Mike Sansom

  • Company Director

Mike is the driving force behind BrightFire. A skilled engineer, chemist and pyrotechnician, Mike has been building things and then blowing them up since he can remember. As well as running the BrightFire business Mike takes a hands-on role in much of the company’s activities. Behind the camera he has contributed to Top Gear and The Grand Tour, and in front of the camera he has appeared on shows including How Hacks Work, Food Unwrapped and Strange Evidence. On stage he can be seen entertaining audiences around the world with his explosive science demonstration shows. No job is too big and no request too weird. Mike will always come up with a way to make the crazy work.

Tom Martin

  • SFX Engineer

A talented artist and maker, there isn’t much that Tom can’t turn his hand to. Working as a car mechanic, prop builder and SFX technician Tom has produced props for Hollywood movies and been the brains and hands behind extraordinary vehicles and pyrotechnic stunts for top TV productions including Top Gear, The Grand Tour and The Apprentice.

Glen Downs

  • Workshop Manager

Workshop manager and engineer, Glen plays a key role in keeping the BrightFire machine running smoothly, building and adapting various crazy commissions for TV and live events. As an experienced pyrotechnician and general all-rounder he also takes a lead role in firework displays and live events. Before joining BrightFire he had a proper grown up job working as an engineer for the likes of Rolls Royce and the Ministry of Defence.

john Kennett

  • Live Production Manager

Working alongside Mike for over a decade, John is responsible for BrightFire’s live and corporate events. An experienced production manager with a background in circus and pyrotechnics John has worked in the entertainments industry for many years with a wide range of high-profile clients. John’s meticulous attention to detail ensures nothing is left to chance and that BrightFire always delivers on time and on budget.

Rebecca Dunlop

  • Executive Producer

Executive producer in charge of development and securing commissions. Rebecca has spent most of her career to date based in London and Hong Kong, working with large investors and a broad range of factual content.

Emma Shaw

  • Development Producer

Emma is a trained journalist with 20 years experience in the TV industry. She has been involved in developing and producing cutting edge content for all the major channels in the UK. From crime fighting for the BBC and airport dramas on ITV, to science for Channel 4 and the paranormal for Channel 5, there are few subjects left untouched in her documentary repertoire. Emma also specialises in sourcing and creating new projects for talent and brands, an area she finds exciting and innovative - especially if it involves a sneaky trip away or an ideas meeting over a G&T.

Matt Shaw

  • Producer Director

Matt is a Director, Producer and Exec Producer with 20 years experience in the TV and Digital industries. He has made a range of factual programmes, documentaries and entertainment formats for major broadcasters in the UK and internationally, and subsequently created short-form multi-platform video content for innovative digital publishers reaching a young and dynamic audience. Creating fresh content for global brands such as Jamie Oliver, Warner Brothers, DC Comics and Sony, Matt is never happier than when a brief involves his first loves - directing and good food!

Lindsay Williams

  • Locations Manager

Lindsay has been working alongside her father running the family farm for many years. She has been in charge of diversification, turning an old dairy farm into a thriving business. Highly focused on making the farm an ideal filming location, Lindsay is constantly developing the farm to suit the needs of TV and film productions alike.

Alec Mileman

  • Live Production Manager

Starting with BrightFire as a work experience student, Alec has become an integral part of the team as a regular camera operator. Experienced on all the BrightFire camera equipment and editing software, Alec has numerous credits in TV productions for camera work.


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