Strategic Group

Film Hub South West is supported by an elected Strategic Group who help to steer the work of the Film Hub team and provide guidance, making key recommendations about strategy, resources, and sustainability.

The Strategic Group was elected via an open call for applications and currently consists of three representatives from Hub member organisations and three independents, chaired by Mark Cosgrove from Watershed. 

The consitutuency of the Film Hub SW Strategic will be renewed as part of the next phase of the Film Audience Network within the BFI 2022 Strategy, from January 2018.


Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator Watershed

Mark joined Watershed in 1994 and has worked in Independent Cultural Cinema Exhibition for over 20 years.  He has curated seasons and touring programmes ranging from New Portuguese Cinemas to a retrospective of French filmmaker Claire Denis. He has been on juries at film festivals including Cannes and Berlin. He is also the Creative Director of Encounters International Film Festival in Bristol. In November 2010 he collected the Europa Cinemas award for Entrepreneur Cinema of the Year.

Hub Member Representatives:

Claire Horrocks - Digital Co-ordinator and Film Programmer Exeter Phoenix 

Claire Horrocks

Claire Horrocks has worked with Exeter Phoenix since 2008. In her current role as film programmer and Digital coordinator she co-directs Two Short Nights Film Festival, Exeter’s Big Screen in the Park and oversees Exeter Phoenix’ annual Short Film and Moving Image Commissions. Claire also manages the regular film programme at Exeter Phoenix and has worked on a number of award winning short film productions.

Patrick Bliss - Film Programmer Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Patrick Bliss has been programming film at The Roses since 2007. He introduced many new strands including Q&A’s, post film talks and the DFAF funded archive film project Tales of Gloucestershire. He also brings experience of programming film for Salisbury International Arts Festival, which hosts a number of UK Premieres and guest speaker events to tie in with different annual themes. He was instrumental in establishing the BFI Rural Touring Pilot Scheme in Wiltshire, programmes Poundarts in Corsham and the Corsham Film Festival, which presents documentary film in a number of venues in Wiltshire. Before working in film he was a charity fundraiser and a music promoter.

Ian Francis - Director of Flatpack Film Festival and Flatpack Assemble

Ian Francis

Ian Francis is the Director of Flatpack Film Festival, which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring and is established as a distinctive highlight in the UK’s festival calendar. Flatpack are also responsible for an extensive programme of year-round activity, and recently embarked on region-wide project Flatpack: Assemble as part of the BFI Film Audience Network. Ian has twenty years experience in programming film events, and has written for publications including Sight & Sound and Little White Lies.


Lynn Barlow - Journalist and broadcaster

Lynn Barlow - as an Independent.
Journalist and broadcaster, Lynn's career spans newspapers, radio and television. She covered social affairs as a BBC correspondent and went on to direct and produce ground-breaking documentary series including Anatomy of a Crime which won the Grierson award for best documentary series and three RTS awards. Lynn is a member of BAFTA, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Encounters Film Festival and of Wildscreen, and chair of The Royal Television Society for Bristol and the South West and, part of the leadership group for inner city drugs and alcohol charity Ideal. She divides her times as Director, Creative Industries for the University of the West of England in Bristol, helping shaping strategic policy and external partnerships for the lens, moving image and journalism portfolio and, as a freelance executive producer.


Gary Topp - CEO of Culture Central

Gary Topp

Gary Topp is CEO of Culture Central- a collaborative development agency for Culture in the Birmingham city region. He is an experienced CEO (in the UK and Australia) in the culture and environment sectors with a strong commitment to community engagement and social enterprise. He has worked at a regional level in several positions including CEO of Yorkshire Culture, CEO of Greening Australia (Victoria) and as a senior manager for the Arts Council (Yorkshire Arts).  He helped to transform the Curzon Community Cinema, a large social enterprise in Clevedon, as its first CEO and led the delivery of a new structure for the Bristol Green Capital Partnership as part of the city’s year as European Green Capital in 2015. He is Chair of Trustees at Circomedia, on the Board of the Leach Pottery and an RSA fellow.

Dorothy Wilson MBE FRSA - Cultural Producer and Consultant

Dorothy has recently set up her own independent consultancy since standing down in 2016 as 

CEO/Artistic Director of mac birmingham.Dorothy’s work now involves her in development consultancy with a wide range of organisations including Festivals, Theatre and Dance Producers, cultural venues, Local Authorities and HLF. Dorothy’s experience includes chairing the West Midlands regional Arts Council from 2002-2009 and serving on the national board of Arts Council England. She is currently Chair of the boards of a number of charitable organisations, including Culture Central - the new cultural development agency for Birmingham, Independent Cinema Office, Artrix - Bromsgrove’s Arts Centre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and Grand Union Studios in Birmingham. She is a Council member of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Treasurer of Dancefest Herefordshire and Worcestershire and a board member of Making Music -the national organisation for the UK’s voluntary music groups.

For more information on the role of the Strategic Group and the process by which members are recruited please follow this link.

 MINUTES of the Strategic Group Meetings can be found on the Film Hub Member's Basecamp here or are available on request from