The Board

Steven Riley

Steven Riley

Steve is a project and programme management professional, with over 20 years’ experience in delivering large, complex initiatives for clients in IT, construction, aviation and defence. Steve is married, lives in Midlothian and enjoys photography, playing guitar and learning from his 10 year old how little he knows about Minecraft. Or how to operate the TV.

Raisah Ahmed

Raisah Ahmed

Raisah is a Scottish Asian Muslim Writer/Director, based in Glasgow, currently working across television and film. She has been shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab twice - in 2015 with Meet Me By The Water and in 2018 with Safar which is currently in development with Producer Zorana Piggott. She is in development with Zorana Piggott on a WW1 feature, Half-Moon Camp, for Film 4. Her writing credits include CBeebies shows Feeling Better, Molly & Mack and Control a BBC The Social phone drama and Aden’s Journey a short drama about a refugee unaccompanied minor for the Celcis course ‘Caring for Children on the Move’. Alumni of the EIFF Talent Lab 2014, Raisah had her first commissioned short as writer/director Meet Me By The Water premiere at EIFF 2016, it went on to be programmed by BBC Scotland’s ‘Next Big Thing’ programme. She directed one of BBC 3’s The Break III, 2018, was a shadowing director on CBeebies Molly & Mack S2 and most recently directed on CBBC’s ‘Sparks’.

Scott Mackay and David Barras

Scott Mackay and David Barras

The founders of what was the Scottish Youth Film Festival back at the beginning. Scott and David have known each other their whole lives near enough and served as best man at each other’s weddings. They are filmmakers and film educators and have produced feature films, documentaries and music videos as well as promo films for a wide variety of clients. They were BAFTA NT nominated for the script for their debut feature Electric Man. David has been delivering media education for 28 years and Scott is approaching his 10 year anniversary.

SYFF exists because they love film and creativity but were never encouraged to follow that dream when they were younger.

Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson

Jane is communications consultant, business owner and former CEO, who now provides board level counsel to UK and global organisations. With a passion for media and the performing arts and for working with young people, she has served as Vice Chair of Scottish Youth Theatre and Hackney Empire in London. Jane started her PR career in Scotland at Scottish Television before moving to London to work with media, print and broadcast companies including Capital Radio, where she was Director of Communications for six years.

Jane is a former CEO and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, peer reviewer for the Cabinet Office and contributing author of digital media book Share This Too. She is a diversity and Inclusion advocate and a member of CIPR’s D&I network.

Bill Boyd

Bill Boyd

Bill is a former English teacher and literacy consultant, during which time he was always an advocate for Moving Image Education and using film in the classroom to develop literacy skills. He is a volunteer guide at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, a lover of the outdoors and a champion of Scottish life and culture.