Kirsty Bell (MD and Founder) is both a successful film producer and a Chartered Tax Advisor who has spent much of her career at top-ten accountancy firms. This combined expertise has seen her focus on the structuring of film companies and their finance raises, including SEIS and EIS, together with advising active partnerships and sole traders in the creative industries since 1996 – a period in which she has raised over £150m for the industry.
Kirsty has also achieved in excess of 30 Producer / Executive Producer credits to her name including the 2013 feature film Harrigan, a gritty police drama starring Stephen Tompkinson which she was also solely responsible for the private equity raise for the project. After setting up and successfully running her own business consultancy business (Integral Strategies), Kirsty launched Goldfinch Entertainment in 2013 and has to date raised over £60 million for a stable of over 120 projects now, and co-founded a Film Tax Credit loan business.
With first hand Producer experience, expert knowledge and success on SEIS and EIS as well as UK Tax Credits she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. Commerciality is her watch word in all aspects of her advice.
Phil McKenzie (Director) has worked in marketing and strategy across a variety of sectors including FMCG and most recently the professional and entertainment industries.
He has the ability to strategise, build brands and businesses from the ground up and spot opportunities for innovation and development on any scale.
He was brought in as Director of Marketing & Business Development at Nyman Libson Paul and with Kirsty, he was involved in the creation and phenomenal growth of Goldfinch Entertainment. This has most recently led to him focusing on expanding the company in N. America and China, and into other sectors of entertainment such as Video Games and TV.
Phil has also co-founded and built ‘Tidy McKenzie’ a marketing and design agency that focuses on the entertainment and leisure sectors, providing branding, digital and print solutions along with pragmatic strategic advice to clients of all sizes.
Tony Miller (Director) qualified as an attorney and subsequently has worked in all areas of the entertainment and media industries as Managing Director of television and film production, international sales and distribution companies.
In total he has been responsible for the acquisition and production of well over 150 TV and feature film projects and literally hundreds of sales, licensing and distribution deals.
Tony was a Partner at Natural Nylon – the actor-based film production company jointly owned by Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller amongst others as well as Managing Director of its successful TV production sister company, Union Pictures, with responsibility for all creative output.
He was also Head of the UK theatrical distribution joint venture business for Odeon/UCI Cinemas and BSkyB.
Tony creatively develops projects from scratch as Producer as well as bringing advanced projects to fruition, sourcing key creative elements, finding production, financing and international distribution partners, focusing in particular on multi-platform opportunities for the distribution and exploitation of entertainment properties as an Executive Producer.
Craig Conway (Director) has been working as a lead actor in British and International productions on stage and screen for over the last two decades giving him extensive knowledge and understanding in front and behind the camera.
He has worked with varied international practitioners in film from Neil Marshall to Mike Leigh, TV with Sky Atlantic BBC, BBC America E4 and ITV
Theatre Craig has worked with Calixto Bierta Teatro Romeo, Lev Doddin Maly theatre of Saint Petersburg and Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre of England as well as touring the UK and Europe playing varied leading roles.
Craig has also written directed and produced many shows for stage and screen, Theatre “To you” Car Trouble and A City of Sonnets performed for his Royal Highness the prince of Wales in collaboration with the RSC.
Film producing credits include Devils Playground, FOUR, Scintilla, Ghost Writer, Estranged, Broken and GiantLand.
Craig is also MD of BB88, which produces and co-produces projects; initially for the UK-China Film Fund, but with an impressive slate beyond this deal.
Sarah Poole (Operations Manager) has worked with the team since the start of Goldfinch, supporting them in a variety of ways from day to day operations, to social media and marketing assistance, to liaising and engaging with producers and investors.