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.

Steven Zarnfaller – UK SCREEN Project Manager

Steven’s career bridges both the private and public sector, including global program management in mass-media initiatives at BBC Media Action and Concern Worldwide, as well as marketing and communications for Merrill Lynch and The Fedcap Group. At BBC Media Action, he managed content production teams in Africa and South Asia producing high-quality local-language content for TV, radio and social media related to health, governance and economic sustainability. Before this, he launched an MNCH initiative with Concern Worldwide in Malawi, which identified and evaluated ground-breaking ideas from the general public to improve health outcomes and access for mothers and children.

Spencer Halls – Fundraising Manager

During his 25 year fundraising career, Spencer has built and managed teams that have raised millions of pounds. In the process, he has created and delivered successful Trust fundraising strategies and secured major gifts from High Net Worth Individuals. He brings a wealth of experience working for a wide variety of causes, including those from the Arts, Social Welfare, Animal, International Development and Healthcare sectors.

Louise Orton – Producer

Louise’s experience includes making short films and documentaries, as well as strategic communications for international NGOs, specialising in global health and human rights. She has filmed, produced and directed for the BBC, Al Jazeera and multiple NGOs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including in hostile environments. Louise is also fluent in French.

Megan O’Hara – Producer

Megan O’Hara is an award-winning producer and production manager working across documentary, TV and animation. During her career in the film industry, she has led multiple high profile cinematics productions including BAFTA-winning Sackboy: A Big Adventure. This year she has worked with Axis Studios and ITV as well as Medical Aid Films, and her feature documentary Forged premiered at Global Health Film Festival 2021.

Melody Ambrose – Production Manager

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.

Emma Smith-Bodie – Digital Manager

Emma brings experience working in digital, marketing and communications in the third sector, and experience working as a television researcher for the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and MTV. She has delivered social media campaigns, email marketing, website redevelopment and multimedia creation, and is passionate about using digital and data for good.

Sheida Kiran – Production Coordinator

Sheida is studying her Masters in Documentary Film at UAL. 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, the female perception on Womanhood, and tea picking women in Turkey. 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.