The speakers on our panel will be leading experts in the world of media, charity, and digital storytelling. We'll be announcing more of our 2020 speakers soon.

Our keynote speaker

 Dan Dewsbury

Documentary Director and Cameraman

Dan is a documentary Director and Cameraman based in London. Originally from Liverpool he studied Anthropology at Lancaster University. He began his career in documentary over ten years ago on a BBC traineeship working on critically acclaimed series such as Wonderland, Storyville, Louis Theroux, The Family and 24 Hours in A&E. Since then Daniel has gone on to work with acclaimed documentary makers until getting his break on BAFTA-nominated series ‘The Detectives’ and Royal Television Society winning ‘Hospital’. He completed his first job as a Series Director and Cameraman working with BBC2 on ‘The Mighty Redcar’ for 72 Films, an exploration through young voices of the inequality of opportunities which exist in some towns in the North East. The series has gone out to critical acclaim with the Guardian, Daily Mail, Radio Times and Independent giving it five stars. It was number four in the Telegraph’s ‘Best Television of 2018’ and was nominated for a BAFTA and Win Two Royal Television Society Awards. He most recently directed ‘Crime and Punishment’ for Channel 4 a documentary examining the Ministry of Justice through the prison system. The series has been universally praised and cited by parliament a number of times as a key piece of research on the conditions of prison and the inability for rehabilitation to happen within the current system.

Daniel recently won the BAFTA Breakthrough award recognising people in all areas of the creative arts who have made a particularly big contribution to a project, creatively, for the first time.

Daniels latest project is about birth for BBC1 – a series looking at what it takes, medically and emotionally to bring a child into the world and trying to capture the reality of that particular situation.  We can’t wait to hear Dan share his insights on storytelling at SMEX20.

More speakers

  • Doug Morris

    Editor, BBC Radio Newcastle | @dougm1962

    Doug Morris is an experienced Editor, correspondent and producer with a varied career at the BBC. He’s been editor at BBC Radio Newcastle for the five years, having previously run the corporation’s ‘General News Service’ in London.  He was part of the start-up team for BBC Radio 5Live in 1994 and reported for the network on the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the fall of Slobodan Milošević in 2000 and the reaction to 9/11 in the Middle East as well as a range of significant domestic stories for 5 Live, the Today Programme and a variety of other BBC outlets.

  • Amber Wilson

    Business Development and Marketing Manager, Basis Yorkshire | @BasisYorkshire

    Amber Wilson is Business Development and Marketing Manager for Basis Yorkshire whose role includes leading on supporting the delivery of the comms strategy for the charity Basis Yorkshire – a charity supporting, advocating and campaigning for sexworkers and adult and child victims of sexual exploitation.

  • Jude Habib


    Jude is the Founder and Director of sounddelivery. She set up sounddelivery to help non-profit organisations and other socially-minded enterprises embrace the changing media landscape and find new ways of telling their stories. As a former BBC producer Jude’s work has always focused on the power of human interest stories and is passionate about giving a voice to stories and issues that don’t get reported and strives to support people with lived experience to be confident to tell those stories themselves.