Jonnie Turpie

Jonnie has produced and directed public service drama, documentary and digital media over the last 25 years from the west midlands, UK. Following from his career as an artist in his own right his touchstone has been collaborative film, television and digital production.

Acknowledged across the industry as a forward thinker, he has applied new video, technology and digital techniques to create innovative styles and approaches to award winning television and media. Jonnie pioneered the use of new technology in television, both in the use of small-format cameras and high-end post-production graphics. This digital approach led to many early successes, such as the much-loved Trade Secrets series, award-winning DV dramas Blazed, The Visit and Nightshift and laid the foundations for a mainstream approach to digital media with Ideas Factory, Teachers Tv, award winning Embarrassing Bodies online and digital health service NHS local.

Throughout his career he has contributed to the development and delivery of policy across the screen industries and has always had a special focus on education, health and digital programming alongside young and diverse people’s filmmaking. He is a director of Creative England, the children’s charity First Light Movies, a member of Birmingham Science City and a trustee of the Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

He was a Regional Development Agency board director, a member of The Innovation Technology Council and is an Honorary Fellow of Warwick University. Jonnie was awarded an MBE for services to international trade in the Queens 2010 New Years honours List.