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 30 years experience as a trainer and manager of practice-based research projects.  She also works on the MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London and at Participatory Video company InsightShare.


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.



Polly Rodgers

Polly joined DigiTales as a facilitator in 2010 and has a wide-ranging career in oral history, community storytelling and socially-focussed community engagement. She currently works at Historypin, on the Kings Cross Story Palace project.


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.


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 trained with us as part of the ‘UnTold’ civic engagement project at the University and co-facilitated her first workshop with homeless 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”.