Our People

Daniel McDonnell
Managing Director

Daniel began his career as a trainee at the BBC in 1989. He worked for the corporation for 17 years as an engineer and VT operator and in later years as an editor. He formed Timeline in 2006 to specialise in providing server systems and shared edit systems to the broadcast sector. The company has now grown to have more than 20 full time staff and supplies facilities for high profile programmes to all the major British and International broadcasters.


Charlie Tear
Technical Director

After graduating from SAE as a recording engineer, Charlie joined the original Timeline team as Technical Director. In addition to his deep and wide-ranging knowledge of broadcast and post-production technologies, he is also a highly regarded picture editor, working on flagship programmes such as the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage. Charlie was part of the team which was awarded the 2011 BAFTA for Best Sports Production for the coverage of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


Dominic Eaves
Technical Director – North

Network and Server Operations team at the BBC and progressed to the position of specialist. He has worked as an EVS Operator and was involved in the formation of Timeline in 2006. In 2008 he joined Timeline on a full time basis, bringing his expertise in networks and servers to compliment his understanding of EVS servers to make Timeline the market leader in broadcast server systems. He has project managed the shared server systems on notable shows such as Wimbledon, the Open Golf and Volvo Ocean Race.

He currently resides in Manchester and is Technical Director Timeline North, along side his role as Server Specialist on Outside Broadcast projects he is responsible for post-production technology in a newly built post facility at MediaCity UK.


Nick Buckley
Head of Operations

With a total of 30 years experience in Television operations, Nick’s career includes BBC News location work ranging from Downing Street to Beijing, Kuwait and Beirut.  

He project managed the build of the BBC Paris Bureau and was satellite coordinator for two general elections and the BBC Millennium programme. 

In BBC Outside Broadcasts Nick steered the rapid growth of digital RF cameras and managed the world’s leading team of RF specialists for 15 years who delivered A1GP on-boards, Beijing Olympic sailing and London Marathons among many other projects.  

Nick was VTM at the Delhi Commonwealth games for Marathon and Cycle Road races. Recent career highlights include planning and delivering live connectivity for BBC coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011, Diamond Jubilee and Margaret Thatcher Funeral.


Elaine Nankervis
Operations Manager

Elaine is experienced at managing a range of broadcasts, programming, budgets and staff. Having worked for Sky, Classic FM, Sunset+Vine, NBC Olympics and now Timeline she has a vast quality of broadcast experience. Having started at Sky and moved to Sunset+Vine Elaine worked from Production Coordinator to Senior Production Manager, working across a variety of programming; including Production Managing the UEFA Cup and then the UEFA Europa League for 5 years. She has a wide range of planning, budgeting, on-site outside broadcast experience, and technical knowledge. Elaine also Production/ Technical Managed the coverage of the Scottish Cup for the BBC, managing all facilities across the multiple match coverage weekends, feeds, live and highlights output, as well as coverage for news. Elaine has also worked with 16mm and 35mm film shoots for NBC, the world largest Olympic rights holder filming across the UK with different crews. Now Operations Manager at Timeline TV Elaine is dedicated to working across the company and managing the largest projects for Timeline TV.


Eben Clancy
Post Production Director

Eben started his career as a runner, in Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, before joining the BBC as a Post Production trainee. Over the course of 18 years, he edited some of the biggest programmes to come out the BBC’s London base and led a number of the BBC’s Post Production villages.
After the Beijing Olympics, Eben joined the freelance market and moved North, working as a consultant to BBC North and Peel Media on the MediaCity UK project.
In 2010, Eben joined the Timeline team, to head up the Northern offering, bringing with him a wealth of experience and passion, to build MediaCity’s first Independent Post Production facility.