Recognising the potential of the film and television industry in Wales

Allison Dowzell

Managing Director

Allison began her working life with the BBC’s London based Outside Broadcast Department in London focusing primarily on sports programmes as well as drama and light entertainment. Allison then moved on to the Samuelson Group at Pinewood Studios working with renowned film makers and facilitating feature films. Relocating to Wales Allison went on to establish Wales Screen the organization responsible for promoting Wales as a location for film & Television.

Sarah O'Keefe

English Language Education and Training Manager

Sarah joined Screen Alliance Wales as the English Language Education and Training Manager having for the past ten years been teaching English to a wide variety of secondary students. In particular, Sarah has been tutoring pupils, who for one reason or another had been unable to engage with the school system. Sarah started her career as a scenic painter studying at the Royal College of Music and Drama so brings the perfect partnership of knowledge of the education system and the creative industries.

Rhys Bebb

Welsh Language Education and Training Manager

Rhys joined Screen Alliance Wales as the Education and Training Officer from Into Film Cymru. Prior to that, he worked as an Education and Media Officer for Keep Wales Tidy, whom he joined after leaving the classroom.

Amani Khan

Admin & Digital Content Assistant

Amani joined the SAW team having previously been the face of Wolf Studios in reception. She is now running our social media and other communication channels.

Nia Thomas

Board Member

Managing Director of Boom Cymru TV Ltd, one of Wales’s largest, indigenous production groups. The Boom group of companies is part of ITV Studios, and operates in a variety of sectors, including production (Boom and Oxford Scientific Films), facilities (Gorilla), and visual effects (Bait Studio). Nia is responsible for overseeing Boom group’s multidisciplinary operations and her production experience spans a variety of genres, including children’s, entertainment, factual, music and events. She is a Board member of TAC and TRC and sits on the Steering Board of Cardiff’s Clwstwr Creadigol and Factual Fast Track Wales.

John Gwia Amu

Board Member

Renowned producer best known for sci-fi thriller, The Machine, Little White Lies, Don't Knock Twice, The Call Up and The Party. He runs a production, distribution and financing company Red & Black Films. John’s company, Red and Black Films, continues to develop and finance a high-concept slate mainly weighted towards elevated genre. John sits on the Pact Film Policy Group, works with BBC Wales to mentor new directors and producers, and guest lectures at The National Film and Television School and The University of South Wales.

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