Advisory board

A board of industry experts has been selected to advise on the development of our student programmes, as part of our commitment to ensure the pipeline of future talent obtain the right experience when learning. The aim is to ensure our students graduate with the strongest set of relevant and desirable skills that will match industry requirements and set them apart as candidates.

Members of the board

Escape Studios is happy to announce that the new members from the best of the British film industry include:

Adam Dewhirst, The Mill

Amy Smith, Framestore

James Sindle, ETC

Paul Franklin, DNEG

Diarmid Harrison-Murray, MPC

Shelly Page, DreamWorks Animation

Lee Danskin, Escape Technology

Tara Saunders, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE)

Pete Ridgeway, Rare

Mike Bithell, Mike Bithell Games

Luke Whittaker, State of Play

Eamonn Butler, Cinesite

Tom Box, Blue Zoo

Patrick Burgoyne, Creative Review

Max Howard, Max Howard Consulting

Neil Riley, Freelance (formerly of Passion Pictures)

Sara Bennett, Milk

Justin Summers, The Third Floor

Other members

  • Juan Salazar, The Foundry
  • Charlie Bayliss, Framestore
  • Andrew Schlussel, Framestore
  • Dan Gray, Us Two
  • Alistair Hope, Creative Assembly
  • Philip Hunt, Studio AKA
  • Ollie Davis, Aardman
  • Phil Dobree, Jellyfish

The Board is chaired by Dean of Escape Studios, Ian Palmer (Acting Chair).

These leaders of industry influence support and contribute to the development and delivery of Escape Studios' undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, as well as the range of short courses. Their role will also include panel debate contribution at the annual VFX Festival, participation in round-table discussions and the leading of exclusive talks for students.