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Alice Ramsey works as Development and Production Executive at Creative England as part of the BFI NETWORK, working with new and emerging writers, directors and producers across England. Prior to joining Creative England, Alice worked at international sales and film finance company Bankside Films, working on projects by such directors as Amma Asante, Michael Winterbottom and David Mackenzie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Caroline joined Creative England during its inception, setting up people processes and policies and shaping our operational infrastructure. Responsible for people strategy, change management and shaping wider corporate strategic planning, Caroline manages a HR & Ops team who ensure the day-to-day ops run smoothly and efficiently across all sites.
Specialising in the creative sector has lead significant organisational development working with people at all levels across film, games, digital, partnerships, marketing, policy and legal. Caroline believes in building a great place to work, a strong company culture based on trust, shared values and core purpose. This means doing what’s best for our people, supporting them through good and bad, and providing an environment in which we can be our email@example.com
Charlotte Wood co-ordinates our ERDF funded project - Hertfordshire ProConnect - a programme of support for the film & TV industry delivering workshops, one-to-one sessions and networking events plus small business grants. Her career started as a Production Coordinator at Twofour Broadcast before branching out into events. Prior to joining Creative England, Charlotte supported the delivery of the Winchester Short Film Festival and contributed to organising events for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, held at the BFI and ITV Studios.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn is Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Creative England, where she is responsible for corporate and marketing strategy as well as strategic business development across commercial and regional partnerships. Prior to this Dawn has enjoyed an award winning and successful 20 year career in leadership roles across entertainment, retail and technology sectors. She was previously Vice President Marketing at Universal Pictures and prior this, UK Marketing Director and Deputy GM at Nintendo UK.
Dawn was responsible for the creation and development of Nintendo UK’s marketing function and over a 10 year period, oversaw the transformation of the video game and entertainment landscape in the UK, directly overseeing the record breaking launch of the Wii, Nintendo DS, Brain Training and Wii Fit in what was the most successful period of Nintendo’s 110 year history.
She is an active member of WACL, the Marketing Society and is a Non Executive Board Member of renowned contemporary dance organisation The Place and the London Contemporary Dance School, having an ardent passion for dance.
Dawn lives in Liverpool with her husband, son and Grover the Labrador.Dawn.Paine@CreativeEngland.co.uk
Haley has over 12 years’ experience in project management across film, investment, talent and skills. As part of our team of creative experts, Haley works closely with emerging and established talent in the moving image sector, implementing and managing the delivery of Creative England's business support and investment offer for screen businesses. Haley provides information and constructive guidance to a large volume of entrepreneurs requiring knowledge and advice in building their creative company in the English regions, as well as offering strong industry connections and sound project email@example.com
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Hayley Armstrong is the Production Liaison Manager for the East & South East of England at Creative England. Part of an England-wide team dedicated to providing a first-class free support service to feature film and TV production to shoot in England outside London. The service provides seamless access to locations, studios, crew, facilities and filming permissions. Hayley is also responsible for developing partnerships with local government and key stakeholders to improve the filming infrastructure and reporting the economic impact of filming activity in the English Regions. Starting out at the Film Commission for Hertfordshire, Hayley has over 18 years’ experience of supporting productions & championing England as a world-class filming firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hope Moon graduated from King’s College London where she studied English Literature. During her time there she interned with Working Title and Ink Factory films. Since then, she has had a varied career in film production both on-set as a director’s assistant and in-house at ITV studios. Now, she is working as assistant to Solomon Nwabueze.email@example.com
Based in our Manchester office, Jackie is part of our investment team and manages our portfolio of tech and digital investments. Before joining CE, Jackie worked in the games sector at SCEE and ran investment funds within the creative sectors in the North East. She’s our cat-loving resident Geordie.Jackie.Boyd@CreativeEngland.co.uk
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Jude manages programmes for new and emerging UK film talent, including the professional development strand of low budget feature filmmaking scheme iFeatures and the short film initiative shortFLIX, aimed at young people aged 18-25. Prior to joining Creative England she worked for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol. Jude has also run international filmmaking workshops, screening programmes and short film competitions for NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema, as well as editing ‘zines covering film festivals all over the firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kate started her career in the glitzy world of TV production, making tea and buying plain digestive biscuits for greats like David Attenborough. She’s since gone on to work as a project manager in both the public and private sector, before joining Creative England in 2014 to deliver the Regional Growth Fund investment programmes.
Kate is a firm believer that riding a bike and eating cheese (not necessarily at the same time) make everything better and attempts to do both things on a daily email@example.com
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Kate works as the Marketing Coordinator within our marketing team in Manchester, developing and implementing marketing strategy and activity of new and existing campaigns. Having joined Creative England in 2016 as a Marketing Assistant, she came from a media agency background, where she managed clients’ social media accounts and firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kate is a Development & Production Executive at Creative England on iFeatures, a UK wide low budget feature film development and production initiative aimed at 1st & 2nd time feature filmmakers funded by Creative England, BFI Film fund and BBC Films. Kate takes overall responsibility for the running of iFeatures, including managing the submission, development and production process. As well as managing the initiative she also feeds in to the development of the projects, working alongside writers, directors and producers. Kate also works across TV scripted drama development under Creative England’s joint venture with eOne. Previously to working at Creative England, Kate worked for Lifesize pictures exec producing short films on new talent schemes such as Cinema Extreme and Digital Shorts for the UK Film council. She has worked with filmmakers from all across the UK, script editing shorts and managing national programmes such as the UK Film Council’s Directors Lab at EIFF. Kate also works as a freelance assessor/script reader for Collabor8te, Northern Ireland Screen, the Royal Exchange Bruntwood Competition, BBC Drama and for production companies Crybaby Films, Poisson Rouge Pictures and Duck Soup.email@example.com
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Laura Taylor recently joined the team as an assistant to the Creative England marketing team, her main role being social media management and content creation.
Her background is mainly in administration, as well as freelance digital marketing. She took an interest in social media analytics, as well as general promotional work during her time as a freelance, making Creative England a perfect place to explore her interests.
Before that, she was an English Literature student at Lincoln University, where she developed a strong passion for classic literature and theoretical firstname.lastname@example.org
Leon Francis provides a comprehensive production liaison service to all companies looking to film within the South East and East of England. Leon has a background collaborating on multiple art platforms as a Producer and Project Coordinator. He has worked alongside production companies, artists and freelancers on national and international projects mainly in the North East, New Zealand and Sweden for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. In addition, he has also provided support and advice on regional and national funding applications as an Adviser for both the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.email@example.com
Linda manages the administration of Creative England’s funds, working closely with delivery teams and Finance and Operations dept. to ensure that all awards processes and procedures are delivered effectively and efficiently. She also co-ordinates funding meetings and ensures accurate records are taken and maintained. Linda has been with Creative England since its inception in 2011, having transferred from the regional screen agency in the East Midlands. Her previous work experience covered a variety of roles in sales and customer service within the commercial firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt is Creative England’s Investment Officer and based in the Bristol Office. Matt is responsible for the monitoring and management of the recoupment from investments. Matt also provides support to the investment team during the investment process.
Matt has previous experience working in the private financial sector, and responsible for the reconciliation of client money assets email@example.com
Mehjabeen is our Operations leader, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across Creative England. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen also oversees the financial functions ensuring that all areas of Creative England are aligned with the strategic objectives set by the CEO and Board.firstname.lastname@example.org
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At Creative England Paul has backed filmmakers through our
Emerging and Production funds, BFI NETWORK programmes iShorts and iWrite, and Sky partnership shortflix. He was Executive Producer on Rachel Tunnard’s BIFA and Tribeca winning Adult Life Skills, Matt Palmer’s Michael Powell Award winning Netflix Original thriller Calibre, Justin Edgar’s brummie noir The Marker, Toby Macdonald’s comic-romance Old Boys, and the shortflix films which transmitted on Sky Arts in 2018. He has been Exec on numerous shorts including BAFTA/BIFA nominated Emotional Fusebox, Real Gods Require Blood which premiered at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, Ernestine and Kit which was IFTA nominated and premiered at SXSW, and multi-award-winning festival favourites A six & two threes, A Father’s Day, The Pig Child and many more. He is Executive Producer on forthcoming Creative England features which include Irene’s Ghost, The Hippies, White Riot, Snodgrass and Dawn of the Dark Fox. Further films which have converted from his Emerging development slate include Westwood (Sundance premiere, released 2018), England is Mine (Edinburgh closing gala film, released 2017), and The Ritual (Toronto premiere, BIFA winning, released 2017) and forthcoming films Days of the Bagnold Summer, How to Sell a War, The Drifters and more. Paul now oversees the wider Film team work, which includes: the iFeatures programme with three new films in the pipeline – Make Up, Perfect Ten and The Retreat – following on from the recent success of Lady Macbeth, The Levelling and Apostasy; and the West Midlands Production Fund, which recently backed the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated The Girl With All the Gifts, and BIFA and BAFTA nominated Jawbone.
Paul was previously Development Producer at the BBC, where his credits included OSCAR and BAFTA nominated shorts Wish 143 and Turning, and BAFTA-nominated feature Shifty. His work with talent at BBC writersroom has seen BAFTA, RTS, SONY, PRIX ITALIA, IMISON and TINNISWOOD award-winning drama and comedy produced across television and radio - from Mike Bartlett’s first drama on BBC radio, to Wolfblood on CBBC, to The Last Hours of Laura K online. Paul began his career in new writing theatre and his book The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio is published by Bloomsbury.email@example.com
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Pippa supports the delivery of the Emerging Talent Fund at Creative England, working with first-time feature filmmaking talent, and is the first point of contact for Film team enquires. She graduated from Falmouth University in 2014 where she studied Film and previously worked at ITV.mailto:Philippa.Day@creativeengland.co.uk
Rachel Johnson is
Head of Marketing & PR at Creative England, responsible for the brand marketing strategy across the company including government, regional and commercial partnerships. Prior to this, Rachel has gained over 12 years experience across multiple creative sectors including Film, TV, Gaming, Theatre, Music, Art and live cultural events. A creative marketer who is passionate about driving change and equality of opportunity for the creative industries through innovative campaigns, Rachel has worked in strategic marketing roles for global companies such as Universal Pictures, Midway Games and Sony Pictures in London and Sydney.
Now based in Manchester, Rachel has played a pivotal role in raising Creative England’s company profile, developing the company’s first ever brand campaign ‘England is Creative’ and recently launched ‘Be More Creative’ - a multi-year campaign celebrating regional creativity across the country, with high profile events in Manchester and Leeds.
Rachel joined the finance team based in Bristol in 2017 and is responsible for processing the day to day transactions of Creative England, reconciling accounts and supporting the rest of the finance team. She has 3 years previous experience working within the finance department of a small Bristol based company with similar firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray is part of the film team working with filmmakers through the Emerging Talent fund.
For Creative England, Ray has worked on the iShorts and ShortFLIX schemes as an assessor and script editor. He has also script edited ‘Casualty’ for BBC1 and various projects in development for CBBC. At the BBC’s Writersroom he helped shortlist scripts for various competitions as well as recommending writers to the development team. Ray is currently a script consultant at the New Renaissance Film Festival, a lecturer in screenwriting at Regent’s University, London and a visiting tutor at Central Saint Martin's and Bournemouth Universities.
Ray is also an award-winning writer who has worked in film, television, radio and theatre. He has developed projects with writers such as Jeremy Brock and producers including Michael Wearing. He has created original one-off dramas for television as well as working on established series. He was also part of a team of writers who created a late-night series for Channel 4 and his Radio 4/World Service dramas were recorded in Mumbai with a cast of Bollywood email@example.com
Sagra works as a Finance Officer within the accounts department. Her role is to support and work closely with the Finance Manager to ensure the transparency of the business by keeping an accurate record of all financial transactions.
Areas of responsibility: Purchase Ledger, Sales Ledger, Cash Book and Bank Reconciliation, VAT Returns, Payroll, Grants and Investments and Claims.firstname.lastname@example.org
Hailing from Liverpool, Sam graduated First Class from the University of Liverpool in English and Communication Studies, 2015. Always wanting to pursue a career in film, Sam’s first job in the industry was as a Production Assistant for film production company, Hurricane Films, during the development of their BAFTA nominated feature, Sunset Song. Over the years, she has worked on several independent projects, and recently produced her own short film.Sam.Rifkin@creativeengland.co.uk
Sam works as part of the Games and Digital programme for Creative England, liaising with new talent and established studios to help create new content and share ideas. He is interested in accelerating society towards the future through innovation, imagination and great panache.Sam.Rushton@creativeengland.co.uk
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Solomon previously ran PaperPlaneMedia, a visual media business helping to evolve strategic commercial relationships with talent, producers and distributors for clients such as Warner Bros, ITV, Sony Pictures and Universal Music International. Prior to this, Nwabueze was SVP, Content/IP and Co-Productions for EMEA and Asia-Pacific (Fremantlemedia). In this role, responsible for identifying partnership opportunities and acquiring new content in EMEA and Asia-Pacific; focusing on IP to be exploited across multiple platforms. Also, he established Sony BMG’s visual media division, working as part of the senior management team to expand the company’s UK business. He also held the role of Director Acquisitions & Mergers at Warner Music International, during which time he was responsible for the acquisition of The Sopranos and Sex And The City and devised and negotiated the output deals with Comedy Central that spawned the South Park series, which went on to become one of the most successful animated sitcom properties of all time. Prior to this time he worked for BBC TV, Polygram International and Sony Music.email@example.com
Tara is our Assistant to the CEO Caroline Norbury; is responsible for extensive diary management, coordinating projects and events, as well as servicing internal and external communications on Caroline's behalf.
Tara was a Floor Manager and a Production Manager at the BBC for 15 years, and then was at News International as Picture Manager, at The Times, before she reinvented her career as an Executive Assistant.
Tara has since supported a number of CEO’s, in many different industries, newspaper, healthcare, oil and IT. She loves her job at Creative England and all the aspects of it! No two days are ever the same, and it can be firstname.lastname@example.org
For 10 year’s Tim has been helping supporting, digital and tech companies make their business ambitions a reality. Having started out running his own audio engineering company, he moved on to the Arts Council where he helped bring large Creative infrastructure projects to life. His passion for innovative and disruptive technology brought him to Creative England where he has managed the South West Innovation Network and most recently Creative England’s national equity investment email@example.com
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Tony is the Project Manager in our Games & Digital Team, specialising in supporting early stage indie digital studios with funding and business support. Previously he has managed similar projects for small firms in agriculture, construction, green technologies, and urban regeneration, starting out in 1980 with youth homelessness and mental health projects after uni studying computers. He has worked on compliance checking for government and written two novels.Tony.Baldwinson@creativeengland.co.uk
Zorana Piggott has 15 years’ experience in the film industry and is well respected for her work on shorts and feature films such as ‘Couple In A Hole’ which was entered into Toronto International Film Festival and won several prizes at the Dinard British Film Festival in October 2015.
Creative England welcomed Zorana to the role of Exec Producer in January firstname.lastname@example.org