Meet Our Team
CACTUS IS A BUSY, DYNAMIC COMPANY THAT FREELANCERS OFTEN RETURN TO AGAIN
AND AGAIN - BUT HERE ARE THE CORE MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM...
Amanda Ross - CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Amanda Ross is Co-Founder and CEO of Cactus TV, the production company she founded with her husband Simon in 1994. Its current productions enable Amanda to indulge in her passions for Cookery and Books, as well as ambitious large-scale entertainment events. Her productions have meant she is lucky enough to have worked with a wide range of Hollywood stars and figures as diverse as Madonna and Bill & Hillary Clinton.
Simon Ross - Joint Managing Director
Simon Ross is Co-Founder and CEO of Cactus TV, which he founded with his wife Amanda in 1994.
ANGELA PIERCE - Head of Production
Angela joined Cactus in March 2018. Enjoying the endless variety and vitality of production, Angela’s experience has covered a wide range of projects, from formatted factual series, reality, shiny floor shows, observational and drama documentaries to current affairs. Working previously within the independent sector as well as for large public and commercial broadcasters based in the UK and overseas, Angela currently works across all of the Cactus output.
Charlotte Collins - Head of Entertainment & producer
Charlotte joined Cactus TV in January 2002, and after working in a Day Team on Richard & Judy she moved across to the Entertainment Team, becoming Head of Entertainment in January 2009. As well as booking the celebrities across all of Cactus TV’s programmes, Charlotte also produces Saturday Kitchen Live, has also produced Weekend, The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, and The National Book Awards.
POLLY CONWAY - SENIOR DEVELOPMENT EXEC
Polly has come up through the ranks at Cactus - starting as a researcher on Richard & Judy back in 2002, and eventually Day Producing the show for nearly five years. She went on to produce Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, before returning to Cactus. As well as being a senior member of the Development Team, Polly is a Series Producer with a passion for live TV, books and food - her recent credits include: Kitchen Garden Live with the Hairy Bikers, Saturday Kitchen Live, The Zoe Ball Book Club and The National Book Awards.
lizzie Hollick - senior entertainment producer
Lizzie joined Cactus in 2012, having previously booked for shows including This Morning, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, Strictly Come Dancing, and The Voice. Since joining Cactus, Lizzie has booked talent for Saturday Kitchen Live, Weekend with Aled Jones, Zoe Ball on Saturday/Sunday, and The Sara Cox Show. She has also helped produce The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards and The National Book Awards.
LAUREN HALL - ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
Lauren joined Cactus in 2017, working alongside Lizzie on shows including Saturday Kitchen Live, Weekend, Zoe Ball on Saturday/Sunday, and The Sara Cox Show. She has also booked talent on various shows including I'm A Celebrity - Extra Camp, Big Brother's Bit On The Side, and Pointless Celebrities.
Jo Birkinshaw - Head of Finance
Jo has been with Cactus since 2001. She’s overseen finances through three group ownerships and two relocations.