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Ella Todd

Board Member of Soi Dog Foundation International

 

Since childhood, animal welfare has been Ella’s guiding principle, in particular the injustice faced by animals bred for food. 
Ella started her career as a researcher at the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol before becoming a Producer of wildlife documentaries for BBC Worldwide in London. After six years at The BBC, she decided to start her own production company in order to produce high quality media for animal charities on pro bono bases. 

During a trip to Thailand in 2007, Ella visited a friend volunteering at Soi Dog. Amazed by Soi Dog’s phenomenal spay and neuter achievements and seeing the passion and dedication of Gill, John and the staff at the shelter, what was supposed to be a quick two-hour tour turned into an intense week of filming to document life and work at the shelter. The feature length film (Soi Dog’s first ever film) was released in 2008 and saw the start of a longstanding relationship with the foundation and commitment from Ella to help.
Since then, she has produced more films for Soi Dog, most notably the ‘I Didn’t Know’ campaign film featuring Peter Egan, Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley and Laura Carmichael and a Netflix documentary ‘Shadow Trade’ which highlights the foundation’s tireless battle to end the dog meat trade. 

Ella lives in West Sussex, England with her husband, three young children, two rescue dogs and (at the time of writing) seven feisty rescued ‘homes wanted’ cockerels.