Rick Murray

Rick is responsible for overseeing the company whilst steering many of Workerbee's projects as Executive Producer.

Over the last 10 years, Rick has helped Workerbee grow from its roots as a busy regional office of Shine TV, into an independent label within Banijay Group. Today Workerbee is known internationally for world class documentary films like Janet Jackson, Bruno Vs Tyson and Four Kings and large-scale factual  entertainment such as Idris Elba's Fight School and The Bridge

Michelle Chappell
Managing Director

Michelle has overall responsibility for driving new business and growing Workerbee's slate of entertainment and documentary.

Before joining Workerbee in 2019, Michelle spent 25 years between commissioning and production. She was a commissioning editor in the Channel 4 Documentaries department and Channel 5 Factual, repsonsible for a wide range of series such as The SupervetSecret Life of the Zoo, Rich House Poor House and World's Toughest Prisons. Prior to commissioning, Michelle worked for the BBC, ITV and in factual entertainment production for 12 years, where she also launched daily programme The One Show for BBC1. She started off as a journalist and producer for ITN.

Ben Mitchell
Creative Director

Ben has more than 25 years' experience in the TV industry as a programme-maker.

In his previous role as Head of Popular Factual at Shine TV he co-developed and exec produced BAFTA and RTS award-winning series, The Island with Bear Grylls, also launching the celebrity version.

While Director of Programmes at Boundless, he made Grierson nominated, 60 Days on the Streets and rural dating show Love in the Countryside, while also overseeing production on long running brands including, Grand Designs.

Other hit formats he has produced and directed, include Shipwrecked, Undercover Boss, Ladette to Lady, and The Hotel.

Nicola Hirsch
Head of Production

Nicola has worked at Workerbee on multiple projects over the last 6 years, from Supercar Megabuild and Goblin Works Garage to Idris Elba: Fighter and many more, working at indies and ITV in between. She now works as Head of Production across all programmes and business.


Ben Hirsch
Series Director

Workerbee's Benjamin Hirsch is one of the top up and coming British documentary directors having just completed the epic 5 year project 'Janet Jackson' to rave reviews. It was his second feature project after the critically acclaimed Bruno Vs Tyson which revealed the rollercoaster story of these troubled boxers and debuted as Sky's highest rating original documentary in 2021.

Keren Aarons
Technical Director

Keren is a creative problem solver. At Workerbee he creates production efficiency by leveraging technical and practical solutions based upon his extensive knowledge of the entire production pipeline. Keren brings a wealth of production, post-production, management and technical experience from his 20 years in the television and commercials industry.

Tom Calvert
Head of Legal & Business Affairs

Tom has been working within the Endemol Shine Group since 2016, and now heads up legal and business affairs for Workerbee, Dragonfly and DSP. He has been working in the legal side of the TV industry since 2004, and has done time at the BBC, FremantleMedia, Hat Trick Productions and NBC Universal. His credits include Doctor Who, The X Factor, The Apprentice, Grand Designs and Have I Got News For You

Leanne Orme
Production Finance Manager

Leanne is responsible for the most important part of any successful business operation - the money! Having worked in the industry for 10 years now, Leanne cut her teeth as a Production Accountant at ITV before joining the BBC in the same role, where she gained experience of working across multiple genres including Drama, Comedy, Entertainment and Factual. Whilst at the BBC, she worked her way up to the role of Production Accounting Finance Manager before deciding to move to Workerbee. She also does a mean spreadsheet.

Thea Gladines
Production Manager

Thea joined Workerbee in 2016 after a background in Arts, Factual Entertainment and Live OB productions for the BBC. She's now overseeing the post-production of the upcoming second series of The Bridge. Previous credits include Building Paradise Island for Nat Geo, Billionaire Cruise Ship: Paradise Island for Channel 4 and Motor Pickers for Quest. Other TV credits include History of Art in Three Colours, Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and The Manor Reborn

Kayleigh Sierra-Mills

Kayleigh joined Workerbee in 2017 after several years in London at Shine TV, Studio Lambert and Thames. She established the application processes for two large productions from scratch and went on to lead the casting teams on Second Chance Dresses and Scrapyard Supercar, whilst also assisting on various development projects.

Currently working in the edit, she has produced multiple episodes of Scrapyard Supercar, Goblin Works Garage and The Love Squad. Previous credits include: The Island with Bear Grylls, Hunted, Tattoo Fixers, Dragons' Den and Take Me Out.

Jonny Simmonite-Marshall
Development Producer

Jonny joined Workerbee in 2014 following time at the BBC, Shine TV and Princess Productions. Jonny works across all development projects and has helped to create new series such as No Limits, FighterSupercar Megabuild and The Big NHS Singalong Live. He also has a background in digital and multi-platform content and helps to oversee Workerbee's online presence. Previous credits include Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two, T4 and The Love Machine.

Hassan Ghazi
Producer Director

Currently working on Idris Elba's Fight School for BBC2, Hassan has previously produced and directed the true crime series Murdertown for C&I, faith-based film Being for BBC1, motoring series Ali A's Superchargers and Not Driving That for BBC iPlayer, as well as World's Greatest Cars and Goblin Works Garage for Discovery. 

Matt Davidson

Matt currently oversees in-house post production at our offices in Spinningfields - including 40 hours of broadcast and online content over the past year for channels such as CBBC, Discovery and CBS Reality.

He started out at BBC Entertainment and CBBC in Manchester with a background in post production and archive research.

Jack Jarvis

Jack joined Workerbee in 2014 as an intern, and is our in-house editor. Jack has recently edited our smash-hit series, Murdertown for C&I, as well as cutting The Big NHS Singalong Live for ITV. Currently editing an upcoming high-end crime series for Channel 5. Previous credits include Ali-A's Superchargers, Written In Blood and Supercar Megabuild.

James Hilditch
Junior Editor

James originally joined Workerbee as an edit intern in 2016 working on a variety of TV and development projects. In 2019 he returned as a Junior Editor working on the new series The Love Squad for MTV.

Previous credits include Ali-A's Superchargers, Car Crash TV and Idiot TV. Other TV credits include Endemol Shine Australia's Married at First Sight and Ninja Warrior

Ann-Marie Grayston
Edit Assistant

Ann-Marie joined Workerbee in 2018 as an Edit Assistant, working across our development projects alongside productions including Scrapyard Supercar, Ali-A's I'm Not Driving That and The Love Squad

Anna Hurst
Junior Promo Producer / Editor

Anna is a Salford University MA Post-production graduate working as a Junior Promo Producer / Editor within our development department. 

Cheryl Chinyenze
Edit Assistant

Cheryl is an MA Salford Post-Production graduate and joined Workerbee in 2018. She assists in overseeing all of our in house post-production. 

Abby Berridge
Office Manager

After graduating with a degree in Film and TV Production, Abby joined Workerbee in early 2019 as Office Assistant and Receiptionist. She's the first face people see as they come into the office! She is also PA to Rick and Michelle.