The London Film School has appointed Neil Peplow as its new director and CEO. He will take over from interim director Peter Holliday and will start his new role on 30 January 2023.
Peplow, who is currently Director of International and Industry Affairs at the British Film Institute, was previously an independent producer and head of production at the Film Consortium. A former chief executive of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School – Neil left in 2019 after four years to return to the UK. He also had an earlier stint in Australia as Director of Screen at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
The appointment was made by the London Film School’s Board of Governors after what they described as a process which saw interest from a “wide and very talented” field of candidates.
Governor Peter Holliday, who temporarily stepped down from the board to lead the School while the recruitment process took place, will also now return to his role as governor.
Peplow’s appointment follows the departure in May 2022 of former director Gisli Snaer, who resigned to pursue film after more than six years at the London Film School.
Greg Dyke, Chair of the AFP Board of Governors, said: “The entire Board and I are confident that Neil has the experience and vision to modernize the school, building on its globally recognized strengths to develop the next generation of filmmaking talent and skills. Neil’s background in the production and screen industries, and significant experience in education puts AFP in a strong position to take us forward and address our ambitions.”
Peplow added: “The London Film School’s reputation as a space for creative excellence and the development of talent that has informed cinema around the world is recognized and respected around the world. What is essential for the future is to build on this reputation. I believe my experience in industry and education will enable me to help the school to do this.”