Team Type: Board

Alison Gwynn Chief Executive

Alison is responsible for identifying new sources of revenue and developing the organisation’s programming activity. She works to expand the organisation’s commercial operations and broaden its relationship with potential stakeholders, from local councils and regional businesses, to arts and other media organisations.

David Parfitt

David has worked as an independent film, TV and theatre producer for over 30 years.  His film credits include Henry V, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, The Madness of King George (BAFTA for Outstanding British Film), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, The Wings of the Dove, Shakespeare in Love (winner of Seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and four BAFTA Awards including Best Film), Gangs of New York, (Production Consultant), I Capture the Castle, Chasing Liberty and A Bunch of Amateurs.  In 2010 he produced the BAFTA nominated My Week with Marilyn followed in 2011 by Tom Stoppard’s award-winning adaptation of Parade’s End for BBC and HBO. David also produced The Wipers Times for BBC2 and two BBC4 documentaries: Glyndebourne: The Untold History and Birth of an Opera. Red Joan starring Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson was released in 2019 and most recently, David produced The Father starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.  The Father was nominated for numerous awards, winning two Oscars and two BAFTAs.

David was Chairman of BAFTA 2008-10 and Chairman of Film London 2010-17 and currently serves as a Governor at Dulwich College, London.

Graeme Thompson MBE

Graeme is Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Relations at the University of Sunderland. His external engagement team at the university looks after media, communications, marketing, stakeholder management, alumni, development and cultural assets – such as the internationally renowned National Glass Centre. He is chair of the Royal Television Society Education Group and also chairs The Cultural Spring community arts project. He represents the North East on the national council for Creative UK and is a board member for The Customs House, the Yorkshire and North East Film and Television Archive and the North East Culture Partnership. He is a member of Arts Council England’s northern area council. His background is as a journalist and TV executive. Before joining the university a decade ago, Graeme was managing director of ITV Tyne Tees following a career as a programme maker, commissioner and BBC radio producer.


Fahima Chowdhury

Fahima started working in the TV industry back in 2000 as PA to SVP of Business Affairs at MTV Europe in London, during her time at MTV she also worked on MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt and Barcelona.

She moved back home to Newcastle in 2002 where she started work with Liberty Bell Productions, which had been founded by TV Execs, Andrew Wonfor and Stuart Prebble.

She worked there 5 years and worked as Senior Production Manager on factual productions including Victoria Wood’s Big Fat Documentary (BBC One), Grumpy Old Women series (BBC Two), and Grim up North (BBC Two).

She also worked at BBC Children’s when the department moved to Salford as Production Manager for CBeebies on shows including The Lingo Show and The Rhyme Rocket.  After leaving CBeebies, she worked on a Channel 4 Entertainment Studio show – ‘Baggage’ presented by Gok Wan.

In between moving from Factual to Drama – Fahima spent a period working as Creative Industries Manager at Northern Film and Media (now North East Screen). She worked with then Production Services Manager – Gayle Woodruffe to launch and run the Production Fund which helped to bring in productions such as George Gently, Vera, Joe Madison’s War and United to film in the North East.

Once she moved into drama, Fahima has worked on various productions in variety of production roles over the last 10 years including The Other Child (German co-pro), The Paradise S2 (BBC One), Harriet’s Army (CBBC), Beowulf (ITV1), Trust Me (BBC One), FU Martin Parker (BBC One) and Vera (ITV1).

Fahima has been working on the long running TV Drama series Vera for Silverprint Pictures (part of ITV Studios) with Producer Will Nicholson since Series 5 (2014). She stepped up to Line Producer on Series 9 of Vera and has just completed working on her 29th episode for Series 12 at the end of 2022.