Meet the ScreenSkills staff who lead the team.
Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive
Seetha is responsible for the strategic direction and overall leadership of ScreenSkills' work. Her priority is to expand ScreenSkills' engagement with industry, broaden its revenue streams and help future-proof screen sectors in a fast-changing and globally competitive skills market. Alongside her role as ScreenSkills' CEO, Seetha is a member of the Creative Diversity Network board and the Royal Television Society Education Committee and was formerly on the Mayor of London's Skills for Londoners Taskforce. Before becoming ScreenSkills CEO in 2015 she was vice president of Pearson Qualifications International, following leadership roles across Pearson’s vocational and higher education teams. Seetha’s media sector leadership roles include BBC Online controller, launching BBC HD (the UK's first free-to-air public service HD channel) and creative director, documentaries and executive producer, and features. The award-winning 2005 Africa Lives season was the BBC’s largest cross-media season and involved partnerships with over fifty UK organisations including the British Museum. Seetha led the seminal domestic violence season Hitting Home, which resulted in a Parliamentary Early Day Motion. Seetha started her career as the first woman reporter at the Financial Express in New Delhi, India, before working for independent production companies making programmes for Channel 4.
To get in touch with Seetha please contact executive assistant Christine Lambert at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film and Animation
Gareth is the Head of Film at ScreenSkills and is leading the delivery of the BFI Future Film Skills plan as well as managing the Film Skills Fund. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Bedlam Productions and produced the Oscar-winning film, The King's Speech. His other credits include Zaytoun, Kajaki: A True Story and Steel Country.
Kaye Elliott, Director of High-end TV
Kaye is responsible for setting the strategy for all of ScreenSkills' industry investments and skills support in high-end TV. She was previously a deputy director at Creative England for five years, overseeing the national delivery of top-class support to the film and TV industry. She is based in Sheffield.
To get in touch with Kaye, please contact high-end TV industry coordinator Lewis Wood at: email@example.com or see a full list of high-end TV department staff by visiting the high-end TV team page.
Sarah Joyce, Head of Unscripted and Children's TV
Sarah manages the Children's TV Skills Fund and Unscripted Television Skills Fund, including commissioning and developing training, awarding grants and delivering funding programmes. Based on the south coast, she has a 25-year industry background in television and production.
Contact Sarah at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about the benefits of contributing to the skills funds, are interested in taking on children's TV trainees or would like to know about TV career development funding that may be available to you.
Tim Weiss, Director of Vocational Skills
Tim Weiss is responsible for our work endorsing HE and FE courses and developing new apprenticeship standards and qualifications to help give the best preparation to those looking to enter the screen industries. Tim has worked for over 20 years in education and qualifications, most recently as the director at the Education and Training Foundation heading up accreditation and professional membership for FE teachers. Prior to this, he worked at Pearson on BTEC qualifications, educational textbooks and online learning. Based in Oxfordshire.
Caterina Branzanti, Head of Research
Caterina heads all ScreenSkills research and evaluation projects, with a focus on the Skills Forecasting Service. Previously she worked at the BFI on the Film Forever report and BFI 2022 evaluation framework and for BOP Consulting including projects for Arts Council England and Festivals Edinburgh. She has a PhD from Politecnico di Milano.
Contact Caterina at: email@example.com for any queries about skills forecasting, past ScreenSkills research or screen industry skills in general. If you are an industry stakeholder who would like to offer any insight on skills gaps and needs, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Kimber, Head of Policy and Strategy
Jennifer is responsible for developing and articulating ScreenSkills' strategy and policies on the screen industries. She has been involved in policy-making and influencing in one form or another throughout her whole career, spanning five different government departments and a secondment to the BFI in 2020. At the BFI she provided expert policy advice to the Screen Sector Taskforce and the associated working groups, contributing to formation of the Global Screen Fund, Production Restart Scheme and the Independent Cinema strand of the Culture Recovery Fund. Her last civil service role was as Head of Skills and Diversity for the Creative Industries at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Contact Jennifer at: email@example.com if you are a policymaker or strategic lead or want to engage ScreenSkills in the influencing of policy at a government level.
Emma Turner, Head of Film Continuing Professional Development and Future Skills
Emma is head of strategy and implementation of continuing professional development for film and for future skills, focusing heavily on virtual production. She formerly worked in development and production in roles as a creative scripted executive and producer, working for Fremantle (as SVP Global Drama), Sony, EndemolShine, Fox and HBO Europe. She produced dramas such as New Tricks, Holby City, Hollyoaks and EastEnders and has been nominated for three Baftas.
Contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Jury, Director of Communications and Marketing
Louise leads the communication team for ScreenSkills. She spent most of her career as a journalist, including covering arts and media for The Independent and London Evening Standard, before moving to comms for the newly-launched Creative Industries Federation.
Contact Louise at: email@example.com or telephone 020 7713 9883 or mobile 07841 496636 with any media inquiries.
Clive Goss, Director of Finance and Operations
Clive is responsible for financial and operational management across ScreenSkills, including the budget, IT, HR and infrastructure. He has more than three decades experience of finance and operations across media, publishing and charity sectors, including as a lead role in the merger of Pearson Television and the RTL Group and 10 years spent in the FremantleMedia/Pearson Television and Grundy Television group.
Contact Clive at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about ScreenSkills financing and operations.
Jo Gardiner, Delivery Director
Jo supports ScreenSkills in delivering against its strategic priorities and operational objectives. Before joining ScreenSkills in 2016 Jo had almost two decades of experience across the BBC and wider broadcast/digital media sector – including managing the launches of Freeview HD and Freesat and working at Digital UK and the Digital TV Group. She also coordinated major governance projects including the approval to launch BBC HD and the National Audit Office’s review of the BBC World Service. Jo had previously run a training operation (generating over £1m a year) and had set up the BBC’s residential induction programme (attended by tens of thousands of BBC joiners since 2002).
Contact Jo at: email@example.com if you have comments or queries about ScreenSkills' delivery activities.
Below is a list of our different departments and their contact details. Contact the teams directly for a quicker response. If you are not sure who you need, please call 020 7713 9800 and a member of staff can help with your inquiry.
Animation, games, and VFX:
Children's and non-scripted TV:
Digital or website support:
Marketing and communications: