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Melissa Blackburn

South West Creative Technology Network, Watershed and DCRC/UWE Bristol

Mel is a freelance producer and UWE KE Manager who works to support artists, creative techologists and academics to do more of what they love.

Melissa Blackburn with brown fringed hair and green plants in the background

Mel is a freelance producer who works to support creative people and companies to do more of what they love. She also works as a Knowledge Exchange Manager for the Digital Cultures Research Centre and the Creative Economies Lab at UWE Bristol.

She was KE Manager and Producer on the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN), which supported creative technologists across the South West and ran funded research and prototype programmes; she ran their Data fellowship of 24 fellows and 8 prototype teams.

Her background is in filmmaking and human rights - she spent 10 years working as a documentary filmmaker specialising in oral history, worked in feature film development, and for three years was CEO of a modern slavery charity.