Meet the Council

Council is the ruling body of the GTC, as defined in the GTC Constitution. It consists of up to 20 members, elected at the AGM or co-opted. Full Council members are unpaid, except for expenses; members who are paid for providing a service may also be Council members.

Following an online election, voted by GTC members, a new Council took office at the 2016 GTC AGM held in Aynho on Sunday 22 May and will serve for two years (2016–2018). A new Chair, Graham Maunder, was elected and the posts of Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary were retained by the incumbents Simon Edwards, Simon Roe and Peter Rance.

Honorary President: John Henshall

Chair: Graham Maunder

Vice-Chair: Simon Edwards

Secretary: Peter Rance

Treasurer: Simon Roe

How to get in touch with a GTC Council Member

All members of Council have a GTC address in the format: firstname.lastname@gtc.org.uk
or contact the GTC Office or Council Officers.
 

Council officials 2016–18 (alphabetical)

Alison Chapman
Zerb Managing Editor/
Website Administrator 

Alison Chapman

I have been on the GTC Council since 1992.

I worked at Thames TV, firstly as a picture researcher, before training as a camera operator. After completing the Technical Training Scheme, I went into the Thames Teddington camera department, where I worked for seven years, as well as on OBs and The Bill. I was awarded a GTC Award for Excellence and an RTS Award for work on The Bill. After Thames lost its franchise I worked freelance on both video and film.

I now work mainly in publishing, including managing Zerb for the GTC. I have been involved with Zerb since guest editing an issue back in 1994 and have also been content editor and administrator for this website since 2007.

Alan Duxbury
Education Officer/
Bill Vinten GTC University Awards Director


I worked in studios and OBs before becoming a lighting cameraman with the BBC Film Unit and going freelance in 2002. Having worked in most television genres I specialised in documentary work.

I organise the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards film competition for undergraduates and, as education officer, liaise with universities and their programmes. I can be can be contacted on:

education@gtc.org.uk or university.award@gtc.org.uk

 

Simon Edwards
Vice-Chair

I have been working in the camera department for nearly 25 years, always freelance, on everything from feature films to multi-camera OBs, gradually working my way up to being a lighting cameraman.

As a lighting cameraman I feel very strongly that we need to be maintaining and improving standards across our craft, and helping to maintain the position of our technicians as among the best in the world.

Working with the Education Officer, using my recent teaching qualification, I hope to use my time on Council to help promote and improve the training on offer for camera technicians.

Sally Garrett
Exhibitions Manager
 

James French

I am a freelance camera operator from Liverpool but now live in London. I have been a camera operator for over 16 years working mainly in studios and on OBs. I am a skilled ped operator in drama, music, LE and live events.

I started at BBC Manchester as an assistant then moved to BBC TVC to become an operator, where I stayed for 11 years until being made redundant in 2000. I have  been freelancing for 6 years and work with many clients including BBC, Visions, Sky, and many independent productions.

Neil Harrison
Equipment Review Co-ordinator

Neil has over 15 years' experience in the broadcast industry in the fields of drama, documentary, sport, news and corporate television production.

Initially trained in commercial photography, Neil has worked in post-production and as a broadcast and film-credited editor plus on a number of high-profile television shows as visual effects supervisor and shooting for VFX and second unit. For the last four years he has focused on work as a freelance lighting cameraman and has been shooting worldwide, including in Russia and the USA.

John Henshall
Honorary President

John Henshall

 

Whilst a BBC cameraman in the 1960s and 1970s, I met Dick Hibberd and helped him establish the Guild in 1972, serving on our first council.
 
I left the BBC in 1976 to run my camera effects company, Telefex, and to work as a freelance Director of Photography on some of the earliest music videos. I formed my own group of DoPs, our work including MTV Europe for its first 10 years. Other credits include Channel 4's Network Seven, ITV's Spitting Image and many other programmes and commercials.
 
More recently, I have been heavily involved in the emerging field of digital imaging since its birth, organising conferences in the US and consulting for major imaging companies.
 
I am immensely proud to have been made Honorary President of the Guild in succession to Dick Hibberd and to be able to support all the dedicated people who run the GTC on a daily basis.

Max Hodgetts
Carnet Liaison

Now in my 24th year in the broadcast industry, 17 of which have been as a freelancer, I’m a lighting cameraman with discipline in OB and studio multi-camera. I work for broadcasters, independent production companies and corporate clients both here in the UK and around the world.

I started my career as a camera assistant and quickly made the grade of cameraman at a film company in West London, handling everything from film to video and live camerawork and enjoying the job I had wanted to do from a young age.

I’m very passionate about our craft and believe in training for the next generation of camera operators.

I currently look after liaison with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce over the GTC Carnet scheme and also help out behind the scenes when work permits.

Keith Massey
GTC Ambassador

Having retired after my four years as Chairman of the GTC, I was pleasantly surprised to be invited by Council to become the Guild's first 'Ambassador'.

This is a new role for the GTC – and myself – which will allow me to pursue and to further some of the work I had been trying to achieve as Chairman in terms of meeting with, informing, and hopefully even influencing, those in positions with the power to effect change and improvements around issues of concern in the TV industry and in particular the camera department.

Graham Maunder
Chair

DoP/Lighting Cameraman working through my company: Awfully Nice Video Co Ltd (ANVC).

Originally trained at the BBC, working at TV Centre and on OBs, then independent companies before starting ANVC.

My work is a varied mix of documentaries, sport and occasional drama. I also do motorbike and skiing camerawork as well as charity work for UNICEF.

I have edited two issues and written articles for Zerb, play a fairly active role on the GTC Forum and, as a company, we try at ANVC to help with training and work experience for aspiring cameramen.

I hope that whilst on Council I can help promote the GTC in a positive way to younger cameramen in particular and to help encourage more people to join and be active in the GTC.

David McCormick
Members' Manual/Wiki
 
 

James Milligan
Forum Moderator/
IT Administrator
 

I work fulltime as an IT professional in software engineering, and have been with the GTC Council for 4½ years. In that time, I’ve massively grown our presence on social media (and presented workshops on the topic), manned exhibition stands, helped kick-start the live streaming of the annual awards, as well as administer our member forum and provide general technical advice to Council (including our first online election).

Before my current job as a software engineer, I worked on a freelance basis for a few years in mostly camera operator/assistant roles, as well as volunteering for the student union TV station during university, developing a system that went on to win a national award judged by ITN’s then-Head of Newsgathering Operations.

I’m currently developing a comprehensive suite of secure, extensible, accessible member services that will allow GTC volunteers to spend less of their time on administration, and more time helping members.

Clive North
Workshop Organiser

Clive North

I'm now a happily retired freelance lighting cameraman after 40-odd years on the road shooting local news for  around 15 years, and the rest mainly on documentaries with special emphasis on science and history.

When I took over the role of Workshops Organiser some years back, I rather cheekily tried to set up the kind of workshops I would personally find of interest and benefit. That seemed to work well but now I have a more democratic approach and set up events that I feel will benefit the most members!

That must have been a popular move as GTC Council very kindly awarded me Fellowship at the Awards ceremony in May 2016.

Hazel Palmer

I completed a degree in Photography and Film as a young single mum before working my way into various drama, film and television productions as an assistant.

I have spent the last 15 years as a freelance camera operator working on a variety of projects including news, sports, music, reality TV and drama. The majority of my work is now on multi-camera OBs as well as the odd lighting camera creative endeavour.

I would like to help to uphold quality and creative excellence in television, as well as to campaign for due recognition and fair chances for all.

Rex Palmer

Rex Palmer

I worked for the BBC from 1963 to 1996, initially at TV Centre, then at London Outside Broadcasts where I became a Camera Supervisor before going freelance.  

Most of my work now is as one of the cameramen covering the Formula One Grand Prix races all over the world.

 

Peter Rance
Secretary

Starting in the BBC straight from college, I was paid to be a Trainee Assistant Cameraman. Changed days!

I’ve now been a freelance lighting cameraman for 30 years working in broadcast and corporate.

I’m currently the GTC Secretary, tasked with the smooth running of the AGM, Council meetings and the reference point for the GTC's Constitution.

Roger Richards
Membership Administrator/
Editor, GTC In Focus

I joined HTV in 1971 as a trainee assistant cameraman in the film department and, over the next 20 years, worked my way up to lighting cameraman. I became freelance in 1991 as a lighting cameraman and director of photography.

I became editor of the GTC Newsletter in 2004, renaming it GTC In Focus and, in April 2011, I was appointed GTC Membership Administrator. At the 2014 AGM I was also elected Secretary.

Simon Roe
Treasurer

Simon Roe

Simon is Head of Cameras and Managing Director at
Zest4.TV Limited, which specialises in providing camera and post-production facilities to the live event industry.

He has been a professional cameraman for over 9 years
and now also multi-skills as an editor, director/vision mixer and engineer.

Simon has been the GTC’s Treasurer since 2010 and is the guardian of ensuring that the GTC’s money is spent wisely for the benefit of its members.

John Rossetti

John gained his experience from working as a cameraman in BBC films, news and current affairs. He has worked for ITV and many overseas news organisations. He was Technical Instructor at BBC Production Training and has his own lighting company.

John currently specialises in lighting commercials in the USA and lighting studios in the UK.

Michael Sanders

After leaving Ravensbourne in 1988, I worked as a multi-skilled operator for a number of companies including APTN and London Tonight. In 1997 I left to go freelance as a cameraman/editor.

Since then I have worked across a wide range of programmes including news, documentaries, commercials, drama, corporates, events and OBs. Someone made the mistake of calling me a DOP on the call sheet so I now use that title!

 John Tarby

John Tarby

John Tarby, former Vice Chairman of the GTC, is a Documentary Lighting Cameraman in London working in broadcast and business television who also works as stereographer and cinematography tutor.

A qualified photographer when it was trendy in the late 1960s, he learned cinematography, on the job, whilst working first for the Royal Aircraft Establishment and later for Unilever Research. He became a freelance TV cameraman in the 1980s and also helped start the Electronic Camera Company, one of London's first broadcast videofilming facilities.

John became a Council Member in 2004 and managed the GTC Awards for 6 years, taking It from a rural retreat to a city celebration with steadily increasing attendances. It remains the prime thing the GTC does which demonstrates to the wider television community the benefits of employing professional TV cameramen and GTC members in particular.

Chris Yacoubian
Welfare Officer

I"ve been lucky enough to be associated with the GTC for a while now, having contributed to a few articles for Zerb.

With more than 20 years experience in all aspects of the TV camera world, I have been fortunate to work with some of the most incredible people and in some of the most unique and wonderful places on the planet. I see this great opportunity of being on Council as a way to encourage the new generation of image-makers to strive to be the best in the world.

Having the added responsibility of being the GTC Welfare Officer, I hope to be able to offer advice, support and encouragement to all those in our wonderful industry that may be going through difficult times, whatever their circumstance or story.

As well as providing a link to those out there trying to make inroads into our industry, whether they are a media student or the next budding amateur Roger Deakins, I hope to be able to create a platform where the industry is more approachable and understood.

Mari Yamamura
GTC Awards Organiser

I have worked as a freelance focus puller for 14 years, mainly on TV dramas and commercials, as well as some features, music videos, documentaries and high-end corporate videos. For the last few years I have been lighting and operating corporate videos, short films and indie features, hoping to expend my experience as a DoP.

My other activities have included: teaching camera workshops on the ARRI ALEXA for the Skillset Academy and cinematography students at universities; a contract to train focus pullers for BBC Wales; and involvement as a judge on the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards for the first two years.

As a new Council member, I am hoping to introduce a different perspective in running the organisation as well as contributing to the diversity and gender awareness.

 

Non-Council officials

 

Sarah Edwards
Press and PR

I was appointed by the GTC at the end of 2015 to provide media, PR and external communications support, and primarily to raise the profile of the GTC and attract new members. I run a creative communications consultancy called Mediabird and work with a variety of small businesses, charities and niche organisations. I also work as a freelance journalist writing for newspapers and magazines, and teach journalism at various colleges and universities.

Having worked in the media for the last 30 years as a journalist in TV, newspapers and magazines, I plan to use this experience to help the GTC move into its next era and become the 'go to' organisation for all camera professionals.

I would urge members to get in touch to tell me their story and how they came to work in the industry and why they joined the GTC. Good, strong case studies are always needed by both the mainstream and industry media, so don't be shy! Drop me a line sarah@mediabird.co.uk and share your story with me.

James French
Advertising and Sponsorship Manager

I have been a freelance Lighting Cameraman since 2001, working for a wide variety of clients in studios, on OBs and PSC.

I have been heavily involved with the GTC Council for many years, in a variety of roles, but have decided to stand down for the time being, in order to concentrate on my primary role, which is to liaise with our sponsors and recruit new ones. I also sell advertising for Zerb, GTC In Focus, this website and our news emails.

Contact: 07855 743845

advertising@gtc.org.uk

Sue Hynard
Minutes Secretary

Nearly 20 years ago, after a lot of GTC Council time had been spent arguing over the Minutes from meetings, it was decided to appoint a Minutes Secretary. Sue Hynard, who had lots of experience of committee work but very limited knowledge of cameras and filming techniques, was employed. Over the last 18 years, she has learnt and now understands more about camera equipment than she ever thought possible – and thinks cameramen are some of the nicest people she knows. Her work with the GTC has led to her becoming a trustee of the Television and Video Camera Craft Educational Trust. 

Alex Wade
Legal Advisor

Alex Wade is a media lawyer, freelance journalist and writer. His legal career has seen him work for some of the best media law firms in the UK as well as many national newspapers. As a journalist he contributes to the UK broadsheets regularly, writing on law, sport, travel and books. He is also the author of three non-fiction books and one novel. Alex is available to advise GTC members on legal problems they may encounter, especially those in media law, including contractual and rights queries. Contact Alex Wade

 

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