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Creative England is full of talented and experienced people who drive our mission and sit at the heart of everything we do. Find out more about who does what here

Caroline HindsDirector of People & Operations

Caroline joined Creative England during its inception, setting up people processes and policies and shaping our operational infrastructure. Responsible for people strategy, change management and shaping wider corporate strategic planning, Caroline manages a HR & Ops team who ensure the day-to-day ops run smoothly and efficiently across all sites.

Specialising in the creative sector has lead significant organisational development working with people at all levels across film, games, digital, partnerships, marketing, policy and legal. Caroline believes in building a great place to work, a strong company culture based on trust, shared values and core purpose.  This means doing what’s best for our people, supporting them through good and bad, and providing an environment in which we can be our best.

caroline.hinds@creativeengland.co.uk

Julia MorrishOperations Co-ordinator & PA to COO

Julia joined Creative England in 2018 as our Operations Coordinator and PA to the COO. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with the day to day operations of the business, travel bookings and event support. Julia completed a BA in Film Studies & Creative Writing and an Masters in Curating, where she developed a passion for film and gained industry experience at cultural institutions such as Watershed Cinema & Encounters Film Festival. Outside of work, Julia is part of a pop/rock choir and also volunteers at a museum. Her most memorable achievement is of being one of the ‘Dismal’ stewards at Banksy’s Dismaland in 2015.

Julia.Morrish@creativeengland.co.uk

Rachel CrossleyPeople and Operations Assistant

Rachel assists in day to day HR and operations activities, helping to ensure things run smoothly and efficiently across all sites. Rachel’s main responsibilities include troubleshooting operational issues, assisting with various people processes and taking steps to maintain our strong company culture.

Rachel.Crossley@creativeengland.co.uk

Caroline joined Creative England during its inception, setting up people processes and policies and shaping our operational infrastructure. Responsible for people strategy, change management and shaping wider corporate strategic planning, Caroline manages a HR & Ops team who ensure the day-to-day ops run smoothly and efficiently across all sites.

Specialising in the creative sector has lead significant organisational development working with people at all levels across film, games, digital, partnerships, marketing, policy and legal. Caroline believes in building a great place to work, a strong company culture based on trust, shared values and core purpose.  This means doing what’s best for our people, supporting them through good and bad, and providing an environment in which we can be our best.

caroline.hinds@creativeengland.co.uk

Julia joined Creative England in 2018 as our Operations Coordinator and PA to the COO. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with the day to day operations of the business, travel bookings and event support. Julia completed a BA in Film Studies & Creative Writing and an Masters in Curating, where she developed a passion for film and gained industry experience at cultural institutions such as Watershed Cinema & Encounters Film Festival. Outside of work, Julia is part of a pop/rock choir and also volunteers at a museum. Her most memorable achievement is of being one of the ‘Dismal’ stewards at Banksy’s Dismaland in 2015.

Julia.Morrish@creativeengland.co.uk

Rachel assists in day to day HR and operations activities, helping to ensure things run smoothly and efficiently across all sites. Rachel’s main responsibilities include troubleshooting operational issues, assisting with various people processes and taking steps to maintain our strong company culture.

Rachel.Crossley@creativeengland.co.uk

Mehjabeen PatrickChief Financial Officer

Mehjabeen is Creative England’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across the company. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.

mehjabeen.patrick@creativeengland.co.uk

Tim EvansHead of Investment

Tim oversees the investment activity at Creative England. As well as managing the debt and equity investment activity, Tim helps to build relationships with the partners and networks that help the businesses to thrive. Tim’s prior experience includes running his own production company, the management of Creative England’s equity fund and the programme management of the South West Innovation Network programmes. He is passionate about supporting companies beyond investment and enjoys supporting entrepreneurial talent to build and execute on their ideas.

tim.evans@creativeengland.co.uk

Nick CavanderInvestment Manager

Nick is responsible for helping to expand the portfolio of companies for whom we provide scale up finance and ongoing development support. Nick engages with potential investee companies to identify ways we can help them to grow their businesses with funding and follow on support. Nick previously worked in film and television marketing for years and understands first-hand the commercial opportunities and challenges that creative sector businesses face.

nick.cavander@creativeengland.co.uk

Mehjabeen is Creative England’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across the company. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.

mehjabeen.patrick@creativeengland.co.uk

Tim oversees the investment activity at Creative England. As well as managing the debt and equity investment activity, Tim helps to build relationships with the partners and networks that help the businesses to thrive. Tim’s prior experience includes running his own production company, the management of Creative England’s equity fund and the programme management of the South West Innovation Network programmes. He is passionate about supporting companies beyond investment and enjoys supporting entrepreneurial talent to build and execute on their ideas.

tim.evans@creativeengland.co.uk

Nick is responsible for helping to expand the portfolio of companies for whom we provide scale up finance and ongoing development support. Nick engages with potential investee companies to identify ways we can help them to grow their businesses with funding and follow on support. Nick previously worked in film and television marketing for years and understands first-hand the commercial opportunities and challenges that creative sector businesses face.

nick.cavander@creativeengland.co.uk

Kate AdamProgramme Manager - Investment

Kate started her career in the glitzy world of TV production, making tea and buying plain digestive biscuits for greats like David Attenborough.  She’s since gone on to work as a project manager in both the public and private sector, before joining Creative England in 2014 to deliver the Regional Growth Fund investment programmes.

Kate is a firm believer that riding a bike and eating cheese (not necessarily at the same time) make everything better and attempts to do both things on a daily basis.

kate.adam@creativeengland.co.uk

Jackie BoydInvestment Manager

Based in our Manchester office, Jackie is part of our investment team and manages our portfolio of tech and digital investments. Before joining CE, Jackie worked in the games sector at SCEE and ran investment funds within the creative sectors in the North East. She’s our cat-loving resident Geordie.

Jackie.Boyd@CreativeEngland.co.uk

Matt BrowningInvestment Manager

Matt is responsible for management of the equity portfolio, aiding the growth and development of the businesses we’ve supported. Matt also manages debt activity, assisting through the investment process as well as managing the recoupment. Matt previously worked in the private financial sector, where he was responsible for the reconciliation of client money and assets.

matt.browning@creativeengland.co.uk

Kate started her career in the glitzy world of TV production, making tea and buying plain digestive biscuits for greats like David Attenborough.  She’s since gone on to work as a project manager in both the public and private sector, before joining Creative England in 2014 to deliver the Regional Growth Fund investment programmes.

Kate is a firm believer that riding a bike and eating cheese (not necessarily at the same time) make everything better and attempts to do both things on a daily basis.

kate.adam@creativeengland.co.uk

Based in our Manchester office, Jackie is part of our investment team and manages our portfolio of tech and digital investments. Before joining CE, Jackie worked in the games sector at SCEE and ran investment funds within the creative sectors in the North East. She’s our cat-loving resident Geordie.

Jackie.Boyd@CreativeEngland.co.uk

Matt is responsible for management of the equity portfolio, aiding the growth and development of the businesses we’ve supported. Matt also manages debt activity, assisting through the investment process as well as managing the recoupment. Matt previously worked in the private financial sector, where he was responsible for the reconciliation of client money and assets.

matt.browning@creativeengland.co.uk

Louise CorpBusiness Affairs Officer

Louise provides extensive support to the Business Affairs and Investment team, in-house client managers as well as ad-hoc project assistance to the Finance and Ops team.  Louise joined Creative England following over twenty years in the media industry working primarily for the BBC.  During this time she worked both in production including a Grierson award winning documentary and in various business roles across the Natural History Unit and Unscripted Productions.  Currently a part-time “mature” student, Louise lives in rural Somerset with her husband and two children.

Louise.Corp@creativeengland.co.uk

Haley EdwardsProgramme Manager - Content & Enterprise

Haley has over 12 years’ experience in project management across film, investment, talent and skills. As part of our team of creative experts, Haley works closely with emerging and established talent in the moving image sector, implementing and managing the delivery of Creative England’s business support and investment offer for screen businesses. Haley provides information and constructive guidance to a large volume of entrepreneurs requiring knowledge and advice in building their creative company in the English regions, as well as offering strong industry connections and sound project management.

haley.edwards@creativeengland.co.uk

Hari RamakrishnanProgramme Coordinator

Hari is a writer, performer and professional wrestling manager. He made the short film ‘Slice’ through Channel 4’s Random Acts scheme and was chosen by The Latimer Group and BBC Three as one of the UK’s top 50 creative young people. Based in the Bristol office, he works as our Programme Coordinator; supporting our Programme Managers.

Hari.Ramakrishnan@creativeengland.co.uk

Louise provides extensive support to the Business Affairs and Investment team, in-house client managers as well as ad-hoc project assistance to the Finance and Ops team.  Louise joined Creative England following over twenty years in the media industry working primarily for the BBC.  During this time she worked both in production including a Grierson award winning documentary and in various business roles across the Natural History Unit and Unscripted Productions.  Currently a part-time “mature” student, Louise lives in rural Somerset with her husband and two children.

Louise.Corp@creativeengland.co.uk

Haley has over 12 years’ experience in project management across film, investment, talent and skills. As part of our team of creative experts, Haley works closely with emerging and established talent in the moving image sector, implementing and managing the delivery of Creative England’s business support and investment offer for screen businesses. Haley provides information and constructive guidance to a large volume of entrepreneurs requiring knowledge and advice in building their creative company in the English regions, as well as offering strong industry connections and sound project management.

haley.edwards@creativeengland.co.uk

Hari is a writer, performer and professional wrestling manager. He made the short film ‘Slice’ through Channel 4’s Random Acts scheme and was chosen by The Latimer Group and BBC Three as one of the UK’s top 50 creative young people. Based in the Bristol office, he works as our Programme Coordinator; supporting our Programme Managers.

Hari.Ramakrishnan@creativeengland.co.uk

Maeve ReynoldsProgramme Coordinator

Maeve studied Communications Studies at Dublin City University and decided she wanted to work in TV and film. After graduating, she spent a year in NYC doing various internships including production and PR. She then moved to London and worked in Programme Acquisitions at The Discovery Channel and then Channel 5.

Maeve.reynolds@creativeengland.co.uk

Maeve studied Communications Studies at Dublin City University and decided she wanted to work in TV and film. After graduating, she spent a year in NYC doing various internships including production and PR. She then moved to London and worked in Programme Acquisitions at The Discovery Channel and then Channel 5.

Maeve.reynolds@creativeengland.co.uk

Kirsten WhitingProject Officer (EPIC)

Kirsten looks after the EPIC (e-Health Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall) project and is based in our Truro office. EPIC is a three-year ERDF-funded programme, led by the University of Plymouth, which comes to an end in March 2020.

Kirsten joined Creative England in October 2019 and has worked within the creative industries in Cornwall for over 15 years, with roles covering everything from running festivals to raising sponsorship to writing book reviews.

Outside of the office, Kirsten is a keen gig rower and a recent convert to pedal-power.

kirsten.whiting@creativeengland.co.uk 

Sophie ArnoldProject Manager (SW)

Sophie is our person on the ground in Plymouth and is currently looking after the iMayflower programme which aims to build the city as a creative cluster. She has 12 years’ experience working in business support from government to commercial and is particularly interested in the games and immersive parts of the creative industries.

sophie.arnold@creativeengland.co.uk

Linda LokerAwards Coordinator

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.

linda.loker@creativeengland.co.uk

Kirsten looks after the EPIC (e-Health Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall) project and is based in our Truro office. EPIC is a three-year ERDF-funded programme, led by the University of Plymouth, which comes to an end in March 2020.

Kirsten joined Creative England in October 2019 and has worked within the creative industries in Cornwall for over 15 years, with roles covering everything from running festivals to raising sponsorship to writing book reviews.

Outside of the office, Kirsten is a keen gig rower and a recent convert to pedal-power.

kirsten.whiting@creativeengland.co.uk 

Sophie is our person on the ground in Plymouth and is currently looking after the iMayflower programme which aims to build the city as a creative cluster. She has 12 years’ experience working in business support from government to commercial and is particularly interested in the games and immersive parts of the creative industries.

sophie.arnold@creativeengland.co.uk

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.

linda.loker@creativeengland.co.uk

Cassandra TownFinance Administrator

Cassandra joined the finance team based in Bristol in 2018 and is responsible for processing the day to day transactions of Creative England, reconciling accounts and supporting the rest of the finance team. She has 4 years previous experience working within the finance departments of other small companies within the south west with similar responsibilities.

Cassandra.Town@creativeengland.co.uk

Natalie SuteraManagement Accountant

Natalie moved to Bristol in 2009 and gained a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance before continuing to study for the CIMA professional qualification. She joined Creative England in 2019 following previous roles in the Software and Marketing industries. Her role as Management Accountant at Creative England covers financial reporting (both internally and to funders), budgeting, payroll and financial management of subsidiaries.

In her free time she loves taking trips, walks with her dog and days out with her husband. She’s a keen enthusiast for food and cooking – especially Thai cuisine.

Natalie.Sutera@creativeengland.co.uk

Cassandra joined the finance team based in Bristol in 2018 and is responsible for processing the day to day transactions of Creative England, reconciling accounts and supporting the rest of the finance team. She has 4 years previous experience working within the finance departments of other small companies within the south west with similar responsibilities.

Cassandra.Town@creativeengland.co.uk

Natalie moved to Bristol in 2009 and gained a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance before continuing to study for the CIMA professional qualification. She joined Creative England in 2019 following previous roles in the Software and Marketing industries. Her role as Management Accountant at Creative England covers financial reporting (both internally and to funders), budgeting, payroll and financial management of subsidiaries.

In her free time she loves taking trips, walks with her dog and days out with her husband. She’s a keen enthusiast for food and cooking – especially Thai cuisine.

Natalie.Sutera@creativeengland.co.uk

Rachel JohnsonHead of Marketing & PR

Rachel Johnson is Head of Marketing & PR at Creative England, responsible for the brand marketing strategy across the company including government, regional and commercial partnerships. Prior to this, Rachel has gained over 12 years experience across multiple creative sectors including Film, TV, Gaming, Theatre, Music, Art and live cultural events. A creative marketer who is passionate about driving change and equality of opportunity for the creative industries through innovative campaigns, Rachel has worked in strategic marketing roles for global companies such as Universal Pictures, Midway Games and Sony Pictures in London and Sydney.

Now based in Manchester, Rachel has played a pivotal role in raising Creative England’s company profile, developing the company’s first ever brand campaign ‘England is Creative’ and recently launched ‘Be More Creative’ – a multi-year campaign celebrating regional creativity across the country, with high profile events in Manchester and Leeds.

Rachel.johnson@creativeengland.co.uk

Kate MayallJunior Marketing Manager

Kate works as the Marketing Coordinator within our marketing team in Manchester, developing and implementing marketing strategy and activity of new and existing campaigns. Having joined Creative England in 2016 as a Marketing Assistant, she came from a media agency background, where she managed clients’ social media accounts and advertising.

kate.mayall@creativeengland.co.uk

Laura TaylorMarketing Executive

Laura’s main role is social media management, content creation and digital marketing strategy and analysis.

Her background is in administration, as well as freelance digital marketing. She took an interest in social media analytics, as well as creative promotional work during her time as a freelancer, making Creative England a perfect place to explore her interests.

Before that, she was an English Literature student at Lincoln University, where she developed a strong passion for classic literature and theoretical research.

Outside work, you can often find Laura exploring and taking many photographs around the picturesque city of Bristol or down the pub with a pint of local ale.

laura.taylor@creativeengland.co.uk

Rachel Johnson is Head of Marketing & PR at Creative England, responsible for the brand marketing strategy across the company including government, regional and commercial partnerships. Prior to this, Rachel has gained over 12 years experience across multiple creative sectors including Film, TV, Gaming, Theatre, Music, Art and live cultural events. A creative marketer who is passionate about driving change and equality of opportunity for the creative industries through innovative campaigns, Rachel has worked in strategic marketing roles for global companies such as Universal Pictures, Midway Games and Sony Pictures in London and Sydney.

Now based in Manchester, Rachel has played a pivotal role in raising Creative England’s company profile, developing the company’s first ever brand campaign ‘England is Creative’ and recently launched ‘Be More Creative’ – a multi-year campaign celebrating regional creativity across the country, with high profile events in Manchester and Leeds.

Rachel.johnson@creativeengland.co.uk

Kate works as the Marketing Coordinator within our marketing team in Manchester, developing and implementing marketing strategy and activity of new and existing campaigns. Having joined Creative England in 2016 as a Marketing Assistant, she came from a media agency background, where she managed clients’ social media accounts and advertising.

kate.mayall@creativeengland.co.uk

Laura’s main role is social media management, content creation and digital marketing strategy and analysis.

Her background is in administration, as well as freelance digital marketing. She took an interest in social media analytics, as well as creative promotional work during her time as a freelancer, making Creative England a perfect place to explore her interests.

Before that, she was an English Literature student at Lincoln University, where she developed a strong passion for classic literature and theoretical research.

Outside work, you can often find Laura exploring and taking many photographs around the picturesque city of Bristol or down the pub with a pint of local ale.

laura.taylor@creativeengland.co.uk

Abby BrennanDigital Content Producer

Abby is the digital content producer at creative england and joined the team in November 2018. Abby creates and manages all content for creative england. Abby comes from a commercial video creation background and specialised in video optimisation for social.

Abby.Brennan@creativeengland.co.uk

Abby is the digital content producer at creative england and joined the team in November 2018. Abby creates and manages all content for creative england. Abby comes from a commercial video creation background and specialised in video optimisation for social.

Abby.Brennan@creativeengland.co.uk

Stephanie ClarkProgramme Manager

Stephanie leads on our industry events including the Be More Creative series and Creative England Live. She also has responsibility for strategic partnerships across the business working with a range of programme funders, delivery partners and event sponsors. Stephanie is based in the Media City office and is currently developing a new programme for Greater Manchester based businesses from the film, TV and games sector focusing on generating new content and products to market.

Stephanie.Clark@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Hayley ArmstrongHead of Production Services

Hayley leads a national team dedicated to providing a production support service to Film and HETV to shoot in England, outside London, giving access to locations, studios, crew, facilities and filming permissions.  Hayley provides leadership and advocacy for the sector whilst developing partnerships with local government and key stakeholders to improve the filming infrastructure.  Hayley started out at the Film Commission for Hertfordshire and holds over 20 years’ experience of delivering production services and championing England as a first-class filming destination.

hayley.armstrong@creativeengland.co.uk

Nick BeechProduction Liaison Manager North

Nick is our Production Liaison Manager for the North, working closely with local authorities, film offices and the film industry to help ensure a smooth shoot for incoming feature and drama productions and for the local communities they film in. Nick also leads on the development of digital resources for Production Services, including Creative England’s “Film Here” enquiry system, and is passionate about the power of improving access to information.

Nick’s current focus is on the creation of new tools and resources to help local authorities to manage filming more easily, and the creation of a new system to provide the film industry with simple and efficient access to the up-to-date local knowledge they need.

nick.beech@creativeengland.co.uk

Stephanie leads on our industry events including the Be More Creative series and Creative England Live. She also has responsibility for strategic partnerships across the business working with a range of programme funders, delivery partners and event sponsors. Stephanie is based in the Media City office and is currently developing a new programme for Greater Manchester based businesses from the film, TV and games sector focusing on generating new content and products to market.

Stephanie.Clark@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Hayley leads a national team dedicated to providing a production support service to Film and HETV to shoot in England, outside London, giving access to locations, studios, crew, facilities and filming permissions.  Hayley provides leadership and advocacy for the sector whilst developing partnerships with local government and key stakeholders to improve the filming infrastructure.  Hayley started out at the Film Commission for Hertfordshire and holds over 20 years’ experience of delivering production services and championing England as a first-class filming destination.

hayley.armstrong@creativeengland.co.uk

Nick is our Production Liaison Manager for the North, working closely with local authorities, film offices and the film industry to help ensure a smooth shoot for incoming feature and drama productions and for the local communities they film in. Nick also leads on the development of digital resources for Production Services, including Creative England’s “Film Here” enquiry system, and is passionate about the power of improving access to information.

Nick’s current focus is on the creation of new tools and resources to help local authorities to manage filming more easily, and the creation of a new system to provide the film industry with simple and efficient access to the up-to-date local knowledge they need.

nick.beech@creativeengland.co.uk

Hannah MacleodPartnerships Manager (Film/HETV)

Part of the Production Services Team, Hannah is the lead on establishing the new Filming in England Partnership.

This Partnership will aim to bring together key organisations who work with and help facilitate Film and TV productions in England, outside of London, to create a film friendly environment and unlock England’s full potential as a world-class destination for Film and TV production.

Prior to joining the team at Creative England, Hannah gained nearly 12 years’ experience working across Film and TV, in both production and post-production, which included working within the team at the British Film Commission.

Here she facilitated production support for inward investment feature films and high-end television projects, and developed strong working relationships with industry bodies, facilities and production companies across the country.

With her past experience, Hannah is an enthusiastic advocate of the UK’s screen industries, in particular the talent and opportunities available throughout the nation, outside London.

Hannah.Macleod@creativeengland.co.uk

Joely EllisProduction Liaison Manager (South East)

Joely as our Production Liaison Manager based at Elstree Studios, provides a comprehensive production liaison support service to film & high-end TV productions in the South East and East of England – coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film friendly activity in the region.

Prior to joining the team in January 2020, Joely was the Marketing and Events Manager for Elstree Studios for over five years.  Joely brings with her industry experience in getting things done, working with councils, building relationships and making Location Manager’s lives easier.

joely.ellis@creativeengland.co.uk

Josh BakerLocations Database Coordinator

Josh works as the Location Coordinator at Creative England, managing 18,000 locations throughout England on the Creative England location database and scouting potential new film friendly locations that help promote the regions outside of London. His experience in the film industry has seen him work in production and development at BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated production company, Bridgeway Films, and also freelancing on films such as Paddington 2. Josh location managed the independent feature film, Nocturnal, which premiered at London Film Festival in 2019.

Josh.Baker@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Part of the Production Services Team, Hannah is the lead on establishing the new Filming in England Partnership.

This Partnership will aim to bring together key organisations who work with and help facilitate Film and TV productions in England, outside of London, to create a film friendly environment and unlock England’s full potential as a world-class destination for Film and TV production.

Prior to joining the team at Creative England, Hannah gained nearly 12 years’ experience working across Film and TV, in both production and post-production, which included working within the team at the British Film Commission.

Here she facilitated production support for inward investment feature films and high-end television projects, and developed strong working relationships with industry bodies, facilities and production companies across the country.

With her past experience, Hannah is an enthusiastic advocate of the UK’s screen industries, in particular the talent and opportunities available throughout the nation, outside London.

Hannah.Macleod@creativeengland.co.uk

Joely as our Production Liaison Manager based at Elstree Studios, provides a comprehensive production liaison support service to film & high-end TV productions in the South East and East of England – coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film friendly activity in the region.

Prior to joining the team in January 2020, Joely was the Marketing and Events Manager for Elstree Studios for over five years.  Joely brings with her industry experience in getting things done, working with councils, building relationships and making Location Manager’s lives easier.

joely.ellis@creativeengland.co.uk

Josh works as the Location Coordinator at Creative England, managing 18,000 locations throughout England on the Creative England location database and scouting potential new film friendly locations that help promote the regions outside of London. His experience in the film industry has seen him work in production and development at BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated production company, Bridgeway Films, and also freelancing on films such as Paddington 2. Josh location managed the independent feature film, Nocturnal, which premiered at London Film Festival in 2019.

Josh.Baker@creativeengland.co.uk

 

Jonny SheltonProduction Liaison Officer (North)

Jonny joined Creative England’s Production Services team permanently in November 2018 after four months of work experience in the department. His current role as Production Liaison Officer sees daily liaison and facilitation between Film and TV Productions and Local Authorities whilst providing location suggestions to productions.

Previously to Creative England, Jonny studied music at the University of Salford and focused on soundtracks in the latter stages of his degree, whilst writing short films and the accompanying music. Jonny has also hosted regular music nights in Manchester Central Library, produced Chorlton Comedy Festival 2018 and hosts/produces regular instalments of Quays Comedy in MediaCityUK.

Jonny loves living five minutes from the office!

Jonny.Shelton@creativeengland.co.uk

Charlotte WoodProduction Liaison Officer (South West)

Charlotte provides comprehensive production liaison support to Film & High-End TV productions in the South West, coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film friendly activity in the region. Her career started as a Production Coordinator at Twofour Broadcast in Plymouth working on programmes for Channel 5, ITV and the National Geographic Channel. Prior to joining Creative England, Charlotte supported charity film projects and contributed to organising events for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, held at the BFI and ITV Studios.

Whilst at Creative England, Charlotte was responsible for successfully delivering our ERDF funded project – Hertfordshire ProConnect – a programme of support for the film & TV industry running workshops, networking events, tailored one-to-one sessions and business grants. She is looking forward to continuing to provide industry support within the Production Services team

charlotte.wood@creativeengland.co.uk

Sam RifkinCrew & Facilities Officer

Sam works as Project Co-ordinator for our crewing service, managing the national crew and facilities database which currently holds the details of over 7000 people and companies. Sam works closely with productions, providing a bespoke crewing service to companies working in feature film, TV and commercials. Her first job in the industry was as a Production Assistant for Hurricane Films, during the development of their BAFTA nominated feature, Sunset Song. Sam has also worked as a co-ordinator on several other low-budget projects before starting at Creative England in 2017. Productions she has worked on include A Very English Scandal, Mary Queen of Scots and Killing Eve.

Samantha.Rifkin@creativeengland.co.uk

Jonny joined Creative England’s Production Services team permanently in November 2018 after four months of work experience in the department. His current role as Production Liaison Officer sees daily liaison and facilitation between Film and TV Productions and Local Authorities whilst providing location suggestions to productions.

Previously to Creative England, Jonny studied music at the University of Salford and focused on soundtracks in the latter stages of his degree, whilst writing short films and the accompanying music. Jonny has also hosted regular music nights in Manchester Central Library, produced Chorlton Comedy Festival 2018 and hosts/produces regular instalments of Quays Comedy in MediaCityUK.

Jonny loves living five minutes from the office!

Jonny.Shelton@creativeengland.co.uk

Charlotte provides comprehensive production liaison support to Film & High-End TV productions in the South West, coordinating filming enquiries and working with local authorities, film offices and national industry partners to promote film friendly activity in the region. Her career started as a Production Coordinator at Twofour Broadcast in Plymouth working on programmes for Channel 5, ITV and the National Geographic Channel. Prior to joining Creative England, Charlotte supported charity film projects and contributed to organising events for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, held at the BFI and ITV Studios.

Whilst at Creative England, Charlotte was responsible for successfully delivering our ERDF funded project – Hertfordshire ProConnect – a programme of support for the film & TV industry running workshops, networking events, tailored one-to-one sessions and business grants. She is looking forward to continuing to provide industry support within the Production Services team

charlotte.wood@creativeengland.co.uk

Sam works as Project Co-ordinator for our crewing service, managing the national crew and facilities database which currently holds the details of over 7000 people and companies. Sam works closely with productions, providing a bespoke crewing service to companies working in feature film, TV and commercials. Her first job in the industry was as a Production Assistant for Hurricane Films, during the development of their BAFTA nominated feature, Sunset Song. Sam has also worked as a co-ordinator on several other low-budget projects before starting at Creative England in 2017. Productions she has worked on include A Very English Scandal, Mary Queen of Scots and Killing Eve.

Samantha.Rifkin@creativeengland.co.uk

Paul AshtonHead of Film

At Creative England Paul has backed filmmakers through our Emerging and Production funds, BFI NETWORK programmes iShorts and iWrite, and Sky partnership shortflix. He was Executive Producer on Rachel Tunnard’s BIFA and Tribeca winning Adult Life Skills, Matt Palmer’s Michael Powell Award winning Netflix Original thriller Calibre, Justin Edgar’s brummie noir The Marker, Toby Macdonald’s comic-romance Old Boys, and the shortflix films which transmitted on Sky Arts in 2018.

He has been Exec on numerous shorts including BAFTA/BIFA nominated Emotional Fusebox, Real Gods Require Blood which premiered at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, Ernestine and Kit which was IFTA nominated and premiered at SXSW, and multi-award-winning festival favourites A six & two threes, A Father’s Day, The Pig Child and many more. He is Executive Producer on forthcoming Creative England features which include Irene’s Ghost, The Hippies, White Riot, Snodgrass and Dawn of the Dark Fox. Further films which have converted from his Emerging development slate include Westwood (Sundance premiere, released 2018), England is Mine (Edinburgh closing gala film, released 2017), and The Ritual (Toronto premiere, BIFA winning, released 2017) and forthcoming films Days of the Bagnold Summer, How to Sell a War, The Drifters and more. Paul now oversees the wider Film team work, which includes: the iFeatures programme with three new films in the pipeline – Make Up, Perfect Ten and The Retreat – following on from the recent success of Lady Macbeth, The Levelling and Apostasy; and the West Midlands Production Fund, which recently backed the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated The Girl With All the Gifts, and BIFA and BAFTA nominated Jawbone.

Paul was previously Development Producer at the BBC, where his credits included OSCAR and BAFTA nominated shorts Wish 143 and Turning, and BAFTA-nominated feature Shifty. His work with talent at BBC writersroom has seen BAFTA, RTS, SONY, PRIX ITALIA, IMISON and TINNISWOOD award-winning drama and comedy produced across television and radio – from Mike Bartlett’s first drama on BBC radio, to Wolfblood on CBBC, to The Last Hours of Laura K online. Paul began his career in new writing theatre and his book The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio is published by Bloomsbury.

paul.ashton@creativeengland.co.uk

At Creative England Paul has backed filmmakers through our Emerging and Production funds, BFI NETWORK programmes iShorts and iWrite, and Sky partnership shortflix. He was Executive Producer on Rachel Tunnard’s BIFA and Tribeca winning Adult Life Skills, Matt Palmer’s Michael Powell Award winning Netflix Original thriller Calibre, Justin Edgar’s brummie noir The Marker, Toby Macdonald’s comic-romance Old Boys, and the shortflix films which transmitted on Sky Arts in 2018.

He has been Exec on numerous shorts including BAFTA/BIFA nominated Emotional Fusebox, Real Gods Require Blood which premiered at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, Ernestine and Kit which was IFTA nominated and premiered at SXSW, and multi-award-winning festival favourites A six & two threes, A Father’s Day, The Pig Child and many more. He is Executive Producer on forthcoming Creative England features which include Irene’s Ghost, The Hippies, White Riot, Snodgrass and Dawn of the Dark Fox. Further films which have converted from his Emerging development slate include Westwood (Sundance premiere, released 2018), England is Mine (Edinburgh closing gala film, released 2017), and The Ritual (Toronto premiere, BIFA winning, released 2017) and forthcoming films Days of the Bagnold Summer, How to Sell a War, The Drifters and more. Paul now oversees the wider Film team work, which includes: the iFeatures programme with three new films in the pipeline – Make Up, Perfect Ten and The Retreat – following on from the recent success of Lady Macbeth, The Levelling and Apostasy; and the West Midlands Production Fund, which recently backed the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated The Girl With All the Gifts, and BIFA and BAFTA nominated Jawbone.

Paul was previously Development Producer at the BBC, where his credits included OSCAR and BAFTA nominated shorts Wish 143 and Turning, and BAFTA-nominated feature Shifty. His work with talent at BBC writersroom has seen BAFTA, RTS, SONY, PRIX ITALIA, IMISON and TINNISWOOD award-winning drama and comedy produced across television and radio – from Mike Bartlett’s first drama on BBC radio, to Wolfblood on CBBC, to The Last Hours of Laura K online. Paul began his career in new writing theatre and his book The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio is published by Bloomsbury.

paul.ashton@creativeengland.co.uk