Simon Lawson

Lucy Hannah 

Frank Battersby

Nancy Platt

Jonny Donovan

Simon Lawson
Head of Production
Founder of Nomad Productions Simon Lawson is a UK based producer/director with over twenty years experience in television and radio. As a freelance Simon has worked for the major broadcasters in the UK – ITV, BBC, BSkyB - and extensively in the independent production sector.

Simon specialises in factual programmes in the areas of sustainable development, education, the environment and social issues. He has travelled the world extensively – particularly Africa – and has produced programmes on four continents.

In recent years Simon has also consulted for a number of international organisations in the aid and development sector, advising and training on the use of media for social change, development education and peace-building.

Simon speaks fluent French and has a useful knowledge of Spanish, Dutch and Krio.

He has written on food and agriculture and holds degrees in agricultural systems from the University of Reading and the Open University.

Lucy Hannah

Head of Radio

Lucy's twenty year media career spans both fact and fiction. She started as a newspaper journalist for Thomson's Newspapers and went on to become a  BBC Producer in factual programmes for both TV and Radio. An experienced dramaturge, she ran BBC writersroom for BBC Drama and produced plays for Radio 3 and 4. She's a graduate of the University of East Anglia's creative writing MA and an excerpt from her novel: Hoovering Up the Sand, was shortlisted for the Norwich prize. Lucy’s dramatised biography for children on Nancy Wake, the SOE spy was published in 2006 by Short Books. 

A producer, trainer, and consultant, Lucy now works across the UK and abroad to inspire people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures to fulfil their creative potential. She was writer-in-residence in HMP Rochester and has led radio / audio projects for the British Council and the Arts Council with young offenders and ex-offenders across the UK and Europe. Her media experience combined with her innovative workshop skills have enabled her to lead and establish sustainable radio/audio projects often in hostile environments for a variety of NGOs and the BBC - she has worked with local writers to create original radio drama series in Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, and Darfur.

Frank Battersby

Director / DoP

Frank Battersby has been working in documentary and factual programming for over twenty years, for the last ten as Cameraman and Director/Cameraman. Frank specialises in programmes about development and the environment. He has worked all over the world for NGO’s like Save the Children, Christian Aid, UNICEF and Oxfam and for the FCO, the COI and DFID.


Nancy Platt (click for her site)

Producer / Director

Nancy Platt has worked in broadcast television for over fifteen years, making educational and social documentaries on a range of subjects - autism, radical approaches to heroin addiction, and the South Korean "Comfort Women" among them.

Her films have been shown on BBC, Carlton and on Channel Four, where she also worked in-house as producer of "Right to Reply".

More recently she has made non-broadcast films on development issues for the Fairtrade Foundation, Dept for Education and Skills, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Christian Aid, and Comic Relief, taking her to Africa, south Asia, eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and south America.

Nancy also teaches filmmaking skills and has conducted courses in the UK and abroad - Eritrea, Ghana, Malta and the US.


Jonny Donovan

Producer and Screenwriter

Before joining Nomad Jonny Donnovan worked for Search for Common Ground in D. R. Congo where he created and produced the award-winning radio programme, Sisi Watoto, made by child soldiers in the Congo and broadcast on UN Radio OKAPI.

Jonny's background is in journalism, and until 2003 he worked for the BBC as their correspondent in Madagascar and a then a producer in London. During that time he filed news and features for radio and internet in French, Swahili and English. He has also worked as a freelance photographer for Agence France Press, and continues to take pictures today.

Jonny has a degree in African History and Swahili from The School of Oriental and African Studies in London.