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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.


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.



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.

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.

David Norton Digital Artist

Dave is an Education practitioner specialising in theatre and digital technology. He runs Limbo Education which provides a range of workshops including game making, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Microbit, robotics and Minecraft hacking. He has delivered projects in youth theatres, homeless shelters, care homes, Pupil Referral Units, nurseries, universities, primary and secondary schools.

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.

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.

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.

Casper Duffy Camera Operator and Animator

Sarah Moss Production Designer and Animator

Signals employs a number of skilled and experienced freelancers to deliver courses and projects.  If you are a media professional with experience of working with young people and disadvantaged groups please contact us with your CV.

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.

Adrian Grady Vice Chair

Adrian has a wealth of experience in industry and as a theatre finance director.

Nic Blower

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

Julien Mery

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

Jon Saward

Jon is a media/film producer, moving image artist and lecturer at Suffolk New College.

Amy Cotterill

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

We’re looking for new volunteer Trustees who are interested in helping to develop the organisation.

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 and in particular, but not exclusively, would like to hear from people with experience in the following:

  • Education/schools
  • Accountancy/Legal
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Youth work

The time commitment for all board members is the attendance at quarterly evening meetings (approx. 2 hours) inclusive of the AGM, participation in an annual review and planning meeting and possible attendance of sub committee meetings as required.

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