People

Rob

 

Rob Dersley

Managing Director

Rob began his career as a TV journalist. His first job involved getting up in the middle of the night for BBC Breakfast; he then moved to Sky News and Five News where he became a programme editor, outputting live shows from the gallery each day. During his time at Five, Rob made a number of current affairs documentaries and got the bug for scripting and editing long-form shows.

His last day in news was the Royal Wedding of 2011. Four weeks later, he was introduced to a certain Richard Farmbrough and the rest is history. Rob has written, produced and directed pretty much every one of Reef's successful returning formats including Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages (Channel 4), and he's series and executive produced both French Collection (Channel 4)  and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC One). Away from Reef, Rob's credits include the first series of the ground-breaking fixed rig Inside The Ambulance.

In November 2016, Rob decided to switch from the editorial side of television to business affairs and joined Reef's management team as Director of Production. He became Managing Director in February 2018. He's responsible for all day-to-day operations; it's a job that appeals to his previously secret love of spreadsheets and admin! Away from work, Rob spends his time dragging his kids out for long walks – and is usually training for a half-marathon.

Lucy

 

Lucy Underwood

Head of Production

Lucy started her a career as a Production Secretary and then Production Coordinator working across a range of genres including daytime, factual, live studio and documentaries.  Joining Reef TV in 2008 as a coordinator Lucy moved up to production management and has managed much of Reef’s popular factual output including Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC One), Chefs: Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is (BBC One) and Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses (Channel 4).  As a Production Manager both at Reef and other independent production companies Lucy has delivered over 150 hours of television and has considerable experience of high volume, fast turnaround series.

Returning to Reef in 2013 as Unit Manager and now Head of Production Lucy is responsible for the smooth running of the company’s productions on a day to day basis with a particular focus on the company's features and formats output and is a member of the Reef Management Team.

Ben

 

Ben Weston

Head of Factual

Ben is a multi-award winning TV executive with production credits ranging from landmark factual films and series to international events for all major British television networks.  In a career of nearly 25 years he’s delivered hundreds of hours of output and worked across the industry in senior production, management and commissioning roles.  Before joining Reef Ben was Executive Editor in BBC Events and was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by The Queen for services to television at her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

At Reef Ben has overseen a diverse portfolio of output including Messiah at the Foundling Hospital (BBC Two) which won the 2014 Golden Prague and was nominated for an International Emmy, La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas, Leningrad and The Orchestra That Defied Hitler; West Side Stories: The Making of a Classic and Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera, (BBC Two); No Body’s Perfect with Rankin and Alison Lapper (BBC Four); The Story of Now (ITV); Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights (Channel 5),  Penelope Keith’s Coastal Villages (More 4) and Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams for transmission on Channel 4 in 2018. 

Away from work Ben enjoys outdoor swimming and singing in City of London Choir.

Rachel-Platt

Rachel Platt

Head of Features and Formats

Rachel has worked with Reef since 2012 as an Executive Producer before becoming Head of Features in 2016. Formally a print journalist, Rachel started her TV career in live television, working her way from researcher to gallery producer on the long-running BBC One daytime show City Hospital. Next came a stint in Bristol with RDF West making the first two series of the hugely popular ITV format Dickinson’s Real Deal. And so a love of formats was born – particularly first series. Fast forward a few years and her credits include Village of the Year and French Collection (Channel 4), Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC Two), Selling Houses (More 4), Getting The Builders In and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC One), and Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes (Scripps).

Ann

Ann Walsh

Head of Development

Since joining Reef from Maverick TV Ann has focussed her energies on getting returnable factual series commissioned from a variety of broadcasters. To that end she and the development team have built shows around great TV talent like Sarah Beeny, John Sergeant and Penelope Keith - and won business with a range of titles including: Britain’s First Photo Album (BBC Two); Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb (More 4); French Collection (Channel 4) and Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages (More 4). Her diverse production credits include news, current affairs, documentary series and popular factual formats.

Dom

Dominik James

Head of Zinc Media Post Production

Dominik joined Reef in 2008 after completing a degree in Media Production at Lincoln University. Initially starting out as an edit assistant, he worked his way up to staff editor and has worked on a wide variety of shows for Reef.

As well as editing, Dominik is responsible for all technical aspects of Reef’s post-production department and works closely with other editors and the edit assistants to keep Reef up to date with current technologies.

 

Rachel

Rachel Wood

Production Office Assistant

Rachel is a Central St Martins Art Graduate who started her career in theatre and opera, taking part in film competitions leading to a career change to film. Since then she has worked production and post across TV, film and advertising;  preferring a hands on approach to learning.

She joined Reef as Production Office Assistant in 2017, supporting the team in the day to day operations of the company.

Away from Reef she attends the theatre and concerts, and pursues a passion for VR/AR technology