Richard Farmbrough - Chief Executive

Richard Farmbrough founded Reef Television in March 2003. After graduating from Durham University and completing a post-graduate course at the Courtauld Institute, Richard started his career in BBC Entertainment. He then moved to the in-house Arts department, working on The Story of Painting, Bookworm and Home Front. At Talkback Productions, he directed the Bafta-nominated first series of Channel Five's 'House Doctor', as well as co-creating and producing the hit show 'Your Money or Your Life'. Richard produced 'The Art Club' for CNN and was Executive Producer at Spire Films where he made 'Return of the Architect' for BBC Four.

At Reef, Richard is responsible for developing company strategy and heading up senior management. He has been Executive Producer on most Reef projects and currently oversees the company's programme development.

A personal highlight for Richard was interviewing Sir Gary Sobers and Sir Richard Hadlee in one day for a Channel 4 cricket documentary. Richard divides his time between Somerset and London, is married with two young sons and spends his spare time in art galleries and playing sport with his children.

Rob Dersley - Director of Production

Rob began his career as a TV journalist. His first job was on BBC Breakfast before moving to Sky News and then 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, and he's series and executive produced both French Collection and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. Away from Reef, Rob's credits include the ground-breaking fixed rig Inside The Ambulance.

In November 2016, Rob decided to switch from the editorial side of the business to business affairs and joined Reef's management team as Director of Production. He's responsible for all day-to-day operations both at head office in London and our new office in Bristol; it's a job that appeals to his previously secret love of spreadsheets and admin! Away from work, Rob is a husband, dad and marathon runner.

Lucy Underwood - Head of Production (on Maternity Leave)

Lucy started her a career as a Production Secretary and then Production Coordinator working across a range of genres including daytime, factual and documentaries. First joining Reef Television in 2008 Lucy has worked across 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. Lucy’s speciality is post production supervision and creating elaborate excel spreadsheets for edit schedules with lots of colour!

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. Lucy is also the main point of contact for Reef staff on all personnel matters and is a member of the Reef Management Team.

Justine Field - Acting Head of Production

Justine first worked at Reef in 2013 Line Producing the drama doc 'Messiah at the Foundling Hospital' (BBC Two) and is currently Acting Head of Production overseeing the company’s day to day production output. She has over 20 years of production management experience in TV delivering content to all the main broadcasters. She has sent crews filming all over the world and has extensive experience in production and post production that include genres Factual Ents, Live OB, comedy, Natural History, Specialist Factual and Drama docs.

Her credits include Billy Connelly’s 'Big Send Off' (ITV), 'Joanna Lumley’s Transiberian Adventure' (ITV), 'The Story of Music' (BBC Two), 'Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens' (Sky One), '50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy' (Sky One), 'How Music Works' (Channel 4), 'Richard. E. Grant Hotel Stories' (Sky One) and 'Adam Buxton’s Shed of Christmas' (Sky Arts).

Programmes she has line produced have been nominated for, or won, International Emmys, Bafta, Bafta Craft and RTS awards. When she is not at work she likes to run the odd half marathon!

Ben Weston - Head of Factual

Ben is a multi-award winning TV executive whose credits range from major international events to landmark films and series, including; 'Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream' for BBC Two; the 'Vodafone Live Music Awards' and 'Fashion Rocks' for Channel 4; 'How Britain Got the Gardening Bug' for BBC Four; four years producing the BBC Proms on BBC Two and Four, and 'Holocaust – A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz' for BBC Two for which he won a BAFTA, an International Emmy and a Royal Television Society Award. Before joining Reef Ben was Executive Editor in BBC Events and was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) by The Queen for services to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

At Reef Ben has created a diverse portfolio of output including a film for ITV about 'Now That’s What I Call Music!', 'Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights' for Channel 5; award-winning drama documentary 'Messiah at the Foundling Hospital', and landmark films 'La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas', and 'Leningrad and the Orchestra That Defied Hitler', all for BBC Two. Upcoming productions include 'No Body’s Perfect', an arts film exploring identity presented by Rankin and Alison Lapper for BBC Four, and two further major music commissions to air at Christmas 2016 and Autumn 2017 on BBC Two.

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 (More4); French Collection (C4) and Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages (More4). Her diverse production credits include news, current affairs, documentary series and popular factual formats.

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. Her CV includes programmes for BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, UKTV Home, Sky Living and Food Network.  Rachel started her career in live television, working her way from researcher to gallery producer on the long-running BBC One Daytime show City Hospital. After this she went to RDF where she Directed and Series Produced Dickinson’s Real Deal, helping set the tone for this hugely popular award-winning ITV format. More recently she was Series Editor on the BBC Two show The Great Interior Design Challenge at Studio Lambert.

Her credits for Reef include Selling Houses (More 4) and French Collection (Channel 4), and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC One).

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.