TRCmedia Chair, Creative Economy Champion at Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Andrew Chitty has three decades of experience in the creative industries, with a career spanning across television and digital. In January 2017 he became the first ever Creative Economy Champion for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, working to foster partnerships between academics and the rapidly growing creative industry in the UK. He is professor of Creative and Digital Media at the Royal Holloway, University of London and Director of the business advisory network Cranehill, which provides practical, specialist advice to high growth SME’s in the creative and digital sector.
In 1998 he founded multi-BAFTA award winner Illumina Digital, one of the UK’s leading convergent media producers, established to develop new forms of interactive content and services from TV to the web, real world installations to mobile channels.
Prior to founding Illumina, Andrew pioneered the combination of television production with interactive media while editing the BBC series, ‘The Net’ and as an award-winning creative producer for Granada Education, Channel 4 Schools, Microsoft Network and BBC Science.
As well as heading up the TRC board, Andrew is former Vice Chair of the producers’ trade body PACT, a board member of Creative Skillset, and a founding director of Creative England.
Journalist, broadcaster and author
Stuart Cosgrove is a successful broadcaster, journalist and television executive. As one of Channel 4’s longest-serving members of staff, he most recently acted as Director of Creative Diversity where he oversaw the drive to commission multiplatform content from newer companies throughout the regions. Stuart was formerly Director of Nations and Regions with overall responsibility for Channel 4’s strategy and corporate development outside London.
Stuart joined Channel 4 in 1994 as Commissioning Editor for independent film and video where his commissions included Red Light Zone and The Dying Rooms. Prior to this, Stuart was Controller of Arts and Entertainment, managing Channel 4’s flagship American programmes such as ER, Friends and Frasier. Stuart joined Channel 4 from the independent production sector after a successful career as a producer with Big Star. Stuart was previously editor of NME, a feature writer with The Face and presenter with The Late Show.
Stuart’s most recent book- Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul- was published in March 2016.
Head of Change, TV- BBC
Helen Blenkinsop is responsible for managing the fair operation of the Television commissioning process, the implementation of the BBC’s strategy to grow production Out of London, and is currently leading on changing the way teams work in TV.
Helen joined the BBC as a journalist – working across many of the corporation’s Newsrooms – from Newsbeat on Radio 1, through to Newsnight on BBC2. She was part of the launch team on both Five Live and News 24 and managed a major rebranding of BBC1’s news bulletins.
After a career break Helen returned to the BBC as an Executive Producer, and worked with Greg Dyke on his culture change programme: Making it Happen. She joined BBC TV in 2003 and was part of the team who worked on the BBC’s Content Supply Review. She became Managing Editor Commissioning in 2005, introducing a new commissioning process and supply framework. She ensures the BBC operates a level playing field between in- house and independent producers.
In 2010 Helen led a review of the BBC’s Network supply strategy and continues to oversee its implementation to ensure half of TV production is made outside of London by 2016. As part of this strategy she has also transformed the way in-house production teams work across the UK, launched a major new Independent strategy in the Nations, and linked up with Channel 4 to support more returnable factual formats from Scotland.
Head of Production Talent Network, BBC
Donald-Iain is responsible for the long term planning and management of both production and crew staff, for ensuring the smooth transition to BBC Scotland’s purpose-built headquarters at Pacific Quay, and for the development of new ways of working. He will continue to oversee BBC Scotland’s training development plan ensuring its alignment to business need and technological change.
He has worked for BBC Scotland since 1989 in a variety of roles across television and radio including presenter, researcher and production manager. His production credits include Eorpa, Fully Booked and the BAFTA Awards.
In 1997 he was appointed Co-ordinator of Production Talent where he was responsible for the scheduling and management of staff across all programmes.
In 1999 Donald-Iain took up the role of Managing Editor of Production Talent, charged with retaining and developing talent, the Corporation’s key asset.
Founder and Managing Director, MadeBrave®
Andrew is Founder and Managing Director of Scotland’s fastest growing design & digital creative agency, MadeBrave®.
Andrew launched MadeBrave in 2012 after leaving his job in the middle of the recession with just £1000 of personal cash in the bank and a newborn baby at home. MadeBrave now employs a team of 25 (and growing) and boasts a client roster including IBM, Sky, Springbank Distillers, the SSE Hydro and Peter Vardy, to name a few.
Andrew was one of the 2015 delegates chosen for TRC’s highly competitive flagship Cross Creative programme: a transformative training and development course for senior tech and creative professionals in Scotland’s digital media sector.
MadeBrave is an official partner of Google’s Digital Garage, Scottish Edge, Kiltwalk and TEDx Glasgow.
Co-founder and Managing Director, Raise the Roof Productions
Jane is Managing Director and co-founder of Raise the Roof Productions and is responsible for the strategic direction and overall running of the company. She has overseen the company’s growth in becoming one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK and Channel 4’s biggest supplier in Scotland.
In just under seven years, Raise the Roof has produced almost 400 hours of TV content, with 18 network series selling to over 40 countries worldwide. Successful brands include: Phil Spencer Secret Agent (Broadcast Award nominee 2013) for both prime time and daytime slots; Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free (Scottish Bafta Award Nominee 2013); Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas; Gok’s Fill Your House For Free and Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman.
Raise The Roof is an integrated content producer and Jane has been instrumental in taking RTRP’s brands beyond television, producing digital content, books and merchandise from the production base in Glasgow.
Out with running, growing and developing a busy production company, Jane was the National Director, Scotland on Pact Council from 2010-2016. She also the chaired the TV Working Group in Scotland over the same time period. She is currently a member of the Screen Sector leadership Group.
Jane has vast experience in TV production and has numerous TV credits under her belt including: Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer’s; Serial Killers: Crimes That Shook the World and Dolce Vito: Dream Restaurant.
Co-Founder and Strategy and Culture Director, Wire
Lee co-founded Wire almost seven years ago alongside Pam Scobbie with the aim of offering a clever, creative communications agency with a 360-degree approach to campaigns.
Life before Wire included ten years of devising stand-out, national campaigns, as well as handling the issue management strategy, for some of the UK’s most successful Events including Jim Beam Music, T in the Park, Download Scotland, Big Day Out at the Green and T-Mobile presents. Within Wire, project work for the likes of Piping Live, DF Concerts, Best of the West and Tiree Music Festival strongly relies on engagement with the tourist market, domestic and international, to drive footfall so collaborative working with partners such as VisitScotland and Calmac in some instances, have been key to their success.
Lee also leads the company’s strategy ensuring tight processes are in place for budgets, evaluation and reviews. She has built an inspiring, efficient culture promoting both staff and client development and satisfaction. This includes progressive, flexible packages and professional development plans for all employees. This, coupled with thorough client briefings, reviews and evaluation structures, has ensured that the agency has maintained a 98% staff retention rate and 100% client retention rate for the past three years.
As a result, Lee was shortlisted as Agency Star Of The Year at the Marketing Society Scotland Star Awards 2016 and named Business Woman of the year alongside Pam Scobbie at the Scottish Women In Business Awards.