Alice is our Talent Centre Coordinator based in Sheffield.
Operations Coordinator & PA to Chief Operating Officer.
Alison is based in our Bristol office; supports the operations function and procedures across the company. She is interested in green business practices and is involved in the Go Green scheme as part of Bristol 2015. As PA to the COO, Alison is responsible for diary management and provides additional administrative assistance to Mehjabeen. Alison also provides the reception service at the Bristol office and is the first point of contact for all general enquiries.
Amy supports the Head of Communications to deliver campaigns, PR and marketing activities.
Andy oversees the website, social media, online marketing, branding and print.
Andy manages the digital strategy and delivery for Creative England alongside print and branding. He has over 14 years marketing experience from TV and Radio advertising, direct mail to all aspects of online including email, SEO, online advertising, social media and websites.
Bobby covers production services for the North of England.
Bobby provides a comprehensive and valued production liaison service to production companies looking to film within the Northwest of England. Based at MediaCityUK and The Space Project (Manchester), Bobby is a highly experienced production liaison manager with over 11 years’ experience working across a range on TV and feature film enquiries. He has built up a range of contacts within the Film & TV industry, local authorities, police services and ancillary organisations and is seen as a trusted partner.
Caroline is responsible for delivering support, initiatives and investment to emerging and established talent.
Caroline Cooper Charles is Senior Talent Executive for Creative England responsible for delivering support, initiatives and investment to emerging and established talent across the English Regions.
Based primarily in the North, Caroline has a strong track record in fostering new creative talent. In addition to her work with emerging writing and directing talent at her production company, Universal Spirits, she was responsible for a diverse slate of low-budget feature films at Warp X, including the cat-and-mouse thriller Hush, kaleidoscopic music documentary All Tomorrow's Parties and inventive road-trip comedy Bunny and the Bull.
As Executive Producer, Caroline's credits include Xiaolu Guo's She, A Chinese, winner of the Golden Leopard for best film at Locarno Film Festival 2009 and Andrea Arnold's Oscar winning Wasp.
Caroline oversees the HR and Operations department at Creative England.
Caroline heads up the HR function; leading on recruitment, policy, talent, change, implementing and maintaining IT infrastructure and the day-to-day operations of our offices. With an extensive background in change and strategic planning, Caroline enjoys the challenges of HR and operations within a fast paced environment and is passionate about the creative and digital sectors.
Catherine is our Accounts Manager as part of the Finance and Operations department.
Celine is Senior Film Executive – Talent Development.
Celine is responsible for discovering, nurturing and the progression of the next generation of film talent; helping them progress to their first feature film. Celine has over 20 years of experience working in the film industry in England, France and the US working for a diverse range of companies such as ICM, Pathe Pictures and Passion Pictures.
Project manager of a series of events in conjunction with The Creative Industries Council.
Charlotte manages a number of events in conjunction with 'The Creative Industries Council' to helping creative businesses get better Access to Finance. Charlotte was also was PA to our CEO who covered Tara’s maternity leave.
Supports the HR & Operations Manager for Creative England
Chloe supports all aspects of HR and Operations across our offices, ensuring first class administrative systems and processes are in place. Overseeing recruitment campaigns, Chloe keeps a close eye on new talent, work placements and apprenticeship partnerships and opportunities. Supporting the operations function across Creative England requires impeccable organisational skills, Chloe keeps it all in order!
Chris provides production services across Yorkshire.
Christopher leads on the iFeatures programme.
Christopher heads up iFeatures the ground-breaking training, development and production initiative run in partnership with the BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset. He is currently overseeing the greenlight process and will accompany the films into production as their Executive Producer.
Ella leads on project management within the games team.
Ellie covers Production Services in the South West.
Emma lead the Production Services Team at Creative England.
Following a career in journalism, Emma started working for regional screen agency, South West Screen in 2007. She joined the comms team at Creative England as Press & PR Manager until December 2012. Emma is now Senior Production Services Manager at Creative England where she focuses on partnerships, relationship management and key marketing activity for this busy team.
Project manager in our film team providing guidance and information to new and existing filmmakers.
Haley has over 10 years’ experience in project management across film, investment, talent and skills. As part of our team of film experts, Haley works closely with emerging and established filmmakers playing a central role in implementing and managing the delivery of our business and production investment offer for Film. Haley provides information, advice and constructive guidance to a large volume of filmmakers requiring knowledge of public funding complexities and the industry, strong connections, and sound project management.
Hannah coordinates PR & marketing activity along with communications administration.
Hayley oversees all production service enquires within the East of England.
Hayley provides a comprehensive production liaison service to all companies looking to film within the East of England as well as reporting on the economic impact of filming activity in England, outside London. Starting out at the Film Commission for Hertfordshire, she has over 15 years’ experience of working to support filming & champion the East of England as a filming destination.
A successful entrepreneur and creative strategist, Jas has a proven track record in the industry.
Jaspal is Head of Games for Creative England. A successful software and internet entrepreneur and creative strategist, Jas has a proven track record of more than 10 years’ experience in internet and software product development, marketing and sales.
Jaspal founded a successful software company in 2002 whose flagship software is used across a variety of digital and creative sectors. Notable users include Activision, Rosetta Stone, Hasbro, Yahoo!, Lamborghini and Sony Pictures.
Jaspal has extensive experience of internet technologies, cross-platform application and game development.
More recently, his software has allowed game developers to build and self-publish cross-platform games on digital marketplaces such as Steam and the Mac App Store.
Prior to starting his own company, Jaspal worked as a new media designer completing digital contracts from Aston Martin, Jaguar, RNIB and the BBC.
Jenny is responsible for developing relationships with key stakeholders, including the media, to promote the work of Creative England.
Jessica is our Talent Centre Development Executive part of the Film team.
Jim heads up Creative England’s investment programme which aims to create economic and sustainable employment.
Jim's based at MediaCityUK; his role as our Partnerships leader, means he is responsible for all business investment and partnerships activity. With an impressive track record of deal making across the creative sector, Jim provides strategic leadership to our business programmes and champions an integrated approach to Partnerships across all Creative England activity.
Jim started his career at Sainsbury’s working on store planning and market research. He subsequently moved to Pace where he worked as part of the team working on the company flotation and new product development such as WebTV and the world’s first integrated digital TV.
Jim moved to Creative England in April 2012 after spending ten years at regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.
Joanne is our Monitoring and Investment Liaison Executive as part of our Finance and Operations team.
Johanna works with national and international partners to prepare regional and policy driven action plans.
Jude works in the skills team with Lisa Howe delivering training.
Kate manages the business investment fund and oversees the application process.
Kate heads up our Communications department and leads Creative England's PR & Marketing.
Kate is the Project Manager for our iFeatures programme based in Bristol.
Kaye leads the Production Services team and is responsible for developing partnerships with local government across England.
Kaye Elliott is Head of Production Services for Creative England.
She leads a national team dedicated to providing a first class free support service to film and TV production to shoot in England outside London, providing access to location, studios, crew, facilities and filming permissions.
Kaye is also responsible for developing partnerships with local government across England to improve the filming infrastructure in the English regions, as well as promoting England as a first class production centre. Before joining Creative England, Kaye was Executive Director at Vision+Media. Other roles include Director of Inward Investment at Vision+Media and Community Liaison at Company Pictures.
Manages the administration of multiple projects delivered through the Business Investment department
Laura supports the games team in running multiple programmes within the department.
Lauren co-ordinates and looks after the administration of the games programmes.
Lauren came to work for Creative England in a temporary role as Mehjabeen Price’s (the financial director) PA and office co-ordinator. Lauren enjoyed working for Creative England so much so that she then applied for the project administrator role in the games department. She believes in the contribution the creative industries makes, not just to the economy, but in inspiring people to be innovative and opening their minds to approaching life in a new way. To her being part of a team that is at the heart of helping grow talent and promoting creativity means being on the front line of something that she really believes in.
Lauren is the Accounts Officer as part of our Finance and Operations department.
Liam supports the Chief Executive and Head of Communications to deliver Creative England’s Public Affairs and Policy activities.
Liam supports the delivery of Creative England’s Public Affairs and policy strategy in order to raise the profile and understanding of the work of the organisation and its clients with key stakeholders.
Prior to joining Creative England, Liam interned within the Westminster office of the Rt. Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, the then Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Linda is our Awards Coordinator, part of Creative England's Finance and Operations department.
Linda manages the administration of Creative England’s funds, working closely with delivery teams and Finance and Operations dept. to ensure that all awards processes and procedures are delivered effectively and efficiently. She also co-ordinates funding meetings and ensures accurate records are taken and maintained. Linda has been with Creative England since its inception in 2011, having transferred from the regional screen agency in the East Midlands. Her previous work experience covered a variety of roles in sales and customer service within the commercial sector.
Lisa is our Senior Skills Manager, heading up the Creative England Skills activity.
Lisa heads up our Skills activity, working with all of our teams across England to ensure that the talent and businesses we support have access to high-quality professional development opportunities, including masterclasses, residential workshops, mentoring and shadowing, to equip them with the skills, knowledge and contacts needed to succeed. She has developed the CPD programmes that accompany initiatives such as iFeatures and iShorts, as well as standalone projects such as the Creative Business Mentor Programme, TalentX and Net.Work at LFF. Lisa is the first point of call for our Skills partners, including Creative Skillset, Creative Europe, Nesta and BAFTA. She represents Creative England on many local and national skills action groups, including the Creative Industries Council Skills Group.
Matt is our Investment Officer and works as part of our operations team in Bristol.
Matt works in the Operations team based in Bristol, and is responsible for the monitoring and management of repayments from RGF investment. He has previous experience of working in the private financial sector, and being responsible for the reconciliation of accounts.
Mehjabeen is our Chief Operations Officer and leads the running of all operations across Creative England.
Mehjabeen is our Operations leader, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across Creative England. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen also oversees the financial functions ensuring that all areas of Creative England are aligned with the strategic objectives set by the CEO and Board.
Nicky is part of our Production Liaison Coordination Team providing support across Cumbria and the North West.
Nicky works as the National Crew & Facilities manager for Creative England.
Nicky oversees the national crewing service offering bespoke advice and support to productions of all scales shooting in the English regions and manages the national database of over 5,500 regional crew and facilities. She is also responsible for running national crew nights, for “Connect” the higher level networking events run in partnership with the Production Guild of Great Britain and works closely with BAFTA on BAFTACrew. Nicky has over 15 years of crewing/training experience in Film/TV.
Nicola is our Production Liaison Coordinator for the East of England.
As the Production Liaison Coordinator for the Production Services Team, Nicola provides overall support to the team and co-ordinates filming enquiries on a National scale, for the English counties, outside London. Based at Elstree Studios, Nicola supports all companies looking to film within the East of England. Starting out at the Film Commission for the East of England, she has over 6 years’ experience of working to support filming & champions the East of England as a filming destination.
Cole supports Crew & Facility team activity.
Cole, assists Nicky Ball with the national crewing service she assists with the online registration of the database along with posting available jobs on the website using the website and social media. Part of her role involves collecting images for marketing and helping to host events organised by the Production Services department.
Paul leads the Sheffield talent team as a key partner in BFI NET.WORK.
Paul Ashton is our Senior Film Executive, leading the Sheffield talent team as a key partner in BFI NET.WORK. Paul is responsible for realising filmmaking talent through short film production and feature film development, including new regional talent and emerging England-wide talent. Since joining Creative England in 2013, Paul has overseen delivery of the low-budget iShorts programme and built a diverse slate of high-end shorts and feature developments. Paul was Executive Producer on Rachel Tunnard’s BAFTA and BIFA nominated short EMOTIONAL FUSEBOX and her subsequent feature film HOW TO LIVE YOURS, both starring Jodie Whittaker.
Previously Paul was Development Producer at BBC writersroom, and before that freelanced across film, television, radio and theatre, where his work has always been committed to finding and nurturing writer talent. He was involved in the production of Oscar and BAFTA nominated films WISH 143 and TURNING, and the development of BAFTA, RTS, SONY, PRIX ITALIA, IMISON and TINNISWOOD award winning drama and comedy for BBC television and radio. Paul is also the author of The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Stage, Screen and Radio, published by Bloomsbury.
Peter scouts new and emerging talent, assessing fund submissions in our Brighton Talent Centre.
Peter is the Development Executive at our Brighton Talent Centre. His role involves scouting new and emerging talent, assessing fund submissions and providing bespoke support across feature film development, short schemes and pilots. Before joining us he spent four years with Exclusive Media, developing and marketing features and documentaries for the international marketplace including Begin Again, The Quiet Ones, Rush, Snitch, End Of Watch, The Woman In Black, The Ides Of March, Let Me In, The Way Back, George Harrison: Living In The Material World and Undefeated. He’s also worked for The Weinstein Company and Heyday Films in London; is credited on Eran Creevy’s BAFTA nominated Film London Microwave debut Shifty; and has script read for BBC Films, Celador Films, Focus Features and Pathe. He has a degree in Film Studies from the University of Kent.
Rebecca is our Production Liaison managers for the South based chiefly at Pinewood Studios.
Rebecca is part of our aim to offer a single, streamlined service to production companies and crew across all English regions outside London. As Production Liaison and Partnerships Manager for the South East, Rebecca offers free support and advice to any production filming in the South East which includes liaison with local authorities, private film locations and studios. Recent support has included Marvels’ Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission Impossible 5, The Monument’s Men and Patient Zero.
Richard assists with online content co-ordination, optimising Creative England's social media presence.
Richard is the first apprentice at Creative England and is part of the Creative Pioneers initiative. He has joined as an Online Digital Marketing Apprentice, part of the Comms team, his role includes assisting with the social media content as well as the website content management.
Richard joined Creative England in October 2013 as head of production.
Richard currently manages two productions funds for Creative England and, since joining the company in late 2013, has backed five fiction films and five feature docs. His investments include Andrew Haig’s second feature 45 Years (in main competition at the Berlinale 2015) and Spooks: The Greater Good scheduled for a UK release with Fox in 2015 with worldwide sales being handled by Altitude.
His last film as an independent producer, Keeping Rosy, starring Maxine Peake (Silk) and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) premiered at the Raindance and Dinard Festivals and was nominated for BIFA ‘s Raindance Award.
Richard produced the award-winning thriller Eden Lake, released by Optimum in 2008 in the UK. The Weinstein Company released the film in the US and Pathe sold it worldwide. Written and directed by James Watkins (The Woman In Black), it stars Kelly Reilly (Flight) and Oscar-nominee Michael Fassbender. Eden Lake won the audience award at the Sitges Film Festival, the International Fantasy Film Award at the Fantasporto Film Festival and the Best Horror award at the Empire Film Awards.
Earlier in his career, Richard co-wrote and produced Stefan Schwartz’s award-winning Shooting Fish, starring Kate Beckinsale. The film grossed over £4m in the UK alone. Richard then went on to produce Kirk Jones’ Waking Ned, which grossed $26m in the US and a further $25m+ worldwide. Waking Ned won Richard a nomination for a Producer’s Guild of America award and both Shooting Fish and Waking Ned are posting net profits.
His first film Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, starred the new Dr Who, Peter Capaldi, as well as Jeremy Northam and Simon Callow. It won the London Film Festival Audience Award as well as Scottish BAFTA’s for Best Film and Best Actor.
Richard was a co-founder of the trade body The New Producer’s Alliance, serving a year as its Co-Chairman. For three years he was the Vice-Chairman for Film at PACT, the UK’s Producers Alliance for Cinema and TV. He was selected to be on the inaugural ACE (Ateliers de Cinema European) program.
Sagra is our Finance Assistant, as part of the Finance and Operations team.
Shereene is our Finance Manager part of Creative England's Finance and Operations team.
Simon supports communications activity with the development of online content and social media strategy.
Simon is responsible for sourcing original content for the Creative England website and the maintenance of the company’s primary social channels, including Facebook, Twitter and G+. This involves creating search-engine-optimised editorial work such as interviews and case studies and crafting rich media video content. Simon has over five years’ experience working with a wide range of print and online outlets and is currently based at MediaCityUK.
Stephen covers Production Services in the East and West Midlands regions.
Stephen is the production liaison manager across the East and West Midlands regions of England. Based at our Birmingham offices and has 12 years of experience within the screen industry, Stephen works closely with local authorities, police and other regional partners, including Birmingham City Council’s film office, Film Birmingham, to ensure productions are well serviced when filming in the area.
Stephen’s additional responsibilities include management of the Production Services department’s online databases and software, liaison with the English film office network, developing relationships with national partners such as the National Trust, English Heritage and the Ministry of Defence as well as line management of members of staff within the Production Services team.
Tara is responsible for diary management, & servicing of all internal, external communications on Caroline's behalf.
Tara is our Assistant to the CEO Caroline Norbury; is responsible for extensive diary management, coordinating projects and events, as well as servicing internal and external communications on Caroline's behalf.
Tara was a Floor Manager and a Production Manager at the BBC for 15 years, and then was at News International as Picture Manager, at The Times, before she reinvented her career as an Executive Assistant.
Tara has since supported a number of CEO’s, in many different industries, newspaper, healthcare, oil and IT. She loves her job at Creative England and all the aspects of it! No two days are ever the same, and it can be challenging!
Tim runs the South West Innovation Programme helping creative digital businesses.
Tim manages Creative England’s South West Innovation Programme, through seed investment, mentoring, marketing and business support the 'Innovation' programme helps creative digital businesses in the South West build and sell innovative products and services as well as overcome barriers to growth. He is based at our Bristol office; is an experience project manager with a background of working with arts organisations and running his own successful audio engineering company.