Chair - Sean Thornton
Sean Thornton has over 20 years' experience as a factual video producer. After graduating from Bournemouth, via a stint freelancing for BBC local radio, Sean ran a production unit for the police force for many years, producing training and publicity videos and news footage for use regionally, nationally and internationally. He currently manages the TV and film production facilities at Anglia Ruskin University.
Frazer Ash studied film at Middlesex University before joining Learning on Screen in 2007. In addition to serving as the charity's videographer, animator and Digital Transfer Manager, he is the writer and director of numerous short films and screenplays.
Dina Ata is an experienced broadcast regulator with an in-depth knowledge of the media industry and solid knowledge of UK and international content regulation. She has recently returned from Toronto where she worked as a Business Analyst for Telefilm Canada, a cultural crown corporation dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry. Dina was formerly Senior Compliance Manager at the BBC, and is a long-standing member of BAFTA with full voting rights in both the film and television categories. She is also a member of the RTS.
Rhys Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Sound Design in the Media Arts Department, Royal Holloway College. He started his career working as a sound designer at The Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, and in 1993 moved to London to work as a Sound Technician at Goldsmiths College. During that time, he worked as a freelance theatre sound designer, and also established himself as a freelance television composer and post-production sound designer, working for the BBC, Sky and Disney. In 2002 he was appointed as a lecturer in Creative Sound Design at Royal Holloway.
Jane is Director of Education at Into Film, having previously been the Schools Director at FILMCLUB. She has vast experience in the world of charity and moving image, and her past roles include Head of Programmes and Innovation at the charity TimeBank, in the Extended Schools Service in London and leading Toynbee Hall's Education Programme. Jane also has ten years experience in her previous career as a BBC Director/Producer for CBBC and BBC Education. The latter experience has been useful in the co-development (Into Film, director Julian Kemp and actor Michael Sheen) of the format and road to commissioning of recently screened CBBC show Cinemaniacs, which was developed further and produced by independent Novel Entertainment.
David is a composer and producer working primarily in television, both in the UK and internationally. His music fronts some of the most popular shows on TV today including the themes for BBC News, The One Show, Countryfile, Panorama and Grand Designs. David has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Staffordshire University and Birmingham City University and is a member of BAFTA and the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BASCA).
Richard McCracken is Director of The Case Centre, an independent, educational charity with a mission to promote the case method in management education by raising awareness, increasing usage and developing the skills of case teachers and authors. He has worked in independent radio and as a recording engineer and was Head of Intellectual Property at The Open University where he led the acquisition and protection of the OU’s media rights across all media.
Dr. Pratap Rughani is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Associate Dean of Research. He wrote the MA Documentary Film course at London College of Communication.
Pratap has presented and written widely about the relationship between film, philosophy and the evolution of post-colonial thought.
He has been an innovator, committed to developing inclusive curriculum, who has worked extensively to promote cross-cultural interchange through teaching, research and documentary film practice. As an educator Pratap works with students as both collaborator and mentor and in doing so helps students to bridge the gap between study and professional practice.
For his individual excellence Pratap Rughani was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in 2013, by the Higher Education Academy, the professional organisation for higher education teachers.
Dr Inge Ejbye Sørensen is Lecturer in Media Policy at Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow. She is on the steering committee of Glasgow Film Festival’s Industry Focus, part of BECTU’s screen policy working group, and advises the House of Lords Communication Committee, the Scottish Parliament, national screen agencies, regulators, and trade unions. Inge has secured grants as PI from RCUK (The Revival of Live. Liveness Across Screens and Platforms (2014-15)) and RSE (Commissioning Creativity and Funding Film (2016-17)). She is on the editorial board of the Nordic Journal of Media Studies and a founding editor of the pioneering, peer-reviewed journal of academic video, Audiovisual Thinking. Having worked in the television industry for two decades, Inge is an award-winning producer of documentary and fiction with credits from the BBC, Channel4, Channel 5, STV and National Geographic.
Inge’s research interests are the practices, policies and political economy of national and international screen industries with particular focus on Public Service Media, VOD and streaming services; screen agencies, institutions and funding models; and interactive, mixed reality and VR documentary and fact-based media.
Rebekah Tolley is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. Previously working as Executive Producer/Director for international media producer, Tinopolis, leading large scale projects for the BBC and the United Nations, amongst others. She co-authored critically acclaimed feature documentary, We Went to War (2013), with veteran filmmaker, Michael Grigsby (1936-2013), and co-produced the award-winning feature documentary, Okhwan’s Mission Impossible (2016), with Executive Producer, Academy Award winning director, Kevin MacDonald. Rebekah regularly collaborates on interdisciplinary arts projects, with artist Darryl Georgiou, including the sound/moving image installation, Twin Stranger: Entangled State, which premiered at the recent Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art 2019. She is currently Visiting Lecturer in Documentary, for Film Studies/Film & Screenwriting, at Birmingham City University (BCU).