Real Time was founded in 1984 by Dr Jackie Shaw, now Research Fellow at IDS (Institute of Development Studies), University of Sussex and Clive Robertson, Real Time’s current creative director.

In 1997 we published a book on Participatory Video, a comprehensive guide to using video in group development work. Used in a participatory way, video can be a powerful tool, which allows clients to examine the world around them, gain awareness of their situation and become more actively involved in decisions which affect their lives.

Clive Robertson

Creative Director and Founder
Clive has over 30 years experience using participatory video to deepen community insights and communicate them

to decision makers and the wider public using visual methods to build communications between marginalised communities and policy makers. Clive has worked in corporate, educational, statutory and voluntary sectors.

Including time as Co-Director of London Video Arts he has delivered hundreds of video and media projects in

the UK and abroad.

Dr Jackie Shaw

Jackie is a skilled participatory facilitator, project leader, senior lecturer, international consultant and multi-disciplinary social researcher, with more than 30 years experience using visual methods such as participatory video to mediate and drive participatory action research, social dialogue, collective action and communication processes in a wide range of community, development, and health contexts.
Her work has prioritised collaborations with the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities, such as people living in poverty, women, refugees, people with disabilities and mental ill-health, elderly people, sexual minorities and homeless people. Jackie has provided tailored practitioner training and accompaniment input for professional groups, NGOs and communities in the UK and internationally since 1990.


Tom Zajac

Tom studied Television and Video Production at Bournemouth University and is an experienced filmmaker, camera operator and editor. He has worked in the independent sector as a freelancer for over 20 years on a wide range of productions and is responsible for overseeing all Real Time's content outputs. He is a flexible producer and editor who sees the value in creating positive working relationships with his clients from the very start, often working alongside people to conceive, research, script and produce their films.

David Wall


David is an experienced Tutor/Mentor with a high degree of success in helping young adults and professionals in achieving qualifications and finding roles into their chosen vocation. He has proven skills in creating and delivering employability courses having delivered courses for apprenticeships, SSR, SSU, NEETs and college students in England and Canada. Other achievements include being a trustee for Real Time, consulting on internationally funded projects and developing/delivering workshops for ERASMUS participants from a variety of European community groups engaging hard to reach adults and refugees in finding employment.

Patrick Humphreys

Development Director

Professor Patrick Humphreys is Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology at LSE (London School of Economics). He has expertise in innovative and creative decision-making, decision support systems, and enhancement of resources for health, culture, development and networking. He is a director of Spritivity Worldwide Ltd, Papertronic Ltd, and The International Creative Industries Alliance, China. As Co-Director of the London Multimedia Lab for Audiovisual Composition and Communication he directed the project, “Creative Partnerships: Pathways to Value” for the Arts Council England. He is responsible for the LML’s joint initiative with ZenZone Media Lab, Beijing on

“Spritivity Workshops”.


Driving change processes through participatory video and creative storytelling

Real Time’s participatory video is a tried and tested approach to unearthing novel insight.

Developed over more than 35 years in a wide range of settings, it involves groups in communicating

their own stories on video. In turn, this can build awareness about what prevents change happening,

and what needs to be done.