Caroline Matthews

Chief Executive Officer

Caroline is a respected, passionate and award-winning filmmaker who has run large complex teams around the world, including Afghanistan and the Arctic. Her network credits include the BBC, BBC Current Affairs, ITV1, Channel 4 and Discovery International.

As CEO, Caroline oversees all departments at CTVC as well as executive producing Audio and TrueTube output and the critically acclaimed BBC Two series, Pilgrimage: The Road to… strand.

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Paul Connolly

Company Secretary & Head of Finance

Since 1979, Paul has been involved with CTVC and the Rank Foundation. He sailed through the ranks within the finance department before becoming the Rank Foundation’s Finance Director. With the promise of endless tea and coffee, CTVC poached Paul back in 2012 where he is an integral member of the senior management team. He is also a regularly outspoken Tottenham Hotspur fan.

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Karli Jai

PA to CEO

Hailing from the British isle of Bermuda and with a background in film and television production, Karli is the variable Swiss Army Knife in the CTVC office. She brings a multitude of talents to every task she's assigned, and when she's not acting as the CEO’s right hand woman, she’s bouncing between departments offering her creative point of view, attitude and skill. 

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Lareine Shea

Head of Production

With over 30 years’ experience in Television, Radio and Corporates, Lareine has worked at some of the UK’s leading production companies and overseen a wide range of award winning factual programming. Credits include Who Do You Think You Are?, The Murder of Sadie Hartley, Grierson Award Winner, George Orwell: A Life in PicturesJames May’s Toy Stories and CTVC’s own Separated at Birth.

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Katie King

Junior Production Manager

Katie started out working in factual entertainment predominantly on historical and observational documentaries such as 'The Truth about Sleep, BBC1' and 'Forbidden City, Channel 4' before moving to News and Current Affairs at the BBC. She spent two years working on Panorama, overseeing programmes such as 'Weinstein, the Inside Story' and 'Trump, What Next?' before joining CTVC in 2019. When she has a spare moment, Katie cares for her two little ones, Frank and Martha aged 5 and 7 (a tortoise and a cat).

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Sawan Nair

Production and Technical Assistant

With a strong passion for film and television, Sawan studied Video Production with Film Studies at university and then gained experience at various independent and established production companies, such as BBC and MTV. He’s produced and directed original short films and his Black History Month Advert was screened at the NFL Super Bowl. Sawan also loves basketball and anything produced by Quentin Tarantino.

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Kristine Pommert

Head of Radio

Specialising in religion and ethics, Kristine is a multi-award-winning international radio journalist and producer. Working mainly across BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service, Kristine has also developed Things Unseen, a podcast for people of faith as well as those who are just spiritually curious.

 

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Paul Arnold

Senior Producer

Paul is an award-winning and innovative Producer, with particular experience in drama, features and promotions. From a background in sound design he went on to direct actors, produce video and create websites and apps for the BBC and others. With CTVC he has produced programmes for the BBC World Service and numerous episodes of the Things Unseen podcast. He has also sung backing vocals for Screaming Lord Sutch.

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Saba Zaman

Assistant Producer - Radio

A self-confessed unconventional Muslim, Saba brings a wealth of experience and contacts in the field of religion and ethics. Following her theology degree she moved into journalism, working for Reuters, Channel 4 and the BBC. Highlights since joining CTVC in 2013 have been meeting the ‘Poirot’ actor David Suchet and travelling to the Vatican with a group of Imams. She’s also met the Dali Lama, spent half a year in a buddhist monastery and been blessed by the Pope.

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Leonie Hutchinson

Executive Producer for Children's and Features

With more years’ broadcast experience than she’ll admit to, Leonie is a multi-talented television producer who regularly freelances for CTVC. She has overseen five documentaries for CBBC as well as developing and getting commissioned our first international series, Separated at Birth for Discovery Networks International. Leonie is partial to a morning croissant which takes her until lunchtime to consume.

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Karen Emsley

Senior Producer

Having worked across many BAFTA and Grierson nominated productions, Karen has extensive experience in features, formats, investigative current affairs and documentaries for domestic and international broadcasters. Her first feature documentary, The Fall, was broadcast on Sky Atlantic, screened at international festivals and released in UK cinemas to critical acclaim.

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Kwabena Oppong

Junior Producer

Having started his career as a trainee researcher on a magazine TV show in 2010, Kwabs has worked in documentary and factual television ever since and has graced many a casting, development and production team. Career highlights include spending 12 months filming in three British schools, filming in an American prison and helping to develop a documentary about the impact of black nurses on the NHS. Kwabs joined CTVC in the summer of 2018 and works across the development slate.

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Robert Ayres

Head of TrueTube

Bob joined TrueTube in 2010 having taught RE for 15 years in Kenya, Birmingham and East London. Originally employed as an education writer, he rose through the ranks to seize editorial control of the site, and now wields his power like a mighty sword. He's responsible for TrueTube's creative direction - writing, producing and hopefully always educating our young audience. He also drinks a lot of tea.

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Alastair Collinson

Researcher

The man with many tasks has worked as a writer on a number of commissioned TV and Film projects, as well as directing and producing promo videos and award-winning short films. He also spent a year working as Assistant Director of Media at a Film Finance company in Miami. Using his varied experience he works mainly in the TV team developing ideas for fiction and factual, and makes content for TrueTube.

 

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Shola Adesina

Production Assistant

Shola joined CTVC through a “Time to Shine” placement, an internship programme supported by our parent company, The Rank Foundation. Having gained experience through the BFI Film Academy network course and our BFI Documentary Residential, she became a Young Reporter for “Get Into Film” and has interviewed the likes of Ava Duvernay and Robert Zemeckis. Shola is also a Black Belt martial artist and a keen Lidl enthusiast.

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