I am a researcher and producer specialising in the interface between entertainment, the arts, science and research. Over the last ten years I have been focused on inspiring, developing and supporting original ideas for art, film and drama and connecting people working in the creative industries with science and other academic research.
My expertise is in story and script research and consultancy, film and drama development and production, interdisciplinary collaboration, and relationship and partnership development. I draw on my networks in both the film and television industries, and the fields of science, medicine, psychology, ethics, social science and history in my work. I am particularly interested in how science is framed in fiction, narratives of mental health and illness particularly in relation to women, the politics of health and the psychology of story and writing.
I was responsible for introducing the film and broadcast drama industries to Wellcome, the UK's largest private foundation where I built their film and broadcast drama programme. During this time I commissioned and developed over 30 scripts, was Executive Producer on 5 major film productions, built partnerships with many of the UK commissioners, and strengthened relationships with high-level talent, production companies and commissioners. I was also the architect of a unique film award, the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with BFI and Film4 alongside other major screenwriting and talent development initiatives.
Before this, I devised, launched and led the Arts Awards funding programme. The programme, with an annual budget of £1.9m, supported artists, film-makers, performers, writers, musicians and arts organisations to make work in collaboration with scientists and other academics. During this time I had the pleasure of working with a range of brilliant artists, from film-makers to theatre directors, including Shona Illingworth, Jordan Baseman, Dryden Goodwin, Simon Pummell and Phillip Warnell. I also sat on a number of art-science judging panels and was regularly called on to speak as an expert in this area.
Following an undergraduate degree in film and literature (when I wrote my dissertation on the Alien Trilogy as it was then) and a masters in arts management, I worked for ten years in marketing, research and business development for arts, technology and education organisations.