Meet our team...

Gerard Davies

Director


A British producer and educator, Gerard worked as foreign correspondent for The Guardian, The Times, The Australian, and the BBC, and led the global research team on an award-winning documentary. He went on to work with investors and digital entrepreneurs, experimenting with the use of media for innovation and culture change in businesses, schools and communities, supporting organisations across Europe and Asia. He is a fellow of the Institute for Learning, a gold SFEDI-approved social enterprise and business advisor, and fellow of both the Institute for Learning and the Royal Society of Arts and Manufactures. He has a BSc in Music & Physics from the University of Wales and an MSc in Responsible Business practice from the University of Bath.
Gerard worked as foreign correspondent for The Guardian, The Times, The Australian, and the BBC

Mark Cook

Coordinator


A freelance trainer, specialising in group and personal development. Over the past 20 years he has worked to develop and support community groups especially in social housing. Mark is currently developing “pop-up training” enabling people from different organisations and communities to share good value, effective and timely training. A fan of many aspects of Czech culture he blogs about Czech and Slovak film on czechfilm.co.uk and also plays music from the 1920s to 50s as Sounds Vintage.
Over the past 20 years he has worked to develop and support community groups especially in social housing

Elaine Sharpe

Specialist


a versatile producer/director/camera operator with experience spanning two decades based in the UK, USA and Italy working on documentaries, observational documentaries, factual entertainment, short features, history, and news and current affairs. She specializes in international co-productions and overseas location filming. Elaine’s strengths are in self shooting story telling for broadcast television. Elaine has worked for major international broadcasters including BBC, ITV Network, Channel 4 Television, Discovery Channels International, Arts & Entertainment Network USA, ABC Network USA, WNET/ PBS, Mediaset/RTI/Fox Channels International Italy and Orbit Communications (Orbit-Showtime).
A versatile producer/director/camera operator with experience spanning two decades

Tace Bayliss

Coordinator


She graduated in Film & Animation from University London. As a visiting lecturer at Institut de Medias Paris, she has taught aspects of European film production, film finance and African film production. In collaboration with the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) she organised a screening of the multi award winning feature length documentary, “Blood in the Mobile.” which was followed by an in-conversation between Tace and the Director, Frank Piasecki Poulsen, on social themes inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the documentary is set. She is currently adapting a series of novels into screenplays for television and film whilst also producing a feature film about African’s living in the diaspora.
A filmmaker and writer, specialising in post-colonial African cinema and its diaspora.

Yomi Ayeni

Specialist


Workshop facilitator in crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding. British digital creative Yomi Ayeni has led innovative and immersive projects across the USA and Europe, with a string of awards including an IndieGogo Best Crowdfunded Campaign and Broadcast magazine’s Best Use New Media for an interactive-reality TV programme, Global Emissions. Yomi is an award winning transmedia producer, author, film maker and digital strategist, working with prestigious clients from the BBC to the Wellcome Trust. He has a Masters Degree in Interactive Media from Westminster University and developed Clockwork Watch, a co-created Transmedia story told through graphic novels, live events, online and film. As a strategist, he is working across all the respective platforms and has pioneered new ways of engaging the audience with content, including for the BBC. His work also includes developing original content, creating product placement and branded content opportunities, developing digital and social media strategies, and managing online interactions between the audience and content. He has worked on many global campaigns, managed production teams in different time zones, and created editorial strategies. Over the past few years, he has developed several commercially focused projects to demonstrate and illustrate new revenue streams, winning a Broadcast Award. He is a believer in the idea that ‘digital technology’ now extends to almost every part of modern life, and it is time to develop strategies that go beyond. His viewers or users are often willing participants or brand ambassadors and he recognises that, once engaged, they can become powerful amplifiers of a message.

Felicia Jackson

Specialist


Felicia delivers our initial strategy workshop, using creative processes such as permaculture to help researchers align their interests with public and organisational policies. An experienced entrepreneur and author focusing on the impact of sustainability and the low carbon revolution on policy, economics, investment and industry. An accomplished team leader and facilitator, she provides consultancy, strategic advice and research services to corporations, start-ups and investment firms. With extensive experience in managing a wide range of stakeholders, including managing high level teams in the UK and Singapore, she has domestic and international experience in presenting and facilitation in workshops, round-tables and advisory groups. She also operates as a director on a number of boards in both the corporate and social enterprise arena. Publications: • Conquering Carbon: Carbon Emissions, Carbon Markets and the Consumer (2009), New Holland Publishing, London • Corporate Climate Risk Disclosure (ed., 2012), Environmental Finance, London. • Deploying private capital through the Green Climate Fund: the effective mitigation of investor risk (with Harald Heubaum, 2013), Conference paper for Earth System Governance Conference, Japan • Cities and public-private partnerships in multi-level climate governance: Identifying new approaches and opportunities (with Harald Heubaum, 2013). Conference paper for Earth System Governance Conference, Japan

Jenny Jardine

Production Assistant


John Dooner

Specialist


John takes a lead for Contented on embedding emotional intelligence in our programes and leads on the work with Birmingham City University’s STEAM House. He has designed and delivered an High Level Workplace Skills (Emotional Intelligence) Programme incorporating Developmental Coaching, delivered and facilitated Appreciative Enquiry processes to support organisational development, conflict resolution and mediation programmes in partnership with HR colleagues. He has also delivered development coaching and personal coaching to many individuals to enable them to plan their way out of "stuck" situations. He’s delivered customer care training to University and College teams, working with worked with Senior Management Teams across the education sector, developing sustainable approaches, up-skilling support workers, improving learner behaviour and developing Trainer & Lecturer Skills-Post 16. His specialities are conflict resolution, raising self esteem and self acceptance, goal clarification, behaviour, negotiation skills, confidence boosters, Appreciative Enquiry.

Matt Johnson

Specialist


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Steve Moore

Specialist


Steve Moore; a former European business manager with a major chemical company, experienced in delivering change in SMEs, government departments and higher education. He has undertaken a variety of business development, marketing and technical innovation projects in industries across the UK and mainland Europe, usually with SMEs within the greater midlands, as well as carrying out roles with London Transport and MoD. He has instigated and managed a number of UK and EU grant assisted projects between industrial and university partners, and travelled frequently to many EU countries.
He has undertaken a variety of business development, marketing and technical innovation projects in industries across the UK and mainland Europe

Anna Franklin

Specialist


for 20 years Anna has reported on the content industries of Central and Eastern Europe. She’s worked as a senior reporter for Screen International and Variety, covering industry festivals from Cannes to Canada, and as a foreign news producer for Channel Four, Sky TV and BBC. She’s worked in PR for multinationals from the City of London to the Urals, running a financial communications company. Anna has the most amazing contacts in the creative and cultural industries across Europe and will help open doors for our delegates.
She’s worked in PR for multinationals from the City of London to the Urals