WCSFP Board Chairman
John Lynch is a leading industry figure in the production of specialist factual film and television, with a substantial track record in creative innovation, editorial judgment and international partnership. In a distinguished media career, including the editorship of Horizon and culminating in a decade as the creative and business leader of the renowned BBC Science Unit, he has long been committed to reaching the widest possible audience with knowledge that matters to their lives. As an award-winning executive producer, writer and director, with three BAFTAs, two Emmys, two RTSs and a Prix Italia, he was responsible for the global smash-hit Walking with Dinosaurs, and produced the acclaimed Horizon documentary, Fermat’s Last Theorem. In 2011 he was honoured with an OBE for services to broadcasting. Following his departure from the BBC he is active on a variety of advisory boards that focus on the communication of knowledge. Through his company, Words Make Pictures, he has also completed a landmark TV series for National Geographic, and was a co-producer on a Hollywood feature. John has been a passionate supporter of the World Congress since its early days and, as Chairman of WCSFP Ltd., has been instrumental in its development to become the preeminent, and most popular, international specialist factual industry event.