Mentors

The person I mentored was an outstanding professional who I felt could really benefit from the help I was able to give her. I would recommend this scheme to anyone considering being a mentor.”*

WFTV has an extensive database of past and potential mentors who are keen to pass on their skills and experience to the next generation. Once mentees have been selected for the scheme they are hand-matched with an experienced industry figure who commits to spending at least six hours with their mentee over six months. Mentors are drawn from across the film and TV industry and have so far included:
 
2012 Mentors
 
André Singer – MD, Spring Films
Andrew Baker - MD, Rights.tv
Avon Harpley – Film and TV Producer
Brian Hill – MD, Century Films
Christopher Figg – Film Producer/ CEO, Piccadilly Pictures / Magna Films
Debbie Vertue – General Manager, Hartswood Films
Dorothy Byrne – Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4
Jane Lush – MD, Splash Media
Jill Offman – MD, Comedy Channel
John de Borman – Cinematographer
Julian Friedmann – Agent, Blake Friedmann
Kate Leys – Script editor
Lisa Perrin – Creative Director, Shine
Mandie Fletcher – TV Director
Nigel Pickard – CEO MEAA/UK Family and Kids, Zodiak Media
Nina Kellgren - Cinematographer
Pauline Cavilla -  Voice Over Artist
Richard Fell – Head of Drama, Fresh Pictures
Sarah-Jayne Phillips – Vision Mixer
Simon Shaps – Chairman, A Brand Apart
 
 
2011 Mentors
 
Anne Sheehan – Director of Film Finance, Prescience
Antonia Bird – Director
Avon Harpley – Film & TV Producer
Berenice Fugard – Head of Acquisitions, Optimum Releasing
Carol Wiseman – Director
Christopher Hird – MD, Dartmouth Films
Claire Featherstone – Director of Production and Ops, Flame TV
Danny Cohen – Controller, BBC1
Davina Belling – Film Producer
Jo Taylor – Head of Learning & 4Talent, Channel 4
Mike Dicks – MD, Bleedinedge Ltd
Natascha Cadle – Founder and Facility Director, Envy Post Production
Pat Younge – Chief Creative Officer, BBC Vision Productions
Paul Jackson – CEO, Eyeworks
Sandra Whipham – Executive Producer, London Fields Pictures
Sara Putt – MD, Sara Putt Associates
Serena Cullen – MD, Serena Cullen Productions
Stephen Wilkinson – Head of Brook Lapping Education and MD of Newton TV
Tracy Forsyth – Commissioning Editor, UKTV
Will Hanrahan – Owner, Hanrahan Media
 
Here’s what they say about the scheme:
 
This was the first time I had been a mentor on a formally arranged mentoring scheme. The mentee was perfectly chosen, the induction gave some clear and sound advice and I found being a mentor rewarding and interesting.” Christopher Hird, Executive Producer, Dartmouth Films
 
The Mentor scheme is an excellent means of enabling experienced executives to help develop women with great potential... It is key that the scheme organisers are good "match-makers", in my case they were and it was a very rewarding experience.” Anne Sheehan, Director of Film Finance, Prescience.
 
I can recommend the scheme. It's always useful and enjoyable to see the world from the perspective of someone starting out and to see what value you can contribute.” Jill Offman, MD Comedy Central
 
The WFTV mentoring scheme is an incredibly positive tool - and at it's best is beneficial to both the mentee and the mentor. As a mentor, I have definitely learnt from the experience.” Jane Lush, MD Splash Productions
 
I much enjoyed the process of helping a young producer beginning her career and wished that similar schemes had operated when I was starting out.” Christopher Figg, Film Producer/Financier (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
 
Nothing is more effective in our fraught industry than the marriage of experience to aspiration. Linking mentees with passion and drive to industry veterans prepared to guide them is a great way to help remove some of the many hurdles ahead.” André Singer, MD Spring Films

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the WFTV Mentoring Scheme, please e-mail Nicola Lees via nicola@wftv.org.uk.

 
*Dorothy Byrne, Executive Editor, Channel 4 News