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Rachel Hipkiss Director

Rachel has managed the company since she joined Signals in 2007 and has many years experience of working in media, education and arts. She has a BA in Film and Video and a Post Grad Dip in Arts Management.

Diane Bishop Operations Co-ordinator

Diane joined Signals back in 2007, she is responsible for administration, building and office management. She is also the Company Secretary.

Frazer Merrick Education Co-ordinator

Frazer creates and delivers a range of courses, activities, productions and projects that enhance peoples lives, develops creativity, technical skills and understanding. As a Music Technology graduate, Frazer brings experience from across the entertainment and technology industries with credits in the music, film and video games industries.


Jamie Weston Education Co-ordinator

Jamie works alongside Frazer to deliver a range of courses and workshops. Jamie is an award winning feature film Director, Cinematographer and Film Maker. As a Director he made 3 features which have been successfully sold on VOD & DVD platforms worldwide and has 2 more in development for 2018. Over the past 4 years he has created branded and commercial content for Signals as well as being a lead film tutor on the courses for children and adult film education courses including specialist courses run for those with learning disabilities. Outside of Signals Jamie has worked with companies such as; Lionsgate, Travel Channel and MTV to name a few.


Board of Trustees

Deborah Roome Chair

Deborah brings her experience as a teacher and actor to Signals.

Derek Wotton Treasurer

Derek has a background in Chartered Accountancy with over 40 years experience in financial management.

Adrian Grady

Adrian has a wealth of experience in industry and as a theatre executive director.

Nic Blower

Nic is a filmmaker and lecturer in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

Julien Mery

Julien runs Film Suffolk and is the course leader for film at University Centre Colchester

Jon Saward

Jon is a media/film producer, moving image artist and lecturer at Suffolk New College.

Signals volunteer board members help support and develop the organisation We are looking to expand and build upon the expertise we already have on the Board and in particular, but not exclusively, would like to hear from people with experience in the following: • Education/schools • Accountancy/Legal • Youth work.  The time commitment for all board members is the attendance at bi-monthly evening meetings (approx. 2 hours) inclusive of the AGM, participation in an annual review and planning meeting and possible attendance of sub committee meetings as required. Please contact us to find out more.


Victoria Button Animator and Artist

Vicci is based in Chelmsford and is a wonderful facilitator for all things animation here at Signals.
Vicci is keen to support the growth of local creativity and has recently received commissions from Essex County Council, Abellio and Chelmsford City Council. She regularly works freelance for local arts organisations running large-scale art projects.

Emma Curtis Animator and Producer

Signals have worked with Emma for over seven years producing some of our award winning animations including ‘Be a Little Boulder’ and ‘Paper Dolls’. Emma is a freelance filmmaker specialising in animation with an interest in photography and sound manipulation. She has experience of working in a variety of production and post-production roles for independent Animation, Film & Television companies including BBC East, ITV Anglia, Channel 4 and FIVE.

Jane Gull Director

Jane's refreshing brand of social realism has earned international recognition, with her film Sunny Boy (2014) acquired by Channel 4 and TV ARTE. My Feral Heart (Audience Award Winner, Cinequest 2016) is Jane's debut feature.

David Norton Actor and Programmer/Maker

Dave is an Education practitioner specialising in theatre and digital technology. He runs Limbo Education which provides a range of workshops including game making, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Microbit, robotics and Minecraft hacking. He has delivered projects in youth theatres, homeless shelters, care homes, Pupil Referral Units, nurseries, universities, primary and secondary schools.

Rachel McGivern Artist and Illustrator

Since graduating from the University of Brighton in Illustration Rachel has led creative workshops in arts institutions throughout the South East and London; documenting stories close to her heart through photography, illustration and film.

Tom Hicks Illustrator and Animator

Tom is an award winning animator who specialises in working with hand drawn animation processes, 3D software and live action. He has worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Channel 4 and Warp Records.

Jamie Pascoe Editor

A freelancer with over 3 years of editing experience and filming. Currently studying BA Hons in Editing and Post Production at the University of Ravensbourne.

Signals employs a number of skilled and experienced freelancers to deliver courses and projects.  If you are a media professional with experience of working with young people and disadvantaged groups please contact us with your CV.

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