Board of Directors

We are lucky to have a dedicated board of directors, whose backgrounds in theatre, film and television enable them to advise and steer the Workshop through regular board meetings. They are:

IAN KELLGREN (Chair)

Ian is an award-winning theatre director and innovative arts and media consultant. He began directing as an assistant director at the Royal Court Theatre in London, rising to Literary Manager, before becoming Artistic Director of Durham Theatre Company and the longest serving Artistic Director of the Liverpool Playhouse. He and a business partner pioneered neighbourhood television projects, the forerunners of the current local television stations. Ian is now Chief Executive of Drama UK, which champions drama training to maintain the supply of a talented and trained workforce for our world leading performing arts sector.

MAUREEN WALKER

Maureen has worked in the production business affairs arena for over 25 years, in business affairs roles, then Head of Artists and Music Management within ITV and subsequently though her consultancy work within The Walker Patnership.  Between 2010 -2011 she also supported independent production companies in the North West of England through her role as Sector leader for Broadcast within the screen agency Vision+Media. In 2012 she and Paul Taylor joined forces to set up Big Deal Creative, a company offering specialist contract guidance to independent companies and individual talents. She is a member of the Royal Television Society North committee. She became involved with The Television Workshop through its transformation from being part of the ITV family and has remained on the board through its recent years of independent status.

JULIAN KEMP

Julian is a founder member of the Workshop and one of its most successful members, involved as an actor and occasional writer in many of the Workshop’s flagship TV shows – Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It!, Palace Hill and Dramarama. Julian graduated from RADA and became involved as a director and writer of some of the most influential children’s shows for ITV, BBC and a number of Independents and has won a number of BAFTA’s and International Emmy awards. Julian continues to support the Workshop and was instrumental in helping the Workshop win its Special BAFTA award.

MIKE WATTS

Mike is co-founder and CEO of Novel Entertainment, an independent television production company which specialises in children’s and family programming.   Established in 2001, and based in Oxford, the company has produced over 600 programmes for BBC, ITV and other broadcasters, including the animated series Horrid Henry, and the pre-school programmes Fimbles, and The Roly Mo Show.  Mike has had an extensive career encompassing television, music, film and video across a variety of companies including: Managing Director for Central Independent Television Productions, Virgin Vision, World Productions, and Chrysalis Records.  Prior to setting up Novel Entertainment he was Senior Vice President of Programming for Walt Disney International Television.  Mike is Chair of the Children and Animation section of the producers’ trade body, PACT.

SUE NOTT

Sue Nott was the founding director of The TV Workshop, having set up the group in Nottingham in 1983 and run it for 5 years.  Subsequently she produced a wide range of children’s TV programmes, including BAFTA award-winning series “Coping With….” and “The Ant and Dec Show”.  She currently works in Children’s Drama at the BBC in MediaCity, Salford Quays, as Executive Producer Independents, CBBC Drama.  Sue continues to take an active interest in drama training for young people and, as well as sitting on the board of the TV Workshop, she represents the BBC on the board of Drama UK.

MICK ROBERTSON

Mick won the Special BAFTA award in recognition of his contribution to children’s programming. A champion of giving a platform to young people, Mick has been involved in developing a strand of award-winning programmes that have featured authentic and entertaining voxpops from children. Mick is Managing Director of Wised Up Productions, his programmes have won a number of BAFTA’s and Emmys. Mick is a long time supporter of the Workshop, guiding and advising through our several critical phases and was a signatory to the Workshop BAFTA nomination.