Director of Curriculum & Registrar from 2012 -2017. He was responsible for all educational matters at the NFTS including curriculum development, quality assurance, education enhancement and registry. Jon was appointed Director of the School in August 2017.


Since joining the NFTS Jon has developed a number of new courses working in partnership with organisations including Sky, Channel 4, Discovery Networks International, the BBC and Aardman. Jon leads the annual BFI Film Academy, a ‘talent campus’ for 66 of the most talented 16-19 year old filmmakers in the UK.

Jon is the author of a number of papers and book chapters on media education as well as co-editor of the book ‘Current Perspectives in Media Education'. Jon is on the editorial board of the Media Education Research Journal, is an executive officer of the Media Education Association and Nahemi, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the National Association of Television Production Executives (NATPE), an associate member of BAFTA and an advisor on education to the Royal Television Society. He has a BA (Hons) in Television Production from Bournemouth University, an MBA from the University of Southampton and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Bristol.

Trevor Hall Director of Finance

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Mark Tugwell Director of Operations

Mark spent much of his career at the BBC. In BBC Wales he started as a trainee, and progressed to become a Lighting Director and Technical Manager in Studios and on Outside Broadcasts. Despite not being a sports fan, he cites having Gareth Edwards collect him from his house to spend a week in Paris covering what was then the 5 Nations as a highlight.

In 1996 he moved to BBC Television Centre where he was the technical manager on many of the BBC’s biggest shows. For a while he had 3 Saturday night credits in a row on BBC1 – 2.4 Children, the National Lottery and The Generation Game.

In 2000 he moved into management and soon after that into Outside Broadcasts. He became Director of BBC Outside Broadcasts, and sat on the main board of BBC Resources Ltd, a wholly owned and non-licence fee funded subsidiary of the BBC. One of the first big events he was responsible for, whilst he was still acting in the role of head, was the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. With full P+L responsibility for the £50m Outside Broadcast business he oversaw far too many events to list, and they include things like F1 - for BBC, then for ITV, then for BBC – China Olympics, India Commonwealth Games, Manchester Commonwealth Games, Wimbledon, the Open Golf, The Proms, The Party at the Palace and so on.

In 2008 he was key to selling the BBC’s Outside Broadcast operations to a private company. After the successful transition period he left to go boating. Something he still passionate about when he isn’t in work.

A couple of years later, the public service part of the BBC rang to see if he could help out for 3 months or so in the Property division. He did so and stayed for over 3 years, helping out on the closure of Television Centre and the move of EastEnders amongst other things. Then in 2015 he couldn’t resist the opportunity to become Operations Director at the NFTS. Responsible for IT, Engineering, Production Support, Safety and Property it draws upon his experience from many parts of his career, and he loves it.

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Phil Reilly Director of Marketing and External Relations

Phil joined the NFTS after working for nearly a decade in politics, most recently as Director of Communications for the Liberal Democrats. Prior to this he worked in 10 Downing Street as Head of Government Communications and Chief Speechwriter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during the coalition government.

After studying Film Studies at the University of Kent, Phil worked as a newspaper journalist before joining the Liberal Democrats as a Press Officer in 2008, where he was subsequently promoted to Deputy then Head of Media before taking up his role in Government.

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Eleanor Wheal Registrar

Eleanor qualified as a solicitor in a City law firm after completing her English Literature degree at York University, and specialised in media law. She then took up practice as a commercial litigator at a firm in Uxbridge acting for a wide variety of corporate clients.

After a short career break, Eleanor took up a role at Brunel University London in 2006 as Complaints Officer and then progressed quickly to become responsible for student welfare and compliance matters. She was appointed Head of Student Services in 2010 with responsibility for a wide range of student-facing departments. Eleanor was seconded to lead the University’s preparations for its Quality Assurance Review which took place in 2016. Following this, Eleanor was appointed as Head of Quality Assurance and then in July 2017 became Assistant Director Academic Services.