Alex Kann is the Chairman of the board of Trustees and has extensive experience in the charity and media sectors. Formerly with the Media Trust he now is the Chief Executive of Together, a Community Benefit Society and the world’s first supporter-owned national TV channel, backed by twenty leading media groups including the public service broadcasters, platform operators, web giants and newspaper groups. Since joining the Community Channel and setting up Together, Alex has tripled audiences and commissioned, produced or acquired thousands of hours of new programming, helping showcase over 3,000 community and charity stories. Prior to this Alex was at the BBC and BBC Worldwide for eight years, working on BBC iPlayer’s launch team, global VOD projects, digital commissioning, continuing dramas and corporate M&A. He sits on the boards of Community Channel and was previously a director of the VOD regulator. At My Life Films, Alex leads on setting the strategy for My Life Films and helps the team navigate the third sector by providing advice on governance, fundraising and social impact.
Aileen Jackson currently works for the Health Innovation Network, the Academic Health Science Network for South London as a Senior Project Manager for the dementia and diabetes programme. Aileen is a registered social worker and has over 20 years of experience in the health and social care sector, including workforce development designing and delivering training and as a CCG / LA commissioner. She is passionate about improving the lives of people with dementia and their families and friends.
Piers Kotting works at University College London as the Programme Director for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). He is also an NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow in relation to his work around engagement and empowerment of people affected by dementia. Piers has worked with people with dementia across NHS acute and mental health settings, as well as in care homes and their own homes. He has spent the last 10 years focused on increasing the involvement of people with dementia in research. Pier has previous charity experience with OCD Action, as well as working closely with major UK dementia charities.
Founding Trustee Carolin-Marie Roth originally had the idea for My Life Films when she heard that people with dementia are struggling to watch television, as story lines are too complex and fast moving. A filmmaker, producer and former television presenter she knew about the power and deep engagement levels of video and suggested to entertain people living with dementia with their own lives. Her experience as a yoga teacher and founder of Enjoyoga further made her believe that wellbeing and happiness is at the centre of a dignified life, especially when suffering from an illness like dementia.
Jörg Roth is a serial entrepreneur and founding trustee of My Life Films who helps to run the charity on a daily basis. His background is in filmmaking, international TV production and distribution, and more recently in the world of start-ups where he invests into new businesses and helps them grow. Jorg very much treats My Life Films like a start-up and believes that a commercial approach will help to make the charity sustainable. He also trains the filmmakers and executive produces the film packages.
Tim Greifenberg is a professional editor and filmmaker and helped to develop the unique My Life Films package for people with dementia. He is the technical wizard at the charity. Tim boasts a busy and successful career, which has seen him being involved in a wide range of productions for all major UK TV channels. His regularly freelances for BT Sport, where he works across magazine and live studio shows, UEFA Champions League and Premiership Rugby. Tim’s passion for filmmaking and his drive to help others has led to him being involved in My Life Films.
Lisa Silver is Interim Finance and Planning Director at the National Portrait Gallery. A qualified (ACA, FCA) accountant with broad finance and strategic experience gained in not for profit, media and retail organisations. Lisa has most recently held Finance Director positions at Media Trust and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Prior to that she worked in a group planning and strategy role at Thomson Reuters and in financial management at HMV and Woolworths. She qualified as an accountant at Grant Thornton.