WFTV England Mentoring Scheme in association with ScreenSkills

The WFTV Mentoring Scheme is a programme designed for women looking to take a significant step in their career. For the English Mentoring Scheme to apply you must have more than seven years’ experience working in film, TV or digital production.

Meet the 2021 WFTV England Mentees

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Alexandra Finlay

Senior Director, Creative and Co-Productions

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Amy Thomas

Senior Creature Technical Director

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Caroline Percy

Senior Portfolio Manager, Channel 4

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Gemma Brady

Series Producer

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Gina Lyons

Comedy Producer

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Janet Awe

Development Producer and Script Editor

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Jemma Cox

Camera Operator/editor

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Jessie Craig Roche

Director/ Writer/ Photographer

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Jude Ho

Documentary Producer/Director

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Kerriane Taylor

Digital Producer and Documentary Producer/Director

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Lauren Abery

Series Producer / Development Exec

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Lily Grimes


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Meriel Beale

Series Editor/Exec

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Mhari Macritchie

Sound Editor

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Miranda Walker

Comedy and Drama Writer

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Nazneen Momen

Assistant Producer

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Poonam Brah

Film and Theatre Director

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Sarah Keeling

Offline Editor

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Suki Chan


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Zoe Dobson



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

2021 Mentors

  • Ana De Moraes - Group Creative Director, Multistory Media

  • Catherine Catton – Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, BBC

  • Christine Alderson - Film Producer, Ipso Facto Films

  • Cinders Forshaw - Cinematographer 

  • Clelia Mountford - Co-Founder, Merman

  • David Abraham  – CEO, Wonderhood Studios

  • David Glover – Founder 72 Films

  • Fiona McDermott - Head of Comedy, Channel 4

  • Jayne Villiers - MD, Sayle Screen

  • Jess Bendien - Talent Expert, Bang Talent

  • Jonathan Stadlen - MD, Knickerbockerglory

  • Joff Powell - Creative Director, Spark Media

  • Laura Livingstone

  • Lucinda Axelson - Executive Producer, Oxford Scientific Films

  • Lucy Pilkington - Founder & MD, Milk & Honey Productions

  • Nina Hartstone - Oscar-winning Supervising Sound Editor

  • Peter Fincham - Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment

  • Philippa Lowthorpe - Film & TV Director

  • Sarah Doole - CEO, Red

  • Sarah Fraser - Comedy Producer & Executive



Alice Ramsey​

BBC Writers Room Development Producer


Bruna Capozzoli

Filmmaker & Digital Specialist


Cat Marshall

Production Supervisor,

WARP Films


Claire Batchelor

Composer TV


Emma Yap

Scripted Development Executive TV


Gilberte Phanor

Graphics Editor and Producer


Helen O'Donnell

Head of Development, BBC Studios Talent Works


Janice Okoh



Jemma Parish

Senior AP, TravelMan


Jenny Stimpson

TV Documentary Producer


Kate Bennetts

Investment Director at Ingenious Media


Mel Bezalel

Director of Development at RDF Television


Rebecca Brown

Commercial Manager, BBC Studios


Ruchika Tagore

Development Executive


Ruth Mayer

TV Documentary PD


Samantha Fray

Programme Manager,Beyond Bronte


Serena Lloyd-Smith

Diversity and Inclusion – Network Specialist


Sian Whomes

Head of Talent, Sony Pictures Television


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Zoe McGivern

Head of Development/ Series Producer

2020 Mentors

  • Jay Hunt – Chief Creative Officer, Apple

  • Ade Rawcliffe – Head of Diversity,  ITV

  • Danny Cohen – President, Access Entertainment

  • Zeb Achonu – Editor

  • David Glover – Founder 72 Films

  • Lorraine Heggessey – Chair, Grierson Trust

  • Laura Lankester – Creative Director, Lookout Point

  • Hilary Rosen – Deputy Head of Commissioning, UKTV

  • Tamara Howe – Managing Director, Vice TV EMEA

  • Jocelyn Jee Esien – Writer & Actor

  • Loran Dunn – Film Producer, Delaval Films

  • Sumi Connock – Creative Director of Formats, BBC Studios

  • Rachel Job – SVP Unscripted Content, All3 Media

  • Catherine Catton – Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, BBC

  • Harriet Pennington Legh – Agent, Troika Talent

  • Sam Hoyle – EP Netflix

  • Norma Wisnevitz – COO, True North

  • Samantha Jukes-Adams – Executive Coach & TV Production Consultant

  • Lindsay Bradbury – Commissioning Editor, Daytime, BBC

  • Addie Orfila – Former Head of Production, serial drama and Founder AddieOrfila Training

WHAT the MENTORS SAy about the scheme

Julie Parmenter

MD, Molinare

The Mentee scheme is an exceptionally rewarding programme to be part of. To watch the transformation of the individuals over the period of six months is astonishing. For anyone to have the time to dig deep into what is most important, set goals and implement change to reach them is a unique opportunity that very few will ever have.

Hilary Davis

Co-Managing Director,

Bankside Films

I was perfectly matched with my mentee and believe that we both derived a benefit from our series of meetings. Training is crucial for the continued development of careers, especially for women, as the commercial side of the business is often overlooked but is vital if films are to be successful in the worldwide market place.

André Singer

MD Spring Films

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.

2019 Mentors

  • Jay Hunt – Creative Director, Europe

  • Danny Cohen – President, Access Entertainment

  • Sarah Gavron – Film Director

  • Peter Fincham – Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment

  • Kim Shillinglaw – Director of Factual, Endemol Shine UK

  • Pat Younge – MD Sugar Films

  • Sara Putt – MD and Agent, Sara Putt Associates

  • Julia Knowles – Multi-camera Director

  • Liz McIntyre – Former CEO & Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest

  • Saskia Schuster – Comedy Entertainment Commissioner, ITV

  • Sam Anstiss – Creative Director, Unscripted, Wonderhood Studios

  • Hilary Rosen – Deputy Director of Commissioning, UKTV

  • Tamsyn Zietsman – Director of Publicity, Originals Netflix

  • Sam Jukes-Adams – Executive Coach & TV Production Consultant

  • Maureen Murray – Film Producer, Foxtrot Films

  • Tom McDonald – Head of Specialist Factual Commissioning, BBC

  • Judy Ironside – Founder and President, UK Jewish Film Festival

  • Cinders Forshaw – Cinematographer

  • Catherine Morshead – TV Director

  • Olwyn Silvester – Managing Director, Bedlam Productions

2018 Mentors

  • Sara Putt – MD, Sara Putt Associates

  • Jane Villiers – MD, Sayle Screen

  • Pat Younge – MD, Sugar Films

  • Tracy Forsyth – Genre Director, Factual Entertainment & Entertainment at BBC Worldwide

  • Kate Watson – Agent

  • Natalie Humphreys – Controller of Factual and Daytime Production, BBC

  • Marley Bryan – Career Coach, Incredible Careers

  • Judy Ironside – Founder & President of UK Jewish Film

  • Sam Jukes-Adams – TV Production Consultant & Executive Coach

  • Lisa Marie Hall – Production Designer

  • Fiona Gillies – Producer, GilliesWorks

  • Jessica Bendien – Talent Executive, Director of Bang Talent

  • Marisa Clifford – Co-Founder & CEO of Pulse Films

  • Emma Smithwick – Creative Director, 40 Partners

  • Jordan McGarry – Head of Development & Production, Film London

  • Madeleine Knight – Director of Formats and Development, Talpa UK

  • Carey Fitzgerald – Partner, Starline Entertainment

  • Miranda Bowen – Director, 2AM

  • Lee Magiday – Producer, Sleeper Films

  • Rachel Matchett – Head of Production, Moving Picture Company

The WFTV mentor scheme is a fantastic way to utilise the experience of TV professionals to further the careers of the next generation of content makers. The scheme benefits the mentees and the mentors equally - it really is a two-way thing, listening and discussing the minutiae of one's working life and realising that it was the small stuff that we had all but forgotten that made the big stuff possible.

Maddy Darrall | Joint MD Darrall Macqueen


We are very grateful to our Mentoring Scheme sponsors of our England based programme: