Ruth Griffiths

Executive Chair

Ruth Griffiths

Ruth worked in broadcasting for more than 25 years, notably building the BBC’s subtitling, Sign Language interpretation and audio description services. After leaving Red Bee Media in 2006, Ruth worked on research and consultancy projects, in both the access and translation arenas, before joining BSLBT in 2009.

Kerena Marchant

Head of Content

Kerena worked at the BBC for over 20 years on various programme making genres; drama, documentary, video diaries, children’s and educational programmes. She worked with Janet Street Porter on DEF II programming, developing innovative filming and direction.

She took these creative programming styles to the Disability Programmes Unit when she became the founder Editor, to develop strands such as From The Edge, Feelings, A Cry in the Cosmos and Sex and Independence, challenging traditional perceptions of Disability through content and style.

One of the pioneers of programmes for Deaf children, with Moving to English and Hands Up!, Kerena keeps quiet about awards, but there are some in a cabinet.

Maggie Swinfen

Head of Production and Distribution

Maggie Swinfen

Maggie is Head of Production and Distribution at the BSLBT. She has worked as a Production Manager and line producer in film and television for over 20 years, starting her career in pop videos with UB40.

She has worked across a wide range of genres in both feature films and television and she brings skills in drama and factual programmes to this job. She has also run two small indie production companies - Bluff Ltd and Squeeze Productions.

Sam Calder-Bray

Programme Manager

Sam started his career in media as a Researcher at a Deaf production company Remark! back in 2010. He has worked on the BBC2 series See Hear as well as working as Production Manager at Remark! Media where he worked on 53 programmes in one year, including the CBeebies series of Magic Hands and the CBBC documentary My Life. He then moved to Channel 4 to work in Commercial Affairs overseeing commissioning across seven genres.

At BSLBT, he provides production management support across the commissioning, production and delivery of both television and online content for the BSLBT.

Jen Dodds

Digital Editor

Jen started working in the Deaf community over 20 years ago. She has filled several roles within different organisations since then, including writing, editing, teaching and research.

A qualified BSL/English interpreter and translator since 2009, Jen also co-runs Team HaDo Ltd, which provides proofreading and translation. Her responsibilities at BSLBT include our website content and social media.

Caroline Fearon

Team Administrator

Caroline worked at Kimberly Clark, a global US based paper-based consumer products company in a variety of IT roles, which included programming, analysis, support and consultancy, for almost 30 years.

From 2016-2017, she worked part time for Sense as the Sense Usher Service Administrator. She now works full time at BSLBT.

Max Barber

Digital Editorial Assistant

Max has eclectic interests, graduating from university with a degree in Philosophy and English Literature, then working as an advisor for Deaf people, a linguistics research assistant, and as a writer... all before joining BSLBT to assist with our digital content.

He is a brand-new face in the media industry, and is always up for a challenge!