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.

Melody Ambrose – Head of Production and Operations

Melody is a highly experienced operations professional and production manager, specialising in media and strategic communications projects. She has over 15 years’ experience delivering complex programming for a range of corporate and government clients around the world. She has worked on the ground in Kenya, Somalia and Tunisia and rapidly mobilised projects in Afghanistan, Gaza, Bangladesh, India and the Baltic States.

Beatriz Martinez – Digital Communications Manager

Beatriz is an expert in digital communications and marketing with a background in social psychology. She has been working in the charity sector for more than a decade, using digital communications to change behaviours and drive positive social transformation. She has worked for the RNID, Anthony Nolan and the international development charity Youth Business International, among others.

Michelle Kanene – SCREEN Project Coordinator 

Michelle is a development practitioner with over 10 years experience in project management and community mobilisation in the health  and social sector, having  worked for the United Nations Volunteers, National AIDS Council and other International Organisations. Michelle is passionate about improving health outcomes for vulnerable and most at risk populations.


Maddy Hohwieler – Assistant

Maddy has a degree in media studies and documentary Film. While at university Maddy directed and produced a short documentary focussing on the work of a non-profit organisation striving for inclusivity and access in the arts sector. She has a passion for international affairs/cultures, human rights work and the power that inclusive content can have in providing access to information and opportunity. 



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