Meet the BritWeek founders and board of directors



BritWeek was founded in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe OBE and the then Consul General Bob Peirce, to highlight the creative fusion between the United Kingdom and California.


Dr. Nigel Lythgoe OBE | Chairman

Co-Founder of BritWeek and Executive Producer of "Pop Idol" and "American Idol". He also created "So You Think You Can Dance" and "National Dance Day".

Bob Peirce |

A former British Consul General to Los Angeles from 2005-09. Now a Senior Executive with a Los Angeles based corporation.

Sharon H. - Peirce |

Sharon works extensively with business development, leadership education, event management, fundraising and international humanitarian organizations.


Board of Directors


Michael Howells |
British Consul General to Los Angeles

Senior representative of the UK government in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.


Lance O’Connor |
CEO of Minted Content - Partner at American Rogue and Parachute VFX

Lance attended the Royal college of Art, London. He is the founder and owner of Minted Content. Also on the Cinemagic Board and member of YPO.


Nigel Daly OBE | Co- Founder and Artistic Director of The Laboratory Arts Collective

Vice President - Screen International. Former Chairman - The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles.


Dan Rutstein |
Regional Director, Department for International Trade

Supporting British business to export to West Coast USA and US businesses to invest in the UK.


Christopher Guy -Harrison | Designer

An internationally renowned furnishings designer & manufacturer who was born in Britain.


Michael J. Krycler |
Board of British American Business Council

Serves on Board of British American Business Council LA & Partner with Krycler, Ervin, Taubman & Walheim.


Ellis O’Connor |
MSD Hospitality Team

Mr. O’Connor works as Asset Manager & Owner Representative for a prominent portfolio of luxury hotels in Hawaii and Southern California.


Megan Phillips |
Owner Sur Le Mur Gallery

Sur le Mur Fine Art and graffiti, founder and owner, Megan J. Phillips develops emerging artists to an international level. She has worked with Shepard Fairey, Banksy, and Blek Le Rat.



Paul J. Wright, Esq. OBE | Attorney

English Barrister & California attorney with an international law practice specializing in entertainment litigation.


Fiona Francois |
Chief of Staff at InvestCloud

President of the British American Business Council


Francis O’Toole |
CEO & Founder of Mercury Pictures

Born into an acting family, his career spans almost every facet of arts and entertainment. O’Toole is CEO & Founder of Mercury Pictures, a Hollywood movie production studio in the classic mold, built for the digital age.


Sarah Robarts |
Founder and President of Ballantines PR

Sarah Robarts is the President and founder of BPR (Ballantines Public Relations). Sarah, has worked with numerous internationally renowned companies and corporations over the past 16 years in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she worked with highly distinguished British companies in London.



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