Mike Purdy, Tamarind Associate, cameraman/editor

In 1988 Mike founded NewsAfrica in Johannesburg and secured the BBC contract to manage cameras, edit suites and freelancers for all of Africa. For over ten years Mike worked with leading broadcast journalists including Jeremy Vine and John Simpson, covering major news events including the South African liberation struggle, Namibian independence, Mandela release, South African elections, Rwanda genocide, Congo rebel takeover. During this time he also worked on documentaries for BBC Panorama including ‘South Africa – police Brutality’ that won the Cannes Silver Award in 1999.

Most recently Mike spent eight years as Deputy Production Manager for Cantos Communications, jointly leading a production staff of ten people and working as a camera operator/editor for the production of video content for online investor relations, seminars and internal communications. He worked on projects for clients such as 3i Group, Apax Partners, Amec, Aviva, Barclays, Banco Espirito Santo, British American Tobacco, Corus,  HSBC, J. Sainsbury, National Grid, Prudential, Rolls-Royce, SABMiller, Standard Chartered and Tesco.