Founded in 2013 by Lindsay Watson, AWUK exists to positively support, represent, celebrate and encourage women in the animation and VFX industries in the UK.
 
We aim to change the gender landscape by building a vibrant network that facilitates mentoring, knowledge exchange and education resulting in women in fulfilling their potential.
 
We welcome members from all disciplines of Animation and VFX including, but not limited to: writing, storyboarding, concept art, production, 2D, 3D, stop motion, environments, design, HR, Finance, Marketing, IT, project management and R&D.
 
Membership is £30 per year and gives you access to networking and workshop events, exclusive discounts and, most importantly, a network of over 1,000 women across the UK.
 

Board

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.

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 and Operations Director at Union VFX, Lucy leads a great team of Marketing volunteers at AWUK. 

Anna Gregory | Director (Volunteers)

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.

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

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.

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 Piercy | Advisor (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.

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.

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.

Volunteers

Amy Backwell | Volunteer

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.

Katherine McQueen | South West Representative

Katherine is the Senior Producer & COO of A Productions Ltd in Bristol. 
With 17 years  in the animation industry, she has extensive experience of working across a wide slate of productions, ranging from In-house short form and long form series, international Co-productions, commercials and corporate work. 
Her role encompasses development of new IP, Series production & business development as well as series consultancy for external companies and broadcasters. 
Basing her career solely in the South West and being part of the dynamic and ever increasing Bristol animation hub, Katherine has worked to encourage and develop female talent through her involvement with student mentoring across different colleges and universities and involvement with AWUK in the south west.

Xenia Moliner-Roldan | Content and Social Media

Born in Barcelona, Xenia's journey in the industry has been rather diverse. Before her current position at Dneg as a Production Coordinator, she worked in live action as an electrician, assisted stop-motion and VFX productions and taught in HE courses at Arts University Bournemouth. She studied Film Production, majoring in cinematography and still today, she enjoys having a camera in her hand and capturing the world around her.  
 
Xenia is a very passionate individual that enjoys being part of exciting projects and also does not know how to stand still. She has always felt very strongly in regards equality and promoting women as makers in creative and technical industries. She believes AWUK has the power to bring women together in Animation and VFX and the conversation for a more diverse and fair future.

Zoe Verrier-Stunt | South West Representative

Zoe Verrier-Stunt is an animation producer and production manager. She is currently working at Aardman Animations in their features department after returning to Bristol after 15 years working in London. Starting her stop motion features work on ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and ‘Frankenweenie’ she has also worked on commercials and children’s series in all forms of animation. On returning to Bristol she worked on the Disney XD series of ‘Counterfeit Cat’. Zoe is thrilled to be back in the West Country where she grew up and is nearer the countryside for trail running and walking which is her weekend joy.

Micaela Winter | Events and Membership

Micaela is an Animation Producer with a wealth of experience in pre-school projects. She worked as a Production Manager on International Emmy Award winning Mike the Knight, before moving up the ranks to her current role as Producer on Thomas & Friends. She is also a qualified ski instructor and is happiest when in the mountains.

Friends

Thanks to:

Kate Derrick

Lucy Crewe

Ria Brown

Alison Warner