Our goal is to achieve a diverse and gender balanced workforce across the broadcast media and entertainment technology sector, specifically within the areas of engineering, technical operations, sales, marketing and business.

We open up opportunities for women by:

  • Delivering our award-winning annual mentoring programme in the UK, Europe, North America and across the APAC and ANZ regions;
  • Celebrating the skills and achievements of brilliant women across the industry through our annual Rise Awards;
  • Providing free membership (to all genders) with access to regular networking events, seminars, workshops and conferences;
  • Inspiring, educating, informing the next generation of talent through our Rise Up Academy programme.

Those who benefit from joining Rise will be working in non-craft roles for broadcast manufacturers, service providers and broadcasters.

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The Team

Carrie Wootten – Managing Director - Rise

Carrie is a global leader for diversity, equality and inclusion across the media technology industry with over 20 years’ experience. She has built the international diversity membership organisation ‘Rise’ and the ‘Rise Up Academy’ from an initial idea and passion project to a thriving not-for-profit business working with brands such as BT Sport, ITV, Sky, Warner Bros.Discovery and others. Carrie has developed and delivered commercial business strategies and secured high profile partnerships for educational institutions such as Ravensbourne University London. She was given the Broadcast Tech Special Recognition Award in 2021 and won Gold for Female Leader at the UK’s National Business Women’s Awards 2021.

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Nicki Fisher - Clear-Com & Rise Chair

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.

Carrie Wootten – Managing Director - Rise

Carrie is a global leader for diversity, equality and inclusion across the media technology industry with over 20 years’ experience. She has built the international diversity membership organisation ‘Rise’ and the ‘Rise Up Academy’ from an initial idea and passion project to a thriving not-for-profit business working with brands such as BT Sport, ITV, Sky, Warner Bros.Discovery and others. Carrie has developed and delivered commercial business strategies and secured high profile partnerships for educational institutions such as Ravensbourne University London. She was given the Broadcast Tech Special Recognition Award in 2021 and won Gold for Female Leader at the UK’s National Business Women’s Awards 2021.

Sadie Groom - Bubble Agency

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.

Andy Beale - BT Sport

Andy is Chief Engineer for BT Sport, joining the innovative and disruptive British broadcaster at the beginning of its journey in 2012 to oversee the technology and construction of the landmark BT Sport Production Hub in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He played a pivotal role in the development and launch of Europe’s first commercial live sports Ultra HD channel BT Sport Ultra HD, and its HDR successor: BT Sport Ultimate. He led BT Sport’s pioneering Dolby Atmos launch and ground breaking advances in live VR 360. Recently he has delivered world firsts in 8K and 5G remote production. Previously he was Head of Engineering for Sports Media House, Octagon, and before that delivered projects worldwide for respected system integrator IPK.

Anne-Louise Buick - AVID

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.

Lisa Collins - IABM

Lisa Collins is Head of Membership Engagement at IABM. Her goal is to ensure an enhanced membership experience and maximum engagement for all IABM members. Having dedicated much of her career to membership organisations, Lisa understands the importance of every interaction with members and the wider eco-system. Her role at IABM is to ensure every one of our members and potential members make the most of the extensive benefits package IABM offers. She works with members' changing requirements and objectives to ensure the services IABM offer continue to be fully aligned with them.

Jo Cosgrove - Moore Kingston Smith

Jo is a Director at media accountants Moore Kingston Smith, having qualified with the firm over 20 years ago. She looks after a broad portfolio of entertainment and media clients, individuals and companies, at all stages of the business cycle from start up to sale or wind down. She oversees audit, accounting and tax compliance and gets involved in ad hoc projects where required. Jo works closely with trainees and junior managers in the firm to help them develop and achieve their potential. She is passionate that people should have equal opportunity of a career in accountancy regardless of their background and to that end is trustee of the charity Access Accountancy which promotes social mobility in the profession. Outside of work she loves spending time with her family.

Jayne de Ville - DPP

Jayne joined the BBC in 2008, working in a variety of roles across the organisation in Marketing, Technology and Television, as well as running large-scale industry conferences and events for the BBC’s College of Technology. On joining the DPP in 2011 she was instrumental in growing the DPP’s reach significantly by increasing the portfolio of events, implementing a social media strategy and improving the DPP website. Since DPP Ltd was launched in 2015 she has been working to further build and promote the DPP brand and is now responsible for defining and delivering the DPP’s marketing strategy and analysis as well as overseeing all of the DPP’s events. Jayne came to the broadcast industry following careers as a live vocalist and (briefly!) in international recruitment, both of which both took her around the globe. She is still a professional singer for www.abbaillusion.co.uk and www.eclipse-duo.co.uk, and a passionate advocate for other women in non-craft roles in the broadcast industry.

Kerry Freeman - Imagen

Kerry has worked in the media industry for a decade, starting at a Post Production house in London's Soho, taking a brief whistle-stop tour of three continents, returning to London as EMEA Account Manager at a transformative startup. Kerry has held a variety of customer development roles, and now works with clients in the Sports and Media sector, in the Commercial team at Imagen. With a particular interest in digital transformation, Kerry works closely with businesses to improve workflows, embrace technology evolution and ensure scalability and longevity of high-value content. Kerry is passionate to help others and cares about equal representation of peers in media and technology.

Jackie Howes - Discovery

Recently winning the 2020 IABM Award for Technology Leader of the year, Jackie is recognised as a person who is at the forefront of disruption and innovation within the broadcast and media industry. Through inspired leadership she has helped to deliver ground-breaking technology and business benefits. Jackie has over 20 years of experience working in the broadcast industry and has worked for a number of different companies, always working in a role that bridges the gap between traditional IT and broadcast engineers. Today, as the Director of Media Infrastructure Architecture at Discovery, Jackie is directly responsible for scoping, defining and coordinating both large and small Infrastructure systems that have a direct impact on the company’s technical capabilities and profitability. She works alongside global teams and external suppliers to architect infrastructure ecosystems that supports the technical and operational aspects of production and broadcast systems. Jackie is a strong believer in sharing knowledge and endeavors to create an environment where every individual is able to choose the path they wish to take.

Lesley Johnson - BBC Studios

Lesley is Global Director of Home Entertainment at BBC Studios, where she is responsible for the Digital and DVD business worldwide. She is Vice Chair of the British Association for Screen Entertainment and a Rise Advisory Board member. At work Lesley leads on support for women’s reproductive health, which led to the BBC signing the Workplace Menopause pledge in April 2022. 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 TV where she looked after This Morning and was on the launch team of Loose Women. Lesley is a very keen sailor and has two grown-up daughters.

Lisa Lavender - The Traffic Bureau

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.

Anna Lockwood - Telstra Broadcast Services

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.

Tanya Rai - Pebble

Tanya has worked in the broadcast and entertainment industry for over 14 years with a range of experience in marketing, events, project/account management and advocating diversity. She has worked with the BBC, Cheltenham Literature and Jazz Festivals, International Broadcasting Convention, Gritty Talent, British Arrows, Wildscreen and Icon Films. She also worked for Sundog Media Toolkit, managing projects to create automated cloud native tools for the versioning of packaged media (DCP & IMF) and building relationships with leading Hollywood Studios and UK broadcasters. She currently works as Marketing and Communications Manager at Pebble, who deliver automation, playout and management solutions for the broadcast community. Tanya has hosted and produced many of the episodes featured in the ‘Rise In Conversation With’ webinar series, interviewing women in senior leadership roles from ITV, The Financial Times and the BBC. She also launched her own podcast in 2020, where she talks to diverse guests who work in the broadcast and creative industries about their top three ways of 'Keeping It Real'.

Stephen Stewart - Take 1 Script Services

A television and radio professional with over 40 years in the industry, Stephen has enjoyed roles as varied as commercial producer, gallery director for tv programmes ranging from Formula 1 to UK Parliament. As well as TV production, Stephen is experienced in TV playout and media services having worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Thames Television and Deluxe. More recently the lure of AI and machine learning has seen Stephen move into the advertising technology space with Mirriad Advertising before becoming COO at Take 1 Script Services where he is responsible for the Operations, Product and Media Technology teams, delivering thousands of hours of transcription, translation and access services to some of the world’s largest production companies and networks

Kate Wendelboe - BT

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.

Charlotte Wheeler - MBI

Charlotte Wheeler is the Event Director at MBI, the publishers of Broadcast, Screen International and shots. Charlotte started her career on what was originally The Production Show, and is now BVE, in March 2004, looking after key manufacturers and brands within the broadcast technology markets. Charlotte was part of the merger between the show and Video Forum in 2008 and was responsible for the subsequent launches of The Production Show back into BVE at Earls Court in 2009 and BVE North which launched in 2011 in Manchester. Since leaving BVE in February 2012 for maternity leave, she launched a series of 8 conferences for the MBI brands including Production & Post Forum, Screen Film Summit, Commissioning & Funding Forum and Creative Week. She is now working on the new event for the media creative industries, The Media Production Show taking place in June 2016. Charlotte has also been an active advocate of the WFTV and a member since 2009 and has run a number of events celebrating women in the media industries, including a special event to celebrate International Women's Day with Broadcast and Screen International.

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