Sarah BroughtonSarah Broughton

Chair

My creative life began first as a devourer of my parents' bookshelves, then as an artist with a particular passion for photography. After completing two years of a degree in performance art, photography and video in Sheffield, I began to create mixed media work occasionally exhibiting and selling while I made my living in a variety of ways – as a life model, window cleaner, photocopying assistant etc. I also began to write, bit by bit – pieces of prose – most of it hopeless, but fortunately fragmentary and therefore mercifully short.

I formed a company, Forget About It Film & TV, with two friends – Suzanne Phillips, an award winning director and Val Croft, a highly experienced producer. The company's first production was a four part BBC radio drama series, It's A Small World written by me. The second commission was for a sixty-minute documentary for BBC 4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Kathleen Ferrier, An Ordinary Diva (soon to be shown at the Bath Festival of Music as part of their Ferrier celebrations this year). Commissions for documentaries on Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf and Val Doonican followed. We also developed feature films including one I had written, about the Surrealist photographer Claude Cahun, I'm in Training, Don't Kiss Me.

I began to publish articles – profiles mainly – about women writers and artists and the business of writing for various publications: New Welsh Review, Mslexia, Western Mail and the Big Issue. I also finished a part-time MA in Writing at Hallam University in Sheffield. In 2008, Parthian published my first novel, Other Useful Numbers, which has been very favourably reviewed, and in 2009 an audio book read by Cerys Matthews was launched.

Since then I have earned my living largely by working as a free-lance television researcher (mainly for Griff Rhys Jones' company, Modern Television) and briefly by teaching unenthusiastic undergraduates in Cheltenham. I am also completing an MPhil in Writing at the University of Glamorgan – belatedly catching up on my rather patchy education.

And I'm writing my second book...

 


Anna CookAnna Cook

Anna joined the Living Pictures Board in 2015 and has been a terrific asset for the charity ever since. Bringing her considerable expertise in the financial side of things to bear. She has many years in accounting, is Treasury Manager at Valleys to Coast Housing Ltd in Bridgend and is a fully qualified CCAB accountant. Her background is in the housing sector, where she has worked for the last 28 years and specialises in development scheme appraisal. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Down to Earth project.

She lives near Swansea with her husband and two hairy ugly babies (dogs), Mollie & Winnie.

 


Rowan WhittingtonRowan Whittington

I have been working in digital product and technology for the last 5 years, and before that was working/volunteering/wedded to various arts and educational charities. I spend my days thinking about what people might need, how we can get it to them in a digital form and how we can deliver it! My family has links to the arts and sustainable projects (including the family home!) so, Living Pictures feels like an extension of that family vibe for both myself and my actively involved younger brother.