Meet the team

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Vicky Jepson, Event Producer

Vicky is a well connected media professional with a wealth of creative industry knowledge, expertise and experience.  She started her career at the BBC, becoming an award winning television producer, specialising in factual entertainment and documentaries.

Now freelance, Vicky has a successful portfolio career, drawing on her flair for communication, strong editorial skills and proven track record in project management.  Passionate about training, Vicky set up and ran Create Central’s Screen Bootcamps and was Director of the Creative Futures Incubator at the University of Warwick.

Her clients include BBC Academy, Channel 4, Creative UK, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Paramount and Sunset+Vine.  Her work takes her all over the world, from TV production hubs in the UK to British embassies in Belgium, Saudi Arabia and Barbados.

She has two teenage sons, loves the arts and has graduated from Couch to 5k on more than one occasion!

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Ruth Pitt, Creative Director

Ruth has been director of the Creative Cities Convention since 2017.

In 2015 she founded the media consultancy Under The Moon Ltd and was creative consultant for the Leeds City Region’s successful campaign to become the home of Channel 4’s new National HQ, which garnered a Royal Television Society award for outstanding contribution to television.

Under The Moon advises on and supports the development of screen, cultural and creative industries. The company also runs bespoke mentoring networks including the Commissioning Mentor Network for Channel 4, which has for six years helped develop diverse and next-gen talent across the indie sector.

Ruth is an IPC Magazines trained journalist, reporter/presenter at Yorkshire Television, founder of Real Life Productions and editor of BBC Everyman. She went on to run network documentary and factual production departments for Granada Television, The BBC and Tiger Aspect Productions and was for two years Executive Director of Screen England.

Ruth is a regular chair at festivals and events, specialising in political interviews and screen sector issues.

 

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Susie Townson, Event Organiser and Project Manager

Susie has worked on the Creative Cities Convention since it began in 2017. She started her career at the BBC working as a researcher, AP and then producer in the Features and Events Department. She worked on studio based shows with Esther Ranzten, Jill Dando, Nick Ross and Nicky Campbell and produced a live, daily, lifestyle programme presented by Richard Hammond. She then moved into programme development which she did at both the BBC and Discovery Networks Europe where her role involved looking for new on-screen talent.

As well as organising the Creative Cities Convention, Susie works alongside Ruth at Under the Moon where she manages the various mentoring projects and events they run. This includes Channel 4’s Commissioning Mentor Network and in 2022 the Pact Indie Party: a one-off event to celebrate the UK indie production sector, hosted by Hugh Dennis and Miquita Oliver with Boy George performing and DJ’ing at the after-party.