Founded in 2013, 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.

Regional Chapters

Thanks to our volunteers, Animated Women UK now has regional chapters in Scotland and the South West. You can find out more on their pages:
Animated Women UK | Scotland
Animated Women UK | South West
If you are interested in brining Animated Women UK to your region, please contact us to find out what's involved.


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 | Director (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 Managing Director at Union VFX, Lucy leads a great team of Marketing volunteers at AWUK.

Anna Gregory | Director (Regional Coordinator)

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.

Georgina Hurcombe

Georgina Hurcombe | Advisor (Animation)

Georgina is the award-winning managing director and producer at LoveLove Films, a regional animation studio based in Bournemouth UK. As a producer, Georgina has worked on an array of award-winning content, which has been shown across a variety of platforms including Channel 4, BBC Films, ITV and Sky. LoveLove Films are also currently in development with a number of exciting and fun animated children’s IPs.

Georgina is a past (2018) Helen North Achieve Programme participant and runs her own award winning new talent scheme that has seen over 200 students come through the LoveLove Films studio. In her spare time Georgina likes to spin and eat cake, often at the same time.

Louise Hussey | Co-Chair (VFX)

Louise is an Executive VFX Producer at ILM.  She 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 and in 2013, moved to Double Negative as part of the Senior team that set up the DNEGTV VFX division. She was Executive Producer for the VFX teams on the BAFTA award winning 'Metalhead' and Emmy Nominated 'Altered Carbon' and left in June 2018 to move to ILM.

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 supports new talent 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 went straight to work at Telemagination on her return. She went on to become Managing Director, while also taking on the role of head of production at TV Loonland, over-seeing the completion of shows such as The Cramp Twins. During this time Beth completed a Masters degree in Social Policy and Criminology, which led her to take a short break from TV and work for a major youth charity, 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). Managing shows from early development right through to final delivery, her slate included co-productions such as Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir and in-house productions such as 101 Dalmatian Street.

Just before taking over the animation chair role at AWUK she completed her second Masters degree, this time in Music. Beth left Disney in February 2020 to pursue a more portfolio career to include both music and animation.

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.

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.

Advisory Group Chairs

Bimpe Alliu

Bimpe Alliu | Women of Colour Working Group Chair

Bimpe is a Concept Artist at Industrial Light & Magic in London. She started her career in VFX as a Runner before working her way up to the role of Concept Artist, working on films including Avengers: Endgame and Spiderman-Man: Far from Home.

She is passionate about continuing the important discussions surrounding racial diversity in the visual effects and animation industries and has participated in panels for Animated Women UK, Manchester Animation Festival, and podcasts for Access: VFX and Visible in Visuals.

Sueann Rochester

Sueann Rochester | Regional Working Group Chair & Scotland Representative

Driven by a love of all things animated and a need to organise things, Sueann was always destined to be an animation producer. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a degree in Animation and moved into her first production role at Red Kite Animations. With almost 20 years of experience in long form TV production Sueann has worked with clients including Cartoon Network, Disney, the BBC and DC Thomson and produced BAFTA and EMMY nominated shows ‘Dennis & Gnasher’ and ‘Ask Lara’. Her current role as Managing Director of Wild Child Animation is to help shape and grow a world class animation studio in Scotland that produces original IP and 3rd party content. Her goal is to create high quality, story driven animation for all ages.


Nia Alavezos

Nia Alavezos | Content

Nia Alavezos is a storyteller based in Cardiff, Wales. At the moment she is a Production Coordinator at Sun & Moon Studios. She recently made the great pilgrimage across the pond from sunny Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of living abroad.  

Before packing her bags and deciding to leave America behind, Nia was a Production Coordinator at DreamWorks Animation TV; working on The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants for Netflix. Previously she was at Renegade Animation, where she was a Coordinator on The Tom and Jerry Show for Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Studios. Nia's also worked at BuzzFeed as an Editorial Fellow, learning about their editorial process while focusing on social sharing and viral media; not to mention becoming an expert at creating cat gifs.

Jolien Buijs

Jolien Buijs | Content

Jolien Buijs is a Line Producer at Union Visual Effects. She has worked on a range of Films and Television Series including the Oscar-nominated The Two Popes and the blockbuster Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

Before moving into VFX production she was Head of Development for an independent production company where she helped produce several genre films and documentaries. She has a Diploma in Script Development from the NFTS.

Originally from the Netherlands, Jolien lived in Madrid and Los Angeles before making her home in London. When she’s not working she loves writing, reading, gaming and travelling.

Niki Kehoe

Niki Kehoe | Social Media

Niki is a London based 2D animator and rigger. She has a BA Hons Degree in 2D Animation. She started her career in Dublin, Ireland where she worked with studios like Boulder Media, Giant Animation, Jam Media, Treehouse Republic, and Kavaleer Productions.

She has been working in the industry for 10 years.

Niki is currently working as a Toon Boom Harmony rigger on Blue-Zoo Animation's first 2D TV show for Nickelodeon. She is also a mentor with AccessVFX.

Carrie Mok

Carrie Mok | PR

Carrie started her career at Imagine Publishing (later Future Publishing) in 2014 as Production Editor and soon joined 3D Artist magazine, one of the top publications in the world for CG tutorials, behind-the-scenes access on the biggest movies, TV and games, and industry insight. She rose through the ranks quickly, becoming the youngest Editor across the company and the first POC Editor on 3D Artist magazine - all the while focusing on improving awareness of diversity and inclusion within the VFX, animation and games industries. She was also one of the founding creative minds behind Future Publishing’s Vertex event, curating the schedule and hosting the first event in London.

She left publishing in 2018, joining Outpost VFX to co-ordinate PR and marketing across the company’s worldwide studios.

She is currently Content Marketing Lead at digital agency Electropages Media.

She is a proud alumni of the Bournemouth University Multimedia Journalism course and has also written articles for critically acclaimed magazines and books covering sci-fi, games, technology, music, food and travel. She is a keen foodie.

Shannon Reeve

Shannon Reeve | Content

Shannon is a Production Coordinator at LoveLove Films, an independent animation studio based in Bournemouth, Dorset. She has worked on a range of LoveLove Films’ productions including their videos for TRESemmé and Ordnance Survey, as well as assisting with the development of their pre-school series Pop Paper City. In 2017, Shannon graduated with a BA in Scriptwriting for Film and TV from Bournemouth University, and went on to study an MA in Producing at the same university.

Alongside volunteering for Animated Women UK, Shannon has also been a blogger at the Children’s Media Conference and given a number of talks to students at the Royal Television Society’s ‘Meet the Professionals’ events. Away from film and animation, Shannon loves to read and walk her two dogs.

Cara Webb

Cara Webb | Content

Cara is currently lead animator at digital marketing agency Content OD. She is a MArt Animation graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, where she has also recently taken on the role of associate lecturer in 2D animation. Her passion for traditional and hands-on animation techniques reaches into her downtime too, as she provides workshop support at Flycheese, a Sheffield based stop-motion studio that gives a creative outlet for those with disabilities. Outside of animation, she is an avid reader and gamer.

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.


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.
In January 2019, after 6 years of service, Lindsay stepped down from the board of AWUK.
Her drive and passion persuaded the board to get behind the cause and together we have created a vibrant organisation that encourages, promotes, supports and represents women in the UK’s Animation and VFX industries.
Lindsay remains a strong and passionate advocate for diversity and equality and will continue to provide support to AWUK initiatives.


Thanks to:

Alison Doggett
Alison Warner
Amy Backwell
Kate Derrick
Lucy Crewe
Marcia Mihotich
Oana Nechifor
Ria Brown
Zoe Verrier-Stunt
Xenia Moliner-Roldan