Rise Mentoring UK

The award-winning Rise mentoring programme is a six-month programme designed to support and champion women working across the sector.

Mentees receive 1-2-1 support from a leading representative from the industry, as well as meeting at least once a month for career development training, fireside chats, industry events and networking. These sessions can include areas such as LinkedIn training, resilience, assertiveness training, personal branding and career mapping.

In 2021, Rise supported 50 women across the UK, thanks to our industry sponsors and ScreenSkills.

 



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Success Stories

Mentees

Amber

Amber currently works at QVC as a broadcast engineer. She has been working as a broadcast engineer across several TV stations for about 6 years. Her hobbies are playing piano and guitar and practising yoga. Her recent lockdown hobby which has very quickly grown into an obsession is Aerial Hoop.

Barbara Rosseel

Mum of 3, trilingual & MBA certified Barbara Rosseel has the stamina and skills to make a difference. At Sony where she started in California she has shaped and delivered a wide range of high-impact projects, targeting some of the company’s most valuable professional customers – from television broadcasters to cinema brands. Prior to entering the world of communications, and based in London, she successfully implemented Sony’s CRM solution by Salesforce.com across Europe. Today Barbara is based in Barcelona and is the Strategic Marketing Lead for the Media and Broadcast market, driving a passionate team to deliver customer centric campaigns that generate returns.

Esme

Esme is a 23 year old broadcast assistant based in the East Midlands. She has a strong passion for all things sound and Outside Broadcast in general, and is at the beginning of what she hopes to be a long career in the broadcast media industry.

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Fernanda Longo

Brazilian born Fernanda Longo graduated in Business Administration and holds an MBA in Project Management, with 20 years of experience in project management, mostly in the telecommunications sector. From 2011 to 2018 she lived in various countries including Mexico, Peru, Chile and Cuba; managing billing project implementations. In Cuba, she managed the development and implementation of the first web page for people to buy mobile credits online. A real challenge and historic moment! At the end of 2018 Fernanda received a job offer to move to London to start working as a project manager in the broadcast and media sector. She is currently working as a project manager at Red Bee Media, with Channel 4 as her main customer. She is learning about this sector every day, which she finds to be a fascinating one.

Juliette Beahan

Juliette Beahan is a Sales Operations Coordinator at BBC Studios where her role is to help facilitate the end-to-end process of BBC Studios content within the EMEA market. She has six years previous experience in Film & TV Distribution, though over the last 18 months, Juliette has found herself temping across various sectors whilst in New Zealand and doing set work on TV Productions back in the UK. Juliette was raised bilingual in English/French and enjoys hiking, travelling and going to the cinema (only one of which has been possible through lockdown!)

Kat

Kat started her career in broadcast in 2013 after graduating from Southampton Solent University with a degree in Live and Studio Sound. While studying for her degree, she developed a particular interest in broadcast which resulted in her winning a trip (courtesy of IABM) to the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam. This trip enabled Kat to network with people in the industry which helped her choose her career path. She began life in broadcasting as a general assistant for WRN Broadcast and worked her way up to become a senior transmission controller before moving to Discovery Inc in 2016. She joined Discovery as a transmission operator and shortly after joining, trained to do live sports on the Eurosport channels for Denmark and Norway. Kat is also trained to do live sports on the Nordic terrestrial channels which in 2018 led to her being part of the live operations team who broadcast the Winter Olympics. Since then the operations team has moved into the London Technology Hub in Chiswick and has taken on 6 more Eurosport channels including Eurosport UK. This year she is looking forward to the Summer Olympics along with the Tennis Grand slams, major cycling and snooker events. In her free time, Kat enjoys playing music, having performed since the age of 4. She also enjoys indoor climbing and more recently paddle boarding and kayaking.

Mirusha

Mirusha currently works at ITV Daytime as a Content Technology Support Engineer. She provides broadcast and technical support for her Daytime colleagues. Mirusha graduated with a First Class Honours in Computer Systems Engineering in 2018 at the University of Northampton. Her favourite colour is blue and favourite footballer is Cristiano Ronaldo. Mirusha is the eldest child of four and loves her family.

Nancy

Nancy has a background in both broadcast media and language teaching, with a MSc in Media and Communications from LSE and a BA (Hons) in English Teaching from Shanghai. She currently works as Multimedia Producer for a sub-channel on Sky’s dedicated channel content for China, where she is responsible for the daily operation of the channel. Nancy is also a trained Mandarin teacher and food enthusiast.

Neha

Neha is an enthusiastic Lead QA Engineer at Starzplay, where she runs the show by leading and mentoring the team of QA engineers. Her knack for technology has led her to work on some of the coolest gadgets - phones, iPads, game consoles, smart TVs, Chromecast and firesticks. Apart from these devices, she exhibits exceptional expertise with microservices architecture while working on some of the crucial and core services for any OTT platforms - media layouts, Media Player, DRM, content ingestion, recommendation engine, billing and payments cycle. In her career span of over 10 years, she has endeavoured towards exploring multifaceted aspects of the media and broadcast industry. She started her career with Reliance Jio when 4G was in articles and papers and got hands-on with the different chipsets of set-top-boxes and OTT boxes.

Niki Whittle

Niki Whittle is the global graphics operations manager at DAZN, where she oversees the live graphics and data solutions across the business. She has led the implementation of several new operational workflows for the launch of key events across DAZN and joint venture partnership productions including remote solutions for Serie A, Brazilian Serie C and Conmebol.

Sarah

Sarah is currently a Digital Media Technician at Pixelogic Media. She has always enjoyed working with computers, from playing PC games with her older brother when she was a kid, to learning audio programming at university. A career heavily involved in computing was always inevitable for her. One of Sarah's lecturers at university was a Dubbing Mixer and as she is a lifelong TV binge-watcher, once she learned more about his job she knew that this was the industry for her. Sarah fell into the digital media world after working as a runner at Deluxe Wardour St. It wasn't her original career goal, however she really enjoys the variety of work and is glad she ended up down this path.

Taryn

Taryn has worked at Timeline for almost 9 years. She started off scheduling engineers and VT ops. Over the years the business has grown rapidly, and Timeline now has broadcast centres and a large outside broadcast division. Taryn has been there throughout, lending a hand wherever was needed. Towards the end of 2018 she was leading a team of two other schedulers and a team assistant and it was decided that she would move officially into a more production based position as the need within the company for this role was greater than ever. At the end of 2019 Taryn started maternity leave and returned back at the start of this year. It is definitely a new way of working with COVID around, and she is trying to navigate her way back into the workplace after over a year off and with many internal changes.

Azrina Jane

Since she was young, Azrina Jane has been curious to learn new things and is constantly looking to pick up new skills or get involved. She is a very versatile person, adaptable, flexible and an all-rounder. Stepping into the broadcast industry 20 years ago was never her plan, as she was more of an IT related person, but because it is a career that is something out of ordinary in Malaysia, it was that that attracted her to the industry. Azrina Jane's family are architects and she was lucky enough to get her hands on an Autodesk 3D Studio when her dad's company was the first architect firm to be digitizing back in the 90s. Ironically now, she works at Vizrt.

Catherine

Catherine is a Sales professional in the media industry, and is also a third culture kid who's worked and lived across Europe, the US and Asia. Catherine has been in Asia for 13 years, working in Cambodia and Singapore in various fields of Law, Business and Media. Currently at Brightcove, she helps customers succeed with videos through the Brightcove online video platform.

Chika

After graduation, Chika had worked in the travel industry and had some experiences conducting tours to the foreign countries. With interests in the international trade business she pursued a career at the NVOCC. In the middle, Chika made her dream to live and work in a foreign country happen (whilst living in the US for 6 years she gained an associate degree, doing some part-time jobs and then was employed by the local Customs broker ). She learned the cultural differences in a diverse environment and enjoyed the experiences to communicate with many people from various countries. After coming back to her home country, she continued to work in trading related jobs, such as purchasing and logistics. Chika has been engaged in order management for 13 years in Tokyo, Japan.

Mia Tan

Mia Tan comes from a chemical engineering background but then turned to inside sales during her second year of her career journey. She is new and fresh to live production and broadcasting engineering but it is never too late to learn new things. At work and life, she believes "People won't remember what you said or did, they'll only remember how you made them feel". Hence, she is always smiling.'

Olivia Grimshaw

Olivia Grimshaw started her career in London in the Theatre Industry and transitioned to commercial television. After relocation to Sydney, Australia, Olivia continued in broadcast operations for cable and commercial television, gaining extensive experience in managing projects and departments. More recently coming back from 3 years in The Netherlands, Olivia worked for National Rugby League managing projects across the Digital Operation department. Olivia has newly started working as a Customer Success Manager APAC at Grass Valley.

Rupali Sarkar

Rupali Sarkar is currently working as a Senior Sales Executive at ARK Infosolutions, Mumbai, a renowned media distributor organization in India. In this role, she is responsible for the end-to-end business development and management across West India for AJA Video Product sales. She works closely with end customers and resellers/partners to improve workflows and constantly build and maintain long-term relationships with them. Rupali possesses 10+ years of rich and diverse experience in Media Broadcast and AV industry across Sales, Pre-sales, Engineering and Business Development and she really enjoys the process of taking an idea and turning it into a real project. Having started her career with an intense passion to work in the creative world, she completed her education in electronics and telecommunications engineering with a post-graduation in media management. She is always keen to learn new skills and aspires to become a Coach and content Creator in the future.

Sheila Chong

Sheila Chong is currently a Senior Product Specialist with Grass Valley. She has over 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry, with the majority of it in an engineering role. Having worked in broadcast provider facilities, customer-owned facilities as well as on the vendor side, she understands the differences in the way each works and the challenges each faces. Sheila takes pride in setting up production systems and providing training for her customers in the ASEAN region.

Vivian Yu

Vivian Yu is a Regional Marketing Manager, APAC, at Ross Video Limited and has been working in the broadcast Industry for more than 10 years, working her way up from coordinator to where she is today. She takes pride in providing the best result in her job functions. Vivian has been recognized for being highly organized, with an eye for detail, and is compassionate, with a strong team-player attitude, engaged across the Asia team. She is respected across the region and is also a very hands-on mother of 2. During her downtime, she enjoys getting together with friends over cheese and wine and spending quality time with her family members outdoors doing activities like cycling & hiking.

Dawn Lannon

Dawn Lannon is a senior buyer and proud member of the Grassvalley team. Dedicated to the end user, Dawn has a passion for supply chain. She is no stranger to the semiconductor industry, she brings with her over 20 years’ experience as an electronic component procurement specialist. Dawn is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. When she is not chasing chip shortages she is chasing kilometers, Dawn is an avid runner and certified nutrition coach.

Mentors

Hannah

Hannah is a trained broadcast engineer with a first class BSc in Broadcast Technology. She has worked at top level broadcasters such as BBC, QVC, ITV, Formula 1, Formula E, Maidstone Studios and IMG Studios. Hannah’s experience ranges from telecommunications, outside broadcasting through scheduling and playout and right back to studio productions having lead engineers for live primetime ITV shows such as This Morning and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, live sports such as Tottenham TV’s home games at Wembley, and the worldwide coverage of F1, MotoGP and Formula E races. Hannah is an experienced technical & non-technical trainer having trained operators, engineers and production staff. She also has specialisms in sound, talkback and projects delivery. Hannah has been running her own company since 2018.

Morwen

Morwen Williams is Director of UK Operations for BBC News, leading the technical and studio teams of BBC News. She is responsible for creative technical news gathering as well as all news studios in London and Salford at MediaCityUK and editing in London - a team of more than 800 people. She is the bridge between the BBC’s journalism and technology- using technology to its fullest to tell stories better for audiences. Previously she was BBC News’s Deputy UK Editor and led on major special events in the UK, and has worked as an output editor and producer in BBC regions in London and Manchester. She is chair of the WBU (World Broadcasting Union) International Media Connectivity Group, working with other broadcasters to find common solutions in this area. She has recently completed the Media Transformation Challenge at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Morwen is a keen supporter of the BBC’s apprentice schemes to deliver new and more diverse technical talent in the BBC, as well as working with BBC News’s Women in Technology programme. She’s been a mentor for RISE Women in Broadcasting and the John Schofield Trust for young journalists. She proudly received the 2019 RISE Women in Broadcasting Woman of the Year award at IBC. Morwen is married, with two sons at university. A keen road cyclist and loves skiing, she comes from a family of award-winning grocers, who know a thing or two about cheese.

Pav

Pav is currently MD at Ovyo, a Professional Services business focused on the video space (more in distribution than production for now), which was founded in 2019. He oversees all aspects of delivery as well as looking after go-to-market propositions and operations. Ovyo has direct relationships with a number of contractors including one-person limited companies. Pav previously held VP positions at Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia and Velocix in roles across PS, Product and Sales. He has also designed and introduced a company mentorship scheme. He previously worked as a Programme Director / Project Manager at BT and, through Accenture, worked for many different European operators and broadcasters. Semi-technical, former Architect and dabbled in some coding but not much. He has strong industry connections including among recruiters, including some industry recruiters who invested in his company! Father to 2 young girls, husband to an Aussie expat, chief toy fixer & hole darner.

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Purminder

Purminder joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager in the early 1990’s, progressing through to a senior studio director. With a varied career, she’s provided audio expertise for 25 years across domestic and World Service BBC radio output. This has included recording, editing and mixing in live studios, operating radio trucks and building broadcast facilities on location domestically and overseas for major events like the Olympics, Royal Weddings, Radio 1 in Ibiza and the Africa Cup of Nations. Purminder currently leads the BBC Edge Group, a pan BBC forum of live contribution and connectivity subject matter experts. The group engages with the wider broadcasting industry and manufacturers; and aims to learn and share through piloting innovation in tech and steering the workflows across the BBC. As part of the 2020 IBC 5G Remote Production accelerator, Purminder was responsible for the user case workstream which informed the successful live proof of concept.