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 Jen Jenkins at: email@example.com
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 most recently 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or see a full list of high-end TV department staff by visiting the high-end TV team page.
Sarah Joyce, TV Associate
Sarah manages the Children's TV Skills Fund and 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: email@example.com if you would like to know more about the benefits of contributing to the levy 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com.
Mark Heholt, Head of Policy
Mark is responsible for developing and articulating ScreenSkills policies on the screen industries. He has been involved in policy-making and influencing in one form or another for over two decades, first as a civil servant and then at the tech company Cisco and as head of apprenticeships at the Tech Partnership.
Contact Mark at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a policymaker or want to engage ScreenSkills in the influencing of policy at a government level.
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 co-ordinated 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.
Rob Cavell-Clarke, Digital Product Owner
Rob oversees ScreenSkills' digital platforms, including the website and online community and talent directory and develops the technology for future ScreenSkills services. He was formerly head of talent for an international community of emerging brands, won Drapers' '30 Under 30' title and has spoken internationally about creative entrepreneurship and technology.
Contact Rob at: firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about the ScreenSkills website, content, advertising and digital project collaborations.
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:
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