Alison Gwynn

Chief Executive | Dir: 0191 440 4560

Chief Executive since November 2020, Alison was previously the organisation’s Programme and Partnerships Director, heading up NFM’s strategic development and the outward-facing arm of NFM.  She is responsible for fundraising and identifying new sources of revenue and developing the organisation’s programming activity. She works 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.

Gayle Woodruffe

Head of Production Service | Dir: 0191 440 4562 | 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.

Charlotte Nixon

Events and Digital Marketing Coordinator | Dir: 0191 440 4940 |

Charlotte supports Northern Film + Media and Tees Valley Screen’s management teams to deliver talent and business development events programmes for emerging and established film and television professionals across the region.  Charlotte also looks after our digital marketing, communications, and social media activities, and is the first point of contact for media enquiries.


Nina White

Tees Valley Screen Co-ordinator (pt)   | Office based in The Bis, Hartlepool  | 01429 363155 

Nina will be supporting Jen in the delivery of the project and brings experience in supporting SMEs and freelancers in the Creative Digital and IT sectors as part of the Creative Fuse North East project at Newcastle University. Nina also works as Events Coordinator for Stockton-based arts organisation The Auxiliary and Middlesbrough Art Weekender.

Teresa Saint

Tees Valley Screen Data Monitoring Manager (pt)  | Dir: 0191 440 4560

Teresa manages the monitoring and evaluation requirements of Northern Film + Media ERDF Tees Valley Screen Development project.

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 4940

David is responsible for Northern Film + Media accounts, purchase invoices and bank payments.

Emma Lawson

Executive Producer – The North East Comedy Hot House 

NFM has created a unique partnership with scripted comedy executive Emma Lawson to launch The North East Comedy Hot House; a first-of-its kind comedy co-op cultivating regional talent, both on and off screen.  Emma hails from County Durham, and began her career in Newcastle in 1998 at L!ve TV. She has since banked over 20 years of extensive experience in both physical production and editorial development on award-winning television shows.  Emma is a passionate regional advocate working regularly on regional inclusion and mentoring programmes.

Lisa Laws

North East Comedy Hot House Project Manager (pt) | Dir: 0191 440 4562

Working alongside Emma, Lisa is our Project Manager for North East Comedy Hot House and first point of contact for commission development.



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.

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.

John Tulip

Managing Director of Northern Film + Media.

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