Amanda Nevill

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Amanda Nevill
Born Amanda Elizabeth Nevill
(1957-03-21) March 21, 1957 (age 60)
United Kingdom
Occupation Arts administrator

Amanda Elizabeth Nevill, CBE, FRSA (born 21 March 1957) is an English arts administrator and is the Chief Executive of the British Film Institute.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Nevill was born on 21 March 1957.[2] She was educated in Yorkshire and Paris.


Her first job, in 1976, was for the Rowan Gallery in London.[3] She set up the first British contemporary art fair at Bath in 1980 and subsequently organised a touring exhibition for Kodak.

Nevill joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1985 and ran its archives and its National Centre of Photography exhibition space in Bath. Nevill became the Society's Secretary in 1990 (later renamed Director-General), the first woman to hold the post.[4]

Nevill was appointed as Head of Museum at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (now the National Media Museum) in Bradford during the Spring of 1994. During her tenure, the Museum carried out with a £16 million re-development and launched the Bradford International Film Festival.[5]

British Film Institute[edit]

Nevill joined the BFI as the organisation's Director in June 2003 (her job title changed to Chief Executive in 2011, after the BFI takeover of the UK Film Council). According to her citation at an honorary degree award she has led its complete transformation into a major organisation valued by the UK industry and recognised as influential internationally. She pioneered the development of the VOD platform BFI Player, launched the BFI Film Academy and BFI Film Audience Network across the UK, transformed BFI Southbank into one of London's coolest arts venues and ensured the BFI London Film Festival is one of the most significant film festivals in the world.[6]



  1. ^ Gritten, David (April 1, 2011). "Amanda Nevill: 'Great films should be commercial, too'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. 21 March 2014. p. 43. 
  3. ^ Accessed 25 August 2012
  4. ^ Accessed 25 August 2012
  5. ^ Accessed 4 June 2014
  6. ^ a b Accessed 15 July 2015
  7. ^ Accessed 25 August 2012
  8. ^ Accessed 25 August 2012
  9. ^ Accessed 25 August 2012
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61256. pp. B8–B10. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.

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