The Team

Project Chairman

Paul Smith

Multi-faith Chaplain Co-ordinator - Filton College

Paul has worked within the Further Education sector for many years, initially as Lecturer in Chemistry at Filton College Bristol, before being appointed Multi-faith Chaplain Co-ordinator at the college in 2007. He is an Anglican layman and currently serves on the Bristol Diocese Board of Education and as a trustee of the St. Matthias Foundation. Paul has no background in video production, but hopes that his doctorate in Biological Chemistry may help!

Project Secretary

Colin McArthur

Further Education Adviser - Bristol Diocese

Since 2005 Colin has worked as a freelance educational consultant. Currently he serves as FE Adviser to Bristol Diocese and as Coordinator of Aimhigher in South Gloucestershire.

Prior to this, he was Head of Filton High School and Deputy Head at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple CEVA Comprehensive School, Bristol. Colin is an experienced trainer-facilitator and a founder member of the South Gloucestershire Leadership Academy.


Alan Shellard

Artisan Productions

Alan has worked inthe audiovisual industry for 25 years. The last 22 years as an independent producer/Director of video and AV productions.This has included directing projects all across Europe and the USA. He has also worked as a Director in Japan, Russia and the Caribbean for companies ranging from BP, Caterpillar, Excel, Booker and John Deere to many smaller lesser-known names. In the public sector he has produced videos and events for The LSC, DoH, UWE, many Colleges and charities. Alan is an accomplished radio broadcaster, voice over artist and presenter.

Developer & Writer

Miles Elwell

ME Associates

Miles has had a long and varied career in the communications industry, producing all manner of corporate literature as well as being heavily involved in video and DVD production. More recently, his work has taken him into distance learning tutoring for equality and diversity, and the writing of educational and training material for a number of sectors including PSHE and diversity.

Project Developer

Derek Ormston

Chaplaincy Team Leader, New College, Swindon

On moving to Swindon in 1983 as Swindon Archdeaconry Youth Officer, Derek was asked to develop a Chaplaincy in New College which opened in 1984. He said to the then Principal "I'll give it a year and see how things go!" - 25 years on and he is still there as Chaplaincy Team Leader and enjoying every minute of it. He is an Anglican priest with two rural parishes in North Wiltshire.

Ordained Deacon in Lichfield Cathedral in 1967, after Theological training at St David's University College Lampeter, Derek's connection with Further Education goes all the way back to student days at Carlisle Technical College.

Project Developer

Peter Marsh

Chaplaincy Team, City of Bristol FE College

Coming from a military background serving as a vehicle mechanic repairing Chieftain tanks during the Cold War and later teaching engineering and mathematics at the army’s School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. On leaving the services he joined Soundwell and later City of Bristol FE College. He now works closely with students requiring academic support and has a special interest in students coping with Dyslexia and Aspergers. He is the Christian member of the college’s ‘Talk about Faith Team’ and with a Muslim and a Hindu member seeks to support both student and staff through faith.

Technical Advisor

Stephen Newby

Audio Visual Technician - Filton College

"I have a passion for community based media and strive to make the best use of the skills I have acquired."

Steve has been working at Filton College since 2008. He is also the media co-ordinator and a founding member of the not for profit community arts co-op ArtspaceLifespace Ltd. Steve has been working as a production manager and technician for The Invisible Circus since 2003. In 2006 Steve obtained a BA honors in Film & Media Studies from the University of Wales, Lampeter.