Bob Duncan began as a writer for schools theatre with Glasgow Citizens Theatre. Moved into educational TV as writer/researcher. Researched, directed and produced network programmes for BBC Scotland, STV and Tyne Tees TV. Produced nearly 200 Deaf/BSL programmes for Channel 4 (Listening Eye, 1984-91; A Language for Ben, 1985; Sign On, 1992-99.) Produced and directed first BSL report for mainstream news (Report on 1999 BSL March for Channel 4 News). Chaired Sign/Community Channel Working Group, 2006-07, whose recommendations to Ofcom led to the formation of BSLBT. Consultancy work for BSLBT, 2014. Co-produced Close Up (by Becoming Visible) Battle for BSL and Cheers for BSL (by AC2.com) for BSLBT.
Karen is a producer, production manager and TV executive, with 25 years of TV, radio and online experience. She has worked across documentaries, food, factual entertainment, education, live studio, and short dramas for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Food Network, RTE, UKTV and international broadcasters. She is also an experienced web and animation producer. Karen is currently Head of Production at LSPTV. She worked as co-producer with Cathy Heffernan on the documentary Deaf Sisterhood for BSLBT, as well as exec producing Punk Chef and Punk Chef Kids Challenge. Karen provided training to researchers working on the Channel 4 magazine show Vee TV, and, over many years, has worked on a number of Deaf and hearing productions with Bim Ajadi and Ray Harrison Graham. Most recently she has worked with Bim to produce a drama for Deaf children for the NSPCC.
Paddy Ladd was a Reader at the Centre for Deaf Studies, and Director of Postgraduate Programmes, including the world’s only MSc in Deafhood Studies. He was born deaf and orally mainstreamed before joining the UK Deaf community in 1974, working with Deaf children, then becoming a community activist, helping to found the National Union of the Deaf (1976) and the Federation of Deaf People (1998). In 1979, he made the first Deaf TV programme Signs of Life, with NUD, and formed the Deaf Broadcasting Campaign from which See Hear emerged. He then became the first Deaf researcher and film director in Deaf television at the BBC and ITV, before founding the BDA's London Deaf Video Project from 1985-92. In 1992 he began research into Deaf culture with the Powrie V.Doctor Chair in Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. He obtained his PhD in 1998, and in 2003 published Understanding Deaf Culture – In Search of Deafhood. He is currently writing his second book on Deaf educators and Deafhood pedagogies and has returned to TV with the BSLBT.
Sarah Tavner has been a programme maker for over 20 years. She has worked across many genres including arts, education and science, both for TV and radio at the BBC, Discovery channel and for BSLBT. In 2009 she won the best factual programme at Deaffest for her programme on the workings of the 'Deaf brain' and was nominated for her documentary on sex education in the Deaf community 'Dicing with Sex'. More recently she has been Head of Production at Remark! and Series producer for BBC See Hear. She signs to level 3 and is delighted to be working with BSLBT.