Jonnie Turpie MBE - Chair

Jonnie has produced and directed public service drama, documentary and digital media over the last 30 years from the West Midlands, UK. Following from his career as an artist in his own right, his touchstone has been collaborative film, television and digital innovation. He founded Maverick TV in Birmingham and now has offices in Glasgow, London and Los Angeles and joined All3Media in 2007. In addition to his career in the media, as High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Jonnie has supported and promoted young people’s participation in the Arts, culture and creative industries from across the County including the Black Country, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry.

Jonnie pioneered the use of new technology in television, with small-format cameras and high-end post-production graphics. This digital approach led to many early successes, such as the much-loved Trade Secrets series, award-winning TV dramas Blazed, The Visit and Nightshift and laid the foundations for a mainstream approach to digital media with Ideas Factory, Teachers TV, digital health service NHS Local, multi award winning Embarrassing Bodies and recently the new artist short film programme Random Acts for the Arts Council and Channel 4.