Lorraine was recently appointed as CEO of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. This is her first executive role in the charity sector following an extensive career in television where she was one of the UK’s best known media executives with a wide ranging experience as a journalist, broadcaster and producer.
She is the Independent Advisor to Channel 4’s Growth Fund, a director of data analytics company, Pivigo and a member of Angel Academe, a group that backs female-led tech companies. The first female Controller of BBC One, Lorraine comprehensively rebranded the channel turning it into the most popular network in the UK. She launched a raft of hit shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and Spooks. She then became Chief Executive of TalkbackThames which produced over 600 hours of tv a year, including Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and The Apprentice. Lorraine went on to launch a new indie group, Boom Pictures, and grew it to become the eighth largest production group in the UK in under 2 years. The company subsequently sold to ITV renamed as Twofour Group. Lorraine now has her own creative consultancy business.
Vice ChairmanLiesel Evans
Leisel Evans is Creative Director of UK Factual at Raw TV: an award-winning company with a reputation for producing high quality factual programming. She is currently overseeing a raft of projects for all the key broadcasters. Previously she was a Director of Programmes at Century.
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 is Chief Executive of Voltage TV Productions which he co-founded with Steve Nam in 2013. Since then he’s been commissioned to make more than 50 hours of peak time programmes including Inside the Factory (BBC Two), Life Inside Jail (ITV), NHS: £2 Billion a Week and Counting (Channel 4) and X-Ray Mega Airport (Discovery International Networks).
Prior to launching Voltage he ran Dragonfly Film and TV where he exec produced BAFTA nominated The Plane Crash as well as overseeing some of the company's biggest series including One Born Every Minute, The Family, Kill It, Cook It, Eat It and The Hotel.
Sanjay spent most of his career at the BBC in News and Current Affairs, becoming a Senior Producer for Newsnight and then spending two years covering America as the BBC's Washington Producer. He was a Series and Executive Producer on a range of peak-time documentary and factual entertainment series for all the BBC channels including the RTS award-winning series two of The Apprentice.
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 is currently an Executive Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts & Co. She is responsible for originating and developing new business, and specialises in structured finance in the film, television and games 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 and an Analyst at NatWest Markets in Los Angeles. Judith is also a Trustee of MediCinema.
Jo Clinton-Davis is Controller of Factual at ITV. Her commissions include Long Lost Family, Our Queen at 90, Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs, The Mafia with Trevor McDonald, HMP Aylesbury, Billy Connolly's Route 66, Joanna Lumley's Japan, Killer Women with Piers Morgan. Previously Jo was Head of Commissioning for UKTV's ten channels having been Head of Independent Commissioning at the BBC where she commissioned Masterchef, Grumpy old Men and the Hairy Bikers. 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 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.
David DeHaney is Creative Director of Proper Content, a new production company launched with the support of BBC Worldwide that aims to produce entertaining programmes with social purpose. David is an award winning Director and Executive Producer who has held senior positions in the UK’s leading production houses, including Love Productions, Nutopia, Victory, Firecracker and the BBC. Some factual highlights include Me and My Mum, Can’t Stop Eating, I Want My Dad Back, The Baby Borrowers, Boys and Girls Alone, Young Autistic and Stagestruck, Tough Young Teachers, Britain’s Gay Footballers, The Women Who Woke Up Chinese and The Problem With My Father.
Amy Flanagan is Co-Creative Director, Factual at new indie Expectation. Prior to this she was the Deputy Head of Factual at Channel 4, where she has commissioned a diverse range of television including The Murder Detectives, 24 Hours in Police Custody, The Romanians Are Coming, and My Son the Jihadi. Before working in commissioning, she worked on a variety of award-winning factual programmes such as Bedlam, the first series of 24 Hours in A&E and Feltham Sings. She currently runs the Cutting Edge Directors’ Scheme at Channel 4.
Briony Hanson is The British Council’s Director of Film, responsible for promoting UK films and filmmakers internationally and finding opportunities for creative exchange. 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.
Tom McDonald is the BBC's Head of Natural History & Specialist Factual Commissioning. His department’s recent commissions include Planet Earth II, Muslims Like Us, The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs and Spy in The Wild.
Gina Richmond works as Purchasing Director for Soho House but started her career in sports sponsorship working globally on F1, golf, tennis and sailing. However, spending all year travelling the world with a wheelie bag as a constant companion left no space for ‘life', so she moved into the telecoms world. Gina managed Orange’s portfolio of arts partnerships across the literary and film world. From the Orange Prize for Fiction to Orange British Academy Film Awards to leading the launch of Orange Wednesdays in 2004. Gina later moved to BAFTA to develop the brand partnerships across film, television & craft, gaming & children’s entertainment, before joining Nick Jones' growing empire in 2015 where she focuses on commercials, logistics, stock control and strategic relationships.
James Quinn is a former commissioning editor at Sky, commissioning documentary series and factual programmes for Sky 1 and Sky Arts, and feature documentaries for Sky Atlantic and theatrical release. Before commissioning, he occupied senior positions at several leading indies, including Head of Special Projects at Oxford Film & Television and Head of Factual at October Films. He is also Visiting Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. His books include Adventures in the Lives of Others, a collection of essays by some of the biggest names in factual filmmaking, and This Much is True, a landmark volume on the art of directing documentaries.
Andy Whittaker is the founder of Dogwoof the international sales company, and leading theatrical film distributor of theatrical documentaries.Films include Blackfish, The Act of Killing and Dreams of a Life. Recently started a production slate including Werner Herzog's "Into The Inferno", and "Vivienne Westwood: Get a Life"
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