Jun 26 , 2020

Lunch with a Commissioner: Alison Kirkham, Controller of BBC Factual Commissioning

  • When: 26 Jun 2020, 13:00-14:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Grab your homemade sandwich of choice and get ready to dine with a different commissioner every day. At 1pm from Monday to Friday, participants will be able to join a commissioner and listen to their insights as well as ask questions at the end of the hour.

These are great sessions for our freelance community who don’t normally get the opportunity to chat to commissioners. So, if you’re a head honcho who normally has all the commissioners on speed-dial this session isn’t for you! Please keep this in mind when booking. Thanks for your support and understanding.


Alison Kirkham has been Controller of BBC Factual Commissioning for 6 years.

During her tenure at the BBC, her department has been multi award winning. Notable projects include: Blue Planet II, Exodus, Hospital, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and Race Across the World. Alison also oversees all royal and ceremonial commissions for the BBC.

Recent projects include the Royal Wedding and the VE Day commemorations, as well as One World, Together At Home, working with David Brindley, the chair of this session.

She first joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming.

Before 2005 Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer/director on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and This Morning.

In August Alison is leaving the BBC to join Apple TV.

The session is chaired by David Brindley, Chief Creative Officer of Two Four.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.