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.

Meghan Belcher – SCREEN Project Manager

Meghan joined Medical Aid Films in February 2020 as SCREEN Project Manager. Formally trained in Medical Anthropology, she has worked in both humanitarian documentary film in Copenhagen as well as spending extended periods researching women’s pathways to maternal health care in rural Zanzibar. Having a strong NGO background and working with issues as diverse as urban violence, modern slavery, gender, poverty and health, Meghan brings with her a wealth of organisational knowledge as well as an intimate understanding of global health issues.

Florence Corvez Curtis – Producer

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.

Fiona Sanders – Producer

Fiona Sanders Medical Aid Films ProducerFiona’s experience spans PR and Comms, factual TV production and eLearning for broadcasters including the BBC, Sky TV, and The Guardian Media Group. Before joining Medical Aid Films, she produced photography and branded film content for the corporate and charity sector, and for two years worked on an independent feature documentary about a Syrian family caught up in the civil war. She enjoys developing ideas, and telling stories that evoke a universal understanding of humanity.

Marcie MacLellan – Producer

In 2009, Marcie founded her successful female-led, independent film production company. Most recently, she produced the BAFTA-nominated feature film, APOSTASY. Released by Curzon, this film earned 17 international nominations, taking home five, including Screen International’s Film of the Year in 2018. Favouring stories that tackle gender inequality, her first documentary opened at the Women of the World (WOW) Festival (2010) and was presented by the Gender Research Group. In 2018, she was nominated as BEST PRODUCER by the British Independent Film Awards and the National Film Awards. In 2017, she was named ONE TO WATCH on Campaign’s Future Female List. With a BA in Journalism and an MA in Screenwriting, she is proud to be named a ‘BAFTA Guru’.

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.

Sheida Kiran – Production Coordinator

Sheida is a final year student studying BSc Social Sciences at UCL. She has conducted ethnographic and narrative research investigating traditional gender roles and reasons for migration among rural-to-urban female Turkish migrants. Her studies on Ethnographic Documentary Making at UCL led her to shoot, edit, and direct short documentaries on the life of a Syrian refugee in the UK, and the female perception on Womanhood. She has also spent an extensive period studying and composing music for film after interning at Saran Holding dubbing studios in Istanbul, and now performs her music around London music venues.