Advisory Board Members
Debbie Manners is Managing Director of Keo Films, co-founder and Director of HERE Café Ltd and Chair of SafeHands For Mothers.
Keo is an integrated broadcast, commercial and digital production company, regularly voted into the top few places in the Peer Polls for TV Indies. Keo develops and produces content that has something to say, and has a reason to exist beyond achieving ratings.
HERE is a café bar and website with community at it’s heart. A local business established in Debbie’s hometown that is designed to serve and celebrate the local. We offer seasonal food from producers we trust, employ people fairly and honestly and do all that we can to protect our environment.
SafeHands for Mothers (www.safehands.org) is an international charity founded in 2003 dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality. The organisation’s focus is on producing high quality films and visual materials to support government and non-governmental training and advocacy programmes in developing countries.
Previously (2008-10) Debbie was Chief Operating Officer at Hat Trick Productions, Group Commercial Director (2006-08) for RDF Media Group (now Zodiak), and Director of Rights (2005-6) for Flextech (later Virgin Media and Sky). For five years from January 2015, Debbie was Chair of Pact, the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. Joining the BBC in 1988, Debbie held various business and commercial roles and latterly held the post of Director of Rights and Business Affairs.