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WFTV England Mentoring Scheme

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

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2024 SCHEME ARE NOW CLOSED.

THE 2023 WFTV England Mentees

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Alice Sephton

Camera Operator

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Cheryl Vaz

VOD Marketing Manager

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Claire Pringle

Film and TV Editor

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Claire Russell

Drama Producer

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Daisy Coole

Film Composer

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Daisy Stone

Crew Manager

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Emma Obank

Film and TV Agent

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Jess Moore

Writer/Director

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Kim Rossiter

Series Producer 

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Larissa Miola

Writer/Producer

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Naomi Rose

Commissioning Assistant Editor

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Nasreen Ahmed

Drama Dev Producer

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Rachael Evelyn

Senior Stunt Performer 

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Rachel Murrell

Scriptwriter

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Saleyha Ahsan

Filmmaker/ Freelance Journalist

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Samia Rida

Actor/Writer

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Sarah Leigh

Writer/ Director/ Producer

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Tasnim Nazeer

Freelance Journalist

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Veronica Mackenzie

 Director/Writer

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Vivian Eguridu

 Producer

2023 MENTORS

  • Abi Morgan | Playwright and Screenwriter

  • Addie Orfila | Production Manager

  • Akua Gyamfi | Founder, The British Blacklist

  • Alice Birch | Playwright and Screenwriter

  • Fatima Salaria | MD, Naked Television

  • Iain Canning | Executive Producer & Joint Managing Director, See-Saw Films

  • Jane Millichip | CEO, BAFTA

  • Jane Tranter | Executive Producer & Co-Founder, Bad Wolf

  • Jo McLaren-Clarke | Stunt Coordinator

  • Lindsay Salt | Director of Drama, BBC

  • Naomi Gibney | TV & Film Writer

  • Nicola Daley | Cinematographer 

  • Poppy Dixon | Director, Documentaries & Factual, Sky

  • Sarah Ramsden | Commissioning Editor

  • Sheridan Tongue | Music Composer

  • Sophie Turner Laing | Chair NFTS

  • Sue Tully | TV Director

  • Surian Fletcher-Jones | Executive Producer

  • Tanya Shaw | Producer

  • Tessa Ross | Executive Producer & Co-Founder, House Productions

  • Úna Ní Dhonghaíle | Film & TV Editor

THE 2022 WFTV England Mentees

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Alison McCann 

VP, Legal and Business Affairs

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Anya Camilleri

Director, Screenwriter 
and content creator 

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Ashabi Ajikawo

Actor, Voiceover Artist, Founder and CEO

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Dani Rayner

Global Marketing Strategist 

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Denise Woods

Cinematographer

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Helen Collins

Producer and Edit Producer

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Jackie Okwera

Screenwriter

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Janet Overfield

Composer

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Janey Ayoade

Producer

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Josephine Brassey

Head of Entertainment Development

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Justine Potter

Head of Development

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KT Roberts

Writer

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Lynette Slight

Head of Post Production

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Polly Scates

Acquisitions Manager

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Rebecca Manley

Writer/Director Animation & Live Action

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Riffy Ahmed

Film Director, Writer
and Visual Artist

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Shelley Gill

Talent Manager

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Sophieclaire Armitage

Agent

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Stephane Alexandre 

Producer and Director

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Tali Walters

Genre Lead, Scripted

2022 MENTORS

  • Akua Gyamfi | Founder, The British Blacklist

  • Denise Nurse | Chief Success Coach & Black Founders Hub

  • Emma Wakefield | MD, Lambent Productions

  • Helen Simmons | Writer & Producer, Erebus Pictures

  • Jane Millichip | Chief Content Officer, Sky Studios

  • Jane Villiers | Managing Director & Agent, Sayle Screen

  • Jane Zurakowski | Talent Executive, Production Management, BBC Studios

  • Jude Litnaitzky | Chief Creative Officer, Drama Republic

  • Karen Smith | MD, Tuesday's Child

  • Mandy Chang | Global Head of Documentaries at Fremantle

  • Nainita Desai | Composer and Producer

  • Nicki Sheard | CMO, BBC Studios

  • Nicola Daley, DOP & Lucy Price, Agent at Loop Talent

  • Peter Fincham | Co-CEO, Expectation

  • Rachel Job | SVP Non-Scripted Content, All3 Media

  • Sam Bickley | Executive Producer

  • Sam Hoyle | Executive Producer, Sky

  • Simon Vaughan | Executive Director, The Story Company

  • Sue Vertue | Television Producer, Hartswood Films

  • Tamara Howe | Director of Commercial & Operations, Naked

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

Cinematographer

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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

Filmmaker

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Zoe Dobson

Director

WFTV MENTORS

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

WFTV 2020 ENGLAND MENTEES & MENTORS

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Alice Ramsey​

BBC Writers Room Development Producer

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Bruna Capozzoli

Filmmaker & Digital Specialist

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Cat Marshall

Production Supervisor,

WARP Films

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Claire Batchelor

Composer TV

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Emma Yap

Scripted Development Executive TV

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Gilberte Phanor

Graphics Editor and Producer

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Helen O'Donnell

Head of Development, BBC Studios Talent Works

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Janice Okoh

Playwright

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Jemma Parish

Senior AP, TravelMan

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Jenny Stimpson

TV Documentary Producer

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Kate Bennetts

Investment Director at Ingenious Media

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Mel Bezalel

Director of Development at RDF Television

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Rebecca Brown

Commercial Manager, BBC Studios

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Ruchika Tagore

Development Executive

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Ruth Mayer

TV Documentary PD

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Samantha Fray

Programme Manager,Beyond Bronte

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Serena Lloyd-Smith

Diversity and Inclusion – Network Specialist

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Sian Whomes

Head of Talent, Sony Pictures Television

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Suga Suppiah

Editor

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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

SPONSORS

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

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