Professor Ray Johnson
Ray is Professor of Film Heritage and Documentary at Staffordshire University. He is also a Director of Screen West Midlands, a Director of the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), a Director of the Mitchell Memorial Arts Centre Trust, member of the Academy of Teaching Excellence Fellows, Fellow of the Film and Video Institute and member of Equity. He is a Vice President of the Arnold Bennett Society along with Roy Hattersley and Margaret Drabble.
Ray is an independent documentary film-maker, writer and actor – having appeared on television, in the West End and around the UK in plays and musicals, and on the Royal Variety Performance. He founded and runs the Staffordshire Film Archive, has produced over 70 documentaries and compilations of archive films, and has appeared as archive and film expert on various television programmes. His theatre scripts and film sequences have been produced in theatres around the UK. Ray was recently appointed MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, for services to the arts.