Leaders 2023

Meet the 53 who will help shape and redefine future leadership in the TV industry and act as a proactive catalyst for positive change.

Ameenah Taher

Development Executive

Archie Onobu


Anwar Mamon

Executive Producer

Cassie Quarless


Daniel Dempster

Producer Director / Edit Producer

Dawn Payne

Commissioning Executive/Executive Producer

Deborah Reece Bloch

Series Producer

Delia Williams

Series Producer

Deena Rahman

Senior Producer

Eliya Arman

EVP Operations / Executive Producer

Emmanuel Ayettey


Errol Ettienne

Series Director/Edit Producer

Faith Musembi


Fozia Nasir


Garfield Carrott

Series Director

George Riad

Series Producer

Georgina Bobb

TV Production Manager & Entrepreneur

Helen Landeau

Line Producer

Hetal Dhanak

Series Producer

Janey Ayoade


Janine Thomas

Commissioning Editor, Documentaries - Channel 4

Jermaine Blake

Series Director

Karen Chambers


Karen Gabay

Series Producer/Celebrity Producer

Kiki Yihui Wang

Assistant Producer

Kwabs Oppong

Director | Producer | Edit Producer

Laura Spence


Leanna Smith

Production Manager Film4, Founder of Ebony Elite.

Leon Mayne

Commissioning Coordinator at the BBC

Lynsey Martenstyn


Maegan Tillock

Senior Producer

Marian Edusei


Michas Vanni


Nicky Bedu

Co-founder, Exec Producer at Fully Focused Productions

Nicola Gregory


Ola Shittu

Finance Manager

Olaide 'Laide' Sadiq

Senior Producer/Edit Producer

Priya Sohal

Development Producer

Rajesh Thind


Richard Mejeh

Series Director

Ruppert Gabriel

Series Director/Series Producer 

Sachelle Connor


Saleyha Ahsan

Filmmaker/Journalist/ Presenter

Samantha Fernandes

Head of Development

Sharon King

Producer / Story Producer

Sheena Simpson

Assistant Producer/Story Producer

Shurwin Beckford

Series Producer / Director

Symeon Brown

Channel 4 Correspondent

Tayo Yusuff


Venita Singh-Warner

Freelance Line Producer

Leaders 2023, Coming Soon...

Nominations are now closed for the cohort for 2023 Breakthrough Leaders. A massive thanks to everyone who nominated someone or themselves. We have had over 350 nominations for just 50 places –  eeek!

This is an extraordinary marker of the wealth of senior and highly skilled black, Asian and Minoritized Ethnic professionals that already exist in our industry.