Who we are

Find truth in what you're writingAshley Pharaoh

BBC Writersroom is a very small department working across the whole of BBC drama, comedy and children's departments.  We are split between two sites, with five staff working out of London and two from Salford

Kate Rowland leads the team and is the BBC's Creative Director for New Writing. Previously Kate was the Head of Radio Drama at the BBC before setting up BBC Writersroom.

Abigail Gonda is the Development Producer based in London, overseeing writer development, script calls and talent searches, development schemes, partnerships and production projects.  Some of Abigail's projects include Writersroom 10 and a London Voices group.

Henry R. Swindell is the Development Producer working out of Salford and across the UK.  Henry looks after writer development, talent partnerships and development projects. He is also responsible for training Script Editors across the BBC. Henry is currently on attachment to BBC Drama Northern Ireland

Joanna Blake is the Development Producer based in Salford during Henry's attachment. Jo's across writer development, producing schemes and opportunities for writers and working with partners on new and ongoing projects such as the Salford Sitcom Showcase 2015.

Philip Mattison is the Digital Content Manager with responsibility for the website, blog, social media and newsletter, and for representing and promoting the work of the BBC Writersroom in digital spaces.

Michelle Brooks is the London-based Development Coordinator, coordinating events, schemes, workshops and talent searches including Script Room.

Usman Mullan is the Salford-based Development Co-ordinator, planning and co-ordinating events in the Midlands and north and also assisting with online production. Usman is currently on attachment to the BBC Academy

Amanda Farley is Assistant to Kate Rowland.

Alongside us is a team of freelance professional script readers who work on the script calls, talent searches and competitions.

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    The Game

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  • The C Word

    The C Word

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