Meet the Team


Ian Blandford


Ian founded BrightsparkTV in Aug 2006.

After a career in television that started with lighting Eastenders.He tried his hand as a war cameraman in Afghanistan and El Salvador, before returning home to the safety of a TV studio. When News 24 launched, Ian made the transition to News Director, a job he enjoyed for the next 12 years, for News 24,World service TV, in Singapore and the one, six and ten o clock news. The serious stuff was broken up by the odd daytime chat show and even some reality TV for Channel 5.


In a meeting about a show he was directing, he was asked to screen test for a daytime property show and three weeks later was presenting on BBC1. There followed 3 years of what he describes as, ‘the most fun you can have with your clothes on.’With 20 years of working in television and over 200 hours of presenting on BBC1 and BBC2, as well a series for Channel 5, Ian has a unique perspective on what it’s like on both sides of the camera.


Ian says, “I have the best job in the world.” People and the way we communicate, both on and off the screen fascinate me.


Zoe Jones


Ian describes Zoe as his right hand man. The fact that Zoe is neither a man nor a right hand is confusing but you get the idea.Zoe has worked as a BBC production manger for many years, booking crews, balancing budgets and ensuring productions run smoothly.


Zoe has worked with Ian since the beginning. At BrightsparkTV, Zoe manages everything. We all know what we’re doing and when we’re doing it, because of her. Your first point of contact in a crisis or even a query, will often be her friendly voice.


Julian Worricker


Julian Worricker is an award winning reporter and broadcaster, familiar to many for both his work on BBC television and his presentation on five live. More recently, he has also become a regular on Radio Two, Radio Four and the World Service as well as playing a prominent role on 24 hour BBC News.  He has more than a decade’s experience of presenting high profile shows and this has equipped with an in depth knowledge of how to prepare other presenters for life in the hot seat.


Lynda Wood


Lynda Wood’s client list reads like a who’s who of the media world.  She has styled everyone from Celine Dion and Lionel Richie to Michael Parkinson and Alan Titchmarsh.  Her approach is creative and pragmatic with great results.  She is skilled at every aspect of the job from thinning down existing wardrobes to spotting just the right look in the shops.  Lynda’s experience means that she is uniquely skilled at tailoring a look to a brief and can help a presenter improve their on air performance by perfecting their look.


Phillipa  Hall


Philippa has been a leading name in makeup and hair design for nearly 20 years.  Her impressive list of drama credits includes the Oscar award winning Shakespeare in Love, Doctor Who, Narnia and Middlemarch.  She has worked consistently with big name entertainment talent from Jonathan Ross to Rory Bremner, from Nigella Lawson to Anne Robinson.  In recent years, she has expanded her work to include set piece events like BAFTA 2008 and numerous operas and ballets at The Royal Opera House.  The sheer range of Philippa’s experience in all aspects of make up and hair design mean she is ideally qualified to advise television presenters on how to make the most of their on air look.


Jane Field 


Jane has styled everyone from David Beckham to Leonardo Di Caprio, Stephen Fry to Helena Christensen. She is now responsible for the day to day look of Sky’s news anchors. 
Her eye for detail means that she’s equally at home styling interiors as she is styling many of the household names she has as clients. Her career has seen her work as a stylist for both print and television commercials, including major campaigns for British Airways, NatWest, BT, Virgin, Smirnoff, Microsoft and Lexus.
As a Costume designer,  her work features regularly on screen and TV. Jane works closely with us on identifying and building a visual brand for clients.


And when she’s not doing all that she can be found writing another book from her ‘mycool’ style range.


Elspeth Morrison


Elspeth is an ex-BBC television producer who left the Corporation in 2000 to explore her passion as a voice coach.  She started by gaining the practical stamp of quality that is the much sought-after M.A. in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama.


Never one to shy away from challenging experiences, she has worked with all sorts – from captains of industry to cocktail mixologists. As well as putting in time all over the BBC she works for Channel 4, Sky, ITV and leading independents.  Her tailored, personal approach delivers fast results and marked improvement for anyone that has to use their voice in a broadcast setting. That could be an experienced broadcaster looking for a refresher or someone from a print background new to the area.    


And when she’s not doing any of the above, you’ll find Elspeth helping actors perfect their accents and dialects for theatre, radio and TV.   



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