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 worldwide.

Helen Coombe – 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.

Richard Thunder – International Partnerships and Funding Manager

Richard Thunder, International Partnerships and Funding ManagerRichard has worked in fundraising in the health and international development field for over fifteen years. Prior to joining Medical Aid Films in January 2018, he spent four years in the Middle East, and over his career has worked across Western and Southern Africa, and Central and South America. He has a strong background in a wide range of fundraising channels, including grant development and management, high-value gifts, and individual giving. He began his career working as a street fundraiser for organisations including Plan and Amnesty International, and enjoys bringing his passion for healthcare and development to growing Medical Aid Films’ partnerships and income.

Sanzeeda Ali – Fundraising Manager

Sanzeeda Ali, Fundraising Manager

Sanzeeda has over six years’ experience working in the charitable and non-government development sector, across different departments including programmes, communications and fundraising. Originally from Australia, she has previously lived and worked in Mongolia as part of the Australian Youth Ambassador for Development programme, where her role at a local NGO involved improving communications, building the organisations’ network, and monitoring and evaluation. She holds a master’s degree in international development and is passionate about reducing inequality and making a contribution towards communities in need.

Callum Clarke – Production Manager

Callum Clarke Production Manager

Callum has worked in the television and film industry on primetime productions and feature films for BFI, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and BT Sport. With over six years’ experience working in production, his passion for the filmmaking process and international development helps maintain the excellent quality of Medical Aid Films content whilst ensuring that all projects are delivered on time and within budget.



Nigel Bryant – Multimedia Producer

Nigel is a multi-skilled filmmaker who has been working in film and video for over 20 years. He grew his enthusiasm for working with charities and NGOs during his 11 years in the film team at the international development charity, Christian Aid. Following this, he went on to make films as a freelancer with a number of development and health charities including ActionAid, The British Asian Trust, Breast Cancer Care and The Mental Health Foundation.


Francis Miles – Digital Communications Producer

Francis is a multimedia content producer, with substantial professional experience in video production. As a BBC trained self-op shooter and graduate of City University’s journalism school, he brings the writing, research, production and camerawork skills from his early career in television across to his work in digital communications within the not-for-profit sector. His graphics and videos have been shown at the World Health Organisation, on festival big screens and fundraising events and his camerawork has been featured on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, Channel 4, digital channels and BBC series websites. He is passionate about media for development and communications for change.

Nataliya Cuttell – Finance Manager

Nataliya joined us in 2017 and brings over 25 years of experience in finance, HR and administration. She has previously worked abroad, specialising in commercial SME finances and holds a degree in Global Economy. Nataliya is responsible for the day-to-day charity finances, preparation of year end accounts and management reports. She is passionate about recycling, human and animal well-being and preserving old crafts and skills contributing to several charities.