Who We Are

the man who can
Geoffrey Bicker, Director at AON

Geoffrey Bicker

Director

With credits including Monsoon Accessorize, Halfords, Boots, Kodak, Illy, BMW and Siemens, Geoff has directed, edited and animated for some of the UK’s biggest companies.

After training at multimedia school ARTTS International, Geoff became its Technical Director and Director/Producer for ARTTS Productions. He wrote, directed and edited marketing, promotional and educational videos for companies such as Pirelli, BP, Drax Power Ltd, Scottish & Southern Energy, Nissan, and a number of Hospices.

During his 16 years at ARTTS International/Productions, Geoff also implemented Media and Management Training Courses for companies such as Croda International, ICI, Post Office Counters Ltd and the BBC.  He ran a variety of courses including ‘Handling the Media’, ‘Personal Impact’, ‘Presentation Skills’ and ‘Teambuilding’.

Since 2005, Geoff has headed up AON Productions in partnership with Derek Donohoe. As well as directing and editing, Geoff has now mastered animation and 3D modelling. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what the company can achieve, giving clients a range of solutions for their communications needs.

Geoff is an expert in Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After-Effects, Adobe Photoshop and LightWave.

If Geoff ever says, ‘We can’t do that,’ he always adds, ‘but we can do this…’. The word ‘no’ just isn’t part of his vocabulary, as it’s his instinct to find a creative solution to every scenario. The budget won’t allow for a helicopter fly-by of an industrial site? Then he’ll create a 3D animation instead. Green screen, whitescreen, split screen and multiscreen – Geoff is master of them all.

the write stuff
Jo Spencely, Writer and Development Producer at AON

Jo Spencely

Writer and Development Producer

Now based in Edinburgh, Jo worked in the TV industry in London for 10 years, working her way up from Runner on shows such as ‘TFI Friday’ to Head of Development for Carlton and Senior Development Consultant for Talent Television.

Jo devised and pitched ideas ranging from light entertainment to factual programmes. She produced many taster tapes and pilots for potential new commissions, many of which were successfully sold to broadcasters in the UK and US.

Jo’s other credits include writing and directing a documentary on Simply Red for ITV1, devising and producing the inserts for theatrical productions by The Big Picture Company for their Edinburgh and Derby Playhouse shows, and writing and directing a short arts documentary about the sculptor Brancusi. In production, she was a self-shooting Researcher on shows such as ‘Extreme Magic – Extreme Danger’ for ITV and ‘Prickly Heat’ for Sky. She also worked on flagship entertainment programmes such as ‘An Audience With… the BeeGees’, and ‘Rod Stewart’, and the ‘One and Only’ series featuring the Corrs, Boyzone and Steps, the ‘Live By Request’ brand featuring Phil Collins and Simply Red, and Smash Hits TV for Sky, which she also helped devise and pitch.

For AON Productions, Jo has scripted everything from promotional films to internal communications and training packages for clients such as Halfords, Monsoon Accessorize, Dunelm Mill, a leading national power company, SEAT, and the QCDA (Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency).

As a writer, Jo has won two national writing competitions, had her work broadcast on Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’; she has been published in ‘Mslexia’, ‘Quattrocento’ and the anthology ‘A Shake of Stars’ and has been longlisted in the Words with Jam First Page novel competition.

making it happen
Derek Donohoe, Head of Production at AON

Derek Donohoe

Head of Production

After starting his professional life in the theatre as a Stage Manager, Derek has worked extensively for broadcasters and producers such as BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 5, Disney, and Tiger Aspect.

Derek has worked with some of the top names in British drama – from actors to directors, producers to commissioners. Immensely adaptable, creative, and absolutely committed to getting the most out of any budget, Derek has steered many a complicated shoot to successful – and on-budget – conclusion. He’s not fazed by divas or disasters, and manages to be both hugely liked and hugely respected in the industry.

A regular Production Manager at the BBC, Derek’s film and TV drama credits include ‘Ivanhoe’, ‘Holding On’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Life Begins’, ‘Sweet Revenge’ and ‘Last Resort’.

Having set up AON Productions with Geoff in 2005, Derek has worked as Producer, Director and Editor for clients such as Halfords, Monsoon Accessorize, and RWE npower.

Derek also works for the BBC and twofour 54 in Abu Dhabi, training the next generation of Production Managers. He uses his computer skills to develop AON’s e-learning and learning management systems for the growing number of companies who use them for training employees.

Derek has extensive experience of Health & Safety issues, having overseen a wide variety of filming situations, including large scale stunts for film and television.