About

Who we are

Watershed employs the equivalent of 70 full time staff across a range of activities from organising an artist’s residency or film screening to selling you a ticket or serving a meal. We have a sparkling spread of ages, genders, nationalities and experiences.

Below you can find out more about us: our roles and responsibilities. This should help you put a face to the name or name to the face, and know more about us and what we do here at Watershed.

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    Cat John
    Marketing and Communications Manager

    Cat joined Watershed in 2008 where she manages the Communications team. Prior to that she was Communications Manager at Reading Borough Council, heading up The Hexagon marketing team. She has also worked in museums, archives and libraries and sat on the Museums & Galleries Group for the Arts Marketing Association. She is studying part-time for an MA in Psychotherapy.

    catrin.john@watershed.co.uk

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    Claire Stewart
    Digital Communications Manager

    Claire spent her formative years on a remote island with no cinema or arts centre – which may explain why most of her career has involved culture and talking to people. After learning the ropes during a traineeship on Andrea Arnold’s debut Red Road Claire worked freelance in film and television production, before going on to hold positions in locations, events and communications for local film commissions, screen agencies and universities. She joined Watershed in 2008, where she is part of a great team who help to deliver and promote all aspects of Watershed’s activities and build new audiences among many other things. Claire created Watershed's profiles on Twitter and Facebook back in 2009 and still manages them now, so do go and say hello...

    claire.stewart@watershed.co.uk

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    Clare Reddington
    Creative Director

    Clare joined Watershed in 2004 to work with HP Labs on utility computing animation project SE3D. Clare leads the Pervasive Media Studio, engagement and cinema teams in Watershed, working with industry, academic and creative partners to support talent and champion new ideas. Clare was a finalist in the British Council's UK Young Interactive Entrepreneur 2009 and featured in Wired magazine's 100 people who shape the Wired world. Clare is also Executive Producer of REACT and a Visiting Professor at University of the West of England.

    Follow Clare on Twitter @clarered
    clare.reddington@watershed.co.uk

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    Clare Leczycki
    Cinema Co-ordinator

    Clare co-ordinates and delivers Watershed’s cinema programme of screenings, festivals, and manages the touring and distribution. She also handles guests and special events and delivers a portfolio of engagement and talent development initiatives. Prior to Watershed, Clare has worked in events management and film exhibition for many years, including organisations such as The Cambridge Arts Picture House, Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival and the BFI Film Festival. Exploring film as a mode of communication and reading film as a cultural text, exploring questions of identity and ideology and the power of shared experience are at the heart of Clare’s passion for film. She has also spent some time teaching Film Studies in Cambridge.

    clare.l@watershed.co.uk

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    Clio Beeson
    Events Co-ordinator

    Clio started working at Watershed as Events Assistant in 2006 after completing a degree in Religious Studies, Social Philosophy and Applied Ethics at Cardiff University and working for a catering firm in the holidays. She is now an Events Co-ordinator, which involves helping to deliver events, festivals and conferences for both external and internal clients. Clio recently completed a Professional Certificate in Marketing with the Charted Institute of Marketing, and hopes to build on this qualification by studying social marketing in the future.

    clio.beeson@watershed.co.uk

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    David Haylock
    Creative Technologist

    David is a Creative Technologist at Watershed. His responsibilities include providing technical advice and expertise for the Pervasive Media Studio’s staff and residents, as well as identifying new technologies that could be used within Watershed's practice. He has a mixed background in the visual arts, working in design, technical and academic roles. Prior to starting at Watershed, David embarked on a three year KESS funded PhD research project, which investigated interactive technologies and their integration within theatrical practice. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, running and walking his dog.

    david.haylock@watershed.co.uk

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    David Redfern
    Online Publishing Manager

    David has a long association with Watershed, working first in Box Office and then as Publicity Assistant in the mid-90s and looking after Watershed’s very first website. Following eleven years of building and managing web sites for arts organisations and creative projects he returned to Watershed in 2008 and now oversees the delivery and development of Watershed’s web sites and online content.

    david.redfern@watershed.co.uk

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    Derrick Price
    Chair of Trust Board

    Derrick worked as a writer and film-maker before moving into arts and media education.  He taught at a number of universities and was an active researcher in cultural studies. He also helped to establish a number of international programmes in media education. He now works as a free-lance writer and regularly presents papers on aspects of visual culture at academic conferences.  He has been involved with many aspects of Watershed’s work over many years and has been Chair of the Arts Board for more than a decade.

     

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    Dick Penny
    Managing Director

    Dick is Managing Director of Watershed and has been since 1998.

    Since 1980 Dick has worked in the creative sector as producer, manager and consultant. As a theatre producer credits include the World Premiere of WHEN THE WIND BLOWS adapted by Raymond Briggs from his book; Pete Postlethwaite in MACBETH; and two award winning one man shows: BAGLADY with Sorcha Cusack and SCARAMOUCHE JONES with Pete Postlethwaite which premiered at the Dublin Festival and toured internationally.

    Dick was a founder member of Connecting Bristol. He is a past Chair of Bristol Old Vic Theatre Trust and the Bristol Partnership LSP. In 2010 he was delighted to receive honary degrees from the Universities of Bristol and West of England, and in 2011 he received an MBE for services to the creative industries.

    dick@watershed.co.uk

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    Ewan Dunford
    Technical Resources Manager

    Ewan first worked at Watershed in 1998. His latest association started in April 2005. In June 2011, Ewan was appointed Technical Resources Manager.

    ewan@watershed.co.uk

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    Front of House Team

    Watershed's Front of House team consists of 9 Front of House assistants and a 30 strong team of ushers. The Front of House assistants are Watershed’s font of all knowledge and ticket-selling gurus! If they can't answer your question then they will know the person who can. Manning the desk 7 days a week and acting as a reception, a box office and a one stop DVD/cards/magazines and snack shop, there’s nothing these guys can't help out with. We also have a 30 strong team of film-loving ushers who are there to tear your ticket, help you find your seat, and be in the cinema whilst the film is screening should you need anything. And of course, they are always willing to lend their opinion in that post-film debate…

    foh@watershed.co.uk

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    Hannah Higginson
    Engagement Project Producer

    Hannah Higginson is Watershed’s Engagement Project Producer. Digital media enables people to enter a new world, connect with diverse and different people, be creative and share their ideas. Hannah coordinates a range of projects at Watershed that give Bristol’s diverse community the opportunity to engage in our constantly evolving digital world. Before working at Watershed she worked in the fashion education coordinating projects around sustainability for Labour Behind the Label and University of the Arts London. 

    hannah.higginson@watershed.co.uk

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    James Taljaard
    General Manager Watershed: Trading

    James began his career as a trainee Accountant before running away to work in the theatre, first as a Front of House Assistant at Theatre Royal Bath and then working his way up to Assistant General Manager at Bristol Old Vic. From 2001 to 2012 he was a Business Manager and then Regional Director for Arts & Business.  His passion for film began with all night screenings of Marx Brothers and Bob Hope and Bing Crosby ‘Road’ films at The Brillig Arts Centre in Bath. He can occasionally be found on the terraces of Bristol Rugby shouting as loud as he can, for Bristol of course.

    james.taljaard@watershed.co.uk

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    James Flintoff
    Finance Officer

    James joined Watershed in 2007 and comes from a media background previously working for Aardman Animations. He deals with balance sheet reconciliations and prepares the management accounts for two of Watershed’s companies. As Watershed grows so do its projects, whether it’s working with Europe, sandboxes or young people, he helps monitor budgets for these projects.

    james.flintoff@watershed.co.uk

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    James Touzel
    Chair of iShed

    James is head of the Technology & Media Group at UK law firm TLT. He is known for his work with digital media and technology businesses, covering social networking, location based services and new media collaborations, where he advises on the contractual, intellectual property and privacy issues. He also advises larger corporates on technology development and licensing arrangements, IT & telecoms procurements and managed service solutions. James is recognised as a leader in his field in Chambers UK, an independent guide to the legal profession.

    James is actively involved in the development of early-stage technology and media businesses and the related support networks. He is a trustee of Watershed Arts Trust Limited and chair of iShed CIC. He is also a member of the advisory board for Science City Bristol Limited.

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    Jess Hoare
    Projects Coordinator

    Jess joined the Watershed as its Projects Coordinator in October 2013. Once a student in Liverpool, Jess came to Bristol for her masters as a result of being awarded AHRC funding. Prior to starting with the Watershed, she worked for a commercial gallery and gained experience with leading public arts institutions across the UK. In 2012 she collaborated with National Museums Wales on Revolutionary Dreams – an exhibition she helped devise and curate. She also has over four years experience working for Bo.lee Gallery, a commercial gallery with strong connections to the vibrant arts scene in Bristol.

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    Jill Stokes
    Head of Finance

    Jill joined Watershed in 1999 after spending 8 years working in finance within the arts funding system.  Jill manages Watershed's  finances, maintaining an overview of Group activities and ensuring that Watershed meets all its legal and reporting requirements to statutory bodies and funders.

    jill@watershed.co.uk

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    Kirsty Young
    Finance and Human Resources Co-ordinator

    Kirsty joined Watershed in 1998 as Finance Assistant. Since then she has held a number of different Finance roles and is currently Finance Troubleshooter! She has also recently taken on HR duties.

    kirsty@watershed.co.uk

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    Kitchen and Café Team

    Our 25-strong catering team keep the buzzing Café/Bar running smoothly and are passionate about delivering our Plot to Plate mission – food that is fresh, local and ethical. Our kitchen team work behind the scenes creating tasty dishes and the Café/Bar team are on hand to serve you from early in the morning until late at night - all day, every day. Our diverse team hails from all over the world – from Poland to Brazil. The team are dedicated to excellent customer service and to making your visit to Watershed a memorable one.

    cafebar@watershed.co.uk

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    Layla Barron
    Head of Operations

    As Head of Operations Layla is in charge of our team of duty managers, the front house assistants and ushers, and the day to day running of the building. Having come from a background in theatre (not ON the stage, she hastens to add!) Layla started at Watershed in February 2011. Mainly found wandering the corridors clutching an oversized bunch of keys, nothing makes her happier than a good spreadsheet.

    layla.barron@watershed.co.uk

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    Louise Gardner
    Head of Communications

    Louise joined Watershed in the mid 90s and now has lead responsibility for the Watershed Brand and Customer Experience. Louise has had a variety of roles all relating to marketing and communications over the years at Watershed and previously worked at Cornerhouse in Manchester and Chapter in Cardiff. This is Louise’s second time at Watershed – she worked in Box Office straight out of university for a year and half when all tickets were sold manually using a roll of tickets coming out of a slot after you’d punched in the number you required - ranging from 1 to 5!

    louise@watershed.co.uk

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    Maddy Probst
    Cinema Programme Producer

    Maddy joined Watershed in 2002. She and the Programme team work collaboratively with a whole range of partner organisations, festivals and creatives in Bristol and beyond to develop Watershed’s cultural and engagement programme. She manages DepicT! and a number of young people’s engagement initiatives including Electric December and Fresh Flix. She facilitates Europa Cinemas' Young Audience Workshops, as part of the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival, Cineteca Di Bologna. Prior to Watershed, she worked for Vital Distribution, the leading UK provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to over 75 independent music labels.

    maddy@watershed.co.uk

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    Mark Cosgrove
    Cinema Curator

    Mark joined Watershed in 1994 and has worked in Independent Cultural Cinema Exhibition for over 20 years.  He has curated seasons and touring programmes ranging from New Portuguese Cinemas to a retrospective of French filmmaker Claire Denis. He has been on juries at film festivals including Cannes and Berlin. He is also the Creative Director of Encounters International Film Festival in Bristol. In November 2010 he collected the Europa Cinemas award for Entrepreneur Cinema of the Year.

    Listen to Mark’s monthly podcast and follow him on Twitter @msc45.

    mark@watershed.co.uk

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    Oliver Humpage
    Head of ICT

    Oliver Humpage joined Watershed as an ICT technician in 2000 (becoming Head of ICT in 2001), immediately after graduating from a mathematics masters degree at the University of Bristol. Security and networking remain Oliver's favourite bits of the job, since they're the closest IT gets to pure maths. However above all else he sees IT merely as a useful tool, often eschewing technical solutions in favour of people-based ones. He plays a variety of musical instruments, including piano and viola, which he plays in the Keynsham orchestra. His departmental motto is "Make stuff work."

    oliver@watershed.co.uk

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    Oliver Pratt
    Executive Chef

    Oliver originally joined Watershed in 2005 having decided to quit his job as a photographer of 10 years to concentrate on Cheffing. Starting as a Commis, he quickly worked his way up to senior Second Chef, but left for a Developmental Chef role elsewhere. Returning to Watershed in 2008 as Executive Chef he now leads on the Plot to Plate ethos of the Café/Bar. This means that quality fresh produce, our local economy, and reducing petrol miles are all on the agenda, in addition to paying respect to the land, the animals and the people who work on it. Oliver is always striving to improve on Watershed's offer, taking it to an ever higher level.

    oliver.pratt@watershed.co.uk

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    Roberta Walker
    Events Co-ordinator

    Roberta graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 1993, specialising in photography. Roberta started working at Watershed in 1997 as a part-time usher, moved onto photographic gallery invigilator, then darkroom technician within the Education Department - and also managed the shop for a brief period during this time. After the Education Department Roberta side-stepped into Events and has been working here enjoying welcoming old and new clients alike since.

    roberta.walker@watershed.co.uk

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    Stephen Wilson
    Chair of Watershed Trading Board

    Stephen became Chair of the Watershed Trading Board in 2011. Since 1997 he has worked as a management and leadership consultant with chief executives and board directors in public, private and arts sectors to bring about individual and organisational change. His clients include both large corporates and FTSE 100 companies such as Unilever, Oracle and UKTV and key arts and media organisations in Bristol. He is also Director of Spirit Public Relations.    

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    Stewart Morgan
    Digital Systems Administrator

    Stewart joined Watershed in 2011 to take care of the day-to-day user support and behind-the-scenes black magic of Watershed’s IT systems and digital infrastructures. He's always had a passion for tinkering with technology and in 1999, co-founded Nameless, a Bristol-based digital marketing agency where he developed his skills, knowledge and experience in digital infrastructures and company management. Stewart has an MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bristol University and is also a brilliant problem solver, a talent that comes in very handy at Watershed.

    stewart.morgan@watershed.co.uk

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    Tiffany Holmes
    Film Hub SWWM Coordinator

    Tiffany is the Coordinator for the Watershed led Film Hub South West & West Midlands, one of nine Film Hubs around the UK that are part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), a ground-breaking initiative developed by the BFI to support the independent cultural exhibition sector and boost film audiences across the UK for specialised and independent British film. Before joining the Film Hub, Tiffany was Festival Director for Cornwall Film Festival, which she has been involved with for the past 5 years, setting up C-Fylm which has helped to support venues in rural areas across Cornwall to establish film clubs for their community. Tiffany has also worked with local colleges and Falmouth University to re-establish Screen Actions, a film festival for young people of primary and secondary school age and A-level and FE Students in Cornwall. 

    tiffany.holmes@watershed.co.uk

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    Tommy Curtis
    Deputy Operations Manager

    Tommy joined Watershed in 2006 as a member of the Front of House team having previously studied for a degree in film studies & visual culture at The University of Gloucestershire. His current duties are split between assisting with the running the front of house department and supporting the cinema programming team. When he’s not working the day job ‘at’ the cinema he’s usually to be found ‘in’ the cinema. In his spare time he’s happiest when indulging a seemingly insatiable thirst for films at Watershed and at various European film festivals or when burying himself on a bike in thrall of his other great love – cycling. On occasion the passions and the work collide. Tommy is also a member of Watershed’s usher team and is programmer of Cyclescreen, Bristol’s Bike Film Festival. 

    tommy.curtis@watershed.co.uk

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    Verity McIntosh
    Pervasive Media Studio Producer

    Verity is responsible for curating and managing the Pervasive Media Studio, promoting and coordinating the vibrant community of residents and partners and supporting the innovative portfolio of work that is developed there. A key part of her role as Producer is to document and disseminate the research undertaken by collaborators.

    With a diverse background in public exhibition across the visual arts, live art, film and performance, and working in the public sector funding innovative digital businesses, Verity is passionate about championing all things creative, experimental and unexpected.

    verity.alexander@watershed.co.uk

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    Victoria Tillotson
    iShed Producer

    Victoria is a Producer at iShed, where she delivers programmes such as Media Sandbox and artist residency opportunities. She has a background in visual art and a passion for games, technology and culture. Before joining iShed, Victoria produced projects at Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography in Wales, and curated independent programmes such as the Portable Cinema Project,(a part of The Arcades Project by artist Jennie Savage).

    victoria@watershed.co.uk