We’re pleased to announce that 5 directors have recently been co-opted to the Directors UK Board.
CEO Andrew Chowns explains: “Directors UK’s Board is made up of elected members, but sometimes the election can result in a Board that does not fully represent the range, diversity and skills of our membership. To ensure that we have a fully representative Board, we can co-opt additional members”.
The directors who have been co-opted this time are Toral Dixit, Suri Krishnamma, Darcia Martin, Richard Max and Geoff Posner. They join Chair Beryl Richards and the other 17 directors who make up the current Board.
You can find out a bit more about the co-opted directors below.
Toral is a shooting PD with a wide range of prime-time credits. Prior to her career in TV she was a journalist and professional photographer. She has directed single docs, series and formats. Her credits include programmes for Channel 4 (Dispatches, The Year Britain Flooded, Wife Swap), BBC (Last Man Standing, Tribal Wives, Tsunami Children), Channel 5 (Go Hard or Go Home), ITV (The Making of the Royal Wedding), National Geographic (Mammoth, Back from the Dead, Return of the Clouded Leopards) and Discovery (Hard Labour/UK’s Toughest Jobs). Toral has extensive experience working in remote and hostile locations and on topics of a sensitive nature.
Suri Krishnamma is an award-winning director of film and TV drama, having worked in the industry for more than 30 years, both in the UK and worldwide. His work in television include the award-winning mini-series The Cazalets, Wuthering Heights, Waking the Dead, Dalziel and Pascoe, Sea of Souls, Blue Murder and Cold Blood. His feature film credits include A Man of No Importance, New Year’s Day, Good Sharma, Locked In and The Grief Tourist. He is Professor in Film Production at Norwich University of the Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the Arts University Bournemouth.
Darcia Martin is a factual and drama director and producer. Darcia worked for many years at the BBC where she directed documentaries and drama serials. Early on she cut her teeth directing countless episodes of the long-running medical series Doctors, before moving on to direct Judge John Deed, Casualty, The Bill, Hollyoaks, and most recently Call the Midwife. She has also directed a number of factual and learning programmes for the BBC.
Richard is experienced in writing and directing complex specialist factual films on history, science, archaeology and stunts for international broadcast. His single film credits include The Plane Crash (nominated BAFTA Best Specialist Factual, nominated RTS Best Science and Natural History, winner of the Bulldog Awards Best Single Documentary and winner of the CINE Special Jury Award Best Science and Technology Production), Stonehenge, How Will the World End? (winner of the CINE Golden Eagle Award 2013 Special Recognition for televised series), Helicopter Wars (winner of the Special Jury Prize, Houston International Film Festival) and America’s Secret D-Day Disaster.
Geoff Posner started directing at the BBC with Not the Nine O'Clock News and The Young Ones. He then went on to make series with Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, French and Saunders, Harry Enfield, Paul Merton, Steve Coogan and Catherine Tate as well as programmes such as Saturday Live for Channel 4 and Little Britain for the BBC. Geoff’s first love, though, is shooting live events such as The Eurovision Song Contest, The Brits, The Prince’s Trust Concert at the Tower of London, both the Golden and Diamond Jubilee Concerts from Buckingham Palace, as well as being part of the directing team on Live8 and the Royal Wedding.