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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 Digital Producer

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


Jamie Weston Digital Producer

Jamie is a multi award winning, British born English / Caribbean, Director and Filmmaker with 10+ years in the industry. Jamie has directed 3 features which gained worldwide distribution and his debut feature Foxtrap in 2016 was distributed by Sony. Jamie's last film WINGS, has been shown at over 21 festivals including BFI Flare and has won 17 awards, it was granted a years contract with Channel 4 in 2020 and received almost 1 million views, it is now available on BFI player.



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.

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 Digital Artist

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.

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.

George Morgan Video Artist

George is an Essex based writer/producer and video artist who has been commissioned by RADA, BBC Arts and Arts Council England. His work gravitates towards stories that unapologetically explore the intersectionality of the Black British experience through historical and contemporary narratives.

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.

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 Vice Chair

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

Sarah Smyth

A Lecturer in Film at the University of Essex, with extensive experience teaching film theory and film history to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Amy Cotterill

Many years of museum and heritage work bringing a broad network of community and cultural contacts.

Christabelle Bennet

An Essex based performer and Signals BFI Film Academy Alumni.

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.

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