Specialists

 

Emma Clarke

Emma has spent the majority of her career in the voluntary sector working for some of the most prominent disability charities. She sees the world through a rights-based perspective which she has applied to the projects and roles she’s worked in, making sure people’s views are heard, contributions are welcomed and valued, and partnerships and connections are made. She likes nothing better then to see people grow in confidence and speak their truth. She has won awards for ‘co-production’ (working with marginalised groups to bring about change as equals partners) and has commissioned young disabled adults to explore decision-making through the medium of film. She is currently Assistant Director for Health and Development (England) at Shared Lives Plus, a charity which promotes care and support in family homes. 

Kristiene Clarke

Kristiene Clarke has over 70  Broadcast, NGO, Charity and Third sector film credits to her name. She worked as a Producer / Director on the BBC's flagship arts series ARENA, made films for all the other major UK channels and for various global broadcasters. Her films have won awards at numerous  International Film Festivals and she's had the honour of having work screened at the Berlinale, the United Nations, National Film Theatre, the ICA, Directors Guild of America Jerusalem Cinematheque, Australian Film Institute and the Smithsonian Museum. Kristiene's campaign film 'Give Stigma The Index Finger' for IPPF / UN / WHO featured Annie Lennox (Singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador) was screened at the Milan Mix Internationale' film festival and won the Gold medal award at the Red Ribbon film festival in Ghana . She also made a commercial 'Criminalize Hate Not HIV' for IPPF/UN/WHO (translated to 18 languages) which was shown theatrically and on television in over 65 countries on World Aids Day.  

As a practicing filmmaker Kristiene has filmed all over the world and specializes in the drama of real life stories, strong characters, well crafted narratives with candid intimate testimonies. Her work has dealt with cultural, political and sexual diversity, questioning stereotypes, challenging bigotry and prejudice on many levels. The individual subject matter in her films has ranged from sexual representation, human rights, social activism, the criminal justice system, child abuse, youth detention to films celebrating individual artistic achievement. The contributors have come from a variety of backgrounds and from all walks of life - some who have been involved in drug trafficking, gun and gang violence, others who have suffered sexual exploitation and those who have challenged society's norms through their lifestyle choices. She has also worked with individuals who have been at the highest levels of their 'careers' be they Hollywood directors, artists, actors, writers, cultural critics and pop stars through to company chairmen, sportsmen, law enforcement officials, investigative journalists, surgeons and doctors, lawyers of every flavour and politicians who have been elected to public office.

An effective communicator who has also taught at university and vocational level Kristiene passed on her skills, ideas and analysis of the industry and its practice in a thought-provoking way to a wide-range of students and other creative partners. She has taught groups of students in the formal setting of the lecture theatre as well as offering supervision whilst they gain experience in a professional setting. She also has experience of one-to- one mentoring and delivering master-classes in locations as diverse as prisons, corporate boardrooms, summer camps, favelas in Brazil and at film festivals and other cultural forums throughout the world. Regularly called upon as a industry / LGBT speaker she recently acted as Gender consultant on THE DANISH GIRL (Dir Tom Hooper) featuring Eddie Redmayne and was Executive Story Consultant on COLETTE (Dir Wash Westmoreland) starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West to be released in 2018.

Dr. Erica Gillingham

A native Californian, Erica has lived in London since 2009. She completed her PhD at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University in 2017. Her thesis examined narrative constructions of same-sex relationships between female characters in young adult novels and graphic texts. Erica received her MA degree in Children's Literature from the same university, and her BAs in Feminist Studies and Literature (Creative Writing) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her reviews and articles on children’s and young adult literature have been published on various book review and author blogs, and she volunteers with Poet in the City as part of their Audio Team. 

www.ericagillingham.com

Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell is Deputy Director of Early Years and Family Engagement at The National Deaf Children’s Society. In her current role she is leading on issues related to support and services for families with a deaf child. This includes a focus on connecting families to each other as well as providing accurate and engaging information. The other main focus of the role is to implement the organisations strategic ambitions in relation to Early Years. This involves developing new services for families, creating new training and information for parents and professionals and supporting other settings so that deaf children get better support to develop vital language and communication skills as early as possible, in the language of their choice. Prior to this role sheworked largely in Advocacy for disabled young people.

Mark Jennett

Mark Jennett is a trainer, consultant and writer specialising in work around equality and diversity (in particular gender and sexualities equalities), bullying, behaviour, emotional health and PSHE.  He has worked with numerous schools, universities, local authorities and commercial organisations as well as the NUT and NASUWT, Stonewall and the Terrence Higgins Trust. 

In recent years he has worked with the NUT, supporting primary schools to challenge traditional gender stereotypes through the curriculum.  The findings of the Breaking The Mould project – including resources for teachers – are available at www.teachers.org.uk/educationandequalities/breakingthemouldHe also developed guidance for the Union on encouraging all children to read for pleasure by ensuring that they have access to books and stories that reflect and endorse their own identities and cultures and the variety of families that they come from - www.teachers.org.uk/sites/default/files2014/reading-4-pleasure-10561.pdf.

He is currently working with the National Children’s Bureau on a DoE and GEO funded project supporting schools to challenge transphobic, homophobic and biphobic bullying.

Other projects have included the provision of diversity training and other support to 15 primary schools engaged in the ESRC funded No Outsiders Project, which aimed to develop innovative approaches to addressing gender and sexualities equalities in primary education. No Outsiders was awarded the British Educational Research Association’s Practitioner Research Award in the schools category. He has written teaching materials and developed and edited Out In School, a resource for secondary schools that focuses on approaches to discussing sexual orientation and challenging homophobia across the curriculum. 

Mark has written and contributed to a range of publications including Undoing Homophobia In Primary Schools (Trentham Books, 2010) and contributed to the development of DfE guidance on homophobic bullying. He has also worked as a National Adviser with the National Healthy Schools Programme. He is on the board of the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education.