The Grierson Trust’s Patrons are called upon to advise the Trust and provide expertise to the Trust’s activities.
Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough is one of the world’s best-known broadcasters and naturalists. Widely considered one of the pioneers of the nature documentary, he has written and presented more than ten major series surveying every aspect of life on earth. He is also a former senior manager at the BBC having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programmes for BBC Television in the 1960s and 70s.
With his trademark style, Nick Broomfield is probably one of the world’s best-known documentary filmmakers. He is a graduate of the National Film and Television School and has received numerous awards - including two Grierson Awards – for his films which include The Leader, His Driver and the Driver’s Wife, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, Kurt & Courtney and Biggie and Tupac.
Roger Graef OBE
Roger Graef OBE is a writer, filmmaker, broadcaster, criminologist and CEO of Films of Record. He has been responsible for more than 120 documentaries on current affairs, criminal justice and the arts. He developed the ‘fly on the wall’ technique in Britain gaining unprecedented access to boardrooms, ministries and institutions. He is a BAFTA Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, and the IVCA and was Visiting Professor of Communications at Oxford University. He is also a Visiting Fellow of the Mannheim Institute of Criminology at the LSE, and author of Talking Blues, Living Dangerously, and Why Restorative Justice?
Founder and MD of Dartmouth Films, Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making. He is a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and was the founding chair of Channel Four’s BRITDOC Foundation. A former trustee of The Grierson Trust, Christopher is currently a trustee of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Wincott Foundation and One World Media. Previously a stockbroker, he then moved into journalism working for The Economist, New Statesman and the Sunday Times, where he was editor of the investigative section Insight. He later became a reporter for Channel Four’s current affairs programme before co-founding a TV production company. He established Dartmouth to pioneer new ways of funding, making and distributing documentaries, with a particular emphasis on encouraging new talent.
Kim Longinotto has made outstanding documentaries all over the world. Among her best known are Divorce Iranian Style in a family law court in Tehran; The Day I Will Never Forget about Kenyan girls challenging female circumcision traditions; and Sisters in Law which won two prizes at Cannes and a Grierson Award. More recently her credits include Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go about a school for disturbed children: Rough Aunties about a group of brave women in Durban, South Africa; and Pink Saris about the activist Sampat Pal. Her latest film, Salma, is set in Tamil Nadu, South India.
Charlotte Moore is Controller of BBC One. Previously Commissioning Editor for Documentaries she was responsible for films including Famous Rich And Homeless, Wounded, Lambing Live, The Choir: Unsung Town, Terry Pratchett's Living With Alzheimer’s, Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children, Cannabis: Britain's Secret Farms and The Autistic Me. As a producer/director, her credits include Lagos Airport, Great Britons: Churchill and Living With Cancer. Whilst at IWC Media, she was responsible for Stephen Fry's Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive, Eighteen With A Bullet, Help Me Help My Child and for three years she ran Channel 4's new talent strand The Other Side.
Norma Percy is known for series made with Brian Lapping in which Presidents and Prime Ministers describe how crucial decisions are made. These include: The Second Russian Revolution, The Death of Yugoslavia, The Fall of Milosevic, The 50 Years War, Endgame in Ireland, and Iran & the West. Her outstanding contribution to television has been recognised with Grierson Trust Trustees' award and the Royal Television Society Judges' award, as well as the BAFTA Alan Clarke Award and the RTS Journalism Judges’ award with Brian Lapping. Series’ accolades include 16 major awards for Yugoslavia and a US Emmy for Watergate.
Grayson Perry CBE
Grayson Perry started his career as a controversial "transvestite potter". He has since become a Turner-Prize-winning artist, BAFTA-winning documentary maker, author, curator and social commentator. His work is exhibited in the UK and around the world, including at the British Museum with The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman and The Vanity of Small Differences, a show of tapestries to accompany his Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste and the National Portrait Gallery which is home to works created as part of Channel 4’s Who Are You?. He was made a member of the Royal Academy in 2011.
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