British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Our Trustees

Chair: Professor John Ellis, Royal Holloway, University of London

John Ellis is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of London. He leads ADAPT, a five year European Research Council project on the history of broadcasting technologies, and is a partner in EUscreenXL. His publications include Documentary: Witness and Self-revelation (2012), Seeing Things (2000) and Visible Fictions (1982). Between 1982 and 1999 he ran the independent TV production company Large Door, making documentaries about cinema, TV and popular culture. He was vice-chair of the producer’s organisation PACT for several years. He has held posts at the Universities of Kent, Bournemouth and Bergen in Norway.

Jim Bain, Queen Margaret University

After gaining a degree in Educational Technology at Napier College of Science and Technology (now Napier University), Jim went on to work as an AV technician for Lothian Regional council at West Lothian College, before joining Queen Margaret College in 1978 (now Queen Margaret University), where he has held a number of roles. He is now the Media Services Manager – responsible for all AV kit in teaching rooms and lecture theatres as well as the University’s TV, Video Conferencing and Media Studios. He is currently working on the specification and tender for the complete renewal of all room based AV systems.

Experienced in project management, tender specifications, health and safety, video production and video conferencing, Jim is also a member of the Health and Safety Committee and in the past has been an elected member of the University Court.

Shona Cameron, HEFCE

Shona Cameron was initially appointed as  the HEFCE Trustee on the BUFVC Board on 1st January 2009, and has recently been reappointed for a final and second term due to end in December 2014. She is an educational management consultant with expertise in strategic change management and innovation in service development and delivery at institutional and national levels, particularly related to the application of information and learning technologies. Recent assignments have focused on strategic planning and change, learning space design and sector benchmarking.

Prior to this she worked in Higher Education for 30 years, latterly in a senior management position with responsibility for a wide range of services including routine management of teaching rooms  through to applied research and implementation of innovative applications of IT in teaching, learning, research and administration. She has significant expertise in evaluating user needs  and business cost modelling related to service provision.

She was instrumental in establishing a technology support service for disabled students and for many years chaired the Board of the JISC Advance TechDIS service, also  the Board of JISC infoNET.  The areas of inclusion and accessibility, and effective usage of information  and learning technology, remain of special interest.  She was also a key figure in the introduction of digital literacy programmes for staff and students.  Her work involved the development and design of new learning spaces to support formal and social learning, another area of on-going interest.

Shona has extensive experience of working at national committee level, and has been involved with a range of local, national and international review groups and project boards.

Nick Davy, Association of Colleges

Nick Davy has worked in the FE and HE sector for over thirty years, and has held FE posts at South Tyneside College, Somerset College of Arts and Technology and Westminster Kingsway College. He has also worked for the University of Plymouth in its Partnership Faculty and had a widening participation role at London South Bank. In that period he has built an HE in FE Faculty whilst at Somerset, and worked in the HELP Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Plymouth, developing degrees and foundation degrees with Partner Colleges. At Somerset his Faculty’s employer engagement was judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. He also has a publication record related to HE in FE, specifically progression from FE to HE and HE in FE practitioners staff development and scholarly activity needs.

He was appointed the Association of Colleges‘ HE Policy Manager in January 2011 and specialises in all issues relating to HE and HE in FE.

The current role involves representing the interests of Colleges and learners to Government Departments and other stakeholders, assessing the likely impact of policy initiatives on the FE sector and informing and influencing policy development.

Dr Freddie Gaffney, Ravensbourne

Dr Freddie Gaffney is the Subject Leader for the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production and BA (Hons) Scriptwriting courses at Ravensbourne. He is a cinematographer, screenwriter, production manager and author, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chartered Institute of Educational Examiners and Writers’ Guild. Freddie was also a founder member of the Kent International Film Festival, and of the Kent Cinemas Project.

Richard Hackett, University of Portsmouth

Richard is Vice-Chair of the BUFVC Trustees and has been a trustee since 2001. After completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Film and Television in Education at Middlesex Polytechnic in 1979 he started his career with the BBC in Wales as an assistant film editor. He worked on a wide variety of broadcast programmes for both local and national network output in both English and Welsh.

In 1982 he moved to TVS Television which had just won the franchise for the southern and south-east region. He became a Film Editor in 1986 and also trained as a studio director. In 1989 he was made redundant from TVS and became a Freelance Director and Film Editor working in both the broadcast and corporate sectors.

In 1991 he joined the University of Portsmouth Television Centre as it’s Production Manager. This enabled him to put the “in education” part of his post-graduate diploma to some use and to embark on career as a producer of educational video.

In 2000 he became Head of Media Production at the University of Portsmouth and has continued to produce and direct corporate and educational programmes ever since. He also teaches studio production.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Richard McCracken, The Case Centre

Richard is Director of The Case Centre, an independent, educational charity with a mission to promote the case method in management education by raising awareness, increasing usage and developing the skills of case teachers and authors.  He has worked in independent radio and as a recording engineer and was Head of Intellectual Property at The Open University where he led the acquisition and protection of the OU’s media rights across all media.

Professor Paul McDonald, University of Nottingham

Paul McDonald is Professor of Creative Industries and Director of Research in the Department of Culture, Film and Media at the University of Nottingham. He is co-investigator for the project Channel Four and British Film Culture: An Assessment of the Broadcaster’s Film Policy and Programming, and It’s Impact on British Film Culture Since 1982 on which the BUFVC has partnered. His research is located in the field of media industries and he co-edits the International Screen Industries series from the British Film Institute.

Caroline Ogilvie, Head of Broadcast, The Open University

Caroline’s primary interest is how rich media can be used to create and enrich informal and formal learning. Caroline began working for The Open University as an Associate Lecturer in the Arts Faculty before getting involved in the University’s partnership with the BBC nine years ago. Initially responsible for the commissioning and production of television/radio programmes and multi-platform content for the Arts and Social Sciences faculties, Caroline was appointed Head of Broadcast in 2010 and now determines the broadcast strategy for the University. She commissions up to 25 television and radio series a year for all seven faculties in the university, across all BBC channels as well as with other UK PSBs and international media organisations. Caroline’s remit is to ensure that the broadcast strategy fulfils the social mission of the University creating the opportunity for informal learning journeys as well as delivering assets for integration into curriculum content for syndication across digital platforms. She is responsible for the asset management infrastructure in relation to broadcast assets and ensuring the development of digital technologies to aid access, search and use of audio visual content by academic and production teams.

Linda Purdy, Sheffield Hallam University

Linda is Media Materials and Copyright Manager in the  Department of Library and Information Services at Sheffield Hallam University. Her experiences are in working with the University community to understand their needs for media resources, and how these might be sourced and provided to meet the increasingly diverse ways in which these rich resources can be utilized in teaching and learning.   She has been instrumental in the development on an online video service encompassing off-air recording of TV and radio broadcasts, locally created video files and licensed video sources, and also in the development of a digital image database.  Linda  has been a member of various JISC working groups including Images Working Group, Film and Sound Think Tank, MediaHub Advisory Board. She also has responsibility for providing copyright advice and administering copyright licensing schemes.

Jon Shears, University of Leicester

Jon Shears has worked in video production since the mid-1980s and specialised in educational video more than 20 years ago. He and his team at the University of Leicester have won many awards for their films over the years, both in the UK and overseas. Jon is now Head of Creative Services, managing video, photography, web and print design.

Sean Thornton, Anglia Ruskin University

Sean Thornton has over twenty years’ experience as a factual video producer. After graduating from Bournemouth, via a stint freelancing for BBC local radio, Sean ran a production unit for the police force for many years, producing training and publicity videos and news footage for use regionally, nationally and internationally. He currently manages the TV and film production facilities at Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Chris Willmott, University of Leicester

Dr Chris Willmott is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester. Having originally obtained a PhD on antibiotic mode of action and resistance, Chris’ more recent work has focused on ethical aspects of biology. In particular, Chris is interested in media representations of bioethical issues (and their use in teaching). He is founder of, a website for sharing good practice in the use of multimedia for teaching about bioethics. A fan of Doctor Who, Chris is co-author (with Bonnie Green) of book chapters on Daleks and the notion of species, and on Cybermen and transhumanism. A short film about ‘The Power of Comparative Genomics’, which Chris wrote and co-produced, received a Special Commendation at the 2013 Learning on Screen Awards. He serves on the Executive Committee of the BUFVC.

John Wyver, University of Westminster

John Wyver is a writer and producer with Illuminations. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Westminster and Media Associate, Royal Shakespeare Company. He has produced and directed numerous performance films and documentaries about the arts, and his work has been honoured with a BAFTA, an International Emmy and a Peabody Award.

John has produced three performance films for television with the Royal Shakespeare Company and director Gregory Doran: Macbeth (2000), with Antony Sher and Harriet Walter; Hamlet (2009), with David Tennant, and Julius Caesar (2012). He also produced Gloriana, a Film (1999), directed by Macbeth (2010) with Patrick Stewart, directed by Rupert Goold.

John produced the cinema broadcast of Richard II Live from Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2013, and he is preparing the live broadcasts of Henry IV part one and part two for May and June 2014. He is also advising the RSC on their broadcasting strategy.

At the University of Westminster he is Principal Investigator on begins the AHRC-funded research project Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television (2011-15), which is documenting all television broadcasts of plays originally written for the theatre. He is the author of the book Vision On: Film, Television and the Arts in Britain (2007), and he has written extensively on the history of documentary film, early television and digital culture. He also blogs regularly at the Illuminations website ( and he tweets as @Illuminations.