Central England General Branch
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Central England General Branch

Hello and welcome to the Central England General Branch.

The social and networking club for professional performers and creatives based in the Midlands region. A place to come for help, advice, friendship, support and fun. And it's not just for actors!!

Like all the Equity branches in the UK, the Central England branch is run by a committee of nine Equity professional performers and creatives who were elected by their fellow branch members. They are not employed by Equity, but give up a few hours a month to help give Equity members based in the Midlands a powerful voice through the organisation of campaigns and regional events.

We hold regular meetings and social events which attract members from a wide area, which includes Birmingham and all of the East and West Midlands, so why not bring a fellow member and car share? Our meetings often have a guest speaker or an element of professional development. New and student members are always very very welcome.

We usually meet on the second Monday of each month.

Our last meeting was on December 8th, 7.00pm at The Wellington real ale pub, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham city centre, B2 5SN.

The guest speaker was Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development BBC Birmingham.

"Tommy Nagra is as an award winning programme maker and creative leader with a track record in winning new business, developing new titles, re-vamping brands and overseeing output spanning all genres from Specialist Factual, Current Affairs, through to Features, Factual Entertainment, Live Studio and OB.  

Tommy is currently the Head of Business Development at BBC Birmingham. He works alongside teams at The Mailbox and the BBC Drama Village in Selly Oak and is leading the revival of activity and scope for BBC Birmingham,   Starting the role in January 2014, Tommy is charged with building strong partnerships with key stakeholders in Birmingham, the broadcast industry and the wider BBC to help build its presence in city and the region.

Previously, he was the Head of Television for the BBC’s Religion & Ethics department where he oversaw a broad range of in house production. Starting the role in 2008 he has oversaw the development and delivery of a raft of new programmes across the portfolio of BBC channels, helping the department win new business and leading it through a major phase of transition. Output included RTS award winning documentaries Hillsborough: Never Forgotten; Exposed: Groomed for Sex; Remembrance: The Sikh Story and he led teams covering major events including The Preston Passion, The Papal Visit in 2010, Fern Britton meets and Songs of Praise.

Nagra began his career at BBC Pebble Mill before joining the independent sector with Maverick Television as a Senior Executive Producer. He has worked with a number of Independent companies where his Executive Produced documentaries including Dispatches for Channel Four, Directors Debut for BBC One, Ghetto Britain for More 4 and the Oscar nominated feature length documentary, Jesus Camp, broadcast on Channel Four in 2008.

He is one of the UK’s leading names in multicultural broadcasting and was voted by the Media Guardian as one of the Top 10 Multicultural Media practitioners in the country.”



If you would like to know more about our branch please contact the branch Public Relations Officer, David Edgar at davidedgar@gmx.co.uk

We also have a Equity Central England General Branch Facebook group.


2014/16 Branch committee members

David Edgar (Public Relations Officer)
Linda Hargreaves
Sunny Dhap (Vice-Chair)
Jenny Stokes
Simon Grenville (Chair)
Gareth Wyn-Jones (Treasurer)
Rachel Dealtry (Assistant Secretary)
Marc Phillips (Secretary)

Banner photographs kindly provided by Graeme Braidwood