About Signals

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Signals is a centre for creative digital learning.

We specialise in film education, digital art and use media production for social, learning and creative outcomes. We’re a multi-award-winning arts and education charity that provides courses, workshops and projects across the region.

Playful, Inclusive, Creative and Supportive

Based in Colchester Essex, Signals has developed into a regional resource and facility for filmmaking and digital arts. Our community projects enable disadvantaged groups to work on production projects, giving participants digital media skills and most importantly a voice. We work with groups through the whole production process helping participants realise their potential and share their stories.


I’ve had the pleasure of working on so many wonderful projects over the decades. Thought provoking, worthwhile and at times life changing Jane Gull – Film Director

Who We Are

Rachel Hipkiss

Director Rachel has managed the company since she joined Signals in 2007 and has many years experience of working in media, education and arts. She has a BA in Film and Video and a Post Grad Dip in Arts Management.

Diane Bishop

Operations Co-ordinator Diane joined Signals back in 2007, she is responsible for administration, building and office management. She is also the Company Secretary.

Frazer Merrick

Digital Producer Frazer creates and delivers a range of courses, activities, productions and projects that enhance peoples lives, develops creativity, technical skills and understanding. As a award winning Sound Artist, Frazer brings experience from across the entertainment and technology industries with credits in the music, film and video games industries. frazer@signals.org.uk

Siobhan Smith

Creative and Learning Producer Siobhán is our in house animator who creates and delivers a range of film making and creative workshops and projects. She won a scholarship to study Character Animation at Central Saint Martins in 2016 and has since created films for the Children’s Society and the English National Opera. Her graduation film Stitch was nominated for numerous awards including ‘Best new British Animation’ and screened in over 30 film festivals across the world.

Brendan King

Media Assistant Brendan is our media assistant. He brings eight years of experience in film production, working with companies such as Netflix, Amazon, and Sky, along with his expertise as a skilled video editor and photographer.


Philip Clevberger

Philip is a creative producer with 18 years’ experience working in the creative industry. The last 10 years focused on innovative digital and immersive experiences for museums and galleries such as: The Imperial War Museum, The Science Museum, and The Natural History Museum.

Emily Godden

Emily is an award winning Artist, Creative Technologist, Educator and founder of social enterprise Virtually There Studio. Emily is currently undertaking a PhD in “A practice-led inquiry into the use of immersive media to co-create and curate micro-restorative experiences in the healthcare setting” at Cambridge School of Art.

Sarah Moss

Production Designer and Animator

Casper Duffy

Camera Operator and Animator

Flori Watts

Filmmaker Flori attended the Signals BFI Film Academy two years ago and is currently working as a floor runner, camera trainee and production assistant, with the hope of one day being a Cinematographer.

George Morgan

Video Artist George is an Essex based writer/producer and video artist who has been commissioned by RADA, BBC Arts and Arts Council England. His work gravitates towards stories that unapologetically explore the intersectionality of the Black British experience through historical and contemporary narratives.

Jamie Pascoe

Editor A freelancer with over 3 years of editing experience and filming. Currently studying BA Hons in Editing and Post Production at the University of Ravensbourne.

David Norton

Digital Artist Dave is a Creative Technologist with a background in participatory Theatre. He trained at East15 Acting School and has developed a unique practice of live performance and digital technology. His specialisms include Motion Capture, VR & AR, Interactive Artwork and runs an extensive range of education and training programs.

Jane Gull

Director Jane’s refreshing brand of social realism has earned international recognition, with her film Sunny Boy (2014) acquired by Channel 4 and TV ARTE. My Feral Heart (Audience Award Winner, Cinequest 2016) is Jane’s debut feature.

Victoria Button

Animator and Artist Vicci is based in Chelmsford and is a wonderful facilitator for all things animation here at Signals. Vicci is keen to support the growth of local creativity and has recently received commissions from Essex County Council, Abellio and Chelmsford City Council. She regularly works freelance for local arts organisations running large-scale art projects.

Board of Trustees

Deborah Roome

Chair Deborah brings her experience as a teacher and actor to Signals.

Derek Wotton

Treasurer Derek has a background in Chartered Accountancy with over 40 years experience in financial management.

Jon Saward

Jon is a media/film producer, moving image artist and lecturer at Colchester Institute.

Julien Mery

Julien runs Film Suffolk and is the course leader for film at University Centre Colchester

Nic Blower

Nic is a filmmaker and lecturer in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

Amy Cotterill

Many years of museum and heritage work bringing a broad network of community and cultural contacts.

Signals volunteer board members help support and develop the organisation. We are looking to expand and build upon the expertise we already have on the Board

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Organisations which make our work possible

Signals relies on project funding and donations to continue our work. Signals is grateful to all its funders and supporters.