Greg Dyke Replaces Mike Leigh as Chair of London Film School

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Greg Dyke

Leigh was chair of the school for 18 years.

Greg Dyke has been named chair of the London Film School, replacing Mike Leigh, who stepped down earlier this week after 18 years in the position. 

A former BBC director general and BFI chairman until 2016, Dyke takes over the baton as the school plans to relocate from its present home in Covent Garden to the London City Island, where it will join the English National Ballet in one of the cultural hubs emerging in East London. 

"This is a very interesting time to join London Film School with the changes going on in higher education, the plans to move the school to a new location and the current success of the British film industry," said Dyke. "The recent BFI report demonstrated that there is a clear skills shortage in the film industry in Britain, a shortage which, among the many other things it does, the London Film School can help to fill in the years ahead."

Added outgoing chairman Leigh: "What a long way we’ve come since I became LFS chairman back in 2000, and how exciting and exhilarating it is for me, as I move on, to know that I have the most perfect successor imaginable! Dyke’s unique and formidable skills are exactly what we need."