2013

In September 2013 animation producer Lindsay Watson hosted a hugely successful soft launch at Mind Candy with excellent guest speaker Kate O'Connor (Deputy CEO at Creative Skillset). From there, a core group of volunteers was created who has now expanded to become the board. Each member comes from a different area of the industry and collectively we share over 100-years experience across most sectors of animation and VFX!

2014

2014 got off to a great start with a showcasing event in London Soho's MPC where the audience were treated to an hour and a half of incredibly diverse animation featuring work from female animators and artists from across the UK. That year we also hosted show-and-tell sessions at The Cartoon Museum and a BBQ at Pinewood. We appeared at the University of Central Lancashire Symposium on Women in Animation, the Ravesnbourne Degree Show, Women in Games Symposium, Bradford Animation Festival, Manimation and Women 1st. We also chaired a panel of Women in VFX at BAFTA'sBroadcast Forum.

2015

2015 got off to an even busier start as our careers research was published and discussed at the Royal Society of Arts Symposium, an event featuring some of the top companies in animation and VFX employment in Britain. We hosted a subsequent workshop on raising your profile in animation and VFX at Double Negative, another summer BBQ at Pinewood, a November networking event and appeared at the Cambridge Watersprite Festival and Cartoons on the Bay.

Our Team

Meet Our Amazing Team

Lindsay Watson

Lindsay Watson Founder

Lindsay is a Canadian/British animation producer whose company CANUK Productions focuses on development of IP and co-production of animated children’s series.

Lindsay launched Animated Women UK in 2013 and works closely with its fantastic board to organise events and promote women in animation and VFX.

She continues to publish academic papers relating to girls animation, regularly presenting information about the subject at international conferences and events. In 2015 she completed a Masters of Fine Art from Bournemouth University (Professional Media Practice - animation management) and published a paper on British animation funding in partnership with Animation UK.

Louise Hussey Co-Chair (VFX)

Louise began her career in TV Post and then into CG Animation. This led to Rushes where she was a VFX Producer for the Film & TV VFX department. In 2013, a move to Double Negative as a Senior member of the team that set up the TV VFX division, has resulted in a department of 120 artists producing VFX for US & UK TV Drama.

Over the years, a desire to help develop new talent led Louise to the Creative Skillset Animation Council, and she is now on the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee, which develops support and education initiatives

Beth Parker Co-Chair (Animation)

Having kick-started her TV career in Munich, Germany, Beth returned to London in 2001 and went straight to work at Telemagination with executive producer Marion Edwards. Taking over as managing director when Marion left, Beth continued at Telemagination while taking on the role of head of production at TV Loonland and simultaneously studying for a Masters degree in Social Policy and Criminology. That led her to take a break from TV and work for a major youth charity for three years, before taking on consultancy work for both charities and animation companies including Hibbert Ralph and Red Kite Animation.

In the summer of 2014 Beth joined Disney to look after the production of animated series for the Disney Channel network in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She manages animation productions for Disney Junior, Disney Channel and Disney XD, from pre-school to ‘tween’.

Just before taking over the animation chair role at AWUK she completed her second Masters degree, this time in Music. Music is what mostly fills her spare time, along with reading, yoga and gardening.

Helen North

Helen North Director (Mentoring)

Helen is a learning and development professional with over 20 years experience in the creative industries, including holding senior roles at Creative Skillset and the UK Film Council. She is a qualified executive coach specialising in career coaching and has a real passion for helping women achieve their full potential.

Debra Wootton Director (Production)

Debra Wootton founded Webra Multimedia Ltd in 2007 whilst at University, establishing the business at Pinewood Studios in 2008 going on to graduate as a digital animation specialist in 2009 when she was then invited to sit on the board on Alumni for UWL in January 2010.

As well as her philanthropic activities Debra has also gone on to built up a portfolio of businesses; joining Terry Ackland-snow at FDI (Art Direction Training) in 2009 and establishing Webra as a group with Webra Productions, Webra Training and Webra Events joining Webra Multimedia Ltd in 2013.

Rosemary Klein Director (Legal & Business Affairs)

Rosemary is a dual qualified English and Canadian lawyer who has worked both in-house and in private practice since 1990 advising various media companies on production, distribution, exploitation and protection issues.

She has developed a specialty in structuring and advising on international treaty coproductions. Previous to her life in the law she was a stage manager and company manager at the Stratford Festival and various regional theatre companies in Canada.

Rosemary is the Director of Television at London's Industry Media Business Affairs consultancy where she advises independent television producers and creators and distributors of all genres of content on their production and media exploitation issues and contracts.

Val Cazalet Director (Finance)

With 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and companies in many areas of the creative sector, and with a particular interest in film and television, Val has a detailed understanding of the issues her media clients face and always takes a hands on, practical and proactive approach.

Val works with a range of creative businesses, including AIM-listed companies, SMEs, groups of companies and individuals. She offers advice that is tailored to each client’s specific need and her media experience includes clients in brand design, advertising, events management, production and special effects, internet and technology, PR, radio as well as film and TV. She is also a board member and treasurer of Women in Film and TV .In her free time, travel is Val’s passion, which she indulges as often as possible.

Anna Gregory Director (Volunteer)

With a very eclectic career in the television and film industry Anna has found her niche in animation. Anna has been a freelance editor, sound designer, camera operator and director. She has had the opportunity of working with directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Sidney Lumet. Principal areas of activity have been TV, including dramas, comedy and documentaries.

Anna has concentrated on wild life documentaries, travelling extensively filming gorillas, Livingston fruit bats, great whites and whale sharks. She has a BAFTA nomination for her work on Beyond The Clouds, a seven part series for Channel 4.

As a keen advocate in promoting women in technical positions Anna is an active BFI academy mentor. She is delighted to be involved with the setup of Animated Women UK and is looking to forward to a new venture concerning South American animation.

Helen Piercy Director (Education)

Helen Piercy is a multidisciplinary filmmaker, award winning children’s author and professional educator. With degrees in Graphic Design (BA Hons) and Animation Direction (MA-The National Film and Television School) Helen began her career working as a freelance animator in London before launching her own business as a filmmaking educator in 2012.
 
Her passion for supporting young people led her to become a student mentor for Central Saint Martins MA Character Animation Course. In 2016, she joined the BA (Hons) Animation Course at Norwich University of the Arts as a full-time lecturer. Helen completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2017 and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Alison Warner Advisor (Corporate)

Alison Warner is the Vice President of I.P. Sales, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Technicolor Digital Productions based out of London. In this role, Alison develops and implements sales strategies for TDP’s in-house animated properties and actively sources new European properties to acquire or co-produce.

In this role, she was part of the team that helped put Technicolor’s first animated show “Atomic Puppet” into production with partners Mercury Filmworks and Gaumont Animation. In addition, Alison is developing new and maintaining existing client relationships within Europe for the Animation and Gaming business at Technicolor.

Lucy Cooper Advisor (Marketing)

Lucy began her career at Scottish Television before a move to London and the world of post production. Her 20 years of experience spans a variety of creative companies across broadcast, film and television post production and physical special effects.  In 2008, she joined VFX software vendor The Foundry, where she spent 8 years as a key member of the team that grew the company from 30 passionate people and £4.6M turnover into a 330+ strong company with a valuation of £200M.

Lucy's passion to engage with the issues facing women in the industry was ignited when she attended Cranfield School of Management’s ‘Women as Leaders’ course, which provided real insight into the realities facing women and challenged attendees to play an active role in instigating change.  Now Commercial Director at Union VFX, Lucy leads a great team of Marketing volunteers at AWUK. 

Lucy Crewe Volunteer (Logo Design)

Lucy Crewe is a freelance animator and story artist. From an early age she has been drawing and fascinated with the artistry behind motion pictures. Those passions were augmented with computers, at university she received a Bachelor's degree in Animation Design and a Masters in Design Innovation at De Montfort University.

She started Creative Cat FX to write and direct short films, music videos, illustration, and character animation with Toon Boom. Forward-thinking, resourceful, focused and compassionate, she will often go the extra mile to solve problems, independently or as part of a team, to realise a vision.

Kate Derrick

Kate Derrick Volunteer (Graphic Design)

Kate is a 2D Animator, Illustrator and Graphic Designer. She has worked mainly on animation for Children’s TV, most recently as lead animator for Mr Bean: The Animated Series for Tiger Aspect. The series was nominated for an Animation BAFTA in October 2015. She has also worked as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for Boardworks, an educational publisher in Oxford.

Kate is currently freelancing and is based in Cardiff.

Amy Backwell Volunteer (Social Media Lead)

Amy is a wearer of many hats and delights in being the social media and events volunteer for AWUK. She is a painter, sculptor and an independent filmmaker with a strong focus on characters in surrealist juxtapositions and peculiar proportions; developed from spontaneous everyday ‘visions’ with not necessarily a specific brief in mind. She likes to keep it fluid and energetic.

Amy also works as the Studio Coordinator for Industrial Light and Magic London. Her previous experience includes being the Industry Liaison for Animation and VFX at The Arts University Bournemouth and has 2 years experience as Course Leader for the International Animation Summer Programme. In 2015, she completed an MA in Animation Production.