Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
Sue was a leading news correspondent and studio presenter at ITN for 15 years. A varied and highly successful career saw her reporting for ITV News, GMTV, BBC News, BBC Breakfast News, BBC South, BBC West and BBC North West, as well as on BBC Radio. Assignments ranged from Antarctica to Rwanda, from floods on the Mississippi to the handover of Hong Kong. Many of her reports – especially at BBC South – were seaborne, so she is no stranger to maritime matters. She has also worked in media training for the Royal Navy.
Kathryn joined the Maritime Films UK team during the multi-year HMS Victory project. She also worked on a major training film MFUK made for ship insurers Britannia P&I, and composed music for the project. From location camera operating on various projects to multi-layer video editing and everything in between, Kathryn has developed a wide knowledge across different media platforms. Her specialism lies within audio composing and performing, audio engineering and production. Having studied Music Production and Performance at the University of Winchester, Kathryn has acquired a broad knowledge of multimedia, handling a range of on-site, pre and post-production work in audio, film, TV and radio.
Andy trained as a photographer, producing high-end photo-shoots for a range of clients. He has been working on video camera and multi-layered computer-based edits for over 15 years, bringing that expertise into TV programming, notably long-form documentary programming. His particular strength is in the complex combining of audio and video to lift productions right out of the ordinary. Closely involved in the outstanding ‘Solent Sky’ museum, he is a regular expert media contributor on aviation, and on the rich history of Southampton with its maritime aviation heritage.
David Hall is the website developer for both the Maritime Foundation (MF) and Maritime Films UK (MFUK) – as well as running his own website business. He deploys his wide range of expertise in designing, modifying, and actioning all new material to appear on the sites – including major events like the Maritime Media Awards, and new films coming on stream from MFUK. As well as this, he provides social media coverage, ensuring that all MF and MFUK events and key moments are radiated through Twitter and Facebook – and beyond! He also films for MF and MFUK, and edits fresh material for the MF site whenever the need arises. He is a highly valued member of both teams.
Martin has immense experience as a broadcaster and presenter of radio, television and films. He became one of the best-known faces on TV in the south of England when he hosted BBC South’s nightly South Today programme. For many years he was one of BBC Radio 4’s newsreaders. He has also presented a wide range of current affairs and music programmes. His particular interests are in the countryside, sailing and maritime matters.
Maritime Films UK’s stills photographer and videographer David Botwinik began his career in music publishing, leading to decades of experience in graphic design, book production, and photography. Paralleling this work is his strong interest in naval history and the era of sail, leading to long service as a volunteer crew member aboard the barquentine Gazela, Philadelphia’s tall ship. David brings this love of all things nautical to MFUK, notably on projects like the two-decade restoration programme on HMS Victory, the conservation work of National Historic Ships UK, and the preservation of one of the last D-Day Tank Landing Craft, LCT7074.