Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE
Dawn is an international development expert with over 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry (television and radio); This includes Managing Director, Commercial Director and Broadcast Development Director roles at local, national and international television channels. She is also thought leader and expert speaker on the broadcast industry.
Dawn has had a varied media career which spans over 25 years, which started with five years working for one of the UK’s largest radio groups before launching her career in TV.
She has produced and directed 100’s of hours of live entertainment shows, including brand integrated programmes and 100’s of hours of factual and documentaries.
As a pioneer of local TV, she launched one of the first local terrestrial TV channel in the UK, where she remained for a further two years as Managing Director. Dawn then went on to be involved with the launch of a second channel, which was the UK’s first short film channel which aired on the Sky platform. In her final year she successfully launched the channel into a further seven European countries.
Not satisfied with having experienced both in TV & Radio, Dawn also ventured into the literary world when she became a published author with her best selling non fiction book in June 2006.
Dawn is currently the Director of International Strategy for Pact, working with industry and government to develop a robust export strategy.
Pact (Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television) – the UK’s trade association that represents and promotes the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, animation and interactive media companies. Pact represents over 500 companies across the UK who are known for some of the worlds most iconic TV shows, such as Sherlock, Downton Abbey, X-Factor, award winning documentaries and natural history.