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BAFTA Scotland Committee 2017-18

Everything we do in Scotland relies on the expertise, knowledge and hard-work of key industry experts across the country.

BAFTA Scotland Committee 2017-2018

Alan de Pellette
Deborah Dunnett 
Alex Gaffney 
Alison Goring
Michael Hines
Mick McAvoy
Margaret Scott, Chair
Jo Street
Siobhan Synott
Sarah Walmsley, Deputy Chair

Mark Leese
Gill Petrie
Romana Ramzan
Paul Welsh

Committee Bios

Margaret Scott - CHAIR
Joint Managing Director, TRCmedia

Margaret has over 26  years’ experience as a senior executive in the broadcast and digital media industry.  She joined TRCmedia as joint MD In May 2016.  TRC is one of the top training providers in the UK with an enviable reputation for producing industry-led programmes that deliver impact and results.
Prior to this Margaret was Production Executive & Head of Business Development for Shed Media Scotland. During this time she managed the movement of Shed Productions flagship show Waterloo Road to Scotland from its Rochdale base and oversaw the production of 60 episodes of the series.
Before joining Shed Margaret was Director of Business and Creative Development with independent television production company, MNE Media and prior to this Director of Nations and Regions for Pact.
As Director of Nations and Regions for Pact  Margaret was involved in drafting the Definition of Out of London production with Ofcom and was one of the Pact Senior Management team that fought and successfully won greater rights retention for independent production companies within the 2003 Communications Bill.

Alan de Pellette
Freelance Director

Alan de Pellette has worked in film and television for 20 years across comedy and drama, mainly as a director but also as a writer, script editor and producer.   As well as his own projects, Alan also develops work with new and emerging writers through his own production company, Aficionado Films.

Deborah Dunnett
Nations & Regions Executive, Channel 4

Deborah Dunnett is the Nations & Regions Executive for Channel 4.  Her role is to maximise opportunity for independent production companies based outside the M25, helping the channel deliver against its quotas and creative ambitions for diverse programme supply. 
Prior to taking up this role in late 2016, Deborah’s industry experience was split between Broadcasters and Indies across Manchester, London, Aberdeen and Edinburgh before settling in Glasgow and taking up a position with Raise the Roof Productions. There from the company’s inception, she grew from directing the first pilot to overseeing hundreds of hours of returnable features, daytime and popular factual as Head of Development and Executive Producer. As a new member of the committee Deborah looks forward to working with BAFTA to celebrate and promote excellence in Scotland’s screen industries.

Alex Gaffney
Commercial and Business Development Manager, BBC Scotland

Alex has been in this post since 2008 and is responsible for building relationships with the independent production companies in Scotland and working strategically across the BBC with commissioning to actively manage this sector.   
She is also responsible for the marketing and promotion of the HD studios facilities, post production and technical facilities and staff based at BBC Scotland and the generation of external income for these areas.  This external income plays a key part in adding value back into BBC Scotland for the Licence fee payer.  She and her client facing team manage and support visiting production teams ensuring excellent client relationships are maintained.
Alex is also responsible for developing and building on external partnerships e.g. BBC Scotland’s partnership with Creative Scotland and Alex also represents BBC Scotland on a number of key groups e.g. Creative Clyde and TV Broadcast Working Group. 
Alex has been with BBC since 1990 in a variety of roles including; Partnerships and External Relations Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager and Manager Information and Archives BBC Scotland.
Alex studied at University of Northumbria: BA Hons Information Science and French

Alison Goring
Union Learning Project Manager, BECTU

Alison worked for many years as an Assistant Director in both feature films & television drama, throughout the UK and abroad, on a wide range of productions. Five years ago she made the transition into training and skills development and now works for BECTU as a union learning project manager delivering a programme of industry-specific short courses. She also runs the Drama Training Programme, a pan-industry scheme funded, for the most part, by Creative Skillset and BBC Scotland, which delivers traineeships across a range of roles including script editors and producers as well as a Stepping Up Bursary programme aimed at established craft, technical and production crew. She sits on the Creative Skillset High End TV Craft and Technical Working Group and on the management group of the Scottish Drama Training Network.

Michael Hines
Freelance Director/Producer

Michael Hines is an award winning director and producer with over 20 years experience in television. He splits his time between producing and directing comedy, commercials, multi camera live OB’s and his own production company The Woven Thread which currently makes comedies for BBC Alba.

Mick McAvoy
Head of Documentaries and Branded Content at STV Productions

Mick McAvoy has been the Executive Producer on a number of critically acclaimed landmark documentaries such as Piper Alpha – Fire in the Night, which won both a Scottish Bafta and an Edinburgh International Film Festival Award, Dunblane – Our Story, which was broadcast on the BBC to mark the 20th anniversary of the Dunblane massacre, Rollermania and Queen Mary; Greatest Ocean Liner both for BBC Scotland and BBC 4 and The 7/7 Bombing – Survivor Stories for ITV.  He has also developed series for ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and Discovery.  At STV Productions Mick has Exec Produced series such as Prison: First & Last 24 Hours, DNA Stories and Missing Children for Sky, Vet School for ITV as well as Walking the Amazon for Discovery.  Mick also oversees all of STV Productions’ Branded Content which includes series and documentaries such as Secrets of the Scammers for Channel 5, Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes, Stopping Scotland’s Scammers, Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Road to the World Cup and The Scots Going for Gold.

Siobhan Synnot
Film journalist, presenter and producer.

Experienced awardwinning radio and TV presenter. Specialises in arts and topical interviews, features and profiles, plus film reviews for TV, radio, print and online for local and international media.  
Articles and columns published in the Sunday Times, Independent, The Guardian, Scotsman publications, Trinity Mirror Group, Mail,  Herald, The Lady, Woman, New Look and The Herald Sun.  Regular guest on BBC, STV and BBC Scotland and film events. Recent appearances include three days of live TV from the XpoNorth arts festival, discussing Brexit on Canal Plus, and debating Brexit for the Dinard Film Festival. 

Jo Street
Commissioning Editor – Entertainment, Daytime & Early Peak, BBC

Jo has directed, produced and Exec’d across factual and entertainment working on everything from Countryfile to the Weakest Link before moving into Commissioning. She now commissions hit shows across Entertainment & Daytime for BBC 1 & BBC 2 and works with some of the industry's most talented and demanding people – both on screen and behind the camera. Her current slate ranges from Robot Wars, Insert Name Here & the various  quizzes to everyone’s guilty pleasure Homes under the Hammer, Antiques Road Trip, Eggheads, Make Me an Egghead, For What It's Worth, Money for Nothing, Impossible and ThinkTank.
Jo is based in Glasgow and she's a passionate advocate for Out of London production. She can usually be found wandering between the indies & edit houses of Glasgow or at Heathrow Terminal 5, which is the worst possible place to pitch to her.

Sarah Walmsley - DEPUTY CHAIR
Creative Director, Raise the Roof

Sarah founded Raise the Roof Productions in 2010 with Jane Muirhead, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer. As Creative Director she has overseen the development and production of 50 hours of television in the past two years including Kirstie & Phil’s Perfect Christmas, Vacation, Vacation, Vacation, Kirstie’s Handmade Britain and Phil Spencer: Secret Agent for both prime time and daytime and Phil’s Empty Homes Giveaway which formed part of C4’s Property Scandal season. She’s currently overseeing a further 55 hours of programmes which are due to TX in 2012 including Kirstie’s Vintage Home and a new More4 series. She’s also produced Kirstie and Phil’s House Hunter App which was released in 2011 and two books to accompany Kirstie’s series. 
Previously Sarah was Head of Features for IWC Media, where she produced programmes such as Location, Location, Location; Relocation, Relocation; Best and Worst Places to Live: 2005, 2006 & 2007; Dolce Vito – Dream Restaurant; Kirstie’s Homemade Home; and Relocation: Phil Down Under and Wreck or Ready. Her other credits include Time Team, Property Ladder and Food and Drink.

Mark Leese (Co-opt)
Freelance Production Designer

Mark Leese is a Scottish based Production Designer working in Film & TV.
His career began as a Theatre Set & Costume Designer working for many varied Companies including; The Tron Theatre Glasgow, 7:84 Theatre Company, The National Theatre London, Manchester Royal Exchange and most proudly as Associate Designer for The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh.
After 10 years Mark moved into Film & TV where he has become an established Scottish Designer. His work includes; Peter Mullan’s Magdalene Sisters (BAFTA nominated, Golden Lion Winner-Best Film), Ned’s (winner of Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival), This is England by Shane Meadows (BAFTA Winner-best British Film), Murder by Birger Larsen (2013 BAFTA Winner-Best Single Drama) and has worked on three films for Steven Poliakoff, Glorious 39, Joes Palace and Capturing Mary.
Mark also designed many TV dramas including; Shetland, The Replacement, Remember Me, The Escape Artist, Garrows Law, Case Histories, Single Father and The Book Group.
Mark also enjoys his work as a Board Member for The Tron Theatre Glasgow.

Gill Petrie (Co-opt)
Multi-Platform Marketing Manager, STV

Gill Petrie is the Marketing Manager for STV, Scotland's digital media company and pre-eminent media brand that reaches over four million people per month. Having gained a degree in Communication and Mass Media from Glasgow Caledonian University, Gill leads the marketing team at STV and is responsible for on air, online and external facing brand promotion. This includes popular programming such as Taggart, The Football Years and Underbelly, as well as digital and commercial initiatives such as the STV Player and STV Jobs. Gill and her team have secured numerous marketing accolades including multiple Scottish Advertising Awards for the 2010 Fifa World Cup campaign and most recently a Marketing Star Award for the Taggart campaign.

Romana Ramzan (Co-opt)
Game Design Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr. Romana Ramzan is a lecturer in Game Design at Glasgow Caledonian University. Romana comes from a background in Serious Games and User Centred Design. Alongside her teaching and research endeavours, Romana is a passionate advocate for diversity in the industry. She is one of the main founders, and organisers, of Scottish Game Jam, she was previously a Director of the Global Game Jam and has been named as one of Develop Magazine’s ‘30 Under 30’. In March 2014, Romana was awarded the Asian Woman of the Future Award at the Scottish Asian Women’s Awards and more recently Romana was named as one of the Top 100 Women in Games in the UK by MCV.

Paul Welsh (Co-opt)

Paul is an award winning producer, developer and commissioner of live action, animated and documentary film based in Scotland but working internationally. He founded DigiCult in 2001 and continues to lead on development and production for the company. Over the last 12 years through DigiCult and Edge City Films, Paul has built a strong reputation for developing emerging film talent at short and feature length, distilling his approach into a process-based workshop experience: THE STORY ROOM. Consulting on story, script, development & production, he works with independent producers and funds including Creative England, Creative Scotland, Screen Australia & New Zealand Film Commission.