Meet Our TEAM
Meet our team of dedicated staff who aim to deliver an entertaining festival experience that captures the imagination, sparks conversations and inspires the next generation of film goers.
Dean Foster is a screenwriter specialising in film, television and short form online content, he is also Joint CEO of the Wadadli Short Film Festival. Born in London of Antiguan parents, Dean has been able to use his heritage in an ever-evolving way to interpret his experience in film.
Dean holds an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing and Media with Cultural Studies from Kingston University in 2008. Dean’s degree has allowed him to work in both television and film for production companies such as Endemol and Vertigo Films. However, his peers would say it’s his confidence and infectious personality that has enabled him to be such a great team player.
Dean has always harboured ambitions of being a writer; this is evidenced through his education at various levels, where his creativity has led to him to use his skills as a radio DJ and a ‘free style’ rapper.
Currently, Dean is working alongside DMD films and 4Deuce films to produce original screenplay content and bring it to the big screen. Dean also boasts actor’s credentials starring in the short screen original drama Oppressed Wives Society.
Dean continues to use his influence and experience by mentoring young men who are in the throes of turning their lives around through the medium of film.
Daniel Glenn-Barbour is the founder of 4deuce films and JOINT C.E.O of The ‘wadadli short film festival’. Daniel was raised in Leytonstone East London and he has Antiguan Jamaican and St Vincentian heritage.
Daniel Glenn-Barbour is a filmmaker who has been creating video content for over seven years, he recently obtained a First class honours degree in film and broadcasting from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass), London Metropolitan University. Daniel started off his career working on music videos, however he later explored an interest in films which is now the main category in Daniels portfolio.
Now as a freelance director, cinematography Producer, screenwriter and video editor, Daniel has the capability to solely video record events and music videos.
With his team DMD films they produce high level short film content.
Bob Foster was born in Antigua and came to England in 1963 to join his family.
With an extensive background in project management and business consultancy, Bob has clocked up over 40 years’ experience working across the commercial and not-for-profit sector. Bob has provided support and advice for hundreds of businesses and has been recognised by his peers as an exceptional adviser always willing to go the extra mile to support entrepreneurs to achieve their full potential.
Bob’s early career began in commercial banking were he rose to the level of bank manager for National Westminster Bank in London. It was early in his career that he decided to use his business acumen to develop an independent business consultancy and open up a several day care nurseries that received several accolades for their innovative approach towards day care delivery.
Through sheer determination, Bob went on to carve out a career in delivering business consultancy to start-up businesses and medium sized companies to grow through an organisation called Business Link for London and, later, Get Equipped. Bob is also proud to have worked on many high profile procurement projects which, in turn, have awarded over £5 million in contracts for small businesses.
Bob Foster’s proudest achievement was establishing the Windrush Nurses & Beyond Foundation, a charity set up to recognise and celebrate the achievements of nurses that travelled from the Caribbean and Africa (post war to the 1960’s) to dedicate their lives to working in the health sector. The nurses chosen by the foundation were awarded commendations for their efforts and also Queen Medal Awards from HRH Queen Elizabeth II for their service.
Bob continues to use his skills to develop social enterprises across the country and is proud to part of a National Lottery programme called Elthorne Pride. This was awarded £1 million to develop projects and initiatives to change the lives of individuals living in North London, so that they can make their area a better place to live, work and play.
Sandi Philips has over 30 years of community development experience, with a specialism in championing the creative arts. Her passion has been to inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs by developing innovative programs aimed at helping them reach their potential and in doing so has supported over 800 businesses.
Having studied Communications and Social Science, Sandi delved into the arena of social documentaries which eventually lead her into the world of social regeneration. Sandi’s biggest achievement was leading on one of London’s leading regeneration program in London, Kings Cross. This enabled hundreds of local residents to find new jobs, access multi- million pound contracts from the area’s new developments and create new businesses.
As a co-founder of the Windrush Nurses & Beyond, Sandi utilised her communications skills to ensure this unique programme gained recognition from high profile politicians and HRH Queen Elizabeth II, who awarded their recipients with the Queen’s Medal Award during her 2012 Jubilee. Additional credits include Sky News, BBC, ITV news and a number of radio broadcasts.
More recently, Sandi has been Chair for several not-for-profit organisations, and currently sits as the lead for Elthorne Pride, a fantastic example of local collaborations aimed at supporting residents making changes to improve the lives of those that live in their neighbourhood.
Originally from London, Valerie made a life changing decision to emigrate with her family to Antigua back in 1988.
Since then she has established a career as a senior executive within the health and insurance sector.
After qualifying with distinction for the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), Valerie went on to establish the Institute of Antigua & Barbuda which is now in its 16th year. Over time, Valerie became treasurer and president of this formidable organisation, which has the responsibility for organising the training and education of many ambitious professionals.
Valerie’s ability to network and organise sector base training has enabled her to travel extensively across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to provide key conferences highlighting the changes within the insurance and finance sector.
It was on her travels that Valerie became aware she could use her commercial and planning skills to support local philanthropic causes. In 2015 she became a life-long supporter of the Friends of Mount St. Johns, Antigua’s only public hospital. As part of a successful collaboration, Valerie has organised several events and fundraising initiatives which collectively haveraised over EC$100,000.
Valerie remains passionate about supporting the creative arts in Antigua & Barbuda. She spends much of her spare time organising bespoke island excursions for overseas visitors to ensure that they leave with a lasting and positive experience of Antigua & Barbuda.