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Mike’s career has been in the media and broadcast industry, the last 15 years at board level. Prior to leaving the BBC, he was a director of the global news division, with specific responsibilities for technology, distribution and new media.

He has extensive experience in operational management both in the IT, studio operations and play-out/distribution areas. He led the successful trade sale of the BBC World Service transmission business to the private sector and then managed the post-sale relationship, developing an excellent understanding of large operational outsourcing relationships.

Mentee Company

Proudfoot Ltd, founded by Michael Proudfoot and Simon Richardson, is an independent film production company. It makes broadcast documentaries for BBC2, BBC4, Five, Channel 4 and Nat Geo. Its latest, The Enigma of Nic Jones has just won best documentary at The Canada International Film Festival.

The main business of Proudfoot is making documentaries for a select band of non-broadcast clients. It provides short films to Rolex for their art and philanthropic initiatives.

These programmes have seen Proudfoot film all over the planet and with some of the world's best known artists and scientists; Martin Scorsese, Steve Jones, David Hockney, Brian Eno, Marcus Du Sautoy, Jessie Norman, Margaret Atwood, Walter Murch, Youssou N'Dour, Anish Kapoor and more.

The team also makes films for Arts Council England, Southbank Centre, The Gates Foundation, IPPF, The Art Fund and Christies. The company was started by Michael Proudfoot and Simon Richardson.

Photo: Mentor Mike Cronk.