Director of the BAA
Helen has worked extensively across the animation industry as a consultant, producer and executive working with some of the most creative names in animation.In addition to her production work, Helen also works as animation advisor, programmer, events producer andjury member. In Dec 2016 Helen became the Directorof Animation UK before becoming the newly appointed Director of the British Animation Awards (BAA).
The British Animation Awards family – A flock of people that are helping, supporting, advising and shaping the BAAs for the future!
Kieran is an experienced project and events manager with extensive knowledge of animation.
As well as being the producer for the British Animation Awards he is also the Animation Production Liaison Executive for ScreenSkills – the industry-led skills body for the screen industries.
Helen has been in the industry for 25 years.
She has had a varied and interesting creative career working both as an advertising creative and a director for agencies including Grey London, Fold 7, Rufus Leonard and 4Creative.
Throughout her career she has always been drawn to purpose driven work and in 2015 she was one of the first CD’s in London to jump client side to work for Shelter.She says ‘In an agency I always wanted to get close to the purpose driven briefs, and do good work, by going client side I can not only do this, but shape how it is done too’
Susan Hill completed a HND Graphic Design at Plymouth College of Art in 1987. Since then Susan has worked for a number of companies and built up a prestigious career specialising in marketing.
After studying at College, Susan worked for 5 years in London for a small advertising agency. Afterwards she moved to Yorkshire to take up a position of Senior Designer for Grattan and Next Catalogues. “After two years working there I realised I was much better at briefing other designers than producing work myself”.
Susan decided that she would work as a Marketing Assistant rather than a Designer because she enjoyeda varied role, liaising with creatives and movingprojects forward.
“I saw a job ad for a Marketing Assistant realised that sounded more like me. I got the job and from then onwards I have worked in marketing. I worked my way up to Marketing Director and am now a Marketing Consultant for clients including Weststar Holidays, The Eden Project, People Tree Fair Trade Fashion and Victor Chandler Int.”
Susan has worked all over the world for a variety of clients. However she has always maintained a base in the South West and feels most at home there.
“I am delighted to be working in the arts and on the College’s doorstep at the moment”.
Currently Susan is keeping busy as is a Marketing Consultant for a range of local businesses includingthe Theatre Royal, which is the largest regionalproducing theatre in the UK.
Simon is a writer, a printmaker and a multi-award winning children’s animation producer of over twenty series for television.
Projects include Binka, Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids and Wolves, Witches & Giants which have been sold to over a hundred countries world wide.
He attended the Cambridge School of Art, and St Martin’s School of Art before studying animation at West Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham. He set up Honeycomb Animation with Sara Bor in the mid eighties.
As a writer he contributed scripts to Honeycombseries Tube Mice, Frootie Tooties and Funky Valley and gained an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University. He is a regular contributor to the Children’s Media Conference blog and is currently writing a speculative fiction novel.
Brolly has been composing music to picture for just about 20 years now.
His main focus is story telling which means he spends a lot of time composing for children’s programmes, animation and natural history programmes (for which he won an Emmy a few years back)
He is currently working on a thirty part series for CBeebies and a fifteen part animation series for RTE.
John Lynch is technical director for the BAA ceremony itself. When he’s not doing that he’s also an award-winning filmmaker based in London who’s career has spanned film, documentary, advertising and even Bollywood.
He once looked after an Astronaut’s handbag. His films have screened at acclaimed festivals such as Raindance, Sheffield Doc Fest and Encounters Film Fest, as well has earning him a nomination at the 2018 UKMVAs. John also founded the CineFringe Film Festival which ran between 2010 and 2015 as the main film-arm of the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe.
Ellys is the Events Manager and Programmer for Cardiff Animation Festival and has helped to run five editions of the festival, including the first touring programme across Wales in 2022/23.
Ellys also organises monthly screenings for Cardiff Animation Nights, a free animation event in Cardiff and online. Ellys is looking forward to a new challenge with joining the BAA team and is excited for the 2024 edition!
Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator
Erykah has a background in Media and Communications and graduated from Cardiff Uni in July 2023.
She has worked with a wide range of companies across Cardiff over the last two years, gaining experience in lots of creative sectors, from Theatre to Film, and lots in between. She’s most excited to get the BAA’s back on everyone’s radar in the lead up to the 2024 awards!
Graphic and brand designer
Christian graduated from UWE Bristol in 1995 with a degree in Graphic Design. He then worked for 18 years in various Bristol design agencies on brand identity, print, exhibition and website design.
In 2013 he set up his own business, Creative Cadence, working with the owners of growing businesses to help them communicate creatively and more effectively. When not ‘colouring in’, Christian likes to ride with his local cycling club and also volunteers at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
Andy graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture from what is now the University of Gloucestershire in 1995. From there, he spent 2 years at Kingston on a music technology course before joining the MCPS looking after music royalty payments.
Early 2000, Andy joined up with some colleagues to help grow a website hosting and design company. Fast forward nearly twenty years and Andy runs his own web development agency in Bristol working with companies in the music industry and the arts.
When not working in the Webb, Andy enjoys the great outdoors and photography.