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GTC Awards and Bill Vinten GTC Awards 2020 Awards presentation

GTC Awards and Bill Vinten GTC Awards 2020 Awards presentation
6 Dec 20 @ Online, 19.00

ARRI TECH TALK Live: Making the most of lens data

ARRI TECH TALK Live: Making the most of lens data
9 Dec 20 @ Online, 18.30 BST

FOCUS 2020 – digital

FOCUS 2020 – digital
15–17/12/2020 @ Online

Media Production and Technology Show 2021

Media Production and Technology Show 2021
12–13/05/2021 @ London Olympia

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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 nominations by GTC members, a new Council took office after the 2020 online GTC AGM held on Monday 29 June 2020 and will serve for two years (2020–2022). The posts of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary were voted on at a meeting of the Council later that afternoon.

Honorary President: John Henshall

Chair: Graham Maunder

Vice-Chair: Kate Harvest

Secretary: Peter Rance

Treasurer: Graeme McAlpine

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 2020–22 (alphabetical)

Kirsty Bradbury

I am relatively new to the industry having started my career in outside broadcast in 2016. I started out as a camera operator on international horse trials before having the opportunity to move onto the horse racing in 2018. I have worked on a mix of positions from race cameras to presentations and at the horse trials I have shot dressage, cross-country and showjumping.  

I studied at university from 2014–17 and since then have become passionate for making a change to how we prepare our young people for the industry. There is not enough good-quality careers guidance for those completing 16–18 education and with the commercialisation of higher education, I feel they are often misled about the real nature and practical value of courses.

During my time on Council I hope to make some changes to help young people get into our industry, with a particular focus on helping the most disadvantaged in our society.

Alison Chapman
Website Editor
and Administrator 

I’ve been on Council since 1992 and was Zerb Managing Editor for 25 years. Since 2007, I’ve looked after the website, overseeing several relaunches in that time. Through this I enjoy interacting with GTC members and sponsors, helping them to use the site.

I want to see the GTC continue to evolve so that it remains relevant for the future and supportive of all camera professionals from an increasingly diverse membership. I am proud to have been involved in our mental health and COVID support resources as well as our emerging environmental policy.

My early camera career was at Thames TV: Teddington Studios, OBs and The Bill. I was awarded a GTC and RTS Awards for work on the The Bill. Later I worked freelance on both video and film. I am proud to be the only female Fellow of the GTC so far – but look forward to being joined by more!

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. Although I 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
Advertising and Sponsorship Manager

I am a working cameraman now in my fourth term on Council, being Vice Chair from 2016–2020.

In May 2020 I took on the role of Advertising and Sponsorship Manager, looking after the many companies that help the GTC grow and develop as an organisation.

I’m often at exhibitions, meeting members, talking to potential new members and our industry partners, promoting the work of the GTC. I have helped with the new edition of the GTC Mental Health Supplement and also sat on both the ‘Scripted’ and Fact/Ent/OB working groups for COVID-19 protocols.

I am a member of Department of Education and Institute for Apprenticeships panels on new qualifications for our industry and robustly defend the role of the camera people within those, helping to ensure that any qualification that is launched reflects what we need now and for the future.

Rob Emmanuel

Zerb Managing Editor

I have been a freelance camera operator for over 25 years, now mostly for multicamera TV and other platforms, but with a background in PSC lighting camera. I've been a proud member of the GTC for many years, having always appreciated the numerous benefits this great organisation offers in creating a community where we can strive together to maintain high standards of camera craft.

Alongside my ‘day job’, I am now Managing Editor of Zerb, big shoes to fill after what Alison achieved. It's a privilege to collaborate with the incredible people who so generously and enthusiastically share their knowledge and experiences, as well as to search out and showcase people behind the lesser-known roles, all of which are vital to what ends up on our screens.

It is vital that Zerb and the GTC proactively forge a progressive path, reflecting diversity and being open and relevant to all camera professionals in every sector and stage of their career paths.

Drew Hartley

I'm a disabled lighting cameraman based in Yorkshire, currently working in local Television with over 25 years of broadcasting, commercial & corporate experience. It's a privilege to be a Fellow member of our great organisation and an absolute honour to serve the membership once again.

One of my aims during my term on Council is to further the social aspect of our organisation, ensuring face to face communications as much as possible.

I believe it is important to bring together the IAWF Wildlife Filmmakers regarding workshops, Health & Safety, policy, technology, intelligence.

Also based upon my own personal experience some years ago, I wish to be involved with the mental health remit, addressing issues we all at some point of our lives sadly inevitably face.

I’m a great believer in embracing our fantastic legacy and wealth of written and unwritten knowledge and I believe there is scope to work with the Union's History Project.

Kate Harvest
Vice-Chair /
Exhibitions Manager

I’m a freelance camera person, and have been on Council as Exhibitions Officer for the past two years. I recently accepted the role of Vice-Chair, and look forward to continuing and developing all the fantastic work the GTC is doing for our members.

I will continue to look after the GTC’s presence at exhibitions and shows, when they get started again; it’s a great way to get out and about and I love meeting existing and potential members, talking about what we can offer and finding out what our members most value and would like more of.

Working in this industry is a rewarding but at times precarious career, and building and maintaining strong networks is key. The GTC is an invaluable resource whatever your level in the industry, providing workshops, webinars and skills; opportunities for networking and increasing our community; and creating a pool of knowledge and experience which we can all access and benefit from.

Martin Hawkins

Director of Photography / Camera Operator

My television career started in the Camera department at London Weekend Television in 1976 working on a variety of shows, both studio and outside broadcasts.

An opportunity in 1982 to join Limehouse Studios as part of their camera crew was an opportunity I couldn’t miss and eventually I went on to become Head of the Camera department.

When Limehouse Studios was demolished in 1988, I briefly joined Mentorn Films working on Challenge Anneka, for which I received a BAFTA nomination for outstanding camerawork in 1990 before leaving to make my name in the variety of the freelance world.

In 2011, I was honoured to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RTS, followed by the GTC’s very own TiCA Award in 2015.

I’ve been a GTC member since 1977 and really believe in what they stand for and do for us all.

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.

Graham Maunder
Chair

I’m a DoP/Lighting Cameraman working through my company: Awfully Nice Video (ANVC). I 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.

Since originally joining the GTC I have been involved through Zerb and the Forum, and was honoured to be voted on to the Council in 2016 where I was then elected as Chair. During my time as Chair I have overseen many positive changes and was proud to recently implement the 1st Aid Courses we provide for our members.

I hope that whilst on Council, and particularly in my role as Chair, I can help promote the GTC in a positive way to encourage more people to join and be active in a forward-thinking, positive and modern GTC.

Graeme McAlpine
Treasurer
 

I have been a proud member of the GTC since the early 1980s and have served on Council in many positions, including as Chair.

My career began as a trainee camera assistant at ITV in the late 1970s. Whilst staff at LWT, I worked in many roles including as a studio, OB and PSC camera operator. Since going freelance in 1991, I have continued to work in all genres of camera operations, adding documentary, natural history and news to my experience.

Recently most of my work has been as a studio camera operator/supervisor, although I still enjoy working on PSC and OBs whenever the opportunity arises. I have been fortunate to operate on major events, including royal weddings and funerals, papal and presidential visits, as well the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

I hope that I can bring my broad background and abilities to help the GTC membership and also encourage younger members to serve on Council.

Hannah Mellish
Social Media

I have spent the first 3 years of my career working as an operator for shopping TV. In February I took the plunge and went freelance which, thanks to COVID-19, proved to be exceptionally bad timing! I’ve shadowed on Strictly and Dancing on Ice, as well as on a few OB shoots – all of which came through contacts in the Guild, which I am extremely grateful for. Once things start getting back to ‘normal’, I hope I can gain more multicamera experience and join crews as a junior operator/assistant. 

During my time on Council, my main goal is to help improve our social media presence, including new ways to interact and engage with members, as well as encouraging members to provide their own content. I hope that this will in turn attract more younger members to join. 

I am also passionate about increasing diversity within camera departments, and hope that I can help make some positive progress in those areas.

Peter Newman
Social Media /
Environment

I am a Freelance Camera and Jib Assistant working primarily in Light Entertainment and Outside Broadcasts. Since starting my career in 2013, I have worked as a Runner, Technical Assistant and Multi-skilled Studio Operator.

Over the last 2 years on Council, I have: been part of the social media team; created the Guild's environmental policy; supported the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards Officer in running the competition; and attended exhibitions on behalf of the GTC.

I look forward to continuing to support the Guild by further developing its social media channels to enable us to engage with members and keep them updated on both GTC and GTC sponsor news, as well as working with the newly formed committee to promote the organisation to potential new members. I will also continue to focus on GTC social responsibility, including our environmental policy as well as initiatives to help both the GTC and the wider industry become more inclusive.

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!

Thanks to COVID-19 I’ve discovered the possibilities afforded by Zoom technology to enable e-workshops to take over from our traditional style of workshop event.  Hopefully we can run both types in the future.

Hazel Palmer
Awards Officer /
Equality and Diversity Officer

I'm a freelance cameraperson who has worked across a wide variety of productions including drama, news, theatre, studio, multicamera and aerial filming. I now do mostly sports OBs with a side interest in wildlife filming.

I’ve been on the GTC Council for 4 years, working as Awards Officer as well as helping out with Education days, workshops, the mental health supplement and editing Zerb.

Through the Guild I would like to promote quality and creative excellence in camera work, as well as to campaign for due recognition and fair chances for all. As such I’m taking on a new Council role of ‘Equality and Diversity’, to aid and promote the inclusion of under-represented groups in the camera department.
If anyone feels they have been marginalised in their career due to their colour, sex, age, religion, disability, etc, please get in touch so that the GTC can understand the problems and work out ways to address them.

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.

Andy Reik
Kit Review Coordinator

I’ve worked as a freelance lighting cameraman since 2000 and have run a couple of companies supplying kit and crew over the years. I have a keen interest in new technology and have just got my CAA PfCo drone licence. I’m very interested in growing the GTC’s online presence and feel that creating more video content is the best way forward as it is the main driving force for all of us.

Please contact me if you are interested in being involved with reviewing kit for on-screen reviews whether in front of or behind the camera.

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.

Graham Risdon

Simon Roe

Since joining the GTC around 10 years ago, I’ve been massively impressed with the whole organisation and the support it offers – truly exceptional value for money.

I came to camerawork in a roundabout way; whilst working in IT, I was tasked to set up a multicamera internet broadcasting studio – quite a challenge in 1999 with dial-up internet connections!

I started my own small production company, Media Inventions Ltd, in 2002. I work mainly with corporate automotive clients and have a PfCO for drone work. I also shoot and stream multicamera shows, conferences, and webinars. I’m a self-confessed kit junkie and have accumulated a wide range of cameras as well as the usual mountain of “bits and pieces”.  I’m much better at buying kit than selling it!

As a new member of Council, I’m happy to help in any way I can, starting with assisting Ali Chapman on the technical side with the GTC website.

 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, stereography and tutoring cinematography.

In the trendy late 1960s, John became a qualified photographer, learning cinematography, on the job, firstly at the Royal Aircraft Establishment and then Unilever Research. He became a freelance TV cameraman in the 1980s and helped start the Electronic Camera Company.

John joined Council in 2004 and has worked on many projects including managing the GTC Awards events 2004–2012; compiling the GTC business plan/strategy document; managing the digitisation of Zerb and GTC In Focus back catalogues; and researching the compilation of a GTC Wikipedia article. Currently, John supports Alan Duxbury with the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards. He has created the online judging system and liaises with the many judges to guide them through the judging process. John is looking to replicate the success of this system for the annual GTC Awards.

Chris Yacoubian
Welfare Officer

Lucky to having over 20 years' experience in every aspect of television, I've been fortunate enough to work with some of the most incredible people in some of the most unique and wonderful places on the planet. I see being on Council as a fantastic opportunity to try and encourage a new generation of image-makers to strive to be the best in the world, and hopefully join us!
 
I feel honoured to be the GTC Welfare Officer and am here to offer advice, support and encouragement to all those in our wonderful industry that may be going through difficult times, regardless of circumstance or story.
 
Being on Council is a chance to provide 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 help create a platform where our industry is more approachable and understood.

Robin Smith
IAWF Representative

 

Non-Council posts

Sophie Day
GTC Treasurer's Assistant/Bookkeeper

The GTC became a client in March 2012, when I was working as a self-employed bookkeeper, to give assistance to Simon Roe, who was then the Treasurer. 

The GTC accounts are split into two: the Guild, which deals with subscriptions, workshops, the Awards event and general admin; and Zerb, which produces Zerb and GTC In Focus magazines.

My role is to authorise expense claims for Council members and pay them, code sales and supplier invoices on to Sage, set up payments for supplier invoices, code bank transactions, reconcile the bank accounts and submit quarterly EC Sales Lists and a yearly VAT return for Zerb. The year end is on 31 January, after which I run all the reports the accountant needs for the annual accounts.

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.

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

 

Coming Up

GTC Awards and Bill Vinten GTC Awards 2020 Awards presentation

GTC Awards and Bill Vinten GTC Awards 2020 Awards presentation
6 Dec 20 @ Online, 19.00

ARRI TECH TALK Live: Making the most of lens data

ARRI TECH TALK Live: Making the most of lens data
9 Dec 20 @ Online, 18.30 BST

FOCUS 2020 – digital

FOCUS 2020 – digital
15–17/12/2020 @ Online

Media Production and Technology Show 2021

Media Production and Technology Show 2021
12–13/05/2021 @ London Olympia

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