Our People

Anne Wood CBE (Founder)

Anne Wood is the Founder/Creative Director of Ragdoll Productions Ltd, the Television Production Company she formed in 1984. Anne was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and won The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award in 1998.  Two years later in 2000 she received a Special BAFTA for her outstanding contribution to Children’s Television and received her CBE for services to Children’s Broadcasting.  In 2003, she was awarded The Olswang Business Award from Women In Film and Television and in March 2007, she received the Harvey Lee Award for her outstanding contribution to broadcasting from the Broadcasting Press Guild.  In 2010 Anne received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Mother and Baby magazine and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and from the University of Sheffield in 2015.

Régis Cochefert

Régis is Director, Grants and Programmes at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

Régis was appointed Head of Arts at the Foundation in 2005, and also managed the Education and Learning programme since the summer of 2014. He was previously head of external relations and then opera general administrator at Aldeburgh Productions (now Aldeburgh Music). Prior to this he was co-founder of the French Theatre Season from 1995 – 1997. Régis chairs Ministry of Stories and is a council member of the London Sinfonietta. He previously chaired Tamasha Theatre Company and has also been a trustee of the Young Vic Theatre and King’s Place Music Foundation. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, France.

Mark Hollingsworth

Mark was a partner in a City accountancy practice and advised on the formation of Ragdoll Limited in 1985.  During the next few years, he spent an increasing amount of time on Ragdoll affairs and in 1996, after negotiating the terms of the BBC commission of Teletubbies, he joined the company as Commercial Director.

Appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2008, Mark oversaw the development of the organisation and led the implementation of the company’s business strategy.  He was also CEO of Ragdoll Worldwide Limited, the joint venture between Ragdoll and BBC Worldwide and directed the sale of Ragdoll Worldwide to DHX Media.

Carole Thomson

Carole worked with Anne Wood initially on “Books For Your Children” and they continued working together from the setting up of Ragdoll in 1984, with Carole being involved in most aspects of the company, but still retaining a strong interest in children’s books.   Following her retirement from Ragdoll, Carole accepted the role of Trustee of the Ragdoll Foundation, continuing her involvement with the Jean Russell Gift.

Peter Thornton

A highly respected, versatile and credible senior arts and cultural professional with over twenty five years’ experience delivering quality results across public and private sectors. Peter originally trained as secondary school teacher, has lectured in Higher Education and still frequently delivers cultural management training courses in the UK and Internationally. He uses excellent relationship building skills to develop and maintain sound and robust partnerships and consistently approaches difficult challenges with a practical, hands-on and creative approach. He worked for many years within the arts funding system and was an Executive Director for Arts Council England. He now works as a freelance project manager and consultant.

Katherine Wood (Chair)

Katherine has worked in the UK Arts Sector for over 25 years. She was founder Director of firstsite (1994-2012), the contemporary visual arts organisation in Colchester, which successfully launched its new home, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects in 2011. She currently works freelance nationwide in the creative sector on a wide range of Gallery, Museum, Artist and Creative Industry projects. She is an RSA Fellow and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of Essex and Colchester School of Art & Design in 2012.