Allison Coucher 2020 mentor
Allison has worked in the Telecommunications Industry for 25 years and is currently enjoying working in Sky Technology as a Service Strategy Manager, focusing on customer experience in the connected home. As part of her role she focuses on ensuring Sky customers are able to enjoy all of the great content that they love, understanding their future requirements and defining a strategy to accommodate our customers growing needs in their connected life, work, health and home. Having had a fantastic mentor who has coached her, Allison is very keen to “pay it forward” and to share her learnings and experiences with a mentee, along with learning and growing herself, and is excited to be working with Rise. In her spare time Allison is mum to a 9 year old daughter and loves to spend time with her friends and family, ride her horses and go out on family bike rides.
Anna Lockwood 2020 mentor
Anna Lockwood is an experienced media industry executive and is currently the Head of Global Sales at Telstra Broadcast Services. Anna and her team work at the convergence of the traditional broadcast industry with leading-edge telecommunications and digital platforms, and focus on bringing innovative solutions and services to the media and sports industry. In addition to her role at Telstra, Anna is a board member of the EGAA (Esports Games Association Australia), represents Telstra on the Board of Directors of IABM, and is active in industry initiatives around sports, innovation and women in technology.
Anne-Louise Buick is Vice President, Global Field and Channel Marketing at Avid, responsible for successfully leading Avid’s global field marketing organization, key strategic partner sales and marketing plans to drive revenue as well as worldwide channel engagement. Prior to joining Avid, Anne-Louise was Head of Media Marketing and Communications at Ericsson, overseeing all marcomms activities for their Media Solutions business. Having worked within the broadcast technology space for over 17 years, Anne-Louise has held senior marketing positions; at IP video technology manufacturer Exterity, where she was responsible for its entire global marketing and communications strategy; a specialist Pay TV subscriber management company and consulted on marketing niche digital archive monetization projects.
Catriona Tate is experienced business leader with a strong sales and marketing track record in broadcast, TV Technology, OTT streaming and media companies. She has held senior business development, key account and marketing strategy roles at Red Bee Media, Simplestream Ltd, Ericsson Broadcast, The Guardian and in Advertising agencies. Her clients have included Disney, Discovery, UKTV, Sky, BBC Studios, Virgin, Eir, OSN, EE, Freeview, Youview, Channel 4, Viacom, Little Dot Studios and BAFTA. She loves working at the forefront of next-generation TV services at Simplestream and is proud to work with innovative and respected key broadcasters, platforms and content owners in the UK and internationally. Her core focus is new business strategy, identifying and pitching new opportunities, growing profitable client relationships and partnerships, networking and presenting, leading teams; pitches and projects. She’s also done her fair share of brand strategy, creative development and B2B marketing.
Claire is an Account Director for Red Bee Media which operates at the front line of the broadcast industry delivering critical services for the world’s leading broadcasters. She has worked across the media space, delivering strategic and high profile launches, as a founding member of one of the first cloud based production platforms, Aframe, as a digital specialist for the UK and European research funds, and as a Board Member of UK5G.
Colleen Relle 2020 mentor
After graduating from The University of Gloucestershire with a Broadcast Journalism degree, Colleen started her broadcast career as a Reserve Assistant at the BBC. Whilst keeping up the day job, she had her sights set on vision mixing so she used every bit of her spare time to get into the television gallery and studio floor to learn, quickly working her way up to becoming a Floor Manager for both national and international news programmes. After a year, Colleen then secured her dream job…vision mixing. During her time, she worked on various high profile events such as the Presidential Elections, UK Elections and the channel’s coverage of BAFTA Red Carpet, and within 8 months of being in the job, she found herself vision mixing the BBC’s flagship programmes. Colleen has also travelled to India as part of a launch team for four different BBC language services, which included programming the vision mixer and training the local staff. With automation changing the status quo in many places, and making vision mixing a somewhat dying craft, Colleen took redundancy from the BBC at the end of last year and is now a freelance Vision Mixer.
David Joel 2020 mentor
David Joel is Client Services director at Vubiquity responsible for the delivery of all content services to International customers. Having spent 23 years within various iterations of ITV from regional airtime sales through to scheduling, acquisitions and presentation David has many years experience as a customer and supplier. As a manager of large diverse teams delivering multiple services across the content supply chain including insource, outsource and 3rd Party supplier management David brings experience into team building and employee development across multiple disciplines.
Fiona is currently the Head of Post Production and Engineering for EMEA at A+E Networks in London. During her 5 years at A+E Networks she quietly transitioned the team from Avid to Premiere and helped them move towards virtual and automated workflows, she has helped launch numerous channels mainly through good resourcing of people and technology, using a LOT of lists she organized the technology move from the old office to a brand a new purpose built facility. She is also part of the Senior Operations team that recently navigated the migration of compliance and playout services within an intense 4 month period after a service provider abruptly ceased trading. She has 20 years of experience working in TV starting out in Bristol. With the ambition of becoming a TV editor, she made the rounds of Soho machine rooms but she seemed to be more drawn to wiring up the racks than learning “The Craft”. In her former life in Australia she was a Web Designer and Programmer. She has a husband that also works in broadcast and a daughter. In her spare time she runs whilst listening to a lot of heavy metal.
Gemma is an accomplished Director at BT Sport joining the team for the launch of the Champions League after 10 years at Sky Sports. Gemma Directs both Match and Presentation across BT’s Flagship Football programming, the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, and the Women’s Super League amongst others, and recently Directed Premier League matches for Amazon during their Launch of Live Football Streaming service. Gemma has recently also taken a lead from a production perspective on BT Sports remote broadcasting projects, including the World first Broadcast of a Football match over 5G.
Kate Wendelboe is a trained executive coach and Head of Strategy for a portfolio of BT’s smaller businesses. Previously she was Director of BT Media & Broadcast after doing proposition development, business development, and strategy. Before joining BT, Kate was at Reuters working in marketing communications and then journalism. She was one of the team that started Reuters Insider, Reuters’ OTT platform for financial professionals. Kate left Reuters to study for an MBA at Cambridge’s Judge Business School where she specialised in Culture, Arts and Media Management. Kate is married with two sons and, after living in the States, Hong Kong and Switzerland, is now based in London. If she had unlimited free time, she would be training for an Ironman Triathlon, learning to code, and writing a best-selling novel.
Kathryn Lancaster 2020 mentor
Kat has been at Sky since 2004, starting out as a Broadcast Support Engineer in the Broadcast Computing Operations team, supporting the in-house Graphics solutions for Sky Sports and Sky News. Working both at Osterley and on Outside Broadcasts around the UK and Internationally. Over the years Kat has been involved in many projects and changes, launching Sky News HD, Sky Sports News HD, multiple Elections, rebrands, implementing many new systems and channel launches, the most recent being Sky Sports Racing. In her role as Graphics & Data Support Manager she manages a number of teams, consisting of 30+ Engineers & Technical Specialists, providing 24/7 support, project design and delivery of Graphics solutions. The most recent team achievements have been Sky News’ 2019 Election and the Sky Sports Premier League Set. Every day is different and every day is (mostly) an enjoyable challenge.
Katie Colledge, senior communications manager, EMEA, Blackmagic Design Having worked in technology PR for over a decade and leading successful campaigns for start ups, household brands and global IT companies, Katie came to the broadcast industry five years ago to join Blackmagic Design as a senior communications manager. As part of a proactive in-house team, Katie drives the manufacturer’s Broadcast and Live customer content programme, working with studio managers, national and local broadcasters and live production teams across Europe, who rely on Blackmagic Design’s video production systems for their projects.
Kylie Jenner 2020 mentor
Kylie has been working in the Sports television industry for over 25 years and has been a director for the past 10 years. In the course of her career she has worked for Sky Sports, Setanta, ESPN, ITV Sport and BT Sport. In that time she has been a studio director on a variety of programming, including football. She has covered the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League as well as the last three Football European Championships and Men’s World Cups and the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Most recently she has setup and directed BT Sports’ Champions League Goals Show and Amazon Prime’s Every Game, Every Goal which were both nominated for industry awards. She currently directs BT Sport Score.
Lisa is responsible for delivering IABM’s international marketing strategy together with its tactical implementation across all channels. In addition, Lisa looks after IABM’s membership process, ensuring that our current members take advantage of our incredible range of benefits, as well as raising awareness of these benefits to the whole vendor community to further grow IABM’s reach, influence and membership. Organising and expanding IABM’s range of events and exhibition presence, our CRM, Website, Social Media and Publications also fall under Lisa’s remit. Lisa is also your key contact for any enquiries regarding Press & PR. Lisa would be delighted to hear from anyone that has feedback or ideas that can better inform and improve IABM strategy and activities – don’t hold back!
Lisa Lavender is a business leader with over 25 years’ experience building and running businesses in the advertising industry at a local and global level. Having worked with numerous global brands, broadcasters, agencies and production companies, she has a deep understanding of business processes and the changes impacting the marketing supply chain. Lisa is the founder of The Traffic Bureau, the UK's largest outsourced specialist supplier of TV admin (Business Affairs) services. After selling TTB to Adstream, Lisa held a number of roles within the advertising distribution company. She is the former CEO of Adstream UK where she managed operations, account management and sales teams for Adstream's largest operating market outside of the USA.
Marina Kalkanis 2020 mentor
Marina Kalkanis is CEO of M2A Media. Marina established M2A Media in 2016 with co-founder Marcus Box. M2A has fast become a market-leader in cloud-based video technology and the company’s world leading live streaming services are now the chosen products for customers such as ITV, Channel 4, DAZN, BBC Worldwide and Sony Crackle. Prior to M2A, Marina was the BBC's Director of Platform & Common Services, where she built the online video platform for iPlayer, expanded it for the 2012 Olympics, and in 2013 migrated the complete online media workflow to AWS cloud. She also led the team that migrated the BBC’s tape-based linear playout workflow to file-based IP delivery. Marina also holds the position of SMPTE Governor, UK Region for the 2019-2020 term.
Natascha Cadle 2020 mentor
Natascha is co-Founder and Creative Director of ENVY Post Production. ENVY opened its doors in 2006 and has 6 buildings in Central London with 230 staff working on Broadcast and Advertising with shows like Top Gear, Gogglebox and The Voice and working with brands like Adidas, Aston Martin and Nike to name but a few. Natascha began her career working as a runner and worked her way up working for Channels like Showtime, Channel4 and ITV and eventually becoming a Creative Director for a Sony and Disney Channel. Having extensive knowledge of the Production process and knowing the Post Production needs of producers, she was the ideal choice to design the image, the rooms and interiors of ENVY. In 2008 Natascha created the ENVY Academy which is a specialist training programme for new talent and an information source for university students. Natascha travels the country talking to students at Universities as well as Sixth Form colleges trying to bridge the gap between education and work. Natascha recently got recognised for her achievements by winning the RISE Business Award which celebrates talent, skills and expertise of exceptional women across the broadcast technology and services sectors and received an outstanding contribution award at Promax UK which is the leading voice of British Television Marketing and Creativity plus Natascha featured in the WFTV (Women in Film and TV) top 100 list. ENVY Post Production was founded in 2006 and having extensive knowledge of the Production process, she was the ideal choice to design the image, the rooms and interiors of ENVY plus creating the successful ENVY Academy, a specialist training programme for new staff and information source for university students. ENVY has since expanded to 6 sites with 230 staff in London and their work spans from Gogglebox to Top Gear and documentaries like Louis Theroux and branded content and music videos like Stormzy.
Nicki Fisher is the EMEA Sales Director for Clear-Com, an HME Company. In this role, she is responsible for sales and pre-sales teams, selling and supporting Clear-Com and Trilogy Communications products and solutions across the entire EMEA region. Prior to joining Clear-Com in April 2014, Nicki was the Sales Director for the Tektronix EMEA Video Business for 8 years, where she was responsible for sales of Video Analysis and Monitoring equipment into the Broadcasting, Post Production and Telecoms markets. Nicki spent 11 years working for Agilent (formerly Hewlett Packard) in a variety of senior management and individual contributor sales roles, where she was the first Female Account manager for the UK Aerospace and Defence business and also European Regional Sales Manager for the Communications Test Business. Nicki gained a B.Sc. Hons in Physics from Liverpool University in 1989 and began her career as a Product Training Engineer at Marconi Instruments.
Olly Perrins 2020 mentor
Olly Perrins is head of in-home experience at Sky. Her role is all about ensuring Sky provides the best customer experience against good service economics. No matter how much Sky invest in fantastic original content, simple things like streaming quality, hardware resilience and Wi-Fi speed and coverage in the home influence how customers feel about the service. Her role is to provide monitoring capabilities to measure customer experience, identify factors that correlate with contacts and churn, and work with colleagues in Tech UK and Product to proactively improve them alongside keeping an eye on the wider market to ensure our service strategy is right now and in the future. Olly coaches and mentors a number of women in technology at Sky and enjoys helping women to improve their confidence & negotiation skills. Outside work, Olly enjoys international travel, volunteering with charities including Samaritans, her local dementia care home & the Crieff foodbank.
Paul Griffiths is Director for Post Production Technology at The Walt Disney Company. After studying a combination of documentary production plus broadcast & information technology at University, Paul spent over 8 years editing a variety of subject matter, both long and short form, for terrestrial and Sky channels. During this time he also designed and built edit suites and supported clients such as BBC Factual & Learning and Darlow Smithson. This experience led him to transition fully to Post Production technology, joining Disney in 2012 to run support for their London post department.
Roisin McKeniry 2020 mentor
Roisin is currently the Head of Production Technology for Timeline Television, working at the Stratford division with BT Sport. With over 20 years’ experience within the industry Roisin started as a VT Operator, progressing into editing. Realising that she was more interested in how things worked than operating them, she moved into the wonderful world of engineering and technical management. Throughout her career Roisin has immersed herself in understanding and developing systems from SD to HD to Digital. She has an expansive knowledge base of all the varied aspects of technical television production. Going from Soho Post Production to Sky was a whole new introduction to the ways of Broadcast, live programming and OTT deliveries. Roisin continued to evolve her skills when she joined Timeline as the Media Systems Manager in 2016 and in 2019 was promoted to the role of Head of Production Technology. She particularly enjoys gathering teams of engineering brains together to come up with new and exciting ways to deliver client needs. To add to that, watching new engineers joining the team and developing through the Timeline Graduate scheme, has been a real source of pride.
Sadie founded Bubble, a global PR, marketing and events company focusing on the entertainment technology, sports and AV business, in 1999 and is still very much the driving force. With 23 years of marketing experience Sadie not only looks after the business side of Bubble and client strategy but also promotes the role of women in the industries she works in. In 2017 she founded the Rise – Women in Broadcast group and in 2018 was awarded the Women in Business Champion of Change award for her work on gender diversity. A keen traveller, Sadie is trying to go to 50 countries before she is 50 and would like to spend more time on the golf course.
Sinead has extensive industry experience in technology, business strategy and broadcast operations, and is a member of UKTV's Executive Leadership Team. As Chief Technology and Operations Officer (CTOO), Sinead is responsible for all technical and operational aspects of UKTV, including the roll-out of digital services under the network's fast-growing TV on demand service, UKTV Play. Since joining UKTV in March 2015, Sinead has been responsible for leading a successful technology refresh, spanning business systems and digital app development, and driving the company's data strategy programme. Sinead joined from international consultancy and talent business The Lighthouse Company, where as Managing Director she was instrumental in building and developing board level teams across the media and technology spectrum. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of The Studios at MediaCityUK (now Dock10) where she successfully launched the business, and built and led the teams delivering production and technology services to both the BBC and other independent production companies. She also spent five years as Operations and Technology Director at Virgin Media Television.
Tracie Mitchell 2020 mentor
Highly motivated and approachable individual, specialising in providing strategic business transformation advice, product design and workflow analysis to broadcast companies/SI’s, Technical Design Authorities and stakeholders to support enterprise standards. Tracie has a wealth of experience in delivering design requirements for development, driving the delivery of complex broadcast solutions through implementation and transition to service. Experience spans IT centric multi-vendor solutions: traffic and commercial/ad sales systems for scheduling news, sports, live production, edit, archive management, transmission, transcode, delivery, media asset management, distribution and web publication (VOD).