Alison Gwynn

Chief Executive Officer | Mob: 07889 768 656

Chief Executive Officer 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

Operations Director | Mob: 07836 749 703

Gayle is responsible for operational processes and day to day delivery of Northern Film & Media’s production service, NFM Crew Academy, project monitoring, evaluation, and reporting schedules including ERDF. She was previously our Head of Production Service responsible for promoting the region to film and TV production companies encouraging them to film in the North East.

Lisa Laws

Tees Valley Screen Professional Development Manager (p/t) 

Lisa is the key point of contact leading NFM’s SME professional development programme of activity with Tees Valley Combined Authority and other funded professional development projects and commissions.

Lisa also manages our North East Comedy HotHouse project.


Teresa Saint

Tees Valley Screen Monitoring Manager (p/t) 

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

Katie Strachan

NFM/TVS Crew and Academy Co-ordinator (p/t) 

Katie co-ordinates the activities of NFM Crew Academy, facilitating events, advising on CV’s, working with productions to organise placements and is first point of contact for trainees and productions.

She also supports productions looking for regional crew and is responsible for maintaining a comprehensive database of information on crew and  facilities.

Jo Macleod

Marketing Manager (p/t) 

Jo joined us in March 2021 and is responsible for the day-to-day marketing and communications for NFM.

She ensures all of NFM’s projects and activities are promoted to their intended audiences and oversees the development of  the website and social media channels content as well as NFM and its associated projects’ branding. She is also responsible for liaising with all media contacts and organises interview requests and responses.

Kaman Yuen

Finance Manager p/t

Kaman joined us in June and is responsible for NFM’s finances.

Working closely with Alison, Gayle and Teresa, Kaman will have an oversight of the budgets and income streams, managing the day-to-day cash flow and ensuring we all get paid!

Cal Kilpatrick

Tees Valley Screen Monitoring Coordinator

Cal is the first point of contact for SMEs engaging with the ERDF funded Tees Valley Screen project, being responsible for checking eligibility for support as well as delivering the entry needs diagnostics. He also ensures all of their information is kept up to date and works closely with the Tees Valley Screen steering groups, identifying new funding opportunities and the production of narrative reports.

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Emma Lawson

Executive Producer – North East Comedy Hot House 

NFM created a unique partnership with scripted comedy executive, Emma Lawson, to launch North East Comedy Hot House; a first-of-its kind comedy co-op cultivating regional talent, both on and off screen.

Emma hails from Co Durham and has over 20 years experience in scripted television production and development. She worked for 10 of those years with Ash Atalla (The Office) at Roughcut TV on projects such as Cuckoo, People Just Do Nothing & Hospital People. Emma recently produced Apple TV+’s first scripted comedy, Trying, and subsequently joined Jay Hunt’s commissioning team at Apple TV+ leading on comedy. She is now working as a consultant at Universal Music & Mercury Studios across their global scripted slate, as well as producing a new comedy drama for Sky One based on her own experiences of step parenting.

Emma is a passionate regional advocate working regularly on regional inclusion and mentoring programmes.


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.

Alison Gwynn

Chief Executive Officer of Northern Film + Media.

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