Judges, reviewers and chairmen

  • BARRY ACKROYD is an award winning cinematographer whose recent credits include Ken Loach's, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Paul Greengrass's United 93, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war film, The Hurt Locker for which he was Oscar nominated.
  • LYNN ALLEWAY’s first film, Quality Time won the Broadcasting Press Guild Best Documentary Award in 1996 - and she went on to become a BBC executive producer, directing seven Modern Times documentaries, and now shoots, produces and directs films for all the major broadcasters.
  • DAISY ASQUITH makes documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC. Her first series was the multi award-winning 15. She also made House Clearers, Marrying a Stranger, Clowns, Liz Smith’s Summer Cruise and the 5 year project with immigrant children, My New Home, due for broadcast on Channel 4 this Autumn.
  • TODD AUSTIN is Chief Creative Officer at Leopard Films with a wealth of experience across genres. He devised and was the Series Editor of BBC One's BAFTA winning documentary strand ONE life. Credits include Autistic Superstars (BBC Three), I Swear I Can't Help It (BBC One) and due for theatric release Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake in 3D.
  • TERRY BACK is Partner, head of Media and Entertainment Group for Grant Thornton and is responsible for the development of the firm's Media and Entertainment Group, with a particular operational focus on television and film.
  • CHRISTINE BARDSLEY has had a varied career including stints working overseas and became a Film Adviser at the British Council in 2001, working to promote new British work to international audiences. She curates programmes and advises on selection for screenings of British short and feature films at international festivals and events.
  • JOHN BATTSEK conceived and produced Passion Pictures’ first feature, One Day in September, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and an EMMY in 2000. John has since accrued a slate of over twenty acclaimed documentary films including Once in a Lifetime, Black Sun, In the Shadow of the Moon, My Kid Could Paint That, Sergio and The Tillman Story.
  • GEOFF BOXSHALL is a researcher at the Natural History Museum where he studies the evolutionary history of all kinds of crustaceans, from parasites to plankton. He has carried out fieldwork all over the world, from Lake Baikal in Siberia to caves in Sulawesi, and has collected and described over 200 new species.
  • MARK BOYD is co-founder of new creative company, Gravity Road. Previously he was Creative Director and Head of Content at advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) and a Partner of BBH London.
  • NATASCHA CADLE is Facility Director at ENVY, the company she established with her husband. It is one of the leading post houses in the UK and has won has won the Best Post Production House at the Broadcast Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  • MEREDITH CHAMBERS is Twenty Twenty’s Creative Director and has produced a wide range of hit television – from I’m A Celebrity.’ to BAFTA award-winning documentaries for the BBC. He was previously Commissioning Editor for Channel 4’s Cutting Edge series, and as a producer delivered the likes of Survivor and Pop Idol.
  • MANDY CHANG is an experienced freelance director/producer who has won many awards for her work, including two Griersons and an EMMY. Programmes include Hello Culture, Visions of Space, The State of Texas, Sons of Cuba, Howard Goodall’s Great Dates and The Mona Lisa Curse.
  • DAVID CLEWS films include the critically acclaimed Surviving Gazza about Paul Gascoigne’s family’s struggle with his alcoholism and the Grierson nominated Boys from the Brown Stuff, following the men who work in London’s sewers. In 2009 David made the Grierson and BAFTA nominated series The Family. For the last 18 months he's been making Educating Essex for Channel 4.
  • JAMES COHEN is a multi-award winning filmmaker who has been making high profile documentaries for all the main channels for over fifteen years. His latest project was the Strangeways series, a smash hit for ITV1, transmitted in May. James is about to launch a new independent company called Genie Pictures
  • JAIMIE D’CRUZ is a producer/director with a background in music journalism. His credits include polemics about contemporary cultural issues, a late night talk show on underground culture, and a campaigning series about factory farming - the Grierson-nominated Hugh’s Chicken Run. Jaimie’s first feature documentary, Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop, won a Grierson Award and was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award and a BAFTA.
  • TIM DAMS is editor of Televisual, the leading magazine for the TV, film and commercials industries. He has also written extensively on film and television for Screen International, Broadcast, The Guardian and Media Week. He is membership secretary of the Broadcasting Press Guild and a board member of Ability Media.
  • SIMON DICKSON is Creative Director of Dragonfly Film & Television Productions. Between 2006 and May 2011, he was Deputy Head of Documentaries at Channel 4, where he was responsible for the Channel's 9pm series strategy. He co-created and commissioned the highly successful Dragonfly series The Hotel, The Family, and One Born Every Minute (BAFTA Best Factual Series 2010).
  • TAYLOR DOWNING is founder of Flashback Television and has produced more than 200 documentaries in the last ten years including many award winning programmes. In addition to his television work, Taylor is also a writer of many successful history books including most recently Spies in the Sky about photo intelligence in WW2.
  • MARCUS DU SAUTOY is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He has presented a number of programmes for the BBC, including The Story of Maths and, most recently, The Code.
  • GEORGE DUFFIELD has been producing feature films under the banner of Arcane Pictures for 8 years. He has recently started producing documentaries including Olly and Suzi for BBC's Storyville and Rupert Murray's The End of The Line. On the back of the film’s success he has started a campaign to fund a global network of marine reserves. He is an international award winning wildlife photographer.
  • IAN DUNCAN is a Director of Windfall Films. His standout films include The Elements (RTS Award) The Curse of the Methuselah Tree (Best Environmental Film, Jackson Hole,) The Dambusters (RTS Award), Playing Out, and the recent major BBC drama documentary about the sinking of HMS Coventry, Sea of Fire.
  • CHRIS DURLACHER is an award-winning documentary maker. His George Orwell - A Life In Pictures won a Grierson and an EMMY. One reviewer said, “It changed the rules for bio-pics”. Recent work includes documentaries about the peace process in Northern Ireland, uncertainty in science, and the history of documentary.
  • VANESSA ENGLE is a documentary maker and has made over 50 films. Most recently, she has written, produced and directed six consecutive three-part documentary series for BBC Television. These are Money, Women, Jews, Lefties, Art & the 60s and Britart.
  • INGRID FALCK has been producing, directing and exec producing documentaries for some 25 years, winning an education BAFTA, two RTS education awards, two Japan Prizes, a Wincott award plus an International EMMY nomination. Currently she works at Al Jazeera English, overseeing the editorial output of Witness and other series and commissioning international documentaries.
  • AMY FLANAGAN has worked on a wide range of factual television for the last 13 years. Past credits include the BAFTA winning Feltham Sings, Victorian Sex Explorer (winner of RTS Best History) and she has recently finished producing the 14 part series, 24 Hours in A&E for Channel 4. She is currently working at The Garden Productions.
  • ELLEN FLEMING is The Grierson Trust's legal adviser and, until recently, was a partner at London law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse, specialising in corporate and commercial work for the media sector.
  • SIMON FORD is a freelance Executive Producer working across a diverse range of documentary projects. Previously he was at the BBC. At the documentaries department there he was responsible for a raft of award winning programmes including The Tower: A Tale of Two Cities, and The Secret Policeman. Recent credits for Channel 4 include The Hospital and Jamie Oliver's American Road Trip.
  • JILL FRANKLIN is Managing Director of Franklin Rae, one of the leading PR agencies working in the media industry. In 2009 Franklin Rae was awarded the PR industry's 'gold standard' – the CMS – by industry body the PRCA, an accolade held by only 5% of PR agencies in the country.
  • MARIELLA FROSTRUP presents The Book Show on Sky Arts 1 and Open Book on Radio 4. She is a regular columnist for a variety of broadsheets and magazines.
  • DAISY GOODWIN is a television producer, writer and founder of Silver River Productions where she has executive produced programmes like Pulling, The Supersizers Eat and the BAFTA winning Off By Heart.
  • PETRA GRAF is a Swiss born, distinguished camera woman with 20 years experience. She has collaborated with many award winning filmmakers and worked on numerous sensitive access projects in the most challenging environments.
  • PETER GRIMSDALE is a freelance author and executive producer who has held a number of commissioning posts at the BBC and Channel 4 including History, Religion, Features and Cross-Platform. He has just completed Jonathan Dimbleby's South American Journey for BBC Two and a Dispatches for Channel 4 on the activities of ex-Prime Ministers.
  • CHRIS HARRIS has worked as a cinema programmer for City Screen since 2007. 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.
  • JONATHAN HEWES is Deputy Chief Executive and Head of International at Wall to Wall. He is involved in the development and production of a wide range of the company’s programming, with particular responsibility for internationally co-financed programming.
  • STEVE HEWLETT writes regularly for The Guardian and presents Radio 4’s The Media Show. Steve was editor of Panorama at the BBC and was Director of Programmes for Carlton Television having previously been Head of Factual Programmes and Features at Channel 4. He was the Chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest until last year.
  • RACHEL HILLMAN manages the broadcast strategy for the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds. She works with the film, broadcast, games and interactive media industries to promote innovative science content in programming of all genres.
  • EMMA HINDLEY is a freelance executive producer working across a range of historical and contemporary documentaries. As a series producer at the BBC she was responsible for a number of archive based social history series including The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon and The Lost World Of Friese-Greene for BBC Two and The Secret Life Of The Motorway for BBC Four.
  • CHRISTOPHER HIRD is the founder of Dartmouth Films which focuses on films that make a difference; pioneers new ways of funding and distributing films; and encourages new and emerging talent. From 2000 to 2004 he was the chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival; and was chair of the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation.
  • ANGELA HOLDSWORTH is an independent executive producer. She began her television career in Current Affairs at the BBC working on political and investigative documentaries, before moving to documentaries. She was author and series producer of the award-winning history series Out of the Doll’s House and strand editor of various programmes including Crimewatch UK and Taking Liberties.
  • TOM HOLLAND is the author of three books on ancient history. He is currently working on a translation of Herodotus for Penguin Classics. He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History, and will present two TV documentaries this autumn. He is the Chair of the Society of Authors.
  • NICK HORNBY is a Channel 4 Commissioning Editor. His credits as a Director and Executive Producer include The Model Agency, Leaving Home at 8, Jonathan King: Life on the Outside, Kerry and Me, The Hospital Series 1 and 2 and the Grierson-nominated The Artful Codgers.
  • LUCY KELLAWAY is a columnist and associate editor of the Financial Times. She is a non-executive director of Admiral plc.
  • SIMON KELNER is the Editor In Chief at the Independent and Independent on Sunday.
  • TIM KIRBY is an award-winning producer-director and series producer with wide experience of arts and history documentaries, drama-docs and dramas. Credits include Simon Schama’s History of Britain, The Genius of Photography, The Genius of Design and Ancient Worlds. He was also commissioning editor (history) at Channel 4.
  • ROGER LAUGHTON currently chairs the Screen Heritage Programme Board, overseeing a plans to preserve and provide access to Britain's screen archives. 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.
  • JACQUIE LAWRENCE has a 20 year career in commissioning and producing documentaries. At Channel 4 she commissioned award-winning documentaries like the Oscar nominated Celluloid Closet and at Sky she commissioned the BAFTA winning first series of Ross Kemp on Gangs the popular Julie Burchill’s Chavs. As an Executive Producer at World of Wonder she has worked on films for most UK broadcasters.
  • RALPH LEE is Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4 and along with a team of four commissioners is responsible for history, science, religion and arts programmes.
  • BEATRIJS LELYVELD is Head of Editorial at ITN Source, the leading provider of archive footage material, featuring international news and events, entertainment, music, wildlife and newsreels from 1896 to the present day.
  • ANDREA LEVY is the author of five novels. Her novel Small Island won the Orange Prize in 2004, and the Whitbread Book of the Year. It was adapted into a major BBC TV drama in 2009. Her latest novel, The Long Song, was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and was the winner of Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. She lives and works in London.
  • DAVID LIDDIMENT is a non-executive director of All3Media. He is also an associate of The Old Vic Theatre Company and a member of the BBC Trust. Formerly Director of Programmes and Channels at ITV, he was also Head of Entertainment at the BBC. His commissions included Pop Idol, Fat Friends, and Men Behaving Badly. Whilst working for Granada Television he was an executive producer on Coronation Street.
  • GREGOR LYON is a film editor. He has worked on many award winning feature length documentaries. He lives in London.
  • KEVIN MACDONALD is the Oscar winning director of One Day in September. His other documentaries include Being Mick and Touching the Void. Kevin has also directed the acclaimed Last King of Scotland and State of Play starring Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren.
  • URSULA MACFARLANE is a director whose credits include The Life and Loss of Karen Woo, about the British doctor murdered in Afghanistan, (ITV1); Breaking Up With The Joneses (Cannel 4), nominated for four BAFTAs and a Grierson; Abortion: The Choice (BBC Two); and My First Year (Channel 4), an innovative series about 11 year olds starting secondary school.
  • WILLIE MACKENZIE has been a campaigner with Greenpeace UK for ten years. He specializes in oceans work, including fisheries, sustainable seafood, bluefin tuna, whaling and marine reserves. As well as spending time on Greenpeace ships, and being an enthusiastic blogger, Willie has written a short book called Stop the Whaling (2008).
  • SARFRAZ MANZOOR is a journalist, author and broadcaster who regularly writes for The Guardian and The Observer. He was previously a deputy commissioning editor for Channel 4.
  • JAMES MARSH is a director of both documentary and narrative feature films. His work includes the documentaries Project Nim, Man On Wire, and Wisconsin Death Trip. His feature and dramatic work includes The King and Red Riding 1980. He is currently in post-production on Shadow Dancer, a feature film starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough.
  • MORGAN MATTHEWS is founder Minnow Films, a company that has become known for its work with both exciting new talent and established, award-winning directors. At Minnow Morgan has 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 nominated for the powerful Scenes from a Teenage Killing.
  • CHARLOTTE MOORE is Commissioning editor for documentaries at the BBC and is responsible for a broad range of films across all the channels from Welcome to Lagos, Between Life and Death, Terry Pratchett's Choosing to Die, Bruce Parry's Arctic, Lambing Live, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Poor Kids and The Bomb Squad. Previously she was Head of Documentaries at IWC.
  • JANE MOTE is Managing Director of Current UK – the pioneering, independent TV channel for fearless storytellers. She started in newspapers before joining the BBC where she created BBC London the first tri-media operation. Following the Community Channel she joined UKTV becoming Director of Factual, Lifestyle and Multiplatform.
  • VANESSA MYRIE is a Sales Executive at Deluxe 142 with 18 years’ experience in post-production. She has spent several years working with Isaac Julien on many of his films which culminated in collaboration between Isaac Julien and Russell Maliphant at Sadler’s Wells in a performance of Cast No Shadow.
  • LOUISE NORMAN is a freelance Executive Producer. She has made programmes for all the major broadcasters many of which have been award nominated. She produced SAS - Embassy Siege, which won a Grierson in 2002, and in 2009 was the BBC Executive Producer on the Grierson Best Documentary Series Iran and the West.
  • FERGUS O’BRIEN made the hit series The Armstrongs, which achieved cult status on BBC2 in 2006. His other credits include the landmark Channel 4 series Benefit Busters, and also Seven Days as well as Life & Death on the NHS for ITV1. He’s currently making two major documentary series for the BBC for broadcast in 2012.
  • ANDREW PALMER is the creative director at KEO Films. He began his career as a cameraman before moving to direct and shoot documentaries mainly for the BBC and Channel 4. In 1996 he set up KEO films with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and has subsequently gone on to oversee 100’s of hours of programming for broadcasters both sides of the Atlantic
  • RUTH PITT is an executive producer at Tiger Aspect Productions. She was formerly Executive Director of Screen England; creative director of documentaries in BBC Religion and Ethics; head of documentaries at Granada Television; executive producer at Century Films; reporter/presenter at Yorkshire Television and founder and managing director of Real Life Productions.
  • JANE POYNOR began her career in medical documentaries and training videos, COI information films and commercials. Jane now heads up Shell International’s in-house production team producing short documentaries, product and training videos, and social media releases for Shell’s global businesses for internal and external audiences.
  • CHARLIE RUSSELL is a filmmaker whose most recent documentary was Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die. He has made acclaimed films for the BBC and Channel 4 about elderly Nazis, eight-year-old girls going to boarding school, amateur pilots having mid-life crises, and his grandmother, the author Dame Beryl Bainbridge.
  • MIKE SALISBURY worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for over thirty years. He started as an assistant producer and recent years Mike has been the Series Producer for five of David Attenborough’s landmark series; Lost Worlds Vanished Lives, The Private Life of Plants, The Life of Birds, The Life Of Mammals and most recently Life In The Undergrowth.
  • ANDRÉ SINGER originally directed films for and eventually ran the Disappearing World series, went on to commission independent documentaries for the BBC (creating the Fine Cut series) and produced many international documentaries in the independent sector. He works extensively with Werner Herzog; is CEO of Spring Films and Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
  • FIONA STOURTON is a multi award winning Executive Producer who started her career in the BBC Hausa Service. She has worked in factual programming in BBC News and Current affairs, Music and Arts and at Channel 4 News. In 2006, she left the BBC to join the independent sector.
  • MAGNUS TEMPLE co-founded The Garden last year with Nick Curwin where their first series on air was 24 Hours in A&E. Before that they ran Dragonfly, overseeing projects like One Born Every Minute and The Family. As a Director and Exec, Magnus has had four films Grierson nominated, but no winners!
  • LOUIS THEROUX makes documentaries for the BBC. His films explore the human dimension of unusual behavior and off beat lifestyles, especially in America. He has won numerous accolades including two BAFTAs and an RTS award.
  • ROGER THOMPSON is a Producer/Director and Executive Producer who has worked for the BBC on Bookmark and Omnibus. Latterly he was as Commissioning Executive for the Storyville strand.
  • DANIEL VERNON graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2005 and has made several acclaimed documentaries for broadcast including The Man Who Eats Badgers & other Strange Tales from Bodmin Moor which was nominated for a Grierson and won a BAFTA for Break-Through Talent.
  • SARAH WALDRON directed documentaries for all the BBC channels before Series Producing the second season of Born Survivors for BBC Three and most recently Women, Weddings War and Me. She has just started Series Producing This World for BBC Current Affairs.
  • PETER WEIL has been CEO of CTVC since June 2009. His experience includes nine years at Discovery where he was promoted to Senior Vice President, fifteen years at the BBC where he ran three departments, edited Wogan and produced Panorama and Newsnight as well as setting up the independent production company Barraclough Carey North.
  • RACHEL WEXLER runs Bungalow Town Productions and has a strong track record in making highly individual documentaries for worldwide audiences. She has produced films for international theatrical and DVD distribution and broadcasters worldwide. Her films have exhibited at film festivals across the globe and won dozens of awards, including an EMMY for The English Surgeon.
  • BRIAN WINSTON, an ex-Grierson trustee, has written extensively on the documentary (eg Claiming the Real; Lies, Damn Lies and Documentaries) and has a US prime time EMMY for documentary scriptwriting (for WNET). He has scripted an Irish feature documentary on Robert Flaherty, A Boatload of Wild Irishmen (for TG4).
  • ADAM WISHART is an award-winning documentary maker and writer. He won the Grierson Award for the Best Science Documentary in 2007 for Monkeys, Rats and Me, a film about animal rights and experimentation. And was runner up for the Royal Society Best Science Book for ONE IN THREE: a son's journey in the history and science of cancer.
  • ELIZABETH WOOD is the creator and Director of DocHouse, established in 2002, she has devoted the last nine years to promoting independent 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.