• John McVay OBEChief 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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    John McVay OBE is the Chief Executive of Pact the UK’s leading Trade Association for Film, TV, Animation, Children’s and Digital production companies. He has been involved in programme making as a producer, consultant and trainer since 1986.  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 contributes to many UK government and international policy fora on the creative industries, broadcasting, trade and investment.  John has extensive experience of policy development across all aspects of broadcasting and television production and leads on all Pact policy development 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.  

    John is a member of the Creative Diversity Network, a member of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) and is the industry lead on the CIC sector deal which has recently been agreed with the UK Government.  John is the Chairman of the UK’s digital single market campaign and is the UK rights spokesperson for the Creative Coalition Campaign. 

    John has been active on many industry bodies and organisations and has served Chair of the Creative Diversity Network, 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.  He is also a member of the British Film Commission’s business group and a Board member of the Creative Cities Convention.

    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 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.

    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 Diary Assistant, Victoria Stockton - ceosupport@pact.co.uk

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  • Rosie ShawProject and Event Coordinator

    Rosie is Pact's Project and Event Coordinator and works in the Business Development team, looking after events and grant applications for the team.

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    Rosie joined pact in July 2019 and has worked in events for the last three years. She as previously worked for the Into Film festival and in a variety of marketing and project based roles.

    Contact me about:

    • Events
    • Grant applications


    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Favourite film quotes:

    ‘A centre for ants? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?’  - Zoolander

    ‘Welcome to the party pal!’ – Die Hard

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: playing sports, travelling, cooking or seeing friends

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8249

    Email

    rosie@pact.co.uk

    Alternative contact
    Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE Managing Director of Business Development & Global Strategy
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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

    • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Email

    anjani@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

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

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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 CEPI (European Independent Producers), FIAPF (International Producers Association), AGICOA (International TV Retransmission Collection Society), the Albert Consortium 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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  • Annette AtandaBusiness Affairs Paralegal

    Annette supports the Deputy CEO with TV & Film Registrations, Tier 1 Compliance & Legislation, along with Production Legal and Business Affairs queries.

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    Annette graduated from the University of Southampton with a LLB Law with European Studies degree where she completed a Erasmus exchange at the University of Malta. Annette previously worked at NBCUniversal, LLC as a Legal Intern and Paralegal.

    Contact me about:

    • TV and/or Film Registrations
    • Tier 1 Compliance and Legislation
    • Production Legal and Business Affairs queries
       

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: My Wife and Kids

    Favourite film quote: “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure” – Coach Carter

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Dancing

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8246

    Email

    annette@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday - 09.30 - 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Helen Hogan Business Affairs Executive
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  • Tris PayneHead of Nations and Regions

    Responsible for overseeing Nations and Regions, Tris is based out of our Leeds office at the Round Foundry Media Centre

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    Tris is an experienced Broadcast Development Director and Executive Producer who has developed and won several network commissions including a new series with Paul Hollywood, a peak-time show for ITV1 with Sir Trevor McDonald, as well as documentaries for History.

    He brings with him a wealth of experience in the TV industry which he can use to help indies around the UK develop their businesses and take advantage of the opportunities available to them.

    Prior to becoming a Producer, he could be seen on screen presenting and reporting on shows such as This Morning, House Doctor Hot Property and Wish You Were Here.

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Tough choice. I was a huge fan of Blue Peter - this was the era of John Noakes. I then progressed to The Dukes of Hazzard and The Professionals - not sure what that says about me but I loved the cars. Bodie and Doyle’s Ford Capri was up there with the best.

    Favourite film quote: My kids love Star Wars and in one of the movies I watched with them the other day Yoda said  “Do, or do not. There is no 'try'."

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Spending time with my wife and two sons. Getting out on my mountain bike.

    For diary enquiries please contact Hannah Grencis – hannah@pact.co.uk

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 3143 4374

    Mobile

    07788 267 947

    Email

    tris@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 09.30 – 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Hannah Grencis Nations and Regions Administrator
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  • Hannah GrencisNations and Regions Administrator

    Hannah is Pact’s Nations & Regions Administrator and is responsible for managing the diary of Pact's Head of Nations & Regions, researching upcoming events and opportunities in the Nations & Regions.

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    Prior to joining Pact, Hannah worked in production, both out on location and in the production office. Her most recent role before joining was at Leeds’ based factual indie True North.

    She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a First class BA in Film & Media Production in 2016, and since then has a strong interest in the Film & TV scene around Yorkshire.

    Contact me about:

    • Diary enquiries for Tris Payne
    • Opportunities in the Nations & Regions
       

    Favourite film quote: Hard choice, but as Fight Club’s one of my favourite films – ‘It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.’

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Come Outside (I loved that spotty plane!) then when I got a bit older, Byker Grove because it was the cool thing to watch (I grew up in the North East)

    ​​​​​​​Outside of work, most likely to be found: running around a tennis court, or in a nice independent cinema.

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    01133944588

    Email

    hannah@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday - 09.30 till 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Tris Payne Head of Nations and Regions
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  • Adam TurnerMembership, CRM & Website Executive

    Adam manages the day to day running of Pact membership and Web.

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    Contact me about:

    •    Joining Pact.
    •    Membership renewals.
    •    Membership services & general membership queries.
    •    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 family, watching the Arsenal, keeping up with the boxing 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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  • Samantha RavenscroftSolicitor

    Solicitor with over 8 years’ experience in intellectual property, commercial, business affairs, television.

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    Sam also has feature film production experience, including Yuli, Brooklyn, Our Kind of Traitor and A Long Way Down.

    Sam trained with commercial lawyers Mathias Gentle Page Hassan (now Gentle Mathias LLP).  Before joining Pact, she worked for a strategic marketing communications company as sole counsel and previously as paralegal at Sony/ATV, Decca, Channel 4.

    Contact Sam about:

    • Legal and Business Affairs;
    • Music.

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Fraggle Rock.

    Favourite film quote: ‘wouldn’t it be nice if my problems and your plans were somehow connected’.

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Running.

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8237

    Email

    Samantha@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday 08.30 - 17.00

    Alternative contact
    Benedicte Westbye Business Affairs Paralegal
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  • Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBEManaging Director of Business Development & Global Strategy

    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 Strategy for Pact. Dawn is responsible for:

    • Developing and implementing policy to support independent producers
    • Helping members to access international markets
    • Developing the international exports strategy
    • Engaging and influencing stakeholders
    • Negotiating overseas trade agreements & MOUs
    • 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
    • Education and training projects
    • China Creative Exchange

      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

    Alternative contact
    Yuan Liu International Coordinator & Chinese Translator
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  • Robert AshtonData Administrator

    Robert is responsible for managing the data held on Pact's various business platforms and applications.

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    Contact me about:

    • Pact Export Accelerator
    • Pact Apps


    Favourite TV Programme growing up: The Chart Show

    Favourite film quote: "You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details." – Before Sunset

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: Going for long walks, watching world cinema movies or listening to alternative/foreign music.

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8248

    Email

    robert@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday, 09.30 - 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE Managing Director of Business Development & Global Strategy
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  • Niall StewartInterim Head of Policy

    Before joining Pact in November 2018, Niall Stewart worked in media policy research and development at the House of Lords (Communications Committee)

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    Previously,  Niall worked at the European Parliament as the Research Director to a leading MEP member of the International Trade Committee.

    Before entering the policy field, Niall Stewart worked for the BBC where his History site won the BAFTA for Outstanding Factual Content. During that time, he was also BIMA nominated in the Training Category for ‘London Journeys’ which was a ground-breaking mobile app.  He was also given the opportunity to devise and produce the BBC’s first ever online dramas called ‘The Voices of the Unheard’.  

    Niall Stewart’s work background includes the film industry as he has also worked for BBC Films, Grosvenor Films and Paramount Pictures’ MTV Films in LA.   In 2001, Niall Stewart’s 35mm feature ‘The Secret’ won ‘Best Feature’ film festival prizes all over the world before receiving a US theatrical release.  In 2004, Niall Stewart turned to writing and in 2005, his animation script ‘The Outback Prinz’ came second in one of  Europe’s most prestigious script competitions, the Film Council’s ’25 Words or Less’ Scheme.  His other film credits include the romantic thriller feature ‘Carmen’s Kiss’ which received a UK theatrical release.   

    At the start of his career, Niall Stewart worked as a programme and development researcher for such companies as Scottish Television (News and Current Affairs), Granada Television (Current Affairs), Channel Four (’15-1’ and ‘The People’s Parliament’ debate show ) and various independent production companies.

    Contact Niall about:

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


    Favourite TV Programme growing up: Hill Street Blues 

    Favourite film quote: “Well, nobody's perfect.” (Some Like it Hot) 

    Outside of work, most likely to be found:  At a cinema or in BAFTA 

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8232

    Email

    niall@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday - 09.30 - 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Susie Heron-Halliday Policy Executive
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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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  • Helen HoganBusiness Affairs Executive

    Helen is generally awesome and supports the Deputy CEO across BBC, ITV and C4 Terms of Trade, plus Writers and Equity queries

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    Helen worked at Fremantle for 9 years; working as a Contracts Executive in the Fremantle International team, which focused predominantly on EMEA distribution sales. Then as a Business Affairs Executive in the Kids and Family Entertainment team. She also spent six months seconded to the production teams of Thames and Talkback.

    Contact me about:

    • BBC Terms of Trade
    • ITV Terms of Trade
    • Production Registrations


    Favourite TV Programme growing up: The Animals of Farthing Wood.

    Favourite film quote: "Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..." - Die Hard

    Outside of work, most likely to be found: watching action, sci-fi and/or comic book movies/tv series.

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8245

    Email

    helen@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Friday - 09.30 - 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Annette Atanda Business Affairs Paralegal
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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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  • Susie Heron-HallidayPolicy Executive

    Susie provides administrative support to the Policy and Communications team.

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    Susie is Pact’s Policy Executive. Susie supports the Policy and Communications team with the delivery of its work. 

    Before joining Pact, Susie was a Research Assistant at a think tank. She has a BA degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Liverpool, and an MA degree in International Relations from Warwick University. 

    Favourite TV Programme growing up: The Simpsons

    Favourite film quote: “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” - Babe 
     
    Outside of work, most likely to be found: watching TV

    Keep in touch

    Phone

    020 7380 8236

    Email

    susie@pact.co.uk

    Working hours

    Monday to Wednesday - 09.30 till 18.00

    Alternative contact
    Niall Stewart Interim Head of Policy
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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
    Niall Stewart Interim Head of Policy
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