Meet The Save Our BBC Team
Peter Blackman – Strategic Director
Responsibilities include strategy, policy, campaigning, advocacy, lobbying, leading. Previously as Director, Churches’ Media Council and Executive Director, Voice of the Listener & Viewer, lobbied and influenced 2005 Communications Act and last BBC Charter & Licence Fee Reviews. Fellowship of European Broadcasters Bridgebuilder Award 2006. Successful lobbyist in Environment Act 1995, European Union, United Nations Environment Programme, International Panel on Climate Change & 1995 Berlin Climate Change Conference. Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Married with four children and four grandchildren: Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Walker; Relationship Counsellor; Join In Local Leader in Essex, promoting volunteering in sport; Cricketer & Umpire; Ambulance volunteer Community First Responder; Chair, South Woodham Ferrers Healthcare Group.
My BBC includes: BBC Essex; BBC East; BBC website; Radio 5 Live; Radio 5L Xtra; Radio 4, especially The Archers; Radio 4 Extra; BBC World Service when abroad; BBC1, inc Casualty, Holby City, Silent Witness, Call The Midwife (married to one!), The Apprentice (we’re getting one!), and Strictly, of course; and BBC2, Great British Journeys, Dragons’ Den, Wolf Hall, history, natural history and musical programmes.
Adrian Clements – IT Director
Responsible for delivery of all internal and external data services.
Adrian Clements also runs Lodge Information Services Ltd, an IT support company, formed in 1996 following a career as a consultant, programmer, and analyst for businesses and charities finishing as the IT director of a small city insurance publishing firm. Always passionate about the detail of technology as well as the bigger picture of the benefits it brings, Adrian’s focus has been on enabling everyone to make use of technology and breaking down barriers for non-experts to reap the rewards.
Since founding LIS Adrian has continued to work with leading edge technologies to improve system for clients and staff alike. Experience and involvement in all aspects of the his own businesses and the technology supporting them has fed directly into his role as consultant across many industry sectors. Recently appointed a STEM Ambassador, helping to broaden the impact of technology in education, Adrian has provided support for local schools in the use of 3d printers donated by the company.
My BBC: Brought up on a diet of BBC radio (4, 3 and world service for many years, now 4/3/1 having teenage kids! ), Local Radio and Travel for all those crisis moments (is the school open or closed!). Radio plays and the 6.30 comedy slot are regular features of the week as well as BBC news and weather (even shipping forecast when sailing) which we still rely on although possibly more on the phone app than watched on TV nowadays. All the family use iplayer and watch time lapsed BBC channels on our media centre with pride of place and many Gb of storage devoted to strictly, the proms, dramas and documentaries of all sorts. Top of our list though is a time travelling gent with a police box – family viewing when I was very small and now a firm favourite with my kids all these years on! We have over 200 Who recordings…oh dear!
Laura Leigh – Operational Director
Responsibilities including: Company Secretary; accounts; organisational management.I worked initially in the editorial department at Sweet & Maxwell, before moving on to Coopers & Lybrand where I worked my way up to become a Secretary for a Partner in the Corporate Finance Department. I temporarily gave up work to look after my first child, until he started school, at which point I worked as a teaching assistant until the arrival of my second child. After my second child started at school, I was employed by a children with disabilities charity in their finance department.
I have supported our local volunteer ambulance Community First Responder Group with their administration for the past 10 years. I am married with two boys. My interests include gardening and photography; I have two cockerpoo’s and enjoy walk them regularly. Travelling is a new interest since trying my best to overcome my fear of flying.
My BBC Programme preferences are: BBC Essex, Bargain Hunt, Top Gear, Eastenders, The Grahan Norton Show, Look East, QI, Country File (when my dogs allow as they will bark at any animal on the screen) and Silent Witness.
Donna Cooper – Campaign Communications Manager
Responsibilities including: ICT; social media; accounting; administration. I first worked as an assistant accountant in the car industry. After a break in my career to have children, I set up a community toddler group in the local area. I then began teaching with the Workers Educational Association, completing various qualifications along the way; in a recent Ofsted Inspection I was graded Level 1. Through my teaching, I have worked with a large number of people who have special needs and learning difficulties.
I am the mother of three girls ages 19, 15 and 14 and live in South Woodham Ferrers. We all love horses and enjoy riding or exercising them every day. I also have two Dalmatians.
My BBC includes: BBC Essex; BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix; BBC website; BBC Radio 2, Steve Wright in the Afternoon: BBC1, incl. The Great British Bake Off, The One Show, A Question of Sport, and Strictly (used to dance Ballroom when I was younger!); and BBC2’s, Dragons’ Den.
Debbie Poole – Campaign Communications Manager
Responsible for website, social media, campaigning and administration.
My previous role was focused on promoting public and patient voices in the healthcare sector, helping to identify gaps and improve the services that patients and the public receive from both the NHS and volunteer organisations. Supporting a small team with a large remit I enjoyed meeting the challenges that the role presented.
I am the mother of two children, a boy and a girl. I moved from London to Chelmsford 7 years ago. My interests are in health and fitness and I enjoy going to the gym and train in Muay Thai. I love watching movies and am an avid reader: my favourite authors are Dean Koontz and Orson Scott Card.
My BBC includes: the BBC Good Food website, Bitesize for helping my children with those difficult homework questions. I enjoy QI hosted by Stephen Fry, the new series of Episodes and I listen to BBC 1 Extra and Dave Monk on BBC Essex. I watch BBC news every morning and would be lost without their weather reports.
Katherine Clements – Graphic Designer and Social Media Consultant
Responsible for curating content, building and maintaining Save Our BBC’s Tumblr page. Also responsible for graphics design and creation of visual branding and content, logos, cartoons and merchandise, and promotional photography.
Kat has worked as a graphic designer for a number of years, in addition to her work as a journalist. She is about to enter the second year of her BSc in Human Biology with Journalism and Media Cultures, and is a creative professional with a diverse portfolio with experience in photojournalism, creative writing, graphics design, fine art, social media management and political reporting.
My BBC: Radio 4 (almost all the time!), BBC News app and radio broadcasts, documentaries, dramas, and especially Doctor Who, Sherlock, and the sadly cancelled Merlin and Robin Hood.