Advice & Experience Scheme

PLEASE READ: A&E Scheme 2017

The Advice & Experience Scheme is now CLOSED. More information on future opportunities will be available shortly.

Film Hub South East members can now benefit from the Advice and Experience (A&E) advisory scheme, following its successful pilot in Film Hubs North, North West Central and Central East.

The aim of the scheme is to provide Hub Members with access to FREE 1-2-1 specialised advice on a range of topics from effective marketing to introductory programming.

  • Are you struggling to put together a marketing plan for your venue?
  • Do you need advice on attracting new audiences?
  • Want help with selecting films for a specialised season?
  • Need guidance on constructing a working budget for a film project?

If you feel you are lacking in a specific area of expertise we can provide you with the assistance and knowledge you require to help your organisation develop and grow through our A&E Scheme.

Expert advisers available to members

A group of sector specialists are available to book for half day 1-2-1 sessions. Take a look at our adviser’s biographies and specific key expertise below. Sessions can take place on the phone, Skype or face-to-face and will be followed up by a report covering key next steps for your projects.

If you’re interested in arranging an session with any of our advisers or want to discuss the scheme further please email us or call us on 01273 643119.


Donna CloseDonna Close

Director, Producer, Business Development Manager Donna has worked as a cultural strategist and creative producer for 25 years working in both public and private sector, SMEs, community and voluntary sector.  She has raised more than £3million of funding for arts programmes, developed cultural policy, and curated and produced an award-winning city arts festival in the UK (White Night Brighton) which attracted 50,000 people over one night.  Donna was part of the core team that developed the vision and business plan to secure the Film Hub South East.

Donna is also part of a group that raised £120k through crowdfunding to build Brighton Open Air Theatre as a fulfillment of the last wish of a mutual close friend. Donna is particularly interested in audience experience design and evaluating impact.  She also makes immersive film and screen based installation work as part of Driftwood.

David Parker imageDavid Parker

David is Senior Producer for Film & Digital at Carousel, Brighton, an arts organisation working with learning disabled artists to produce film, digital work, music and performance. David oversees the artist development programme.

Carousel works to challenge the perception of what art is and who can create it. The Oska Bright Film Festival , now in its 12th year, is one such project. It has received and shown short films made by learning disabled artists from more than 15 countries worldwide.

rg-photoRosie Greatorex

Rosie has 15 years’ experience in the independent sector, and programmes The Lexi cinema, one of London’s only true indie screens with a year-round programme of first run cinema. She also programmes 80+ pop-up screenings a year for Nomad’s calendar of cult, classic and contemporary film.

She has a passion for collaborative community projects and is experienced in change management within venues, and recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers and interns.

Sophia RamcharanSophia Ramcharan

Sophia Ramcharan is Nottingham Broadway Cinema’s Audience Development, Diversity and Engagement Co-ordinator. She devises, maintains and delivers strategies for developing audiences from under-represented groups, increasing diversity and engagement. Sophia has programmed a series of film exhibition events for a variety of institutions including the Broadway Cinema and the Bang Short Film Festival.

Sophia has also produced various short films, music promos, and corporate video work, and was selected for the National Film and Television School’s BAME Leadership Programme,and also previously selected to be a BAFTA mentor for the BFI Film Academy Alumni programme.

Jodie WilkinsonJodie Wilkinson

Jodie is Public Engagement Coordinator, Glasgow Film, which includes Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). Her role includes focusing on audience development and programming accessible events, developing best practice engagement strategies for deaf and hard of hearing audiences, autism friendly programming and events with a dementia friendly focus.

Jodie was also recently appointed Vice Chair of Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre – a charity arts organisation that provides free theatre activities for people aged 11-25 living in Glasgow.  From Nov 2013-June 2015 Jodie was Creative Learning Programmer at the Arches Theatre.

jay-arnoldJay Arnold

Jay worked at Sheffield’s independent cinema The Showroom from its opening in 1995 until 2003. He then joined the Regional Screen Agency Screen Yorkshire working with cinemas, film educationalists, film archives and film festivals. He became Head of Film Culture with Creative England and joined the BFI in 2013 to work on the BFI Film Audience Network. He has been working on Nottingham’s bid to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Literature, and has been appointed a Trustee of Cinema for All.

Key Expertise: Bid-writing/Fundraising, Monitoring and Evaluation, Audience Development, Audience Engagement and Education, Working with Staff and Volunteers, Business Development, Marketing, Press, Public Speaking.

Emily BowmanEmily Bowman

Emily is the Projects Manager for Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV), a network of 11 arts venues in Lincolnshire. Emily supports the network to work together to co-commission work, share resources, and deliver joint programming across the network. In addition LOV delivers a thriving programme for young people (12-25), including programming opportunities.

Emily’s career has focused on working with young people on youth-led participatory projects to help develop young people as decision makers and future leaders. She is extremely passionate about empowering young programmers and performers and is keen to see young people’s voices embedded in all arts organisations.

Key Expertise:  Bid-writing/fundraising, Monitoring and evaluation, Working with Young Programmers, Audience Development, Audience Engagement and Education, Working with staff and volunteers, Marketing to young audiences, working with networks

jen-skinnerJen Skinner

Jen is Audience Development Manager at Reel Solutions. Having spent 14 years working in the creative sector, most of which has been based in cinemas, she has developed partnerships with a wide range of organisations and venues including the BFI and ICO. From lecturing at degree level through to being a creative practitioner in gallery settings, Jen has devised workshops for students and engaged families with gallery and museum collections.

As manager of Hebden Bridge Picture House she programmed all films and live events, managed a team of 20 staff, marketing, finances, and health and safety.

Jen was also part of the Bradford International Film Festival and Bradford Animation Festival teams. Her key expertise includes Programming, Audience Development, Audience Engagement and Education.

Business development

Emma MorrisEmma Morris

Emma  is the former Executive Director at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. In 1995, Emma took up the role of Deputy Director at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, a position she held for seven years.  Emma moved to East Sussex in 2002 to take up the position of Deputy Director at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea.  She was responsible for the finances of the £9 million capital redevelopment project and, when the building reopened in 2005, was responsible for business strategy and development, financial management and fundraising.

Emma then became Director at Photoworks, a photography organisation based in Brighton.  In the two years of her Directorship, Emma oversaw the merger of Photoworks with the Brighton Photo Biennial and implemented a new business model and strategy. Emma joined Towner as Executive Director in March 2013.  Emma led Towner through the transition to become an independent charitable trust, oversees the artistic programme at Towner and leads on the Art Fund Moving Image Fund, a new scheme enabling Towner to purchase significant moving image works for the permanent collection.  Emma successfully secured £550,000 to build a cinema in the ground floor gallery, which will be completed by Spring 2017.

david-owenDavid Owen

David is a freelance consultant specialising in public engagement and systems approaches to managing change.

Over the past decade he has worked extensively with cultural organisations to develop and embed public engagement strategies, including reviews of training, reward and recognition structures, leadership support and communications.

David is currently an associate with National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and a visiting Research Associate at the University of Bristol. He was formally Head of Research, Engagement and Impact for Exeter University Business School. David has worked on a number of projects with the Watershed, Bristol and has also published research on the impact of human rights film festivals.

bill-lawerenceBill Lawrence

Bill set up Reel Solutions in 2006 to pursue his passion for supporting all forms of cinema. He was Creative Director  at  Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, and Head of Film at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford. He set up Bradford International Film Festival, Bite the Mango Film Festival and Bradford Animation Festival.

In  2006 Bill helped set up the partnership board of Bradford: City of Film and was involved closely in achieving the UNESCO designation in 2009. Bill is chair of  All Animated  Limited and is a director on the  Board of Creative England and previously  Screen Yorkshire.

Bill’s key expertise includes Programming, Audience Development, Working with Staff and Volunteers, Business Development, Budgets and Financial Management, Public Speaking.

Sam MeechSam Meech

Sam Meech is a co-director of Re-Dock and founder of the Small Cinema project. Since 2008, Re-Dock have developed film events and spaces in Widnes, Kirkby, St Helens, Manchester and most recently in Liverpool,
working with volunteers to create a permanent 56 seater cinema in a former Magistrate’s Court. Through these projects Sam has gained a range of skills and experience in space design, AV installation, design and branding, administrative tools for volunteer groups, and even the dark arts of programming.


jamie-wyld-image-photo-by-roberta-mataityteJamie Wyld

Jamie is Director of videoclub, an artists’ moving image platform, showing and touring film and video nationally and internationally in galleries, cinemas, nightclubs, outdoors and in non-arts spaces. videoclub works with partners, including Film London, Videotage (Hong Kong), Seattle International Film Festival, Nottingham Contemporary, Watershed (Bristol) and the Whitechapel Gallery.

Jamie was previously Programme Curator at Lighthouse, in Brighton. As curator he produced and delivered exhibitions at Lighthouse’s venue and offsite (including abandoned spaces and pop-up studios). He was a contributing curator to Brighton Digital Festival in 2011, 12 and 13. Before Lighthouse, Jamie was Digital Arts Programmer at Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, running the Digital Space programme. He also produced and delivered the Single Shot, Sheffield programme with Film and Video Umbrella, an 18 venue month-long show.

From 2003-07, Jamie worked for Arts Council England, developing and supporting artists and organisations, strategic development, and assessing grant applications. He has also worked as a peer reviewer for the Wellcome Trust.

melanie-iredaleMelanie Iredale

Melanie is Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest. Her role involves overseeing the film programme, industry conference and marketplace teams. Her background is as a film curator and festival producer with experience of working in film exhibition and events across the North of England for the past 10 years.

Starting her career at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, Melanie went on to manage Northern Lights Film Festival, and then became film programme director at the Scandinavian mixed arts event, NICE-Festival in Liverpool. Her freelance work has included project coordination for AV Festival and Northern Film & Media.

In 2009, Melanie became director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, and since then its audience numbers have grown dramatically, as has its national profile. Melanie’s key expertise includes bid-writing, programming, audience development/engagement/education, financial management, and marketing.

allison-gardnerAllison Gardner

Allison is Director of Programming at Glasgow Film. Glasgow Film includes Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), a year-round screening programme of the classics of world cinema and contemporary art house films. The GFT’s Learning programme aims to teach and cultivate an understanding of the moving image, in all its diversity.

Also under the Glasgow Film banner are Glasgow Youth Film Festival,  Glasgow Short Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival, which is the fastest-growing film event in the UK.

Allison is also a director of CinéFile, a distribution company that releases widely different titles ranging from classic thriller, costume drama, youthful escapism, family comedy, to documentary films.nd Public speaking.

8x10_morv-bwMorvern Cummingham

Morvern worked at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse for six years and has run a variety of film exhibition events across Glasgow and Edinburgh on a freelance basis, including Future Shorts, KinoKlub and VHS Trash Fest. Morvern has also been involved in projects such as Scalarama and Scottish Queer International Film Festival.

Now a freelance arts producer, her current projects include: Project Officer of Grow Your Own Cinema, which seeks to nurture film exhibition skills and stimulate community cinemas in rural and remote parts of Scotland; Producer at Glasgow Short Film Festival; and Director at LeithLate, a visual arts organisation which runs a number of public arts initiatives and large-scale events.

alison-straussAlison Strauss

Alison is the Arts Development Officer (Film and Media) at Falkirk Community Trust and year-round programmer of the Hippodrome Bo’ness. She established the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema (Scotland’s first and only festival of silent film with live music) of which she is the Director (2011 to present). Alison has an MA in Film Archiving and British Film and worked at the British Film Institute National Archive for seven years in the Access department, identifying and supplying material for UK cinemas, researchers, academics, donors and rights holders.

She worked in Arts Development for four local authorities in England and Scotland, specialising in Creative Industries, Voluntary Arts and Film and Media. Alison completed the Independent Cinema Office’s Women’s Leadership Programme and has been a Board member for Art in Healthcare. She now sits on the Board of Regional Screen Scotland serving as working group member on Festivals Development.

Michael WoodMichael Wood

Michael is a community film exhibitor, running the award-winning Minicine in Leeds and screening to audiences across West Yorkshire. In 2015, Minicine was named Cinema For All Film Society of the Year while also being awarded Best Marketing and Publicity as well as Best Film Programming for the second time.

With a passion for community cinema and film exhibition in general, Woody offers expertise in creative film programming, marketing on a shoe-string budget, building collaborative networks and audience development.” Woody has previously worked for Leeds International Film Festival, Scalarama and, most recently, Cinema For All.

Priscilla IgwePriscilla Igwe

Priscilla has spent the last decade in film exhibition within the BAME sector. She is currently the Managing Director of The New Black Film Collective (TNBFC) – a nationwide network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers of Black
representation on screen. She has diversified the organisation into Production, Exhibition, Distribution, Education and PR. Since 2011, Priscilla has established a regular film club, an annual Black History Month programme and worked on the last 5 BFI Blockbuster seasons.

The aim is to become the UK’s top agency and resource for Black film and eventually operate on a global level. In 2015’s, TNBFC became the first BAME female-led organisation to distribute a film in the UK with Dear White People. The focus for TNBFC is on building a circuit of commercial and community cinemas that will curate a diverse range of titles from the African diaspora.

Key Expertise: Bid writing/fundraising, Income generation, Programming, Working with diverse audiences, Business development.


alex-karotschAlex Karotsch

Alex is the Festival Director at Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London’s alternative, community-based LGBT film festival, which he co-founded in 2011. There he worked on almost all aspects of running a film festival spanning areas from film and events programming, press & marketing, event production, fundraising and managing staff and volunteers.

Alex has also been working at Open City Documentary Festival since 2014, first as production manager and since 2015 as marketing manager, overseeing both marketing for the festival and for Open City Docs School courses. With a background in event management he has also worked as a freelancer for BFI London Film Festival, Peccadillo Pictures, The Smalls Film Festival as well as on his own events.

film-head-shot-lsLaura Silverman

Laura loves a compelling story on paper and on screen. It was a near-obsession with film that led her to become a journalist – she was captivated by the glamour of His Girl Friday and Citizen Kane. Having worked at the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and The Times as a staff writer and editor for the past 10 years, she knows how to sell an idea to the press and, crucially, who to speak to.

Laura also has extensive digital and social media experience: launching a popular and profitable section of the Telegraph website, developing the editorial strategy, commissioning content, looking after the budget and working with the commercial backers. Laura is obsessed with words, and will happily advise on all material from fundraising proposals to posters. She has also worked in TV and radio.

tara-judahTara Judah

Tara is an Australian critic, broadcaster and programmer based in the UK. Director at 20th Century Flicks video shop, Curator and Online Editor for Cinema Rediscovered, Co-ordinator for Bristol Scalarama and co-host of film podcast Cinema Blindspot, Tara is passionate about cinema-going and photochemical film. She is also a regular contributor to Monocle24’s Arts Review and Cinema Show, Senses of Cinema, Desist Film, The Big Issue and a Contributing Editor at Metro magazine. Her work has appeared in various other online and print publications and she has participated in a number of international film festival juries.

catherine-waddingtonCatherine Waddington

Catherine is a freelance Project Manager and Communications Specialist, with more than 15 years working on arts projects in the cultural and events sectors.

Now self-employed, Catherine is currently working with Abandon Normal Devices delivering its Marketing & Communications. Previous roles include: Programme Manager for WE PLAY, the North West cultural legacy programme for London 2012; Marketing Manager for Imperial War Museum North, Roadshow Manager for London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games, Finance & Administration Manager for Greenwich & Docklands Festivals. Catherine’s key expertise includes Audience Development, Marketing, and Brand Management.

sylvia-wroblewskaSylvia Bednarz

Sylvia is the Business and Marketing Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest – the UK’s largest and most exciting documentary and digital media festival. Prior to this, Sylvia worked in documentary film and TV production. Before joining Doc/Fest, Sylvia was the Business Development Director and Film Festival Producer at digital short film platform The Smalls.

Sylvia’s key expertise includes Bid writing/fundraising, Income generation, Monitoring and evaluation, Working with staff and volunteers, Business development, Marketing, Press a