JURY CHAIRMEN, REVIEWERS AND JUDGES

  • Dan Adamson is Director of Programmes for Twofour Group, overseeing a slate of factual programming including the recent Channel 4 series Royal Marines: Commando School. Prior to joining Twofour Group, Dan won a BAFTA for his work on The Apprentice.
  • Richard Alwyn is a documentary filmmaker and writer. His feature length film, The Beslan Siege, won the Prix Italia: Best Documentary. Most recently he made the trilogies, Catholics and Cathedrals for BBC Four.
  • Ben Anthony makes films that have been widely praised for their restrained but powerful approach to storytelling. Ben won a BAFTA and a Grierson award in 2013 for 7/7: One Day in London and has been nominated in the 2014 Grierson awards for Life and Death Row: Execution.
  • Laverne Antrobus is a Consultant Psychologist at the Tavistock Centre in London. Laverne has presented programmes for BBC Four most recently Growing Children, a series exploring how child development is affected by three developmental disorders - autism, dyslexia and OCD.
  • Terry Back has been a Grierson Trustee for the last seven years and is stepping down this year. Formerly a Partner with Grant Thornton, where he created the Media and Entertainment Group, he now works mainly with independent production and distribution businesses in television and film, offering financial and strategic insight.
  • Zam Baring started his television career as an editor before joining KEO films in the late 90’s. Since then he has helped make KEO one of the UK's most respected and successful independent production companies.
  • Allison Bean is Managing Director of OTF Productions. She began her television career at Survival Anglia in 1998 and went on to develop and produce natural history and science documentaries for Granada TV.
  • Matt Bennett is an award winning, freelance executive producer and director. Credits include Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls, many series with Ross Kemp including Extreme World, Gangs, and the Afghanistan trilogy for Sky1, plus Trawlermen for BBC One and Joanna Lumley’s Nile for ITV.
  • Al Brown is Head of Video for VICE UK, leading the commissioning, development and creation of programming for VICE's own digital channels, broadcast television, feature films and branded content.
  • Ben Brown is a freelance film editor who has been working on multiple-award-winning documentary films and series for BBC and Channel 4 for the last 15 years.
  • Joseph Bullman is a documentary director and winner of multiple Grierson awards including the Innovation Award for Seven Sins of England and last years Best Historical Documentary for the Secret History of Our Streets: Deptford. The series also won the Radio Times Readers’ Choice Award on the same evening.
  • Adam Bullmore is Creative Director at October Films. His special editorial interests are factual entertainment, history, science and sport.
  • Richard Burke-Ward is a multi-award-winning executive producer and script editor with 20 years' experience in specialist factual programming. He is also the author of three published crime novels.
  • Kay Burley is the longest serving news presenter on British Television with more than one million minutes of live news broadcasting.
  • David Butcher began his career at a documentary production company then moved into print journalism, working at several magazines and newspapers. He now writes about television for Radio Times.
  • Stuart Cabb founded Plum Pictures after a long career at the BBC. Plum has firmly established itself as a leading factual producer making innovative, high quality series that have garnered critical acclaim and big audiences for all the major broadcasters.
  • Clarke Carlisle served as the Chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association in the last three years of his 17 year professional football career. In recent years he presented BBC documentaries Is Football Racist? and Football’s Suicide Secret.
  • Stuart Carter stepped into television as a BBC producer where he produced and directed numerous science documentaries. After leaving the BBC he directed many programs for ITV and Channel 4. Stuart has created and executive produced hundreds of hours of programming - he is now Chairman of Pioneer Productions.
  • Judith Chan is a Grierson Trustee and currently a Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts & Co. She is responsible for originating new corporate business and developing new products for the Bank, and specialises in structuring film and television transactions.
  • David Charap is the editor of several feature films as well as award-winning TV dramas but his first love is documentaries. He has made many of them shorter.
  • Lorraine Charker-Phillips is a Commissioning Editor for Factual and Features at Sky, responsible for commissioning across Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts. She has 19 years of documentary and factual programming making experience.
  • David Clews is Creative Director at Twofour. He series directed Educating Essex, winning a BAFTA for Best Director: Factual. He has recently executive produced Educating Yorkshire and Royal Marines: Commando School. His film credits include Surviving Gazza, Boys from the Brown Stuff and The Family.
  • Jo Clinton-Davis is ITV Controller of Factual. Commissions include Long Lost Family, 56 Up, HMP Aylesbury & Perspectives. As Head of Independent Commissioning, BBC she commissioned Masterchef, Grumpy Old Men & Hairy Bikers. She directed many documentary singles and series for the BBC including Making Babies.
  • Alex Cooke is CEO of Renegade Pictures, the company she co-founded, where she has produced and directed a range of documentaries for both international and domestic broadcasters.
  • Edmund Coulthard established Blast! Films in 1994 with the arts documentary I’ll Be Your Mirror. Amongst many awards he has won the BAFTA for Best New Director: Fiction, Best Director for the drama Soundproof and the Grierson Award for Best Drama Documentary for The Year London Blew Up.
  • Joanna Crickmay is a freelance editor. She has worked on a range of documentaries including Arena: T.S Eliot, which won a Grierson award in 2011. She was nominated this year for a BAFTA craft award for Arena: The National Theatre.
  • Charlotte Crow is Deputy Editor of History Today Magazine. She has commissioned many articles exploring film in its historical context and is a former judge for the Imperial War Museum Film Festival
  • Jaimie D’Cruz is an Oscar and BAFTA-nominated and Grierson award-winning producer and director. His independent production company Acme Films makes documentaries, drama and factual programmes
  • Peter Day is a Director of Faction Films. He produces documentaries. He has worked with, among others, sex workers, clerics and airport executives.
  • David DeHaney is Director of Factual at Firecracker Films. Previously he had successful roles at Victory Television, Nutopia, Love Productions and the BBC.
  • Dimitri Doganis is founder and managing director of multi-award-winning production company Raw. He has been Executive Producer for many of their films and series and in 2012 was the Producer of BAFTA winner The Imposter, Raw’s first theatrical-release documentary feature film.
  • Sally Doganis was Senior Producer on Panorama, Newsnight and Money Programme and became Controller of Factual at Carlton. She has won multiple awards and was made a Fellow of the RTS for outstanding work in the industry.
  • Paul Dosaj is an editor and producer. His work includes My Heart Belongs To Dad, Class of ’62 – From 16 to 60, and the BAFTA and Grierson award-winning documentary Kelly and her Sisters. His most recent documentary is Miraculous Tales.
  • Stephen Drew is Headteacher of Brentwood County High School. He was Deputy Headteacher at Passmores Academy, which featured in the Channel 4 documentary Educating Essex. In 2014 Stephen appeared in the Channel 4 series Mr Drew’s School for Boys.
  • Liesel Evans is an Executive Producer at Century Films. As a producer/director her credits include several award-winning documentaries such as Everyman: Angel of Death Row, and two films in The Human Body series.
  • Melanie Fall is an Emmy-winning, UK-based freelance producer, working with Chimerica Media as well as other independent directors and producers. Her production credits include all of Niall Ferguson’s documentaries for Channel 4, the recent Pity of War for BBC Two and a feature length documentary on the life of Henry Kissinger.
  • Amy Flanagan recently joined Channel 4 as a Commissioning Editor in Documentaries. Previously, she worked at the Garden Productions on BAFTA-winning series Bedlam and BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive. Other credits include Last Days of the Raj, Series 1 of 24 Hours in A&E and Feltham Sings, all for Channel 4.
  • Ellen Fleming is The Grierson Trust's legal adviser and, until recently, was a partner at London law firm Fieldfisher, specialising in corporate and commercial work for the media sector.
  • Simon Ford is a freelance executive producer. He has worked on a huge range of award-winning documentaries for both the BBC and Channel 4. Recent credits include The Secret History of Our Streets and 24 Hours in Police Custody.
  • Jill Franklin is the founder of Franklin Rae. Jill began her media PR career at BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. After moving to BBC Television, Jill set up Franklin Rae in 2003, now recognised as one of the leading PR agencies in the content industry.
  • Sophie Gardiner is Commissioning Editor for Drama at Channel 4, and has been responsible for programmes such as Glue, My Mad Fat Diary, Run, Southcliffe and The Mill.
  • Monica Garnsey is Series Editor of Channel 4's Unreported World. She has directed observational docs and current affairs films, won an Emmy for, A Death in Tehran, an Amnesty International Media Award for Execution of a Teenage Girl, and an RTS award for Help Me Love My Baby.
  • Barry J Gibb began as a neuroscientist before embracing documentary filmmaking and writing. He is an award-winning filmmaker drawn to the interface of science and humanity. Author of The Rough Guide to the Brain.
  • Simon Gilchrist is a freelance documentary producer, specialising in observational filmmaking. Simon recently directed BAFTA-nominated and RTS award-winning Panorama Special: Kids in Care and series produced two BAFTA-nominated series - Great Ormond Street and Route Masters for BBC Two. He is currently a Series Producer at the BBC.
  • Alex Graham was a founder of Wall to Wall and was CEO from 1997 to 2013. Alex created two of the company’s groundbreaking history series: The 1900 House and Who Do You Think You Are? Wall to Wall’s first feature documentary – Man on Wire – won an Academy Award. Alex is Chairman of Sheffield Doc/Fest.
  • Clare Handford is a freelance executive producer currently working on a 90-minute feature documentary. Previously, she was Commissioning Editor, Factual at Sky, where she commissioned Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Harrow: A Very British School, and the Grierson and BAFTA-nominated Bradley Wiggins: A Year in Yellow.
  • Briony Hanson is the British Council’s Director of Film where she is responsible for overseeing its promotion of UK films and filmmakers internationally.
  • Chris Harris is a programmer at Picturehouse Cinemas, Britain’s leading independent cinema operator. Chris launched the Picturehouse Docs programming strand, which works with distributors and filmmakers to bring the best in documentary films to cinema screens.
  • Laura Hastings-Smith has produced numerous feature films including Steve McQueen’s debut, the multi-award-winning Hunger, Morgan Matthews’ X+Y just premiered in Toronto and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth currently in post. Laura’s background ranges from documentary to TV drama.
  • Lorraine Heggessey is Chairman of the Grierson Trust and one of the UK’s most well-known television executives. She was the first female Controller of BBC One and in 2012 she co-founded Boom Pictures, an independent production company that’s grown rapidly since its launch attracting some of the UK’s leading creative talent.
  • Brian Hill is an award-winning writer and director. He works in both documentary and drama and is perhaps best known for creating the documentary musical genre with films such as Feltham Sings and Songbirds.
  • Emma Hindley is Creative Director of Silver River Productions. Over 20 years she has specialised in documentaries and history programmes as a director, series producer and executive producer. Credits include RTS award-winning and BAFTA-nominated series: Living With Cancer; Great Ormond Street and The Unspeakable Crime: Rape.
  • Angela Holdsworth is an independent executive producer. She was author and series producer of the award-winning history series Out of the Doll’s House and strand editor of various BBC programmes including Crimewatch and Taking Liberties. Angela is a Governor of the Arts University, Bournemouth.
  • Rupert Houseman has been editing documentaries for the last 20 years. His credits include 7/7: One day in London, The Year the Town Hall Shrank, Bedlam and Life and Death Row.
  • Dr Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, broadcaster and author. Recipient of the prestigious Norton Medlicott Medal for History she teaches at King’s and Oxford. Her films are watched every year by 250 million plus worldwide.
  • Steve Humphries is Managing Director of Bristol-based Testimony Films, the company he founded in 1992. He was formerly a lecturer in history and sociology at the University of Essex and a producer at LWT: he was described by Broadcast magazine as “the king of oral history”.
  • Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett launched DRIVE in 2013 in response to the growing demand for pre-sale and co-production finance across factual and scripted. She was previously Head of Co-production at Channel 5 and Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions at RDF International, now Zodiak.
  • Larushka Ivan-Zadeh is Film Editor at Metro, the UK’s nationwide free newspaper. She is a regular broadcast contributor on Sky News and BBC Radio 4 and co-author of The Rough Guide To Cult Movies.
  • Steve Jones FRS is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London. He is one of the top six experts on the genetics of snails in the world and the other five agree.
  • Ross Kemp is a BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker. His credits include Ross Kemp on Gangs; Ross Kemp Extreme World; Ross Kemp In Search of Pirates and Ross Kemp Returns to Afghanistan.
  • Roger Laughton currently chairs the Arts University of Bournemouth. He previously worked as a producer, director and executive for the BBC, which he left to become the first CEO of Meridian in 1990. He was Head of Bournemouth Media School between 1999 and 2005 and is a former Grierson Trustee.
  • Emma Loach is an Executive Producer at Rare Day. Recent credits include Police Under Pressure for BBC Two, Gems TV for ITV and Big Ballet, Liberty of London and The Murder Workers for Channel 4.
  • Kim Longinotto began making films at the National Film School. Her two student films were Pride of Place about her boarding school and Theatre Girls about a hostel for homeless women in London. Love is All is her latest.
  • Leo Maguire is an award-winning filmmaker. His first feature documentary film Gypsy Blood won Best Newcomer at the 2012 Grierson awards and was BAFTA-nominated. His critically acclaimed follow-up film Dogging Tales, won a Bulldog and was highly commended by the Griersons.
  • Morgan Matthews is a filmmaker and founder of Minnow Films. His credits include Beautiful Young Minds, The Fallen, Scenes from a Teenage Killing, Britain in a Day and most recently the feature film X+Y.
  • Matt McAllester is Europe Editor of TIME magazine, based in London. He was a foreign correspondent for Newsday newspaper and is the author of three books.
  • Tom McDonald is acting head of Science and Natural History commissioning at the BBC. Previously he was an executive producer in the indie sector: credits include Who Do You Think You Are? and 24 Hours in A&E.
  • Melanie McFadyean is a freelance journalist and has written for lots of newspapers and magazines among them The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, Observer, Marie Claire, Granta and the London Review of Books. She has also worked on TV documentaries and in radio.
  • Sacha Mirzoeff is an Executive Producer for BBC documentaries. As a filmmaker he pushes the boundaries of television by approaching difficult subjects with the conviction that real stories surpass the best fiction. He has previously won two Grierson Awards for Protecting our Children and Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life.
  • Peter Moore won a Grierson Award for helping transform Jamie Oliver from a celebrity chef into a social campaigner. Unfortunately he misplaced the award before he left the ceremony, which serves as a cautionary tale
  • Kate Muir is the chief film critic of The Times, and a novelist. Previously she worked for the newspaper as a columnist and correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington.
  • David Nath is a Grierson and BAFTA-winning director. His recent films include Bedlam and The Year The Town Hall Shrank. As an executive producer he worked on TV's first ever rig show: The Family.
  • Fergus O’Brien is an Executive Producer with BBC Documentaries. Before that he produced and directed documentaries for all the major UK broadcasters, most recently the RTS award-winning Stephen Fry: Out There and BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive.
  • Nick O'Dwyer trained as a newspaper journalist before working in TV, going on to direct films for all the main UK documentary strands. He now runs Oxford-based documentary company Landmark Films and works mainly as an exec.
  • Kate Ogborn is a BAFTA-winning producer. She set up Fly Film with Lisa Marie Russo in 2009. Kate has produced and executive produced 15 feature films, most recently Hockney directed by Randall Wright.
  • Norma Percy is a patron of the Grierson Trust, known for political documentary series made with Brian Lapping including The Second Russian Revolution, Endgame in Ireland, and recently The Iraq War. Her series are littered with accolades; sixteen major awards for Yugoslavia; and an Emmy for Watergate.
  • Sue Perkins has been a firm favourite on British television for nearly fifteen years and is currently entertaining BBC One viewers with her presenting partner, Mel Giedroyc, as the presenters of The Great British Bake Off. Sue has also worked on a wide range of solo projects, including documentaries on art, popular fiction and history.
  • Ricardo Pollack is an Executive Producer at True North. As a director his films include Police Under Pressure, Great Ormond Street, 18 with a Bullet, Accused and The Trouble with Aid.
  • Ashok Prasad has been making documentary films for BBC & Channel 4 for the past twenty years. Twice nominated for an RTS award, he's also won an Emmy. He's currently making his first series for ITV
  • James Quinn is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and executive producer. He is currently Head of Special Projects at Oxford Film and Television.
  • John Rogerson is Chief Executive of HALO Post Production and also a multi-award winning sound mixer, he has been active in the TV and film business for the last 25 years
  • Colin Salmon is a film and television actor. He has also narrated many documentaries including Wonders of the Monsoon, Empire of Cricket and Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner. He is currently filming Paul Abbot's new show No Offence and recently filmed 24: Live Another Day.
  • Victoria Silver is a freelance executive producer and director. She earned her spurs at the BBC directing on wide-ranging series including The New Eastenders and Property People. Single films include My Fake Baby and Goldsmiths: But is it Art?
  • Sanjay Singhal is CEO of Voltage TV, a new factual indie which he co-founded last year.
  • Chloe Solomon is a freelance executive producer with eighteen years of factual, factual entertainment and documentary programme making experience.
  • Kate Spicer is a journalist for the Sunday Times and a sometime broadcaster, she has presented several TV documentaries for Channel 4, and produced and presented the 2012 indie feature doc, Mission to Lars.
  • Celia Taylor is Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning at Sky Entertainment. Celia also edits the theatrical release documentary strand on Sky Atlantic. Prior to this she was Director of Programmes at Virgin Media.
  • Jonathan Taylor is a freelance documentary-maker specialising in access-driven observational films. Credits include Great Ormond Street and Protecting Our Parents.
  • Jamie Theakston is one of Britain’s top live TV and radio presenters. He has hosted programmes across the major UK networks and narrated BBC documentary series Traffic Cops and Motorway Cops. Jamie is currently filming series two of Forbidden History for the Yesterday Channel.
  • Robert Thirkell’s first produced series Troubleshooter won a BAFTA and he has since won three more. He is now a TV troubleshooter, formatting and restoring hit factual programs, and giving his storytelling seminars worldwide based on his book C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T.
  • Katy Thorogood has been Commissioning Editor, Factual at ITV since 2009. Previous roles include Head of Factual, Features and Formats at North One TV and Director of Programmes at Discovery UK.
  • Rachel Whiteread CBE is an English sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker. She studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic (1982–5) and sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art (1985–7). She was awarded the Turner Prize in 1993 and has exhibited in museums worldwide.
  • Andy Whittaker is the Founder of Dogwoof, establishing the company as the leading film distributor of Documentary and social issue films since 2004. Over the last ten years Dogwoof has been involved in many award-winning films including Food Inc, The Undefeated and Blackfish.
  • Elizabeth Wood is the creator and Director of DocHouse. Established in 2002, she has devoted the last twelve years to promoting independent international documentary in the UK. Formerly a producer/director with her own company and a freelance director in the USA, she has also lectured in documentary at Harvard University, the RCA, and the NFTS.
  • Brian Woods started indie company True Vision, with The Dying Rooms in 1994. Over the last 20 years the company has won BAFTAs, Peabodys, Emmy awards and numerous other honours by producing powerful films about social issues.
  • Hannah Wyatt is Creative Director at Boundless (part of FremantleMedia UK). She’s worked across a range of documentary and factual output, including Watermen: A Dirty Business, BBC Two; The Fried Chicken Shop, Channel Four.