HCS President Gwyneth Hughes

Gwyneth Hughes was born in London, the daughter of a policeman from North Wales. She studied Russian at Sussex University, before moving north to train as a newspaper reporter on the Sheffield Morning Telegraph.

Gwyneth worked on the Yorkshire Television regional news programme, Calendar, and became a Bafta-nominated documentary director specializing in history and true crime. She began her move into drama on episodes of The Bill and Silent Witness. More recent productions include the classic adaptation The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and the original ghost story Remember Me, starring Michael Palin. Her original thriller Five Days, and her Tippi Hedren biopic The Girl, were both nominated for the Baftas and the Golden Globes.

Her new adaptation of Vanity Fair  for ITV and Amazon, was broadcast in Autumn 2018 to great reviews, together with an Agatha Christie murder mystery, for BBC1 in Spring 2019.

Gwyneth is currently shooting 'Honour', a two part drama for ITV, based on the true story of the honour killing of Londoner Banaz Mahmod and starring Keeley Hawes as the detective who found her killers. She is also writing another two parter for ABC/Disney in the USA, about the Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong, who acted alongside Douglas Fairbanks Snr and Marlene Dietrich. She has lots more in the pipeline but is superstitious about mentioning them until the contracts are signed!

She is married to Chris Brown DL, the chair of Huddersfield University. They live near Keighley, West Yorkshire.