The People

Amanda Millen

Amanda Millen
Director

Amanda first became involved with goNORTH while on secondment from BBC to HIE in 2007 and has been involved ever since. As well as directing goNORTH Festival she also heads up ScreenHI. Both roles centre on growing and developing the independent production sector and providing showcase platforms for Highlands and Islands talent, around the world as well as at home. Developing skills, talent and capacity across the Highlands and Islands in the production sector is now Amanda’s main focus for economic growth.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith
Music Producer

Alex joined the team in 2010 and manages the delivery of the music element of the festival. He also leads on the development of the wider music strategy, supporting growth across a diverse range of Highlands and Islands based music businesses. Managing our broader portfolio of national and international music projects and partnerships, Alex coordinates the goNORTH Festival Tour and works with a developing list of partners based across the UK, mainland Europe, Scandinavia and the US.

Olivia Rodger

Olivia Rodger
Project Manager

Olivia first got involved with goNORTH when she moved to the Highlands in February 2011 after 13 years living and working in Glasgow.  She spent 11 of those years working in television production at BBC Scotland, prior to which she worked with Scottish Ballet in development.  Olivia has a solid knowledge of end-to-end television production, is committed to continual professional self development as well as supporting the development work carried out by goNORTH and ScreenHI.

Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan
Content Producer

Tom Duncan is a freelance producer/director shooting factual content for broadcast and business. He studied Screen Project Development at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating in 2009, and has directed content for clients as diverse as BBC Learning, Central Station, Business Gateway and Shelter Scotland. He joined the team at goNORTH in June 2012 after working with ScreenHI on a couple of projects that helped develop his production and editorial skills. His debut short 'Joose' was nominated for a BAFTA New Talent Award in March 2012.

Alex Howell, Sponsorhip Manager, goNORTH

Alex Howell
Sponsorship Manager

Having risen through the ranks as an artist manager, talent buyer and production manager, Alex has extensive experience across the music industry. Aligned closely with several blue-chip brands, he now specialises in premium brand and music integration campaigns, facilitating event activation and endorsement for a wide ranging client list. With a particular interest in digital technology and new music, Alex brings to the table expert knowledge on how new talent can and should be developing audience.

Shaun Arnold

Shaun Arnold
Founder

Shaun Arnold is one of the festival’s founders. Under his stewardship, the music element of the event has developed into Scotland's premier showcase platform for emerging artists. In a career spanning over thirty years, Arnold has developed and managed an extensive list of showcasing platforms throughout the UK, Mainland Europe and the USA, working with a wide ranging client list including Guinness, The BBC, The European Union, PRS, Music Week, Chanel 4 and BMI.