John Tulip

Managing Director | Dir: 0191 440 4561 | Mob: 07971 974544
Managing Director of Northern Film + Media since June 2012, John was previously Finance Director, appointed soon after the company’s formation in 2003. John leads the NFM team and has been instrumental in developing a first class finance structure and driving innovative public-private partnerships. An Associate member of CIMA of 25 years, John has worked in senior roles in a number of private, public and third sector companies in the North East.

Alison Gwynn

Head of Marketing and Commercial Development | Dir: 0191 440 4560
Alison heads up the outward-facing arm of NFM, responsible for fundraising and identifying new sources of revenue and developing the organisation’s programming activity. She will be working with the Managing Director to expand the organisation’s commercial operations and broaden its relationship with potential stakeholders, from local councils and regional businesses, to arts and other media organisations, as well as assisting him with NFM’s strategic development.

Gayle Woodruffe

Production Service Manager | Dir: 0191 440 4940 | Mob: 07836 749 703
Gayle is responsible for promoting the region to film and TV production companies encouraging them to film in the North East. Gayle maintains a comprehensive database of information on crew, facilities and locations, providing excellent local contacts and knowledge for anyone planning to shoot in the region. Gayle also manages the NFM Academy.

Rupert Lee

Commercial Manager (pt) | Dir: 0191 440 4561
Rupert is responsible for designing and leading on NFM’s events programme. He also manages the NETS Fund, contributes to fundraising and some talent development projects, and provides support to the managing director on monitoring. In addition to his role at NFM Rupert also works part time for The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund in London, normally on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Lauren Healey

Artist Development Manager (pt) | Dir: 0191 440 4560
Lauren develops, fundraises for and manages a range of creative projects, aimed specifically at artists with a screen-based practice including Connect Exchange and Film Club.

Katie Strachan

Training Co-ordinator, NFM Academy (pt) | Dir: 0191 440 4562
Katie co-ordinates the activities of NFM Academy, facilitating events, advising on CV’s, working with productions to organise placements and is first point of contact for trainees and productions.

David Cawston

Finance Assistant (pt) | Dir: 0191 440 4562
David is responsible for Northern Film + Media accounts, purchase invoices and bank payments.

Roxy McKenna

Project Manager (pt)
Roxy manages a range of creative programmes for NFM from bespoke commissions to talent development initiatives.


Tom Gutteridge

Emmy award-winning executive producer, writer and consultant, currently working with Battlebots Inc on their primetime entertainment series, now in its second series on ABC.

Alison Clark

Arts Council Director in North West/National Director Combined Arts.

Alan Fairholm

RTS Award winning line producer for CBBC, Zenith North.

Jamie Hutchinson

RTS Award winning owner of Picture Canning North working with regional and national productions including BBC, Carnival Pictures, ITV, BabyCow, Channel 4, Company Pictures, and many more.

Will Nicholson

RTS Award winning network TV drama line producer for ITV Studios, Red Productions, Coastal Productions amongst others.

John Tulip

Managing Director of Northern Film + Media.

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