Meet The Team
Chief Executive Officer
Over the last 30 years in broadcasting, Peter has launched an Indie (Barraclough Carey North), a BBC department, (BBC Youth), several significant broadcast series including Open Air (BBC1) and the People’s Parliament (C4); edited primetime shows including Wogan, That’s Life and Children In Need; run channels for Discovery including Animal Planet International; and produced programmes for Panorama and Newsnight.
Peter began his broadcast career at Granada as a researcher on World In Action, University Challenge and Granada Report for ITV, followed by a stint at the BBC producing and directing programmes for Panorama, Newsnight and Nationwide. In 1984 Peter returned to his native Belfast where he both set up the BBC’s first youth department and became the acting head of BBC Radio Ulster.
Between 1986 and 1992 Peter launched the BBC’s first daytime programme, Open Air, a daily live interactive programme from Manchester where viewers could challenge programme makers, edited Wogan for BBC1 and ran Topical Features where he was responsible for That’s Life!, Watchdog, Video Diaries and Children In Need.
Peter moved into the Indie Sector in 1992, joining Barraclough Carey, and a year later set up Barraclough Carey North in Manchester where he introduced Channel Four’s People’s Parliament, BBC-2′s Pound for Pound and Radio Four’s Times Past..Times Future with Jeremy Paxman.
In 1998, Peter joined Discovery as Vice President, Programming and Production for the UK and Europe and ran a succession of channels for Discovery . He was promoted to Discovery’s corporate headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA four years later as General Manager, Animal Planet International. In 2005 Peter he became Senior Vice President, Content for Discovery Latin America’s nine networks.
Peter returned to the UK in 2007 and brought his passion for broadcasting into the 3rd sector, joining the Media Trust charity with responsibility for both the Community Channel and all Media Trust productions. In May 2009, Peter took up the reins as CEO for CTVC.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Ekene joined CTVC as the office co-ordinator after graduating from the University of Liverpool where she completed a BA in English and Communication. Before joining CTVC she contributed articles to an online music magazine, the New Nation newspaper and while travelling in Nigeria undertook a work placement at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). Ekene now works as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of CTVC.
Joint Head of Documentaries
Wendy Robbins joined CTVC from the BBC and is an experienced broadcast journalist who has worked on numerous current affairs programmes including Panorama, Newsnight, Public Eye, Watchdog and Here and Now. In addition to overseeing a slate of CTVC commissions for BBC 1 and 2, she is currently presenting a series of short films for The One Show, produced by CTVC for The One Show.
Wendy’s achievements in investigative journalism include an innocent man being released from death row and the closure of an old age home in South London for inadequate care of the elderly. Her early career as a Sunday Times researcher was immortalised on screen in 2007 by Celia Meiras in BBC 2’s Nuclear Secrets – the story of Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli technician who was kidnapped by Mossad for revealing Israel’s nuclear secrets to the press.
Her work with the BBC Current Affairs Development team led to 3 major seasons for BBC 3, and the 6 part Backlash series for BBC 2 which introduced celebrity presenters with something to say on current issues. Following this Wendy set up a new development team in factual to co-ordinate and develop major Cross-Platform/ Cross Genre ideas for BBC 1, 2 3 after which she went on to executive produce high profile series such as Fat Teens Can’t Hunt, Everest ER and Casualty 1907
In addition to her experience behind the camera, she presents the critically-acclaimed The House I Grew Up In for BBC Radio 4 (currently in its fourth series)and has also reported on BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent; File On Four, and presented on Five Live’s Breakfast Show.
Recent projects for CTVC include Executive Producer Too Old to be a Mum? For CTVC/BBC1 which aired in January 2010, Presenter on Bosnia’s War Babies (CTVC/BBC World Service) and Executive Producer for Fix My Family for BBC2.
Joint Head of Documentaries
Emma Loach is an observational documentary film-maker. She joined CTVC in March 2010 to direct and produce Fix My Family for BBC2 – a film following life at a unique hostel that looks after homeless families and tries to keep their children out of care.
Previous films include The Child Protectors [1 X 30" for BBC1's Panorama], Having A Baby To Save My Child [1 X 60" for BBC1's Being Mum season], Madeleine Was Here [1 X 60" for C4's Cutting Edge], Madeleine McCann: One Year On [1 X 120" for ITV] and the Children Fighting Cancer series [4 X 40" for BBC1] .
Head of TV Production
Vivienne Steele joined CTVC in May 2012.
With over 25 years experience in TV production Vivienne has worked on a wide variety of programming from weekly live shows, outside broadcasts, fixed rig, drama and documentaries with extensive experience of international filming on all formats from 35mm to HDCam. Vivienne has worked with all of the major UK broadcasters and worldwide broadcasters including WGBH, WNET, HBO, Discovery US, Discovery Canada, and National Geographic Channels.
Productions she has line produced include the Oscar-short listed theatrical documentary Sergio; the award-winning Kissinger and the Emmy-winning series The Ascent of Money.
As Head of Production she is responsible for overseeing the production of all the broadcast output of the company.
Ray joined CTVC in 1989 after successful careers as a teacher, lecturer, and writer in religion and multi-cultural education. Productions for Channel 4 include the critically acclaimed 2 hour documentary, ‘Battle For The Holy Land – Jerusalem’, 4 series of the groundbreaking Muslim debate programme ‘Shariah TV’ where young Muslims explore issues of their faith (the last series produced from a rooftop in the Old City of Jerusalem), ‘Opus Dei – The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code’, ‘The Secret Family of Jesus’ and for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 ‘The Ground Zero Mosque’.
For ITV, ‘Victim 001’, the award winning story of Father Mychal Judge, the first victim of 9/11, 7/7 Remembered, The Real Mary Magdalene, Little Town of Bethlehem , Flight of Faith and Carols for Christmas From Chase Hospice.
For Channel 5 and National Geographic International, a 4 part series Secrets of the Cross looking at tantalizing Bible mysteries.For BBC 1, The Story of Jesus and In the Footsteps of St.Paul with David Suchet.
For the National Geographic Channels, he produced, Writing The Dead Sea Scrolls and Re-making the Turin Shroud. While for BBC 1 and Smithsonian Television, he is currently producing The Bible Hunters, a two part investigation looking at the discoveries of early Christian manuscripts in Egypt.
Executive Producer for Children's and Features
Before joining CTVC, Leonie was Executive Producer for Cineflix. where she oversaw series for CBBC, Disney, Five, BBC1, Animal Planet and HGTV US. Prior to Cineflix Leonie was Head of Development for Discovery Networks UK where she was responsible for over 500 hours of factual entertainment content for the network including titles like Snakebuster and Baghdad Zoo, Superhomes, Wheeler Dealers, Thunder Races, Postcards From The Edge and The World’s Tallest Man. She was also Head of Programming for several Discovery Network brands.
Head of Features
Liz is an experienced programme maker and journalist and has worked in Current Affairs and Factual TV throughout her career. Her credits include films and series for the BBC, C4, ITV and Discovery. As the Executive Producer and head of the Network Current affairs dept in Manchester she was responsible for winning commissions and delivering a range of Current Affairs TV from Panorama to The One Show and across BBC 1, 2 and 3. Liz also worked as Director of Development for BBC Specialist Factual and an Editorial executive within the BBC commissioning group.
International Co Production Executive
Sue Temple has a degree in music, and began her working life in the Arts first at London’s National Theatre and later in New York’s Metropolitan Opera. In January 1982 Temple moved into television. She joined The Entertainment Channel first as Associate Producer then Executive Producer of a monthly entertainment show. Temple then became Director of Acquisitions in the New York office of Fremantle acquiring the international rights to many American network “movie-of-the- week” and entertainment specials.
In 1985 she was invited to return to Britain as Senior Sales Executive at Granada Television International. Still at Granada, Temple later became Commissioning Editor for documentaries negotiating co-production and pre-sale deals with overseas broadcasters.
In February 1990 she founded Temple International. Since then the company has represented a number of Britain’s leading independent producers – including CTVC, Brook Lapping Productions, Shine, October Films, Paladin Invision, Mentorn and Wild Pictures – and has raised over $ 75 million in production finance. The resulting productions have won almost every major US and UK television prize including Emmies, BAFTAs , DuPont Gold and Silver Batons, Peabodies, Royal Television Society and Amnesty International Awards. These programmes were commissioned by the world’s leading broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky in the UK; PBS – central, WGBH, Thirteen and WETA; National Geographic Channel, Discovery, TLC, A & E in the USA; NDR in Germany; France 2 and 3, Canal +, Arte France and Arte GEIE in France; RTVE in Spain; NHK in Japan; Network Ten, ABC and SBS in Australia; TV New Zealand, and all of the state broadcasters in Benelux and Scandinavia.
Assistant Producer - The One Show
Rosanne has worked at CTVC since 2007 joining as Development Producer for the award winning online teaching resource TrueTube. Here, she helped produce numerous films for the site covering a huge spectrum of subject areas. She has also worked on various radio productions at CTVC for BBC Radio.
With over 15 years journalistic experience in all areas of broadcast production, Rosanne has worked on numerous programmes for BBC Radio 4, including Woman’s Hour, You and Yours, Face the Facts and various one off documentaries including the Sony Award nominated It’s My Story: The Witness.
She also worked for ITV1′s current affairs programme ‘Tonight with Trevor McDonald’ covering many sensitive and hard hitting news stories such as the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London. She has also worked on Channel 4′s Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word where among other things, she saw first hand how to ice dive for snow crabs in the Arctic Circle!
Rosanne is currently producing various films for BBC’s The One Show.
Bev is an Oxford graduate who got her first taste for journalism with a work placement at Bush House with the Bulgarian Service (despite not being able to speak the language!). This led to a masters in Television Journalism at CIty University and to her first job in the world of 24 hour news with CNN International. A desire to look behind the headlines, combined with an interest in religious and ethically complex subjects, let to a move to CTVC where she began working on TV Research & Development. She now works on religious radio programmes and podcasting.
Imogen graduated from The University of Manchester in 2011 where she studied English Literature and Drama. She began her media career presenting various shows for the student radio station Fuse FM before working as a freelance researcher for BBC Radio and for CTVC’s podcasting department. However, her love for storytelling and current affairs has moved her into TV and she has discovered a passion for documentary and factual. After working as a Production Co-ordinator on the controversial Ian Brady: Endgames of a Psychopath, Panorama and Dispatches: Let our Dad Die, she currently works as a Development Researcher. Her most recent credit is as Researcher on Channel 4 Cutting Edge; The Murder Workers.
Features Development Researcher
Roxi comes from Manchester but currently resides in a chilly barge on a boggy canal in West London. She works in both development and production in the Children’s and Feature’s department and was Production Co-ordinator on Let Our Dad Die, Ian Brady Endgames of a Psychopath and Panorama for CTVC. Prior to joining CTVC Roxi worked as a Production Assistant on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2.
Mee-ling has worked for various production companies on a number of studio and location based shows including The British Comedy Awards, A History of Art in Three Colours, and a Motörhead music video. A trained fire eater and keen cake baker (Mee-ling “makes the best chocolate brownies in the whole wide world” – direct quote from a former colleague), she can usually be found in the cinema or in a mosh pit. Mee-ling is currently ploughing all her Production Co-ordinator efforts into “Dispatches,” “Young Mormons” and “Bible Hunters” at CTVC.
Originally from Belfast, Phil read English Literature at Cambridge University, and then trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Before entering media production, he worked for several years as a freelance actor and writer. Phil has appeared in theatre, TV, radio and film productions. He has also co-founded an independent theatre company, and has scripted theatre and short film projects. He was delighted to join CTVC in late 2012 in a researcher role, before subsequently moving on to his role as Production Co-ordinator.
Head of Radio
Prior to joining CTVC, David was an Executive in BBC Religion, responsible for long-running strands, major docs, on Radios 2, 3, 4 – and producer of the live and provocative Moral Maze.
For CTVC, he has produced critically acclaimed programmes on subjects including Iraq’s Persecuted Minorities, Bio-fuels, Child Evangelists, Citizen Journalism, Bosnia’s War Babies, the Atrocity Archives in Guatemala, and The First Bible.
Dougal studied History and Russian Civilisation at Leeds University before completing a Masters in Radio Production at Bournemouth University. Dougal first joined CTVC on a work experience placement in the spring of 2011 and has stayed ever since.
He is now CTVC’s Audio Coordinator and is responsible for the research, editing, promotion and production coordination for all of CTVC’s audio output. This includes network radio programmes as well our own in house podcasts and other commercial projects. He mostly wears black.
Head of Education and New Media
As Head of New Media and Education for CTVC, Louisa is responsible for the award winning education site TrueTube, as well as broadband content across the company; she is passionate about the power that film and film-making has to change minds and lives. She came to CTVC, following a prestigious Fellowship from the Clore Foundation supported by the Wellcome Trust, after over a decade spent in commercial public service broadcasting. As a Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, she commissioned award-winning programmes for broadcast and theatrical release across Science, History and Arts including Shadow of the Moon, Human Footprint and Feral Children which gave birth to the Bodyshock strand. Prior to that she was Managing Editor for Discovery UK, though she cut her TV teeth in arts and worked as a Producer on the South Bank Show. She is also a writer, and a Non-Executive Director of Advertising Standards Authority.
Innovation and Development Director, TrueTube
A graduate of the University of Bedfordshire, Stuart’s career spans numerous areas of the broadcast arena. A spell as Studio Co-ordinator at stop-motion animation company FilmFair saw him playing with Wombles and balancing Health & Safety and equipment registers. Stuart moved into Drama in the early 2000′s with several years as Executive Assistant at Shed Productions. As a freelance Co-ordinator and Assistant Co-ordinator, Stuart has worked on several big budget dramas for ITV and BBC and one off documentaries for BBC, World Service and Channel 4.
Stuart joined CTVC in 2007 to co-ordinate the teams of film-makers making content for TrueTube. As the project has developed, Stuart has taken on a more technical and managerial role, helping to drive TrueTube into the educational arena.
Stuart also manages CTVC’s commitment to technical innovation. CTVC is currently a partner in two research projects SARACEN and PURSUIT which are funded by the EU’s FP7 program, as well as one project funded by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board.
Truetube Education Writer
Bob has fifteen years’ experience as a secondary school teacher in Kenya, Birmingham and East London. He was a Head of Religious Education for the last ten of those years, both teaching and learning from the multi-faith environment of the school.
Bob has also flirted with freelance writing, providing narration scripts for BBC Audiobooks, and one day he will finish writing a children’s book.
He has been fortunate enough to combine his twin passions of education and writing to become, inevitably, an Education Writer. He is responsible for many of the teaching resources on the TrueTube website, and draws on his experience in schools to advise on Religious Education and all matters pedagogical.
He believes that education should make people more human. Students should have the opportunity to learn about, and learn from, each other’s stories and beliefs. TrueTube provides a platform for doing just that.
Bob loves long walks in the country, plays the guitar very badly and is obsessed with Doctor Who (the classic series, naturally).
Lemonia received her Diploma from the Department of Informatics at the University of Piraeus, Greece and continued as a postgraduate student at the Engineering – Economical Systems MBA program of the National Technical University of Athens – Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since 2009, she had been working as an ICCS researcher in three EU research projects (ISISEMD, My e-Director 2012 and SARACEN) in the areas of multimedia networking and social media, contributing to issues of user interface design, social networking functionality, usability testing, trials and evaluation planning and assessment of evaluation results.
While studying Informatics Lemonia’s diploma thesis was focused on Virtual Environments and HCI techniques. Her research interests are in the areas of social networking, 3D multimedia, virtual environments, adaptive interface design, cross platform applications, and usability testing. She now works as a Technical Researcher for CTVC.
Paul has been involved with CTVC and the Rank Foundation since 1979. He started as Office Junior with CTVC and has undertaken a number of roles within the Finance area. In 2002 he became directly involved with the Rank Foundation becoming their Finance Director in 2004, while still very involved in the running of the finance area of CTVC. In 2012 he moved back to CTVC full time.
Neil recs everything. He recs the bank, he recs the Purchase and Sales Ledgers and he pays expenses, so he’s really popular. Neil’s been reccing stuff for about 15 years, he recced a University once. Before that he built roads.
From when he was very young Asim knew he would one day have to sum himself up in a paragraph on a website. He is the Junior Editor at CTVC, which means anything technical gets thrown his way. From ‘Why won’t my computer turn on?’ to ‘Can you prepare the camera kit?’ and even using his editing skills to cut together taster tapes. Asim enjoys his time and job role at CTVC almost as much as being referred to in the third person.
Office and Technical Assistant
Joe studied Professional Sound and Video Technology at Salford University. With a background in computing, Joe offers office and technical assistance here at CTVC. After graduating in 2011 he worked in IT support for Capita in Greater Manchester before joining CTVC at the start of 2013. His roles within the company include offering support and assistance to the CTVC team, and as junior editor on any productions that are taking place. With a passion for music, television and film he is very much enjoying his role working at CTVC.