The Team


Chair - Dawn Airey

Dawn Airey is CEO of Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company. Previously, Dawn was SVP, EMEA at Yahoo!  Before joining Yahoo!, Dawn was President of CLT-UFA UK TV (part of RTL Group).  A veteran of the media industry, Dawn had a 30 year career in television, holding senior positions with the majority of the United Kingdom’s commercial broadcasters including, Chairwoman and CEO of Channel 5; MD of Global Content at ITV; and MD, Channels and Services at BSKYB.  She has also held senior posts at Channel 4. Dawn was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Television Society in June 1998 and is a Vice-President of the RTS.  Dawn is also a Senior non-executive Director of Thomas Cook Group plc.


Tania Black - Tania began acting at the National Youth Theatre and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  After drama school, theatre credits include seasons at RSC Stratford and London and various roles on TV and radio. She left theatre when she moved to Manchester to have a family. Tania is also a board member of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and since relocating to London has been on the development board of the Centre for Social Justice and has been very involved  with fundraising at the National Theatre and the NYT's Social inclusion programme Playing Up. She has just joined the development board of the Hampstead Theatre.

Johnny Capps - Johnny is co-creator and Executive Producer of Urban Myth Films’ first commission the 13-part action adventure series Atlantis for BBC1 and BBC America. After graduating from Manchester Johnny began his career as a script editor for Paul Abbott before moving to the BBC as Development Executive, working on a number of productions including The Scarlet Pimpernel and Dangerfield. He later story edited Peak Practice (ITV) before going on to produce the first series of As If. Johnny and Julian Murphy established Shine Drama in 2002 and created and produced many international hits including Love Bytes (Foxtel, Australia), the award-winning Hex (Sky One), the International Emmy Award-winning Sugar Rush (Channel 4), Synchronicity (BBC), Disconnected (BBC), Demons (ITV), and the multi-award winning Merlin (BBC1). Merlin ran for five series until 2012 and sold to over 180 countries worldwide. 

Simon Davies - Simon is the Chief People, Legal & Strategy Officer at Lloyds Banking Group and a member of the Group Executive Committee. He joined the Group in 2016 from Linklaters LLP where he was Firmwide Managing Partner, a position he held from January 2008. Prior to this, Simon spent 12 years in Asia, specialising in M&A and securities advice, serving terms in each of Hong Kong and Tokyo and was Managing Partner for Asia from 2003-2007. He is a Solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as well as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Simon joined Linklaters in London in 1990, having studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is a member of TheCityUK China Market Advisory Group.

Janet Ellis MBE - Janet trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama . She has appeared in theatres up and down the country and on TV in everything from  Dr Who and The Sweeny to Jigsaw.  She presented Blue Peter for four years in the Eighties, and since leaving has worked as an actress, presenter, broadcaster and writer. She is a regular panellist on C5's The Wright Stuff and is a regular contributor to radio and TV . She writes an agony column for the Daily Mail, which appears every Monday. Her first novel, The Butcher's Hook, was published by Two Roads this February. She has three children and four grandchildren . And a dog.
Mary FitzPatrick - Mary is the global Diversity & Inclusion Leader at General Electric (GE) Renewable Energy. She was formerly head of Diversity at the UK Film Council and before that at the BBC. Prior to joining the BBC she was editorial manager of diversity at Channel 4. She began her career as a director and producer at the BBC where she worked on award-winning series such as Horizon and Inside Story

David Hockley - David is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having qualified with PWC. He has worked as CFO in a variety of media companies, having started out with the Financial Times both in the UK and Hong Kong, where he was responsible for overseeing the Finance operations across a broad range of countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, China and the Philippines. Subsequent to the FT, he worked at Channel 5 which finally resumed in him managing the sales of the business to Northern & Shell. Over the last 5 years, he has worked as am independent consultant with Hearst Magazines, Travel Channel, Scripps Networks Interactive, Central European Media Enterprises and Picsolve. He specialises in M & A, restructuring, refinancing and Interim CFO roles. His main interests are all forms of Sport, travel, gardening and family.

Nicola Howson - Nicola has spent over 25 years working as a communications professional in a range of industries. During this time Nicola has advised a range of clients including major consumer brands such as Mars and Asda, media companies including ITV and Sky, and cultural organisations such as the Old Vic Theatre. Nicola spent ten years at leading communications agencies, freuds, where she founded its Corporate practice before becoming its CEO. Prior to this she spent the bulk of her career in the media industry, including working as Communications Director of ITV. Nicola is an Ambassador for WWF and a Trustee of the Old Vic Theatre. Nicola now runs her own boutique communications consultancy in London specialising in reputation management for both corporations and individuals. 

David Lammy MP - David was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27 in June 2000, having previously served as a GLA member with a portfolio for Culture and Arts. He served 9 years (2001-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government and was made a Privy Councillor in 2008. Since 2010, David has been an active backbench MP. David is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots. He has authored countless articles for national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman and the Spectator. David lives in Haringey with his wife and three children.

Tim Lloyd-Hughes - Timothy Lloyd-Hughes is Vice Chairman Real Estate Gaming and Lodging at Deutsche Bank AG.He is Head of Deutsche Bank’s European Hotel, Leisure & Gaming Investment Banking activities.  As such he is the Senior Investment Banker responsible for Deutsche Bank’s relationships with all the leading Hospitality & Gaming companies across Europe, Middle East and Africa.Tim has over 35 years experience in Corporate Finance, M+A and Capital Markets, experience.

Prasanna Puwanarajah - Prasanna Puwanarajah is an actor, writer, director and doctor. His credits at the National Theatre include his debut play NIGHTWATCHMAN, and he has further acting credits with the RSC, the Donmar Warehouse and the Young Vic, as well as television work for Sky, NBC and ABC. As a filmmaker his work has been presented at film festivals worldwide and his 2012 short film BOY was part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre 1999-2006.

Simon Stockill - Simon is a medical doctor who splits his time between a small, rural general practice in North Yorkshire and a senior leadership role as a medical director in the NHS in Leeds. He has previously been an elected local councillor and a university lecturer. He is an NYT alumnus. He has been a member of council since 2000 and has chaired the subcommittee on Diversity and Equality and is currently Lead Trustee for Safeguarding.

Ed Vaizey MP - Ed was first elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Wantage in 2005. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2015. Ed served as the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy from 2010-16. In that role, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have made the creative industries the fastest growing part of our economy. Ed is the chair of the National Youth Theatre Council Property Sub-Committee. 

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