Team

The staff at Celebro are all dedicated and professional broadcasters. Collectively we have years of technical, editorial and channel-development experience. We are also proud of our training and development programme that helps to create broadcast engineers, directors and operators of the future.

Maxine Mawhinney

Chairwoman

Award winning international journalist and broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney has had an astonishing career spanning over 40 years. From Belfast,  she was a newspaper reporter before moving to broadcasting for BBC, ITN, SKY, GMTV and Reuters based in Ireland, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Washington DC. She became one of the most recognisable BBC TV news anchors presenting BBC News at One, the BBC News Channel and Dateline London. Among many highlights of her career were covering the Clinton presidency and single-handedly broadcasting across the globe on BBC World TV the night of the death of Princess Diana.

Wesley Dodd

CEO

With 25 years of industry experience – Wesley has always had a passion for live TV. He has worked as a director, output editor, presenter, and systems integrator – with a deep technical understanding of what it takes to bring a channel together. Wesley ensures technical, operational and professional excellence across our company and runs our global operations.

wesley@celebromedia.co.uk

Andrew Lebentz

Head of Production

Andrew is deputy to the CEO. From the BBC to Al Jazeera, Andrew has many years of editorial and channel strategy experience. He was the lead launch editor for TRT World – from where he joined Celebro. Andrew acts as a conduit between editorial, production teams and technical operations.

andrew.lebentz@celebromedia.co.uk

Alex Kerns

Managing Director

Alex handles all aspects of finance and administration for the company dealing with clients and suppliers across Europe and the CIS. Alex is responsible for Celebro’s staff in the UK, Russian and USA.

alex.kerns@celebromedia.co.uk

Stephen Gaisford

Director of US Operations

Stephen is in charge of our US Operations in Washington and Los Angeles. A seasoned journalist, with more than 20 years’ experience working for major UK and international broadcasters, the majority of Stephen’s career was spent in front of camera, fronting news programmes for Sky News, ITV News, BBC, and Al Jazeera. A rare blend of journalistic and technical expertise enables him to get the job done.

Neil Neusten

Director, Celebro Live

Neil has over 25 years of experience in news and broadcast operations. Having worked with AP, Vyvx Encompass Digital Media and other media related businesses, Neil brings a wealth of knowledge regarding occasional use operations and the use of satellite, fibre and ip connectivity and delivering live breaking news and planned events.

Neil Stainsby

Studio Chief

Neil’s career in broadcast television spans nearly 30 years – from Grandstand to the BBC News Channel and BBC World. As a former Lead Director at BBC News he has worked on many national and international programme launches as well as implementing global re-branding projects for the BBC.

neils@celebromedia.co.uk

Hector Sole

Head of Visuals

With years of experience as a Lighting Cameramen and Steadicam Operator, Hector has worked with global clients including AP, Discovery Channel, Bein Sports, RTL, RT, TV3NZ. With a combination of technical expertise and creativity, Hector will make sure your project is visually the best it can be.

hector.sole@celebromedia.co.uk

Valery Eremenko

Operations Manager

Val joined Celebro from the BBC World Service where he worked across TV projects in 15 languages. Today he manages day-to-day operations in all our studios and ensures clients needs are met in every way. Val will often be the first person you speak with when you book a Celebro studio. From technical to creative – Val will ensure our studios work for you!

val@celebromedia.co.uk

Ryan Deans

Lead Director

Ryan looks after all our on-air news output across the studios in both London and Moscow. On a day-to-basis he directs our shows for major broadcast clients as well as running gallery teams during live transmissions.

ryan.deans@celebromedia.co.uk

Iwona Chichanska

Front of House

Inka has been the Front of House/Office Manager since 2015. With vast experience in high end customer service for Deutsche Bank, Selfridges and Harrods, Inka looks after client needs with five star service in mind. If Inka can’t make you smile – no-one can.

iwonac@celebromedia.co.uk

Simon Ray

Team Leader - Robotics and Technical

Our army of robots all around the globe are under the strict control of Simon since 2014. They have not yet risen up to overthrow his tyrannous regime – but the time will come… Simon also heads up our very human team of Technical Operators.

simon@celebromedia.co.uk

Tarek Ahmed

IT Manager

Despite his youthful energy – Tarek has many years of experience in broadcast and publishing. He has worked across all aspects of IT from application to hardware. He is responsible for overseeing all Information technology operations and the implementation of new IT systems and policies.

tarek@celebromedia.co.uk

Ugo Ruiz

Team Leader - Sound

Ugo is our brilliant French sound supervisor, joining Celebro in 2015. He knows everything about the sound magic happening in our facilities. He also is a very well known and respected artist, as well as a respectable chef.