Team

Team

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 – Head of Development

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.


Florence Corvez Curtis – Production Manager

Sanzeeda Ali, Fundraising Manager

Florence has extensive production management skills, always looking ahead, mitigating the ups and downs of the creative processes. Such forward planning ensures that productions run smoothly and on budget.

She worked as a roving Producer/Director for over a decade for Christian Aid covering a range of development issues in over 40 countries, often using her native French and also Spanish language skills as well as self-shooting.

She believes in the impact films can have and is committed to Communication for Development (C4D) to help improve public health and trigger change.


Megan O’Hara – Production Manager

Megan O'Hara Production ManagerMegan is a producer and production manager who has worked on radio and documentary projects for BBC Radio 4, BBC News and more. She is passionate about women’s rights and health, having volunteered with Solace Women’s Aid and trained in identifying and preventing domestic violence. In her spare time Megan pursues her interest in humanitarian filmmaking and is currently co-producing a documentary on the Syrian refugee crisis.


William de Villiers – Production Manager

Will has worked in content production with various non-governmental and humanitarian-sector organisations, including three years with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. He holds a masters’ degree in Human Rights, and is passionate to use a range of creative disciplines to tell human stories, including film, photography and illustration.


Francis Miles – Digital Producer & Manager

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 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 & HR 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.