Catherine McCarthy – Chief Executive

Catherine brings a wealth of senior experience from the BBC where she was for many years, a commissioner and TV exec. She has a background in educational broadcasting, she set up and ran BBC Learning Zone and co-commissioned many award winning BBC series, including some of the biggest BBC landmark programmes. She is passionate about using media to make a difference.

She previously worked for BBC Media Action, the BBC’s International Development Charity, where she was a Senior Adviser supporting teams around the world to produce high quality content. She worked in Bangladesh as Head of an innovative award winning multimedia project which has transformed the lives of millions. Prior to the BBC she worked for VSO and SHELTER. She is originally a trainer teacher.

Catherine has been a mentor for Documentary Campus, a global project to develop new talent in film-making, an Advisory Member to the European Broadcasting Union, a Governor at the Evelina School in St Thomas’s Hospital and an Adviser to Sheffield Documentary Film Festival and Global Health Films initiative. She served on the steering group of the initial Nominet Trust’s 100 most innovative social tech projects world-wide.

Francis Webster – Head of Development 

Francis is an experienced fundraiser with a strong background in the health and medical sphere, previously with Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK. He developed a passion for international development through volunteering in India and advising Responding to Conflict, as well as having taught English in Japan through the JET programme. He has a BSc in Psychology from the University of York.

Josie Gallo – Content Development Manager

Josie has a strong background in media and communications with international development organisations, including Child’s i Foundation in Uganda, Anza International in Tanzania, FRANK Water and Send a Cow. Josie’s passion is using film for positive change and development, particularly within sub-Saharan Africa, and in 2013 she worked with Purple Field Productions to develop their distribution methods, sponsored by the Vodafone World of Difference programme. Josie graduated in film production from Bournemouth University Media School.

Helen Coombe – Joint Head of Evaluation and Learning 

Helen has worked extensively in programme management, monitoring & evaluation, capacity building and consulting roles in the international development sector, focusing mainly on the needs and rights of unsupported and vulnerable young women and men. She has a masters’ degree in international health and community development and is a professionally qualified youth and community worker.

team_hcSarah Wallace – Joint Head of Evaluation and Learning

Sarah has a deep knowledge and understanding of the field of evaluation and learning through her first career as an econometric analyst for a marketing response consultancy to over 5 years working with Medical Aid Films on planning and implementing field projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness of film in learning. She holds a first class degree in Economics from Durham University where she took a keen interest in development economics and has lived in and worked with NGOs in Tanzania. She has a strong passion and interest towards advancing the level of and access to care for vulnerable women around the globe.

Leeky Benthall – Head of Trusts & Institutional Funding

Leeky has over 12 years’ experience in the international development sector, mainly working for CAFOD – the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (at home and overseas) and as a volunteer in Nepal and Zimbabwe. Leeky has a strong background in programme development, funding and donor compliance in both development and humanitarian programming. She graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in Religious Studies.

Ondine Upton – Philanthropy Manager

Ondine has worked in the charity sector for the last twenty years, specialising in developing philanthropy, major gifts and fundraising strategy for smaller charities as they grow. She has worked with a wide range of charities, including Working Families, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Working Chance and Afghanaid. Previously a Literary Agent, Ondine studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge, and has worked as a volunteer in Guatemala on HIV education, and cholera prevention.

Will Sanderson – Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

imageedit_5_8803812187Will graduated from Leeds University with a BSc in Geography in 2014. Since then has been pursuing a career in the charity sector. Will helps manage our small trusts programme and develops proposals for potential grant givers whilst organising and delivering fundraising events and film screenings. He is also responsible for external communications including the website and social media copy and provides administrative support to the team whenever required.