Philip Comer


Philip lives in the village of Bicknoller in Somerset, on the edge of the Quantock Hills, and not far from Crowcombe where he is the organiser for Crowcombe Cinema, a Moviola Associate. In the 1980s he helped set up a risk management consultancy, working originally with energy companies but more recently in food safety and healthcare. He is semi-retired but still does some occasional assignments. Amongst other activities, he is a volunteer Ranger with the Quantocks AONB service and is the vice-Chairman of Friends of Quantock, a local conservation charity that acts as the public watchdog of the Quantock Hills.

Dr Brian Clay

Trustee & Director

Brian has been involved with Moviola since its origins in Dorset Film Touring by way of his work as Regional Secretary of the South West Group of Cinema for All, previously known as-the British Federation of Film Societies, and as past Chair of Dorchester Film Society. These days he lives in Bristol which allows him to liaise on Moviola’s behalf with the film exhibition network though Film Hub South West based in the city – as well as watching a lot of films at the Bristol Watershed.

Helen Owers

Trustee & Director

Helen is the Parish Development Officer for Hythe & Dibden. One of her earliest projects was working in partnership with Moviola to set up the cinema in Hythe, which has been operating for 15 years now. In her spare time, she is a music photographer and writes concert and CD reviews for a number of music publications.

Carol Dixon

Trustee & Director

Carol is a retired Teacher and Health Promotion Co-ordinator who played a major role in establishing the government’s Healthy Schools’ Scheme in Berkshire and Dorset. She has helped develop various community activities in Beaminster where she now lives, including a successful community choir and leading U3A and WI groups. She is a keen supporter and active team member of Beaminster Moviola.

Debbie Gent

Trustee & Director

Debbie has worked in film and television for over 30 years in various roles including production, post production and corporate. She lives in Amersham, Bucks with her dog, Polly; her son, Dom and her husband, Martin, with whom she co-owns a video production company. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking, creativity and adventure.

John Buckley

Trustee & Director

A law graduate and chartered accountant, John spent most of his working life as a finance director in the confectionery and leather industries. He has also served as a non -executive director of the Buxton Festival, a regional theatre, as well as various NED roles in the NHS.