Jane Ray

Executive Director

Jane Ray set up and now runs an international production fund in London for emerging documentary talent. The Whicker’s World Foundation awards up to £80,000 for single productions. Jane is a multi award winning documentary maker in her own right with 29 years of experience at the BBC. She joined the Uk public service broadcaster as radio reporter, became a senior producer then took on the editorship of the children’s news programme In The News. 16 years ago she revamped an ‘about to be axed’ investigate history series. Many years and several awards later “Document” is still going strong. Jane moved to TV in 2005 and 10 years later was running her own department at BBC Worldwide when she got a phone call. The pioneering journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker, with whom she had worked, had left an extraordinary challenge in his will. He wanted her to set up and run a Foundation in his name, supported by his very generous legacy, to enable new documentary talent from across the globe to see their best ideas realized and broadcast. Jane now combines this work with running her own company; Cat Flap Media focuses on her own documentary production, editorial compliance and media training. She has been a sought after mentor and panelist in China, South Korea, North Africa and the Americas and a documentary film judge for One World Media. Jane arrives in Washington from Bangladesh where she was invited to be an inaugural panelist at “Doc Edge Dhaka”. When not traveling the world she can be found pedaling her colorful old bicycle around North London, where she lives with her husband, the BBC foreign correspondent Mike Thomson, children, pets and several apple trees.

October 20, 2017
Fireworks: Meet the Funders
National Union Building
2:15 pm  -  3:15 pm