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.

Paul Hanrahan - Managing Director

As Managing Director of Reef Television, Paul has operational responsibility for the day to day running of the company including specific responsibilities for business, legal and financial affairs. Other responsibilities include managing Reef’s intellectual property. With a strong knowledge of the international market place, he works closely with both distributors and international broadcasters.

Paul’s career in television has included roles as Head of Production, Unit Manager and he has been a Production Manager for all the major broadcasters. In 2005, while at Reef Television, Paul received a Broadcast 'Hot Shot' award, which acknowledges emerging talent within the industry. Paul is also a member of PACT Council having served since 2013 and for his second term he is keen to utilise his experience to ensure that the rights and revenue streams of all independents are protected.

Outside of work, Paul is a keen runner and has completed the London Marathon three times to support the work of the Variety Club. He is also a board member of the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival a leading outdoor arts festival showcasing the work of deaf and disabled artists and artists from diverse backgrounds.

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 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.

Ben Weston - Head of Specialist Factual

Ben is a multi-award winning TV executive whose programmes have ranged from major international events to landmark films and series. They include 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; and Holocaust – A Music Memorial Film for BBC Two for which he won a BAFTA, an International Emmy and a RTS award. Before joining Reef in 2012 Ben was Executive Editor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee including the Diamond Jubilee Concert which won a Broadcast Award. Prior to that he was a Commissioning Executive at the BBC. Ben was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours in September 2012.

Since joining Reef Ben has won and overseen diverse range of new commissions.  These include a one-hour documentary special for ITV about the smash album series Now That’s What I Call Music!, a Christmas special on Channel 5, Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights, and BBC Two’s award-winning drama documentary Messiah at the Foundling Hospital which aired in April 2014. Forthcoming commissions include another major music film, La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas, due to air on Saturday 20 June on BBC Two, plus a further film for 2016 on BBC Two going into production in July.

Chris Kelly - Head of Popular Factual

Chris has recently joined Reef to oversee the company’s popular factual and features output. An award-winning Executive Producer with a wealth of experience both in domestic and international markets, Chris will develop new ideas and attract new talent, programme makers and commissioners to work with Reef. 

From landmark films to returning series, Chris has produced network output across the entire factual genre with recent credits including ‘Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds’ (BBC1); ‘Prince William’s Passion’ (ITV1) and ‘Through A Child’s Eyes’ (Channel 5). He has held executive positions in the independent sector and has been responsible for a range of successful  formats and features including ‘Extreme Dreams’ (BBC2), ‘Unbreakable’ (Five), ‘Britain’s Empty Homes’ (BBC1), ‘Storm City’ (Sky), ‘Cowboy Trap’ (BBC1), ‘The Estate We’re In’ (BBC1) and ‘Mediterranean Tales’ (BBC4). His other credits include the pioneering BBC reality series ‘Castaway 2000’ and the Emmy award-winning BBC drama-doc series ‘Days That Shook The World’. 

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.

Dominik James - Head of 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.

Dominik has recently been nominated as a Broadcast Hot Shot for Emerging Talent Under 30 in the TV Industry.