DigiTales Directors

Mark Dunford

Mark DMark works as an academic at the University of Brighton where he leads the Silver Stories project. He is a co-founder-director of DigiTales Ltd. He was previously based at Goldsmiths where he ran research projects through DigiTales and taught on postgraduate programmes.. 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 in 2008.

Tricia Jenkins

TriciaTricia is a co-founder-Director of DigiTales and a PhD Student at Middlesex University, London, researching the use of digital storytelling with older people.  She started her career teaching media studies and video production in further education and has over 25 years experience as a trainer and manager of practice-based research projects.  Her international work with DigiTales has included commissions from the British Council in Greece, Israel and Australia, as well as regular transnational projects across the European Union since the mid-1990s.  She also works with renowned Participatory Video company InsightShare  and is an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book Digital Storytelling Form and Content, with Mark Dunford.  She is currently Secretary to the International Visual Methods Conference.

She has two grown-up children, lives in London and Portugal, is learning Portuguese and spends time each December making olive oil.

Robert Smith

RobertRobert  is a filmmaker who has worked as a producer, director, cameraman and story editor. He has a particular interest in the creative challenges faced getting feature length films made from script to screen. He previously ran the MA Feature Film programme at Goldsmiths, University of London, which is in the process being transformed into a practice PhD in Film. 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. Robert is a co-founder-director of DigiTales.  Robert currently convenes the MA Filmmaking course and is the key contact with industry.

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. He is a proud resident of Peckham in London.

DigiTales Associates

Ray Gibson

Ray GibsonRay 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 more recently has been working with DigiTales as photographer and co-facilitator.

Polly Rodgers


Polly has a wide-ranging career in oral history, community storytelling and socially-focussed community engagement. She currently works at Historypin, on a large scale community storytelling project focussed on the King’s Cross area of London. From working with socially excluded children in Brighton and East London; to international digital storytelling; to
introducing ‘elite’ art forms to new audiences through autobiographical storytelling; to collecting, celebrating and reframing marginalised voices through myriad oral history projects, she has embedded participatory values
within her work to break down the distinction between storyteller and audience, to democratise our shared history, and to build collaborative new possibilities for marginalised communities. She lives in Hackney, and escapes to the wilderness whenever she can.

Outi Vellacott

Outi has worked in participatory film making 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 volunteers at the Ahoy watersports centre for young people, runs animation
workshops at children’s festivals and sings in a folk group. She has
broadcast on Finnish public service radio YLE and can often be found
plunging into the Finnish wilderness.

DigiTales Trainees

Hattie Collins

Hattie is a photography student at the University of East London with a passion for helping and supporting others through creative means. She undertook our Digital Storytelling Facilitator Training programme as part of the ‘UnTold’ civic engagement project at the  University and co-facilitated her first workshop with young people living at the Braintree Foyer in May 2017.  ”


“DigiTales provides a fantastic opportunity to develop personal and artistic skills through digital media. I am very excited to be a part of the team”.