• ChairmanLorraine Heggessey

    Dawn Airey

    Lorraine is a prominent figure in the media industry with extensive experience in journalism, broadcasting and production. As the first female Controller of BBC One, Lorraine comprehensively rebranded the channel, launching a raft of new shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and Spooks before going on to lead two successful independent production companies. Previously Chief Executive of Talkback Thames, Lorraine launched Boom Pictures (now Twofour Group) in July 2012 and grew it to become the eighth largest indie production group in the UK. Lorraine is now an Independent External Advisor for Channel 4’s Growth Fund.

  • Vice ChairmanLiesel Evans

    Liesel Evans

    Liesel Evans is an Executive Producer at Century Films – an award winning independent company with a reputation for producing high quality distinctive documentaries. Over the last 20 years, as a producer director, series producer and executive producer Liesel has a proven track record in making high-profile and high-rating documentaries, winning awards both in the UK and internationally. Amongst many other projects at Century, Liesel executive produced the RTS and Grierson nominated The Life and Loss of Karen Woo, the critically acclaimed The Railways: Keeping Britain on Track and Brian Hill’s Welcome to the World.

  • Vice ChairmanSanjay Singhal

    Sanjay Singhal

    Sanjay Singhal is Chief Executive of Voltage TV Productions which founded in 2013. Previously, he was MD of Dragonfly Productions where he oversaw more than 200 hours of factual programming including the high profile One Born Every Minute, The Hotel and The Plane Crash. Formerly at the BBC, Sanjay spent most of his career in News and Current Affairs, becoming a Senior Producer at Newsnight and spending two years as the BBC's Washington Producer. He was a Series and Executive Producer on a range of documentary and factual entertainment series for all the BBC channels including the award-winning The Apprentice.

  • Liz Brion

    Liz Brion

    Liz heads Grant Thornton's UK tax service to media clients, dealing with advisory and compliance work for entrepreneurial and listed companies. Liz has been closely involved with the development of the new tax credits for High-End TV and Animation and the tax status of people working in the TV industry, working with the main UK trade bodies in consultation with HMRC. Her experience also includes finance and tax support for not for profit organisations and educational charities.

  • Judith Chan

    Judith Chan

    Judith Chan is currently a Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts & Co. She is responsible for originating new corporate business, developing new products for the Bank, and specialises in structured finance in the film and television sectors. Prior to Coutts, Judith was a Business Development Director at Ingenious Media plc where she was responsible for managing three equity funds, principally investing in the television sector. Formerly Judith was a Relationship Manager at Coutts for eight years and an Analyst at NatWest Markets. Judith is also a Trustee of MediCinema.

  • Jo Clinton-Davis

    Jo Clinton-Davis

    Jo Clinton-Davis is Controller of Factual at ITV. Her commissions include Long Lost Family, Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs, Trevor McDonald Inside Death Row/Women Behind Bars, HMP Aylesbury, Billy Connolly's Route 66, Joanna Lumley's Nile, Secrets of the Workhouse and the arts strand Perspectives. Previously Jo was Head of Commissioning for UKTV's ten channels having been Head of Independent Commissioning at the BBC. She directed and series produced Making Babies with Robert Winston and The Store about Selfridges for BBC One as well as directing many single films for the award-winning strands 40 Minutes and Inside Story.

  • Alex Cooke

    Alex Cooke

    Alex Cooke is CEO of Renegade Pictures, co-founded with Alan Hayling and Jon Rowlands, where she has made documentaries including Tea Party America and Closing Guantanamo for BBC Two. Previously Alex directed United Gates Of America inside one of California’s largest gated communities and Only In America exploring subcultures across the US. Her debut feature documentary was How Arnold Won The West, a political satire following Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign to become Governor. From 1997 to 2001 Alex was the programmer of Sheffield International Documentary Festival. She was also a founder member and Managing Director of The Big Issue.

  • Emma Cooper

    Emma Cooper

    Emma Cooper is a Commissioning Editor in Factual at Channel 4. She commissions both single documentaries and series for the channel and also commissions the Cutting Edge strand. Prior to joining Channel 4 she was at the BBC for 14 years working across titles such as Mischief and Louis Theroux. She series produced and directed films such as Louis Theroux: A Place For Paedophiles and Miami Mega-jail.

  • David DeHaney

    David DeHaney

    David DeHaney is director of factual television at Firecracker Films. Previously he had successful roles at Nutopia, Love Productions and the BBC. His recent credits include Tough Young Teachers, The Woman that Woke up Chinese and Is Football Racist?. He has worked across all the major channels as an Executive Producer following an award-winning career as a documentary producer/director. Other credits include Boys and Girls Alone, The Baby Borrowers, Young Autistic and Stagestruck, I Want my Dad Back and Me and My Mum.

  • Briony Hanson

    Briony Hanson

    Briony Hanson is The British Council’s Director of Film, responsible for promoting UK films and filmmakers internationally. Previously she has been Director of The Script Factory; Director of Tyneside Cinema; headed the BFI Programme Unit and co-programmed the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. She has conducted numerous onstage interviews from Julianne Moore and Gus Van Sant to Dustin Hoffman and Andrej Wajda. She makes occasional broadcast appearances and is a regular film critic for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, co-edited the 2008 Filmmakers' Yearbook, and was DIVA Magazine’s Film Editor from 2007-12.

  • Chris Harris

    Chris Harris

    Chris Harris has worked as a cinema programmer for City Screen since 2007. City Screen is the owner and operator of Picturehouse Cinemas, Britain’s largest circuit of Independent cinemas. Formed in 1989, to challenge the modern multiplex, City Screen provides cinemas in city centre locations to serve local communities and offer a broader range of films. In 2009, Chris helped to launch the Picturehouse DOCS programming strand, which works with distributors and filmmakers to bring the best in documentary film to cinema screens. Films featured as part of Picturehouse DOCS include Burma VJ, Erasing David, The First Movie and Just Do It.

  • Morgan Matthews

    Morgan Matthews

    Morgan Matthews has been making critically acclaimed documentaries for over ten years. In 2006 Morgan set up Minnow Films which has become known for its work with both exciting new talent and established award-winning directors. Morgan directed The Fallen, a three-hour film that paid tribute to every British serviceman and woman to have died whilst serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. As well as being nominated for a Grierson, The Fallen won an RTS and two BAFTA’s, including one for Best Factual Director. Most recently, Morgan was BAFTA and Grierson nominated for Scenes from a Teenage Killing.

  • Tom McDonald

    Tom McDonald

    Tom McDonald is currently Acting Head of Science and Natural History for the BBC having been Commissioning Editor for Documentaries, Science and Natural History since 2012. Recent commissions include for BBC One Nick & Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits; for BBC Two An Hour To Save Your Life and for BBC Four Hidden Histories: Britain’s Oldest Family Businesses. Previously he was an Executive Producer on 24 Hours In A&E (Channel 4); Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One) and science experiment The Young Ones (BBC One).

  • Celia Taylor

    Celia Taylor

    Celia Taylor is Head of Factual and Features at Sky Entertainment. Since joining in 2009 she has commissioned Pineapple Dance Studios, Ross Kemp Extreme World, won a BAFTA for Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough and delivered Sky’s highest ever rating series An Idiot Abroad and many more. She also edits the theatrical release documentary strand on Sky Atlantic. Previously she was Director of Programmes at Virgin Media and a Commissioning Editor for BBC Factual where she worked on a wide ranging and award winning output and created the new director strand Fresh.

  • Andy Whittaker

    Andy Whittaker

    Andy Whittaker is the founder of Dogwoof, creating a leading film distributor of documentary and social issue films. Films include Blackfish, The Act of Killing and Dreams of a Life. Andy looks after Dogwoof’s business strategy which is intimately linked to the development of online activities. Previously he was at eBay and Barclays.