Kate O'Connor

Executive Chair, Animation UK Council

Kate is a senior consultant in creative industries, working with a wide range of private and public-sector clients in the UK and internationally. Kate is Executive Chair of Animation UK, part of the UK Screen Alliance, and represents the sector to the government level, developing business, export, and skills-related policies to support the industry’s growth.

Phil Dobree

CEO, Jellyfish Pictures

Phil setup Jellyfish Pictures in 2001 and has successfully helped transform it into a globally respected VFX and animation studio. Phil has a unique insight into the VFX and Animation industries, having been in the industry for more than 20 years.

Ruth Fielding

Joint MD, Lupus Films

Ruth Fielding is joint MD of Lupus Films, and an award-winning creative producer with over 20 years’ experience in the animation industry. Ruth has produced TV series and films for all the major UK broadcasters through Lupus Films, as well as leading co-productions with France, Ireland, India, Denmark and Wales.

Ed Galton

CEO, CAKE Entertainment

Ed is MD and Chief Commercial Officer, and a shareholder at CAKE. Ed oversees all commercial operations of the business and the day-to-day running of the company. Ed is Exec Producer on a number of kids’ shows including the Emmy-nominated Angelo Rules, and Exec Producer on CBeebies’ pioneering animated series Pablo, created, written and voiced by autistic talent.

Oli Hyatt MBE

MD, BlueZoo

Oli Hyatt MBE set up Blue-Zoo in 2000 straight from university and over the following 16 years he has slowly grown the studio into one of the largest character animation studios in Europe. Oli was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to Children’s TV and Animation, as well as picking up BAFTA Production Company  of the year for Blue-Zoo.

Ian Mackinnon

Co-founder, Mackinnon & Saunders

Ian is co-founder of Mackinnon & Saunders, an award-winning independent production company based in the North West of England, a key creative regional hub of the animation industry. Mackinnon & Saunders produces high quality stop motion and digital animation and puppets for commercials, TV series, short films, specials and feature films. The company also develops IP.

Jamie Badminton

Co-founder, Karrot Animation

Jamie Badminton is co-founder of Karrot Animation, and Creative Director/Producer of the BAFTA-Winning ‘Sarah & Duck’ for CBeebies. Emmy-nominated for ‘Outstanding Direction in Preschool Animation’ for ‘The Snowy Day,’ also Emmy award-winning for Producing the Amazon Studios special.

Erica Darby

Producer, Co-owner, Spider-eye

Erica Darby is producer and co-owner of Spider Eye, a multi-award winning animation studio producing 2D and CG animation for TV and film. Erica has worked in the animation industry for over 30 years, working as both an artist and a producer.

Mark Taylor

MD, A Productions

Mark is the MD of A Productions and has been in the industry for over 35 years. An award winning and BAFTA nominated director and producer with bags of experience. Mark has directed and produced a wide range of programming and content including animation and live action. Mark was on the Encounters festival board for 10 years.

Ian Liddell

CEO, Studio Liddell Ltd.

Ian Liddell is CEO of Studio Liddell Ltd, as well as one of the original co-founders of the company in Manchester, UK in 1996. Studio Liddell is a production company working in animation, and creators of stunning still, moving & interactive visual experiences in a cross-platform world. Ian is also Group Creative Director of Immotion Group plc.




Kerry Lock

Finance Director, Aardman Animation

Kerry is the Finance Director at Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time, Chicken Run), a role he has held since 2003, after joining the company in 1996.

Britt Gardiner

Chief Financial Officer, Locksmith Animation

Britt has over 25 years of expertise from working in the global media and entertainment sector, being an experienced finance director and a Fellow Chartered Accountant having qualified at PWC. Britt joined Locksmith Animation, the UK’s only dedicated high-end CG animation studio, as Chief Financial officer in 2015. 

Barney Goodland

Associate Producer, Magic Light Pictures

Barney joined Magic Light Pictures in 2008, and has overseen aspects of production and delivery on all the company’s films. He been responsible for Magic Light’s digital initiatives, helping to set up an award winning social community and develop a range of apps, including BAFTA-nominated AR experience, Gruffalo Spotter.

Jon Rennie

Managing Director, Cloth Cat Animation 

Jon began his career in computer games before moving to filmmaking. From there he began to work in animation and is now Managing Director of Cloth Cat Animation (Series Animation)  2D and CG animation company based in Cardiff, UK, and Thud Media (Games and Interactive). Their work can be seen on CBeebies, Disney, Cartoon Network, Netflix, S4C, CCTV, ABC Australia and many more channels worldwide.