Contribution to the Creative Industries
Jo Ho, UK
BA (Hons) Mixed Media Arts, 1998
From humble beginnings and immigrant parents who barely spoke English, Jo has always wanted to be a voice for the voiceless. In 2010, Jo created Spirit Warriors, a BBC martial arts fantasy TV show – and changed the industry. It was the first series in the UK to be created by a Chinese man or woman, and starred a predominately East Asian cast – another first in TV history. Since then, she has created films and TV series for the producers of Match Point, The Killing, The Bridge, Lord of The Rings and Jane the Virgin, among others. Jo has won many awards, including the Women in Film & Television's New Talent award, and has been named one of the outstanding young Chinese people in the UK. Jo began publishing in 2016, with her debut young adult novel, Wanted, becoming an Amazon US bestseller soon after its release. Jo is also a voting member of BAFTA and will be a founding member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain's new Diversity Committee, which will be dedicated to fighting for the rights of diverse writers when it launches.
Noreen Naroo-Pucci, USA
Vice President of GDE (Global Design Engine), Under Armour Inc
BA (Hons) Fashion Design, 1993
Noreen Naroo-Pucci is the Vice President of (GDE) Global Design Engine for Under Armour Inc. The GDE is a centralized creative unit for Apparel, Footwear and Accessories Design. She joined the brand back in 2008 and focused on the growth of the Women's business from bare bones to close to $800 million dollars. A particularly notable moment includes the multi-award winning 2013 Armour Bra, where the patent is filed with Noreen as the lead designer.
Noreen has a résumé of global industry experience with previous design positions at Marks and Spencer in London, The Limited Brands in Hong Kong, ONYX SPA in Rome, Champion SPA in Florence, and Fila in Biella, Italy, and then New York. Noreen currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Design School, as well as the Baltimore School for the Arts. She continues to mentor young design students and carries out philanthropic efforts, with FIT and Parsons in NYC. She taught a Creative Leadership MBA, a joint programme between MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) and Johns Hopkins University.
Beryl Richards, UK
BA (Hons) Media Studies, 1980
TV and Film Director and Executive Producer
Beryl directs film, TV drama and TV comedy. In TV, as lead director, she has helped create many popular UK teens’ and children’s series, for which she has been awarded four BAFTAs; most recently a BAFTA, Broadcast Digital award and a Kidscreen award in 2016/17 for interactive comedy, Secret Life of Boys. Beryl has also been nominated for two International Emmy Awards, and she has directed continuing drama series such as Wild at Heart, Holby City and Casualty.
In 2011, Beryl joined the board of Directors UK (DUK), and was Chair from 2015 to 2017. She helped found and now chairs DUK's Gender Equality Group, which was set up to campaign for better representation of female directors in the UK. She won the 2016 Women in Film/ITV Achievement of the Year award, and currently sits as an elected member of the BAFTA TV committee.