Dee has over 17 years’ experience in film, tv and digital content industries. Her varied career in the industry has covered business transformation, strategic development, client relationship management and operational delivery. Dee starting out in publishing at the National Magazine Company before moving to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a film policy adviser. From here she spent 5 years at the UK Film Council where she was responsible for regional strategy and policy development before moving to Cinema UK, where she worked directly with the UK’s largest cinema chains to support the health and growth of the sector. Dee joined Deluxe in 2013, Deluxe is the entertainment industry’s largest end-to-end services provider that includes production, post-production, distribution and asset management capabilities. Dee initially worked within the digital cinema division on electronic distribution of film, before being promoted to work at the International Group corporate level firstly as Director of Strategy and Operations and then as Business Operations Director. This current role involves ownership of the UK property and facilities portfolio and business improvement programmes – ranging from tactical operations to employee engagement.
Helen has a wealth of operational experience and in her current role as Director of Broadcast and Content Operations, she is responsible for all ITV’s content supply chain from the point of commissioning through to distribution to the customer and beyond. This includes service management of our key broadcast critical partners and provision of Viewer Services. She is co-founder and Chair of the Digital Production Partnership - an influential industry body committed to reducing complexity and increasing interoperability in digital working. She is founder and Board Director of Clearcast (the organisation that undertakes compliance of commercial copy for broadcasters) and of D3&4, the Multiplex operator. She mentors companies through NESTA the government-backed charity that aims to increase the innovation capacity of the UK. Helen has a particular interest in Access Services and looks after Signpost, ITV's British Sign Language operation and producer of Signed Stories a website and App aimed at helping deaf and autistic children to read.'
Julie is Managing Director of Molinare, an internationally recognised Post Production Facility in the heart of Soho. Molinare has an excellent reputation for quality and service and is recognised as one of the leading facilities for High end Drama and Film in the world. Known for its outstanding talent, standards and facilities, it continues to have a clear focus on providing excellent customer service. Recent productions include A Hitman’s Bodyguard, Baby Driver, The Crown, Tin Star, Apple Tree Yard, Sherlock, Brooklyn, White Helmets and Dr. Who. Since joining Molinare, Julie has developed close ties with other industry organisations. She currently sits on the Board of The London Film School and has previously sat on the UK Screen board, the Skillset VFX council and has been a mentor on the WFTV and Animated Women schemes. She is passionate about training and developing others and is a strong supporter of many industry initiatives including Apprenticeships and Film London’s Return to Work Placements. Prior to Joining Molinare, Julie had a varied career with GKN, Tetra Pak and latterly 14 years with the BMW Group. Within BMW, her commercial business acumen lead to varied and challenging roles from building the Used Car dealer network for both BMW & MINI in the UK through to Global Sales Operations for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. In all her roles she has been focused on delivery customer excellence. Married with two children, Julie has a passion for most sports, documentaries and cinema
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor is Managing Director and co-founder of BlueBolt. BlueBolt (blue-bolt.com) was established in 2009 to create visual effects for high-end television and film with top end broadcasters, independent producers and Hollywood studios. BlueBolt has since gone on to work on diverse projects including features such as; ‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘Mandela – A Long Walk to Freedom’ and ‘ The Iron Lady.’ The awards cabinet boasts trophies for outstanding work for projects including; Taboo, Game of Thrones and The Night Manager. Today, BlueBolt employs 80+ artists and production staff. Lucy has been an enthusiastic member of the UK film production community since 1992. She has a wealth of relatable experience both in and outside the VFX sphere – working for 16 years in film production, spending 7 years at MPC Film as Head of New Business and latterly owning and running a successful business. Lucy’s track record as a driven woman at the forefront of the industry puts her in the perfect position to understand and raise issues, drive debate and lobby industry stakeholders. Similarly, her expansive network means information is organically shared with the people who matter both in the UK and beyond.
Morwen Williams is Head of BBC Newsgathering Operations, leading the technical and engineering teams of BBC News in the field and managing a multi-million-pound budget. She is responsible for creative daily technical news gathering for domestic and global stories and oversees more than 200 employees in the UK and abroad, who are deployed to deliver some of the world’s most-consumed news reports. She likes the challenge of using innovation to deliver stories in a more immediate and creative way for audiences and is constantly looking to improve and develop technologies used in newsgathering . Over the last 19 years, since the birth of her first son, Morwen has worked flexibly for the BBC in a number of roles, including job sharing the roles of UK Assignments Editor and Deputy UK Editor. During that time, she led on major special events for BBC News in the UK including the Royal Wedding, G8 and NATO conferences as well as several major breaking news stories. She led a restructure of the operations team for a more digitally-focused output and built a more diverse management team. She is an advisor and mentor to others looking to work flexibly within the BBC and has inspired creative working solutions across the organisation.
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 led an extensive and successful technology refresh, spanning business systems and digital app development, and driving the company’s data strategy programme. The UKTV technology and operations teams have transformed the UKTV supply chain and have ambitious plans for cloud first architecture spanning source to distribution. 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. Sinead has extensive industry experience in technology, business strategy and broadcast operations, and is a member of UKTV's Leadership Group. Sinead is a Non-Executive Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, a member of several industry advisory boards and an active mentor working with both young professionals and aspiring teenagers.
Sadie founded Bubble Agency a PR, marketing and events company focusing on the entertainment technology, sports and AV business, in 1999 and is still very much the driving force. Using her 20 years of PR and Marketing experience she not only looks after the business side of things and client strategy but also promotes the role of women in the industries she works in through her work with Rise, Women in Film & TV and SVG Women’s Initiative. A keen traveller, she is trying to go to 50 countries before she is 50 and would like to spend more time on the golf course.
Lesley Marr – Molinare
Lesley is Director of Operations at Molinare; Molinare is now the largest, privately owned post facility in the UK, offering complete creative services in all genres of feature film and television. Recent work has included numerous 4K/UHD productions, including High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision projects for both home entertainment and theatrical release. Prior to joining Molinare Lesley was COO for Deluxe Media Europe, overseeing the day to day operation delivering to UK Broadcasters and global platforms. During her career Lesley has managed transformation programmes, senior client relationships, operational excellence projects developing media logistics, scheduling and MAM tools and managed teams across multi-site UK operations. Lesley has held several senior management positions in Broadcast Operations at Sky & Technicolor. Her career path, however, started in the creative post production world working as an editor before learning the skills of a VFX artist where she worked for leading global facilities before moving into the world of Operations Management. In addition to her day job Lesley has, for several years, sat on the board of the UK Screen Association and is also a member of the IBC conference committee business stream, chairing and producing conference sessions.
Gay Bell – Platform
With over 25 years international business experience, all of which have been spent in the hi-tech and digital media markets, Gay is a well-respected corporate communications and PR consultant. Gay is highly experienced at helping companies – from start-ups to multi-nationals – to message and communicate technology and corporate leadership, mergers and acquisitions, and market diversity to a wide range of external and internal stakeholders. Prior to establishing Platform, Gay was on the European board and head of technology at Fleishman Hillard, the world’s largest PR consultancy. Her senior consultancy experience, working for clients such as Bell Atlantic, BT, EDS, Ericsson, Grass Valley, NDS, NeXt Computer and TANDBERG Television is supported by international in-house PR positions for Philips Electronics, based in The Netherlands. Gay began her career as a journalist.
Lesley is the Home Entertainment Director and Operations Director at BBC Worldwide. She oversees the content workflows to both physical and digital supply chains and manages the sourcing, manufacture and distribution of merchandise product. In a wide ranging broadcast career Lesley has held senior editorial and operational roles across the television industry. She founded the Westminster news facility Millbank Studios, which broadcast the first live pictures from the House of Commons Committees and launched the Parliamentary Channel. In the late Nineties Lesley was Head of Production for Lifestyle at LWT and Granada where she looked after This Morning and was on the launch team of Loose Women.
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.
An experienced and commercially focused Head of HR operating at Managing Director level across a range of HR functions with senior stakeholders for more than 20 years. I have a track record of applying insights to develop strategic options across different business disciplines, as well as developing and delivering profitable and sustainable people solutions to the business. I am also an experienced mentor and coach having used my HR expertise to guide and support numerous mentees over the years. I have taken part in mentoring schemes, including internally & externally run programmes. The latter included mentoring year 10 pupils in a local school supporting them in getting ready for work/colleague interviews. I find mentoring really rewarding and enjoying watching people learn develop and grow. I have worked in the Telecommunications and media industry and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise from both disciplines.
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.
FremantleMedia is a global content producer making some of the best known and well loved content around the world. Donna heads up in-house Post Production for Boundless, Talkback, Thames, Retort and Euston Films. Donna started her career in production management but has been leading in-house post production teams for the last 13 years. She has a wealth of experience in setting up facilities, and advising on all areas of production technology and post production.
Vicky is Managing Director of Procam Projects, specialising in the facilitation of complex multi-camera shoots for both broadcast and music events. Vicky’s career in the broadcast industry started in 2000, when she moved to the UK from her native South Africa. In the time since, Vicky has worked in many disciplines, from newsroom and light entertainment production, to facilities management. Across these fields, Vicky has actively trained and supported team members throughout their learning and career development. In the broadcast industry, technologies evolve rapidly - her passion lies in helping clients understand solutions that will work best for their project, from a commercial, technical and logistics perspective. Having facilitated many of the largest shows in UK entertainment, most recently including The Who Live at Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust, Geordie Shore, and Ex On The Beach, Vicky’s contacts in the industry are widespread amongst production, crew and technical teams.
Amanda Darby started her career at Aardman Animations as a modelmaker and established their first 3D scanning and 3D printing department. After 12 years at Aardman, Amanda joined Propshop Digital as Asset Producer, working on titles such as SPECTRE, Justice League, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and many more. Amanda joined the Pinewood Group in 2017 and works within the Pinewood Creative Services team. She has recently been creating a technical hub for Pinewood, bringing together companies at the forefront of technology to the heart of the Studio.