Alasdair set up Bees Nees in 2004 and directs the output from all our creative teams. He started his career as a music producer at the BBC and to date has exec produced over a hundred hours of broadcast television. On a personal note, he firmly believes that the accordion is the finest musical instrument ever invented. Waiting for popular opinion to catch up.
Produced and directed more hours of TV than he would like to admit. Being weaned on a diet of Kerrs Pink potatoes and Cremola foam are apparently the source of all his powers. Iain is also known for his long (some would say informative!) emails and being ready with a joke to lighten the mood.
In a long career, he has directed events in more countries than the CIA but with much less collateral damage. Duncan can actually direct whilst standing on his head (true). The greatest bassist that Status Quo never had, his philosophy displays a startling clarity: three chords is enough; more than that is jazz. Considers Archie Gemmill’s goal against Holland in the 1978 World Cup Finals the most heroic act by a Scotsman on a foreign field.
Another of our seasoned music producers, Kenny knows more about popular music than, well, almost everyone. His Aberdonian roots means that he has been known to haggle the price of a packet of crisps, but more shocking than that, his favourite pastime is to wear his lime-green mankini! Ask nicely and we’ll send you a picture!
A true professional and generally more steps ahead of the field than Usain Bolt, her unruffled, serene presence in a room is a cast iron guarantee that – hey, we got this covered. Like Lara Croft, Helen makes seemingly impossible tasks appear possible, usually with fewer corpses and less tomb raiding. Her mission statement can be distilled into three words: sorting it out.
Cool, calm and collected. The production manager everybody wants in charge. Originally from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Anne Marie knows more about television than television itself, and can put the fear into large tasks that would put the fear into any other human being. She’s so good in fact, we never want her to leave. That’s why we have hidden her shoes, so that she can’t.
Insists that he’s from Newtonmore but since he has never mentioned shinty, we don’t believe him. As music researcher, Ewan is a walking repository of traditional music knowledge and believes that bothering musicians with questions is the finest job in the world. Accomplished musician he may well be, but his conviction that the highest cultural art form is a March/Strathspey/Reel competition remains baffling.
For Kerry Anne, production coordinating is the name and coordinating productions is the game. We had a good feline about her from the moment she entered our office. With a pawsitive approach to everything she does, Kerry Anne has exactly the right cattitude for life in the demanding world of television. As a purrfectionist, nothing is taken fur granted and her level of work is always up to scratch. If you hadn’t guessed it, Kerry Anne is a self-confessed cat lover and does not believe it is possible to own too many cats.
Our ideas girl and master of the speculative phone call. As development producer, Gill is tasked with turning ideas into commissions – no pressure then Gill, we depend on you! Unlikely to be put off by this, turning doubters into believers is one of her top skills, along with keeping several plates spinning at once (metaphorically speaking – she can only spin one real plate at a time). As the company’s most prolific drinker of tea, we think this is the key to her abilities. Still to be scientifically proven.
Kind of a big deal in the world of sheepdog trialling, bringing coverage from competitions to national tv since 2014. Perhaps it is her farming background, or perhaps it is because she has overseen so many edits, Jenny knows a good collie when she sees one and likes nothing more than a trip to the farm to do some filming. We sometimes steal her to work on other programmes, meaning it is not always about sheepdogs with Jenny, but it usually is.