In our series of ‘In conversation with….’ webinars, you will hear from some fantastic women who have made their mark in technology roles within the creative sector.

These webinars are all free to attend, however sign up in advance is essential.

Previous webinar recordings

Michelle Munson, Eluvio

As a leading innovator in the media industry, Eluvia CEO & Founder, Michelle Munson will be sharing more about her career highlights and the journey she has taken that led her to founding start-up companies – including key decisions that have shaped her career to date.

In this recording, Michelle discusses:

  • the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated sector and what we can all do to help attract, retain and promote women into broadcast media technology;
  • how women can harness or influence their use of power in a constructive way to drive their careers; – the power of mentoring and her top advice for those looking to get in and on in the sector – and the skills and attributes needed to succeed;
  • latest industry developments, including media convergence, fusion with the internet, the economics of security and the impact of technology on ethics;
  • her predictions for the future of the industry, including her personal hopes and aspirations.

Kerry Shreeve, Discovery

As winner of the 2020 Rise Technical Operations Award, Kerry was recently recognised for her experience in leading teams and transformational projects for some of the world’s leading broadcasters.

Kerry shares more about her career, including her current role as VP of Technical Operations at Discovery and her top tips for success.

Tove Bonander, Red Bee Media

In this lively and interactive webinar, Red Bee Media’s Tove Bonander talks to Rise board member, Tanya Rai about her career to date and the challenges she has faced.

Award winning Tove Bonander, Strategic Product Manager at Red Bee Media is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Tove’s product management career began in 2014 at a production company with a mission to help companies succeed on mobile platforms, where she first got a taste of working as a Scrum Master. She then worked for Accedo TV – Sweden’s market leading enabler of TV applications before becoming Head of Product Development at

After a year there Tove bagged herself a job as Product Manager at Red Bee and moved into her strategic role last May. She was also winner of the Product Innovation Award at the Rise 2020 Awards which recognised the importance of revolution and invention for the broadcasting sector today and for the future.

Kate Morrison-Lyons, Netflix

In this session, Netflix’s Kate Morrison Lyons talks to Rise North America board member, Katie Fellion about her career to date and the challenges she has faced.

With a career spanning more than 20 years in the film industry, Kate started as a camera trainee in the UK before transitioning into camera facilities. Motivated by the release of the D20 camera system, she moved into post-production technology where she dedicated her time to understanding end-to-end, file-based workflows for digitally captured feature film productions.

In 2011 Kate founded Fluent Image, a company dedicated to handling the digital negative from capture through to final DI. Here her clients included 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and Legendary. She was later hired by Walt Disney Studios to support their live action movies and eventually relocated to the US to manage their Production Technology department.

Kate joined Netflix in 2018 and currently Manages the UCAN production workflow team in creative technology.

Emma Keith, Head of Broadcast and National Theatre Live at the National Theatre

We loved catching up with Emma Keith to hear more about the ground-breaking initiatives from the National Theatre, including NT Live which broadcasts plays live from the National’s stages to cinemas worldwide.

Emma led the National Theatre’s response to the Covid-19 crisis delivering National Theatre at Home, a programme of 16 broadcasts released for free on YouTube and reachinga global audience of 15 million people. She also shares more about how this has been extended into a new streaming service.

In this conversation, Emma explains more about the impact this has had on the diversifying audiences as well as the state of theatre itself.  At a time when we are hearing tragic news of the impact the pandemic has had on the theatre industry , NT Live is a shining light that has kept theatre alive and at home during this time. 

Kathy-Anne McManus, Chief Customer Experience Officer (CCXO) and SVP of Avid’s Global Customer Solutions and Services business

In this lively and interactive webinar, Rise advisory board member, Anna Lockwood interviews Kathy-Anne McManus, who is the Chief Customer Experience Officer (CCXO) and SVP of Avid’s Global Customer Solutions and Services business.

We chat to KAM (as she is also known) about her international career, the challenges she has overcome and what keeps her passionate about the industry. KAM has been an inspiration and a mentor to many women in the media and broadcast community.

Sandy Nasseri, CEO of MelroseINC

Following the launch of Rise North America, our Co-Chair Meghan Ross from EditShare interviews Sandy.

Sandy Nasseri founded, and has been spearheading, the Melrose team since 2003 and has grown MelroseINC from a small startup into a powerhouse WBENC-certified, woman-owned technology company. Melrose now has three distinct divisions servicing customers from independent artists to well-known global brands.

Sandy was an engineer in the military and has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in the media technology sector. In May 2020, her flagship storefront was completely destroyed during the Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protests by looters. 

In this session Sandy covers:

  • How she grew her company to become an industry leader;
  • Navigating the challenges of 2020 – not only COVID, but also the devastating incidents in May;
  • Her advice on succeeding as a woman in business.

Margaret Craig, Signiant

In conversation with Margaret Craig – leading a company in these extraordinary times. 

Margaret Craig has been at the helm of Signiant since 2012 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the broadcast sector. In this session we will discuss; changing business models, how to lead a company whatever size, how patents benefit a product company, and how to transition from a technology background to business leadership roles.

Organised in partnership with IABM.

Sarah Asante, BBC

Sarah Asante is Commissioning Editor at BBC Comedy. In this session, Sarah is interviewed by Rise board member, Tanya Rai and shares more about her role at the BBC, developing a slate of diverse and exciting short and long form comedy shows – and the challenges of attracting and retaining talent.

She also talks more about her inspirational career path, including jumping from a career in advertising into broadcasting at the age of 30 and the challenges for women working in TV, as well as giving advice for those looking to get in, or get on in a career in the sector.

Mandy Hickson

Mandy Hickson shares more about her experiences as one of the UK’s first female fast jet pilots and her career since leaving the RAF, including as MD of Hickson-Experience from the Front Line.

During this interactive and lively webinar, Mandy explores how to overcome the fear of failure; as well as developing self belief; teamwork, leadership and the empowerment of your team. She also shares more about the importance of decision making under pressure; communication skills and risk taking.

Cait O’Riordan, the Financial Times

In this Q&A, Cait O’Riordan, Chief Product & Information Officer at the Financial Times shares more about her impressive career; from hitting a 1m subscription target a year early in her current role at the Financial Times, to previous roles including as VP of Product at Shazam, devising the BBC’s digital strategy for the London 2012 Olympics and previous to that, a career in journalism.

We also explore her about her inspirations, career history and leadership, why so many women in tech have changed careers, and how to build and keep a diverse workforce.

Caroline Ewerton from DAZN

Caroline is Head of Operational Delivery at DAZN Group. She shares more about her about her career highlights & challenges to date, including her work at ITV and the DPP. She also explores the future of sports broadcasting. Interviewed by Rise Advisory Board member, Anna Lockwood. Delivered in partnership with the IABM.

Sarah Wells & Nayana Shetty, the Financial Times

Rise board member, Tanya Rai interviews Sarah Wells and Nayana Shetty from the Financial Times. Sarah and Nayana share what the culture is like at FT, how diversity plays an important role more specifically within their tech teams and what the Chaos Engineering principle is!

Louise Tapia, Take 1

Louise Tapia is CEO of Take 1, a global transcription and captioning services company that works with projects such as Fleabag and Serengeti. Interviewed by Bea Alonso, Louise shares more about her career path and her work as CEO at Take 1; the importance of corporate social responsibility and the challenges of working as a female business leader in a male dominated sector – and encouraging other women in developing their careers.

She also explores more about building networks and business relationships in the ‘new normal’ Covid environment, as well as her top tips for getting in and getting on in the media technology industry.

Deepa Shah, Lab Eight

On 9 May we were joined by award-winning Deepa Shah, who shared more about how her career and what it has been like making the transition from working as an experienced leader within a global brand (as CFO within the Omnicon Group and Publicis Sapient’s UK CFO) to launching her own business, Lab Eight. She also shares more about the importance of building good networks and role models.

Purminder Gandhu, BBC

Having been a senior studio director for BBC Radio for 25 years she has taken the bold and exciting step into the world of leading innovation at The Edge, BBC.

Purminder will share more about her career to date, including being chosen for the BBC News Women in Technical Production for 2018-2019, and about leading on diversity and inclusion within her teams.

Aradhna Tayal & Ann Charles, Radio TechCon

On 25 May, we caught up with Aradhna Tayal and Ann Charles, freelance radio professionals who run Radio TechCon, the UK radio & audio industry’s leading engineering conference.

Hear more about their fascinating career history, from working at the BBC in engineering and production roles respectively, through to their current consultancy roles. They also be give their top tips for success for those starting out in their careers, or looking to move into radio broadcast engineering. 

Donna Mulvey-Jones, Netflix

On 12 May 2020, we were delighted to be joined by Donna Mulvey-Jones, Director of Post Production – Non Fiction, Netflix, as part of our ‘In Conversation with…’ webinar series.

Interviewed by Nic Kemp, Bethan gives us a candid insight into her career journey to date, including the differences in working culture she’s encountered of moving to the States from the UK for her new role at Netflix.

She also shares more about her current role, the challenges of managing a team and how remote working can have a positive impact on productivity.

Bethan Wilkin, ITV

On 5 May 2020, we were joined by Bethan Wilkin, who has recently been promoted to Head of Content Delivery at ITV. She leads a busy operational team who restore, transfer and deliver content both within ITV and externally. The team support other broadcasters, production companies, post houses, public sector organisations, archive researchers and private collectors.

During this interview with Tanya Rai, Bethan shares more about how she worked her way up to a senior role, including the challenges she’s faced – and how she overcame them. She also talks more about her article ‘Where are All the Women Working in Tech… the Mother of All Algorithms‘ about the drive for gender diversity across the broadcast tech sector.

Morwen Williams, BBC

The world of news has never moved so fast and broadcasters are having to adapt at pace. Our daily news updates have become completely critical to our health and wellbeing and of course our understanding of the world as we know it.

On 14 April 2020, we were delighted to be joined by Morwen Williams, Head of UK Operations for BBC News as our first ‘In Conversation with…’ interviewee

Morwen gave us a fascinating insight into her career, her current role bringing together journalism and technology, as well as the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to the hectic broadcast newsroom.