Lucy Cooper joined Union Visual Effects in April 2016. As managing director, she’s responsible for executing the company’s strategic vision, including business operations, people and new ventures, while ensuring that the culture and identity for which they are known is preserved.
After gaining a law degree from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Lucy began her career at Scottish Television before a move to London and the world of post production. Her 20 years of experience spans a variety of creative companies across broadcast, film and television post production and physical special effects.
In 2008, she joined VFX software vendor The Foundry, where she spent 8 years as a key member of the team that grew the company from 30 passionate people into a 330+ strong company with a valuation of £200M - building critical business connections among artists, studios, industry influencers and organisations, while developing the company’s identity and culture. During her tenure, Foundry products won two Sci-Tech Awards from the Academy of Motion Arts and Science and their software was used on every film awarded the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects since 2011.
Lucy is passionate about encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity within the VFX industry. She serves as a board member of Animated Women UK as well as being an active participant in the industry’s ACCESS:VFX movement. She also completed Cranfield School of Management’s “Women as Leaders” programme.