Building a world class centre for the screen industries

'Dark River' filmed in Yorkshire with investment from Screen Yorkshire. Image: Dean Rogers


Screen Yorkshire’s ambition is to grow a world-class screen industries hub of international significance in the Yorkshire & Humber region. We deliver this vision by investing financially in productions; developing talent to create a skilled workforce; building best-in-class studios and fostering Yorkshire’s global reputation as an outstanding location for creatives.

Screen Yorkshire don’t just offer financial support, it’s also about the support they give production, too, to help us make the best film we could

Niall Shamma, COO, Warp Films

Thomas Turgoose in 'This Is England' (2008). Produced by Warp Films with investment from Screen Yorkshire

Our History

Established as one of nine regional screen agencies by the UK Film Council in 2002, we’ve been around for almost two decades. We launched our first production fund in 2003 which went on to invest in iconic British films like the BAFTA-award-winning This is England. In 2011 Screen Yorkshire became a stand-alone private company specialising in commercial content investment and establishing the Yorkshire Content Fund (YCF), which to date has brought over 40 productions to Yorkshire and Humber.

In 2017 data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that – thanks in no small measure to Screen Yorkshire – the region’s screen industries grew faster than anywhere else in the UK, including London and the South East. Our Film Office, launched in 2018, is designed to grow production further – and with a special emphasis on the international market.

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Our team

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    Sally Joynson, Chief Executive

    Sally champions the film tv and wider screen industries in Yorkshire & Humber. Since taking the role in 2006, Sally’s leadership has seen Yorkshire & Humber become one of the most sought-after destinations for production in the UK, delivering unprecedented growth for the region. She sits on several Advisory Boards including National Science and Media Museum, Digital Creativity Labs, and the Yorkshire and North-East Film Archives.
  • Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments

    Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments

    As Head of Investments, Hugo sources projects for investment and negotiates the terms of Screen Yorkshire’s funding deals. He prepares recommendations for the Investment Committee and has creative oversight of the projects we invest in.
  • Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard assists with the day to day running of the Film Office and also manages Screen Yorkshire’s training and education programmes. Richard has worked for fifteen years as a location manager, predominantly in Yorkshire on films including Four Lions and This is England, and TV Dramas such as Utopia and Prisoners Wives. As such, he has an excellent knowledge of Yorkshire’s diverse range of locations and the logistics of filming in them.    
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    Chris Hordley, Production Liaison & Development

    Chris provides bespoke advice on regional locations, studios and facilities to UK and international production companies. With over 20 years combined industry and production liaison experience, Chris has secured and supported productions in Yorkshire & Humber including; Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley, Victoria, Ackley Bridge, God's Own Country, Paddington 2, and Transformers: The Last Knight.  He also supports Screen Yorkshire’s senior management team in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
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    Olivia Thomas, Film Office Co-ordinator

    Olivia is the first point of call for Screen Yorkshire's Film Office. She advises on filming enquiries, including locations, facilities and permitting and also maintains our film locations database.
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    Caroline Cooper Charles, Head of Strategic Programmes

    Caroline is a member of our senior management team, overseeing the Film Office, Beyond Brontës and Centre of Excellence skills programmes, as well as exploring additional strategic opportunities for Screen Yorkshire to help it deliver against an ambitious five-year growth plan.
  • Sam Fray, Beyond Brontës Programme Manager

    Sam Fray, Beyond Brontës Programme Manager

    Sam manages the Beyond Brontës programme, that has been established to address the lack of diversity in the screen industries by supporting young people in the Bradford District and Leeds City Region to develop the skills, confidence and connections to enter and succeed in the screen industries.
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    Nicole Joseph, Beyond Brontës Programme Coordinator

    Nicole works with Sam to deliver the Beyond Brontës programme.
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    Rachel McWatt, Communications Manager

    Rachel oversees communications on behalf of Screen Yorkshire, including publicity, marketing, PR, social media, website, branding and events.
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    Will Menzies, Head of Finance

    Will is responsible for the company’s strategic and operational financial management, corporate governance and accounting.
  • Jean-Pendle-Ash

    Jean Pendle-Ash, Finance Officer

    Jean is part of our Finance team and looks after our financial record keeping, payment of invoices and also helps with the preparation of accounts.


  • John Surtees

    John Surtees, Chair

    John is a former Director of Resources at ITV in Leeds & Manchester and Chairman of 3sixtymedia. Previous roles within ITV include Controller of Production (YTV), Director of Resources (North) and MD of Provision.
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    Ali Rashid

    Ali Rashid is an award winning producer who has served on a number of boards relating to film and television, including PACT. He ran his own production company for a number of years, is a former group head at YTV - Tyne Tees and the former Head of the School of Media, Design and Technology at the University of Bradford.
  • Steve Abbott

    Steve Abbott

    Steve’s producing credits include A Fish Called Wanda and Brassed Off and he is the executive producer of Michael Palin's TV Travel programmes. Steve is Chair of Bradford UNESCO City of Film. His company, Prominent Features, has won many awards, including an Oscar, a Cesar and several BAFTAs. He is a member of AMPAS, BAFTA, EFA and APSA.
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    Cameron McCracken

    Cameron is Managing Director of Pathe UK. He is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council and has co-produced or executive produced over 20 films including: Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Queen and Slumdog Millionaire.
  • Charles Cecil

    Charles Cecil MBE

    Charles is Managing Director of Revolution Software, today one of the world’s leading adventure game companies. Responsible for writing successful adventure games including Broken Sword, the company has also developed games based on major TV & film franchises.
  • Sarah Doole

    Sarah Doole

    Sarah is Director of Global Drama at Fremantle. She seeks to invest and bring the very best drama to the international marketplace. Sarah also works with in-house and indie producers, writers, directors and owners of IP, to create and develop drama and comedy that will rate in its domestic market.
  • Ian Roe

    Ian Roe

    Ian is a chartered accountant and business finance consultant working in media for over 20 years. Based for 17 years at Yorkshire Television in Leeds he held finance roles in YTV, Granada Productions and, latterly, ITV Productions where he was Director of Finance.
  • Richard Gerard

    Richard Gerard

    Richard has held Financial Director roles at B&Q Logistics and at ITV plc during 10 years working within the production/studios businesses. Richard runs his own FD consultancy business, providing assistance to SMEs in the North of England.

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