• John McVayChief Executive

    John McVay is the Chief Executive of Pact. He has been involved in programme making as a producer, consultant and trainer since 1986.

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    Prior to his appointment at Pact, John held positions as the founding Director of the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity in Glasgow, Director of Training and Education at Scottish Screen, Chief Executive of Scottish Broadcast and Film Training and as a Director of Independent Film and Television production companies. 

    John has been active on many industry bodies and organisations and has served as a board member of Skillset, Chairman of the Skillset TV Investment Committee, a Governor of the NFTS, and President of CEPI, the pan European TV producers' association.  

    John is currently Chairman of the Creative Diversity Network, a member of the Creative Industries Council (CIC), chaired the CIC’s Diversity working group for the 2016 Strategy and has also been appointed Chairman for the CIC committee on the EU. John is the Chairman of the UK’s digital single market campaign and is the UK rights spokesperson for the Creative Coalition Campaign. John attends and contributes to many UK government and international policy fora on the creative industries, broadcasting, trade and investment. 

    At Pact, John led the successful campaign that resulted in changes to the 2003 Communications Act which resulted in the UK having the world’s most creative and commercially successful independent production sector.  This achievement was followed by negotiating and overseeing the successful introduction of increased competition for BBC commissions (The WOCC) in the BBC charter from 2007-17 and the further agreement with the BBC that all programming will be contestable by the end of the BBC Charter 2017-28.  He recently led the successful campaign to ensure UK independent producers retained the regulations that guaranteed their ownership of intellectual property rights. 

    John is also involved in all of the negotiations with UK PSB’s for the commercial contracts that govern their commissioning of independent producers.  As part of his duties at Pact he is often involved in editorial or commercial issues between suppliers and commissioners and works to find a resolution that can work for all parties concerned.

    John has extensive experience of policy development across all aspects of broadcasting and television production and leads on all Pact policies in the UK and Europe. He also maintains excellent relationships with all of the UK’s major political parties and the devolved assemblies and parliaments.

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8242

    Email

    john@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    John maintains a busy schedule. When contacting John, please copy in his EA, George McGeorge - george@pact.co.uk or contact her directly on 020 7380 8242.

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  • Adam TurnerMembership, CRM & Website Executive

    Adam is responsible for the day to day running of Pact membership and any website related queries.

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    Contact me about:

    •    Membership enquiries.
    •    Joining Pact.
    •    Problems with accessing the Pact website, logging in or other website troubleshooting.
    •    Enquiries about the Pact website – news stories, event bookings, accessing resources
    •    Pact webinars

    Favourite TV Programme growing up...Fresh Prince of Bel Air

    Favourite film quote..."The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didnt exist" - Usual Suspects

    Outside of work, most likely to be found… Spending time with the wife and kids, playing football, watching football (come on you Arsenal) or in the gym.

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8233

    Email

    adam@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Anish Khanderia Financial Accountant
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  • Amanda GoddardHead of Legal and Business Affairs

    Amanda joined Pact in November 2008 and offers guidance to members on legal and business affairs, as well as representing Pact members’ legal interests to government and third party policy makers.

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    Amanda previously worked in-house at United International Pictures as International Counsel. Prior to that, she acted as in-house counsel for broadcaster and producer STV, where she worked on a number of productions in Scotland, and for Ginger productions in London.

    Amanda trained in a niche law firm whose clients consisted of a number of leading Scottish newspapers. Her practice areas are media, entertainment, intellectual property rights, privacy, defamation, data protection, and piracy.  She also has an interest in online media and undertook an LLM in IT and Telecoms concentrating on legal issues surrounding online publication. 

    Amanda sits on the European Commission audiovisual sectoral social dialogue committee.

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Sesame Street. 

    Favourite Film quote: “Say it! Say you like my hat!”“You’re not wearing a hat!” - Far and away.

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: holding a coffee.

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8237

    Mobile

    07920816424

    Email

    amanda@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 09.30 - 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Conrad Mewton Senior Business Affairs Executive
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  • Amber VassiliouHead of Communications

    Amber is responsible for dealing with press enquiries and external stakeholder communications.

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    Amber Vassiliou is Pact’s Head of Communications. Amber oversees Pact’s overall communications activity and is responsible for dealing with press enquiries and external stakeholder communications.

    Amber joined Pact in September 2014 having spent the previous 11 years at Ofcom. As Communications Manager at Ofcom, she specialised in consumer telecoms, and more recently in broadcasting content policy.  Prior to that she worked for the Independent Television Commission. 

    She has a BA in French Studies from the University of Manchester and a MA in Public Relations from the University of Westminster.

    Please contact Amber about:

    -    Press enquiries
    -    For member communications, please email: membercomms@pact.co.uk

    Favourite TV programme growing up: Degrassi Junior High or Beverley Hills 90210 – anything set in an American High School.

    Favourite film quote: “She looks too pure to be pink” – Grease – see above American High School reference.

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Either in the gym or on the stage. 

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8241

    Mobile

    07900 789 129

    Email

    amber@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Tuesday - home (08:30 - 17:00)
    Wednesday - office (08:30 - 17:00)
    Friday - office (08:30 - 17:00)

    If you are a journalist with an urgent query outside of these hours, please call Amber on her mobile and leave a message.

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  • Anish KhanderiaFinancial Accountant

    Anish is responsible for the day to day running of the accounts department, preparing the monthly management accounts, processing Pact’s payroll and managing Pact’s IT infrastructure.

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    Anish is a qualified ACCA accountant.

    He initially joined Pact as the Bookings Administrator for the Indie Training Fund in 2007, and has since then fulfilled a variety of roles within the finance and membership department before taking on the role of Financial Accountant in 2014.

    Anish also sits on Pact's Audit and Finance Committees.

    Contact me about:

    • General Accounts Queries including Sales or Purchase ledger
    • Payroll
    • Escrow and Cinema Levy
    • Finance queries relating to International Markets/Missions
    • Pact’s office IT and Telephone systems

    Favourite TV Programme growing up...Thundercats

    Favourite Film Quote...A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults. Vito Corleone, The Godfather

    Outside of work, most likely to be found… On the sofa or at the cinema

     

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8239

    Email

    anish@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 09:30 – 18:00

    Alternative contact
    Adam Turner Membership, CRM & Website Executive
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  • Anjani PatelHead of Diversity

    Anjani’s role is to work with industry partners to help build diversity across the content production sector.

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    Anjani’s role is to work with industry partners to help build diversity across the content production sector. She also provides support and advice to the Indie sector in order to help them develop their diversity policies and to recruit as widely as possible, both in terms of their staff and creative on and off screen talent.  

    Anjani has over 18 years experience of production, starting as a researcher for LWT’s factual unit, she went on to produce and direct prime time factual and entertainment shows including Come Dine With Me, Masterchef and Location, Location, Location. She has also worked as a Talent Manager for BBC Drama and most recently collaborated with Creative Skillset on a number of projects around high end drama skills shortages and diversity.  

    Contact Anjani about:

    • Diversity Policies 
    • Diamond 
    • The Pact Diversity Training Scheme
    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8235

    Mobile

    07880 357 528

    Email

    anjani@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Thursday 09:30 – 18:00
    Friday - 09:30 – 15:00

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  • Bansri BuddhdevPolicy and Communications Assistant

    Bansri is Pact’s Policy and Communications Assistant. She is responsible for administrative support on policy, communications and monitoring.

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    Bansri supports Pact’s policy, public affairs and communications functions, and particularly works on political research and parliamentary monitoring. Bansri also supports the communications team and helps organise Pact events.

    Bansri graduated with a BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds in July 2016. During which time she undertook a number of political internships, including in the House of Commons and the House of Representatives in Washington DC. This is her first Proper Job. 

    Contact me about: General policy queries

    Favourite film quote: “Turn to page 394” - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Art attack

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Doing a jigsaw

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8236

    Email

    bansri@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Wednesday 09:30 -18:00

    Alternative contact
    Emily Oyama Head of Policy
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  • Brendan FairweatherBusiness Affairs Executive

    Brendan supports the Deputy CEO in ITV Terms of Trade negotiations. He also advises on music, immigration and compliance in the production sector.

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    Contact Brendan about:

    •    ITV Terms of Trade
    •    Music
    •    Immigration
    •    Animals, Anti-Bribery, Modern Slavery and Data Protection
    •    Society of Authors

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: The Magic School Bus

    Favourite film quote: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means” – The Princess Bride

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Cooking

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8245

    Email

    brendan@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday: 09:30 – 18:00

    Alternative contact
    Elouise West Senior Legal & Business Affairs Executive
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  • Conrad MewtonSenior Business Affairs Executive

    Conrad is a Media Lawyer with over 10 years experience working for producers, RDF and TalkbackThames/Fremantle.

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    Conrad trained in the City at Field Fisher Waterhouse, later at Denton Wilde Sapte in their TMT department and was educated at Exeter University, St John’s College Oxford and the College of Law.

    Contact Conrad about:

    • Legal and Business Affairs
    • Bectu Film and TV negotiations
    • Production queries
    • Channel 4 Terms of Trade

      Favourite TV programme growing up: Brideshead Revisited

      Favourite film quote: "Ben, this whole idea sounds pretty half-baked. No, it's not, Dad. It's completely baked".

      Outside of work, most likely to be found: on a tennis court.
    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8240

    Mobile

    07789 545 433

    Email

    conrad@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday - office (09:30 - 18:00)
    Tuesday  - home (09:30 - 13:15)
    Wednesday - home (09:30 - 18:00)
    Thursday - office (09:30 - 18:00)
    Friday - home (09:30 - 13:15)

    Alternative contact
    Amanda Goddard Head of Legal and Business Affairs
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  • Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBEDirector of International Development

    Dawn is responsible for developing opportunities for international, IP exploitation and markets.

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    Dawn has had a varied media career spanning over 20 years, which started with five years in the world of commercial radio with Emap Plc, before launching her career in TV.

    As a pioneer of local TV, she was head hunted to launch Yorkshire’s first local terrestrial TV channel, where she remained for a further two years as Managing Director. Dawn then went on to be involved with the launch of a second channel, which was the UK's first short film channel which aired on the Sky platform. In her final year she successfully launched the channel into a further seven European countries.

    Not satisfied with having experience both in TV & radio, Dawn also ventured into the literary world when she became a published author in June 2006.

    Currently Dawn is the Director of International Development for Pact. Dawn is responsible for:

    • Developing and implementing policy to support independent producers
    • Developing the international exports strategy
    • Engaging and influencing stakeholders
    • Developing commercialised projects both in the UK and global markets
    • Brand integration and product placement development
       

    Dawn's innovative flair saw her create and launch the UK's first virtual market in the creative industries. More recently she created another first for the industry with the launch of another application which connects global broadcast commissioning execs to the UK independent production sector. 

    Dawn has been actively involved in various industry boards and panels:

    Board member – Skillset Cymru
    Board member – UK Trade & Investment strategy board
    Committee member – Sponsored Alliance
    Advisory Nations & Regions – Steering committee
    Chair – RTS West (Royal Television Society) judges
    International expert advisor –DHI project (China Merchant Group)

    Dawn has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in this year’s (2017) Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Exports.

    Contact Dawn about:

    • Exports
    • International markets
    • Trade missions
    • Product placement
    • Brand integration
       

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Steptoe & Son

    Favourite film quote: "Nobody puts baby in the corner" - Dirty Dancing

    Outside of work, most likely to be found… Up a mountain

     

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8234

    Mobile

    07920 816 428

    Email

    dawn@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 09:30 – 18:00

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  • Elouise WestSenior Legal & Business Affairs Executive

    Elouise works with the Director of Business Affairs to negotiate the BBC Terms of Trade, Equity and FAA Agreements. She is also the Joint Secretary of the Pact Equity Joint Films Council.

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    Contact Elouise about:

    • Registering a TV/Film Production
    • BBC/MG Alba Terms of Trade
    • Terms of Trade
    • Digital/Online commissioning terms
    • Equity TV/Film agreements
    • Walk-ons/Supporting Artist
    • Working with children

    Elouise joined Pact in 2013 and previously worked in-house at a talent management agency negotiating talent agreements and endorsement deals after a period of freelance theatre directing.

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Pingu

    Favourite film quote: "Just because you are a character; doesn’t mean that you have character" - Pulp Fiction

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Dancing

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8246

    Email

    elouise@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 09:30 - 18:00

    Alternative contact
    Brendan Fairweather Business Affairs Executive
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  • Emily OyamaHead of Policy

    Emily leads on the development and articulation of Pact’s overall policy position.

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    Specific areas of responsibility include Television, Political engagement, general legislation and regulation and research on broadcasting.

    Contact Emily about:

    • Television
    • Pact Census
    • Ofcom
    • BBC
    • Political engagement: select committees
    • General legislation
    • Regulation on the Terms of Trade


    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Crystal Maze

    Favourite film quote: ‘Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.’

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: In an art gallery

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8232

    Mobile

    07917 730 674

    Email

    emily@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday - Friday: 09:30-18:00

    Alternative contact
    Rosina Robson Director of Nations & Children's
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  • George McGeorgeOffice Manager & EA to CEO

    George is responsible for looking after John McVay’s diary and dealing with office supplies.

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    George is responsible for supporting the Chief Executive. She manages all areas of John’s diary and provides the secretariat to Pact Council. 

    George has worked in TV from Channel 4 to Wall to Wall.

    Contact George about:

    •    John McVay’s schedule, arranging meetings and speaking engagements
    •    Office supplies

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: The Young Ones

    Favourite film quote: "He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!" 

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Watching TV, at the theatre, at a concert or rambling.

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8242

    Email

    george@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 18:00pm

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  • Marie Claire WhiteDiversity Assistant

    Marie Claire is responsible for supporting Head of Diversity, Anjani Patel and assisting the delivery of a range of diversity led initiatives.

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    Before joining Pact, Marie Claire was the Personal Assistant to international make-up artist and editor of Hope Street fashion magazine, Sara Hill. Marie Claire joined the Diversity team in June 2016 having worked in the Policy and Membership teams since joining Pact in 2013.

    Marie Claire is also a working musician with her band Seil Lein.

    Contact Marie Claire about:

    •    Diversity enquiries.
    •    Indie training scheme enquiries.
    •    Diversity Events.

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Jem

    Favourite film quote:  “I wanted to write you a story about magic. I wanted rabbits appearing from hats. I wanted balloons lifting you into the sky. It turned out to be nothing but sadness, war, heartbreak. You never saw it, but there’s a garden inside me.”  - Shane Jones, Light Boxes

    Oh wait, this isn’t a film yet!! 
    SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE THIS INTO A FILM!!!!!!!

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Making noise

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8249

    Email

    marieclaire@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 – 17:00

    Alternative contact
    Anjani Patel Head of Diversity
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  • Max RumneyDeputy CEO, Director of Business Affairs

    Head of the Legal and Business Affairs team, and responsible for overseeing negotiations with Broadcasters and Unions/Guilds.

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    Max is a solicitor specialising in television and film law. He qualified with media lawyers Frere Cholmeley Bischoff (now part of Eversheds).

    Before joining Pact, he worked for DCD Media Plc (formerly September Films), where he was Head of Legal and Business Affairs, and Carlton TV Productions, where he was Senior Business Affairs Executive.

    Max represents Pact on the boards of AGICOA (International TV Retransmission Collection Society) and the Joint Industries Grading Scheme for Film and TV.

    Contact Max about:

    • Terms of trade negotiations/advice
    • Production legal and business affairs advice
    • Union and Guild negotiations/agreements

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: The Muppet Show

    Favourite Film Quote: "No good deed goes unpunished"

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: In Wiltshire

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8247

    Mobile

    07467 940 193

    Email

    max@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00

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  • Rebecca CareyFinance Director & Company Secretary

    Rebecca oversees Pact's Finance and Membership department, including overseeing Pact's IT and website infrastructure. She is also Pact's Company Secretary.

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    Rebecca has been a qualified chartered accountant since 2001, after training with Berg Kaprow Lewis.

    She worked for a web startup before joining Pact, initially as Interim Financial Controller on a short term contract. After leaving Pact and spending a year with a recruitment startup company she came back to Pact in a permanent role as Financial Controller, and was appointed Financial Director in 2008.

    Rebecca is also Pact’s Company Secretary and sits on the Pact Audit Committee.

    Contact Rebecca About:

    • Any general accounts / membership queries where unable to reach Anish or Adam
    • Annual Audit
    • Company secretarial
    • Pact elections / Council

      Favourite TV Programme growing up: Blue Peter

      Favourite Film Quote: "Nobody puts baby in a corner" - Dirty Dancing

      Outside of work, most likely to be found… Watching Cbeebies
    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8238

    Mobile

    0776 524 8198

    Email

    rebecca@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday: available via phone or email 09:30 – 15:00

    Tuesday and Thursday: in the office from 10.00 – 16:00

    Alternative contact
    Anish Khanderia Financial Accountant
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  • Rosina RobsonDirector of Nations & Children's

    Rosina leads on Pact policy in the areas of children’s TV and animation, digital media, nations and regions and EU issues including the Digital Single Market and EU copyright.

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    Before joining Pact, Rosina was a senior adviser and project manager for a leading small business trade association. She managed the organisation’s research programme; this involved setting up and coordinating a survey panel giving regular insights into business issues including access to finance, skills and innovation. She also led on international trade policy and published a report on small businesses and exporting. Rosina started her career in the EU Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    Contact Rosina about:

    •    Children’s TV and animation
    •    Digital media
    •    Nations and regions
    •    EU issues including Digital Single Market and EU copyright

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Dangermouse

    Favourite film quote: ‘with hope in their hearts, and wings on their heels’ (Chariots of Fire)

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: On a windy and wet mountainside in Scotland, Wales or the Alps!

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8248

    Mobile

    07788 267947

    Email

    rosina@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 09:30 - 18:00

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