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Our Team

The Dream Team

Lord David Puttnam

Lord David Puttnam
Owner, Director
Neil Watson

Neil Watson
Managing Director
Mary Jane Boland

Mary Jane Boland
Researcher and advisor
Alyson Riordan Davies

Alyson Riordan Davies
Marketing and Data Officer
Ciara Chambers

Ciara Chambers
Advisor for Atticus Education
Valerie Vansse

Valerie Vansse
PA to David Puttnam
Deividas Paulauskas

Deividas Paulauskas
Director of Technical Services

What Our Listeners Say About Us

  • Career in Movies

    For our students to interact with David Puttnam was amazing. We’ve had long conversations around movies and careers and the students are exploring options they may not have contemplated before. They thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been a very exciting project and one which they will treasure. What an opportunity to learn from the best!

    TY Teacher, 2023

  • Much needed Insights!

    Puttnam Scholars TY programme set me thinking about my identity and how it affects my creativity and perspective. I felt like it challenged me to look to the future and come up with solutions for present and future problems.

    TY Student, 2023

  • Left inspired

    David considers the world of filmmaking as a whole, seeing all areas involved as creative, and drawing upon years of knowledge acquired through his filmmaking. Students are always left inspired, driven, and excited to continue with the rest of their course.

    Shakil Mohammed

    Course Leader, NFTS

  • Programme participant

    It can be very difficult, while working in an industry such as ours, to step off the hamster wheel for a moment and assess where you’re going. This programme helped me take stock, and stoked the fire within me for film and television. I left it feeling reinvigorated and refreshed.

    Órfhlaith NíChearnaigh

    Programme participant

  • Working as a collective

    The programme has made me realise the importance of working as a collective.
    I have already begun to set up my own collective of writers/producers/directors to share and discuss our work.
    This can only help me mapping out a pathway to build my career.

    Tara Lynne O'Neill

    Actress, Filmmaker