DigiTales Directors

Mark Dunford- 

Mark is an academic and researcher who has worked at Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Brighton and the University of East London.  From 2004-2008, Mark was Executive Director of Hi8us Projects where he ran Inclusion Through Media, a partnership based action research programme using media as a means to investigate ways to empower people in their communities. He has worked at the BBC, British Film Institute and Arts Council England and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Tricia Jenkins-

Tricia is an academic, researcher and  Digital Storytelling and Participatory Video facilitator.  She started her career teaching media studies and video production in further education and has over 35 years experience as a teacher, trainer and manager of practice-based research projects.  She is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London and is Senior Associate (Portugal) with Participatory Video company InsightShare.   She has recently completed her PhD in Digital Storytelling with Older People.

Robert Smith

Robert is a filmmaker and workshop leader, who has worked as a producer, director, cameraman and story editor. He has a particular interest in the creative challenges faced getting stories made from script to screen.  He also works as a media consultant for a wide range of commercial clients engaged in media development projects and related initiatives with special interests in the creative industries and regeneration.

Gareth Stanton

Gareth is a media academic at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests lie in the areas of postcolonial theory, anthropology of the media and the interface between cultural studies and anthropology. He has recently been working on questions of world cinema and the relationship between media and the environment with a special focus on Bangladesh.

DigiTales Associates

Ray Gibson

Ray is a Brighton-based freelance photographer specialising in performing arts and events and teaches technology skills to adults in community settings. From 2000 Ray has been teaching computer and Internet skills for older adults in and around Brighton and works regularly with DigiTales as photographer and co-facilitator.

Emmie Jenkins Hill

Emmie is a Criminology and Sociology graduate from the University of Brighton with a passion for working in the community and helping others. She has been working as an associate with DigiTales undertaking research and project assistant roles since 2012.  Since graduating, Emmie’s career has largely been centred around working with the homeless in London and in Brighton. As part of a new venture, Emmie recently became a qualified EFL teacher and has since been teaching English in a school in a small town in southern Spain.

Sarah Macnee

Sarah has worked as a freelance consultant from 2005 and projects include mentoring, business planning, management, funding, research and evaluation. She has worked for a wide range of organisations such as Film London, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the South Bank Centre, Finance Wales, Free Word, Goldsmiths University of London, Hi8us Group, Digi-tales and Iniva. Alongside her freelance work, she is part-time Executive Director at Crying Out Loud. She started from a passion for Mathematics alongside a love of the arts and their politics, and began her working life with ten years on the finance side of the arts and media industry. A desire for new stimulus led to ten years working for NDPBs, first Arts Council England at the start of Lottery funding and then NESTA, when it was first founded.

Outi Vellacott

Outi has worked in participatory filmmaking for over fifteen years
starting at BBC Video Nation and Capture Wales. Inclusion Through Media and other international social inclusion projects have taken her from Athens to Helsinki and from Haifa to Sydney. She has worked on Visual Essay projects with Birmingham and Stirling universities and the Open University.  She has broadcast on Finnish public service radio YLE.