Learning on Screen Awards

Judging Panel

Entries are reviewed by a panel of experts spanning education, filmmaking, TV and sound.

Sean Thornton [Chair]

Sean 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.

Dina Ata

Dina 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 Editorial 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

Rhys 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.

Stephen Engelhard

Stephen is a video producer and director, who founded and runs Angel Productions, now best known for its videos to support doctoral students, used in universities throughout the UK and internationally. Previously Steve worked in television, making documentaries and current affairs programmes for ITV and Channel 4.

Jane Fletcher

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 Lowe

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 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BASCA).

Richard McCracken

Richard 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.

Jonathan Sanderson

Jonathan worked in broadcast from 1994, producing science and engineering series including the classic children’s show ‘How2.’ As a project manager and consultant in informal science learning he’s worked nationally and internationally on a range of performance, video and other science communication initiatives. Since 2014 he’s been a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, Newcastle, working on widening participation and public engagement projects. His research interests include foundational computer science, digital making, and tinkering education.

Rebekah Tolley

Rebekah 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. 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), Executive produced by the Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald. She regularly collaborates on projects with artist Darryl Georgiou, including ‘Magician Walks into the Laboratory’ which featured at the inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art 2017.