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James Patterson

James Patterson – Director

James is director of MACE.

With approaching 35 years experience at national and regional level, he is one of the UK’s senior moving image archivists.

Qualifying as a professional librarian in 1979, he joined the National Film Archive at the BFI, initially as a film cataloguer, and worked there for 20 years, the last 10 as Keeper of Documentary Film.

In 2000 he left London to establish MACE, the newest of the network of regional public film archives in England, and has since lead the development of this ground breaking public facing archive organisation.

James is also a Senior Academic in the Lincoln School of Media at the University of Lincoln

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Telephone: 01522 837751

Richard Shenton

Richard Shenton – ARCHIVE MANAGER

After completing the MA in Film Archiving at the University of East Anglia in 1997, Richard worked in a variety of film and television environments before joining MACE in 2005.

Richard is primarily responsible for all access to the collections and is particularly interested in developing their use in education.

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Telephone: 01522 837752

Phil Leach

Phil Leach – Curator: Research & Programming

Phil joined MACE from the Carlton Television's library in Nottingham in 2005.

Phil's main focus at the moment is developing MACE's screening programmes and cataloguing the collection.

Telephone: 01522 837754

Kayla Thompson

Kayla Thompson – Archivist

Originally from Canada, Kayla studied Film Studies and English as an undergraduate, and developed a strong interest in film history.

She moved to the UK in September 2009, and completed the MA in Film Archiving at the University of East Anglia. She joined MACE in November 2010.

Kayla is responsible for film conservation and copying.

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Telephone: 01522 837759

Eliza Richardson

Eliza Richardson – SALES & mARKETING OFFICER

Eliza originally worked with MACE on a 9 month internship after completing a BA Hons in English at the University of Lincoln. After a short break she came back to MACE as Rights Administrator as part of our BFI Discovery Fund project.

Eliza is now MACE's Sales & Marketing Officer, overseeing all archive sales and leading on social media.

Eliza is also the first point of contact for telephone and email enquiries.

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Telephone: 01522 837750

Mandeep Kaur-Lakhan

Mandeep Kaur-Lakhan – cataloguer (staffordshire film archive cataloguing)

Mandeep has worked and volunteered with a number of heritage organisations in the Midlands.

Mandeep previously worked for MACE in 2009, uploading video clips to the website and has recently graduated from the University of Leicester with a Masters degree in Film and Film Cultures. Since then she has worked with MACE on the BFI Discovery Fund.

Mandeep is currently cataloguing the Staffordshire Film Archive, which was deposited with MACE in 2012.

Joanna White


Joanna has over fifteen years experience as an independent video producer and editor, and ten years as a freelance camera operator for ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar News. She is currently undertaking a part-time Master of Arts degree in Digital Media at the University of Lincoln and has developed a particular interest in the potential offered by digital technologies to engage new audiences with archive imagery. Assisting Sue, she will be primarily responsible for the digital restoration, editing and archiving of items for the HLF Vinegar Syndrome Project.

Susan Winn – Project curator & Film technician (HLF Vinegar Syndrome Project)

Susan’s previous experience includes her time as a Technical Assistant at the National Film and Television Archive, based in the John Paul Getty Conservation Centre, Berkhamsted.

She has also worked as a Film Technician at The Film Clinic, a post-production facility attached to The Machine Room, London.

Prior to joining MACE,Susan was a cataloguer for the BUFVC’s Newsfilm Online project, set up to digitise ITN’s and Reuters historic news archive.

Sue is currently working on a Heritage lottery funded project undertaking the detailed examination of an endangered collection, preparing it for copying and working with a group of volunteers to research the material


Lara worked for a number of different organisations in both commercial and non-profit sectors before joining the MACE team in October 2014.

In her role at MACE she is responsible for all financial and general administration, dealing with enquiries and accessioning new material.

Tel: 01522 837753