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BAFTA Scotland Committee 2020-21

BAFTA Scotland Committee 2020-2021

Ewan Angus (Chair)
Dr Matthew Barr
Dani Carlaw
Deborah Dunnett 
Alex Gaffney 
Alison Goring
Mark Leese
Angela Murray
Ryan Pasi
Gill Petrie
Margaret Scott
Toby Stevens
Siobhan Synnot
Sheena Wichary 


Committee Bios


Ewan Angus, Chair 
Consultant, Producer

Ewan Angus worked for the BBC for 32 years until 2018, more than half that time as Commissioning Editor for television at BBC Scotland.  He has extensive experience of tv and film production and co-production within the UK and internationally.

In the course of his career Ewan served as a representative on a number of industry bodies including a previous term as Chair of BAFTA Scotland.  He is currently a board member of Creative Scotland and sits on its Screen Committee.


Dr Matthew Barr
Programme Director, Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering, University of Glasgow

Matthew Barr is a lecturer with an interest in learning, teaching and video games, based at the University of Glasgow where he previously convened the university’s game studies course and was the founding editor for Press Start, a student-led, peer-reviewed game studies journal. He is now based in the Centre for Computing Science Education within the School of Computing Science.  Matthew is currently Vice Chair of the British Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) and sits on the board of IGDA Scotland. 


Dani Carlaw
Head of Unscripted, Screen Scotland

Before joining Screen Scotland as Head of Unscripted, Dani Carlaw enjoyed a fruitful freelance career as an unscripted TV development executive, series producer and director. Her credits include Scottish BAFTA and Grierson winning BBC Four longform specialist factual documentary ‘Afterlife: The Strange Science of Decay’, BBC One science series ratings winner ‘How to Stay Young’, and BBC Two’s ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’.

At Screen Scotland, Dani is dedicated to supersizing the success of the unscripted film and TV sector; from early stage talent development, all the way through to supporting producers and production companies with the funding of theatrical documentaries, TV single programmes, series, and slates of projects, both at the development and production stage. In her first six months at Screen Scotland, Dani has been a key player in the roll out of several unscripted TV partnership initiatives. These include Sky Documentaries, BBC Scotland and BBC Two Factual, Channel 4 Factual, and Channel 4 Daytime. 


Deborah Dunnett
Commissioner for Popular Factual, Channel 4

Deborah Dunnett is a Commissioning Editor for Popular Factual, delivering into both Factual Entertainment and Features & Formats from Channel 4’s Glasgow Hub. She commissions a range of content from Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig to Jimmy’s seasonal Farm series, while also overseeing returning brands like Location, Location, Location and Love It or List It.

Before moving into this role Deborah was Nations & Regions Manager for Channel 4 - helping Indies make the most of the broadcaster’s voluntary commitment to 50% production spend outside of London.  Working closely across all commissioning genres, Deborah led strategy on increasing and improving Indie engagement across the UK. She was also responsible for stakeholder engagement in the Nations and Regions.

Prior to that role Deborah was an Exec Producer and Head of Development, working at Indies and broadcasters in London, Manchester and Glasgow.


Alex Gaffney
Commercial and Partnerships 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.


Alison Goring
Director, NFTS Scotland

Alison Goring has worked for many years in film and TV drama production in the UK and abroad as an Assistant Director and Production Manager. Her credits include This is England 86, Mad Dogs, Cloud Atlas, Hysteria and The Awakening. In 2012 she stepped away from production and took up the position of Drama Talent Manager, delivering the BECTU Vision project (a union-led initiative focusing on delivering training opportunities to the freelance film and TV workforce based and working in Scotland) and the Drama Training Programme, which included training for script editors and producers and Stepping Up, a scheme aimed at supporting craft and technical crew to move up in their chosen field.

Since 2018, as Head of NFTS Scotland, she has overseen the establishment of the Scottish hub of the National Film and Television School in Glasgow, which delivers world-class training for the screen industries.


Mark Leese
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 39Joes Palace and Capturing Mary.  Mark also designed many TV dramas including; Shetland, The Replacement, Remember Me, The Escape ArtistGarrows Law, Case Histories, Single Father and The Book Group.  Mark also enjoys his work as a Board Member for The Tron Theatre Glasgow.


Angela Murray
Producer 


Ryan Pasi
Content Producer for BBC The Social, BBC Scotland

Ryan has worked on the award winning digital project, BBC The Social since it began in 2016. BBC The Social has published thousands of videos aimed at young Scottish audiences and made by new exciting talent based in Scotland. As a researcher and then producer, he's edited and optimised over 1000 unique videos and commissioned hundreds of new talented contributors, developing their technical skills and ideas. He also currently serves as a board member for the BBC Scotland Executive team.

Prior to this, he started his career with the short film scheme "Jumpcut" in 2013, followed by attending the Edinburgh TV Festival on "The Network" which led to his first job at an independent TV company working in production. Ryan also founded and ran the Glasgow Film Crew; a weekly event that brought together independent grassroots filmmakers to pool resources and make short films.


Gill Petrie
Head of Marketing, STV

Gill has over 20 years experience in media marketing and brand. She leads the marketing team at STV and is responsible for the promotion of the STV brands, platforms and content. STV is Scotland’s home of news and entertainment. STV’s broadcast channel reaches 3.3 million viewers each month and is home to some of the biggest and most popular shows on television. STV Studios is one of the UK’s leading content businesses and is Scotland’s biggest indie.


Margaret Scott 
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.


Toby Stevens
Head of Objective Media Group Scotland

Toby is an experienced programme-maker across multiple genres and is currently Executive Producer and Head of OMG Scotland for Objective Media Group. His television career began in London, with credits including Have I Got News For You, and producer roles on Room 101 and The Weakest Link. He moved to Scotland in 2001, working at BBC Scotland in both Entertainment and Factual departments across a decade in which he helmed series like Comedy Connections, documentary series Glamour’s Golden Age and events such as Hogmanay Live. At OMG he has been credited as Executive Producer on a string of award-nominated and award-winning programmes including It Was Alright in the 70s for Channel 4, Last Commanders for CBBC and scripted piece Eric, Ernie and Me for BBC Four. He is co-opted onto the Bafta Scotland Committee and also serves as Chair of the Awards Sub-Committee.


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. 


Sheena Wichary
Costume Supervisor / Producer, Monitor Pictures

Sheena Wichary is a costume supervisor-turned-producer based in Scotland. She is a double Emmy award winner for her costume supervision work and has worked in the industry for over 20 years across a series of different skillsets before the passion and urge took over to produce content through her own production company. In 2018 she took a career break and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Film Directing. Monitor Pictures is her new production home.