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


THE 2023 Northern Ireland Mentees

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Ally Thompson

Factual Producer

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Drama Producer

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Lisa Keogh


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Lucy Martin

Camera Operator

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Maeve McLoughlin

Senior Digital Development Executive

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Rachel Hull

Production Coordinator

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Zjena Glamočanin

Costume Designer


  • Aoife McArdle | Director 

  • Charlotte Moore | Chief Content Officer, BBC

  • David H. Steinberg | Executive Producer and Showrunner

  • Jannine Waddell | MD / Executive Producer, Waddell Media Ltd

  • Jennifer Atcheson | Director of Photography 

  • Mary-Jane Reyner | Costume Designer 

  • Marie-Therese Mackle | Line Producer 

  • Sally Anne Massimini | Director 

  • Sharon Long | Costume Designer 

THE 2022 Northern Ireland Mentees

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Aoife White

Production Manager

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Christine Murphy


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Jennifer Atcheson

Camera Operator / Director of Photography

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Maeve Woods

Production Manager

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Mairead Kelly

Youth Executive

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Meghan Mc Ardle

Director / Writer

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Tanya Mellotte



  • Alex Boyd | Line Producer

  • Gurinder Chadha | Director

  • Justine Barker | Composer

  • Jonny Taylor & Zainab Ali Khan | Commissioning, Original Documentaries

  • Seamus McGarvey | DOP

  • Sharon Horgan | Actress, Writer and Producer

  • Sheila Wickens | Visual Effects Supervisor

Meet the 2021 Northern Ireland Mentees

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Caoimhe Ní Chathail


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Caroline Ball

Production Manager

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Emma O’Loughlin

Costume Designer

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Erin O’Rawe

2nd Assistant Camera

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Heather Brown


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Laura Robinson

Director (Animation)

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Muireann McGinty

Series Producer and Writer


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

  • Ellie Flynn - Factual Documentary Broadcaster & Investigative Journalist

  • Declan Lawn - Screenwriter & Director

  • Lisa Barros D'Sa - Director & Producer

  • Lynsey O'Callaghan - Director of International Content Acquisitions & Pre-School Current Series, Viacom International Media Networks 

  • Jany Temime - Costume Designer

  • Melanie Morris - Development Executive and Head of Business Affairs, Mammoth Screen

  • Seamus McGarvey - Director of Photography 


The 2020 Mentees


Dee Harvey

Freelance writer and VR creator


Grace Sweeney

Freelance Producer and Director


Karen Donnelly

Freelance Producer


Margaret Mc Golderick

Director and Producer, Causeway Pictures


Milène Fegan

Director and Producer,

Waddell Media


Niamh  Minihan

Producer, Alleycats


Órfhlaith Ni Chearnaigh

Producer, Director and Writer,

Doubleband Films

2020 Mentors

  • Kate Townsend - Director of Original Documentary, Netflix

  • Lisa McGee - Stage and Screen Writer

  • Mark Huffam - Film & Television Producer

  • Jannine Waddell -  Managing Director, Waddell Media and Executive Producer

  • Danny Horan - Head of Factual, Channel 4’s

  • Fiona Campbell - Controller, BBC 3

  • Julia Short - Film Distributor and Marketing Consultant

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.

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 sponsor of our Northern Ireland based programme:

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