​Lucy is an experienced managing director, producer and author and has worked as executive/series producer, producer/director and production manager on shorts, features, drama series and documentaries for broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Al Jazeera. She has also produced branded content, digital education projects and run several industry events. Her work as producer has won BAFTA and RTS awards, been runner up for the Japan Prize and nominated for the Learning Onscreen awards.

Lucy published her first book, Running a Creative Company in the Digital Age, in 2017.

Lucy previously founded and ran production company Mandrake Films.

Her work has focussed on human rights, women, education and young people.

Lucy has taught production at various Universities and film schools, and is currently Lecturer in Film Practice at  Queens University Belfast.


​Carrie has over ten year’s senior management experience within the charitable sector.
As Contact Deputy CEO Carrie provides dynamic leadership vision throughout Contact (the
NI regional charity specialising in crisis counselling and suicide prevention) and wider health and wellbeing field, informing Contact strategic development, maintaining independently evaluated consistently high client, counsellor and stakeholder satisfactory ratings.
Contact has a forty year history of providing counselling support to adult and child victims and survivors of abuse.
Carrie is a National Counselling Society licensed counsellor with over 15 years’ experience, specialising

in suicide prevention and aggression related trauma recovery. For the past ten years, Carrie has been Contact’s designated Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding Officer. She is an experienced training provider, designing and co-leading Contact’s Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk, Working therapeutically with Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control, Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection, and Data Protection training.


​As a specialist family lawyer, legal officer and senior legal officer for the women’s legal rights charity Rights of Women (ROW), Ruth has vast and diverse experience of working with survivors of domestic abuse. She has represented clients in family law proceedings and delivered training at Women’s Aid member organisations across the country on issues of women’s legal rights, such as domestic and sexual violence. She has trained solicitors, police officers, social workers, medical professionals on the law on domestic and sexual violence. As a lawyer and at ROW she has worked on the front-line, advising and representing women survivors of violence. Ruth has also designed and delivered practical workshops to women survivors of abuse on issues of children and the law, divorce and domestic violence, and completed a project for the Forced Marriage Unit, in partnership with Imkaan, where she had the privilege to work with, and learn from survivors of domestic violence, so called ‘honour based violence’, and forced marriage.


Athena Mandis is a filmmaker and a full-time lecturer in film practice at Queen Mary University, London.

She also runs production company Aegis Films.

Prior to that she worked as a facilitator for the David Glass Ensemble on the Lost Child Project, the project involved working with vulnerable children from around the world to create impactful pieces of theatre that could change policy.

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