Kirsty Bell (MD and Founder)
Kirsty 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), Kirsty launched Goldfinch Entertainment in 2014 and has to date raised over £60 million for a stable of over 170 projects now.
In 2017, she launched Bird Box Finance, a debt financing company to complement Goldfinch and with this business she has already provided over £25m of debt finance to Film projects.
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.
Andy Green (Head of Sales and Distribution)
Andy has been working with video for 15+ years managing commercial launches of new products and services in Pay-TV, OTT, Theatrical and Mobile. His specialist area is the internationalisation of premium video content from East to West and in working with regulatory and licensing agencies, broadcasters and governmental organisations, in Europe, US and China to ensure the maximum opportunity for commercialisation.
Andy’s work with Goldfinch Entertainment is focused on developing the most innovative and profitable sales strategy and making and maintaining the best partnerships with production companies, distributors, sales agents and markets in Europe and worldwide.
Sarah Poole (Producer and Investor Manager) has worked at Goldfinch Entertainment since its inception making her the first port of call for clients and investors in her capacity managing the company administration, day to day operations, team schedules and social media accounts. Sarah has 16 years of personal assistant and office manager experience working within fast growing companies.