The team

Jane Labous
Director, Producer, journalist, Project Lead

Jane is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and documentary-maker covering human rights issues, international development and human stories, with special knowledge of West Africa. Over the years, Jane has reported from all over the world for media including BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Geographical, Voice of America, IRIN, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The LA Times. For a while, Jane was a story-gatherer covering Africa for the international children's charity, Plan International.

Jane’s awards and nominations include a BBC Radio 4/Royal Geographical Society award to make a documentary about the mud masons of Mali; the Guardian International Journalism Development Prize, and being longlisted for a One World Media Award for her short film, Cinderellas, covering trafficking in Togo. The Angels documentary project is funded by a E19,000 grant from the European Journalism Centre (EJC).

Jane graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA Hons in French and English, and is fluent in both languages. For more of Jane’s work, see www.janelabous.com.

"Angels is, at its heart, a story of modern Africa. Women with successful careers are putting off having children until later in life. Women find themselves caught between traditional beliefs and contemporary medical advances. Moreover, women want to talk, they want answers, they want solutions..."
Shona Hamilton
Co-Director, Director of Photography

Shona is a filmmaker based in London, brought up in France by a Vietnamese mother and Scottish father. Shona learnt the different roles of filmmaking on the job, starting off as an editor, then working as a camera operator and later as a producer/director. She honed her filmmaking skills working as the in-house videographer for the international children’s rights organisation, Plan International, for seven years.

Shona has been freelance since 2013, directing and editing films for clients in the charity, public and corporate sectors, including Unicef, Save the Children, V&A Childhood Museum, Frieze and Kings College London, as well as independent documentary projects. Having travelled extensively, Shona is fluent in French, English and Portuguese, and speaks conversational Spanish. You can find out more about Shona at www.shonahamilton.com.

Angela Robson
Executive Producer (Audio Documentary)

Angela Robson is a multi-award-winning writer, broadcaster and film-maker, and the director of Pearl Works Productions. Angela has worked in over 50 countries for innumerable media outlets, including the BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique.

Angela’s awards include the European Commission’s Natalie Lorenzo Prize for Journalism, the Guardian International Development Journalism Prize, and the British Media and Environment Prize. 


Angela graduated in English Literature from the University of York, and has a Master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto. For Angela’s radio and writing work, go to www.angelarobson.net and www.pearlworks.com.

Idrissa Ndiaye (Idi)
Chief Field Producer, Fixer

Idrissa (Idi) grew up on idyllic Ngor island in Dakar, Senegal, and worked as a firefighter and rescue diver, ranked Sergeant, for the national Senegalese military for 13 years. In his time, Idrissa has saved hundreds of lives. He speaks fluent Wolof, French and English.

Idi came to the UK in 2013, and is now involved with numerous media projects in the UK and Senegal. He travels frequently to Senegal, and has already completed a month’s research in Dakar in preparation for Angels filming later in 2018.


Idi brings exceptional local knowledge and networking talent to the Angels team, finding access to interesting sources, and acting as the team’s fixer, host, location scout and translator, and resident first aider! 


James Labous
Second Camera, Editor [Factual]

James is a digital video producer and podcaster. He has worked on documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. James now produces digital video content for the charity Parkinson’s UK, as well as working on his own independent documentary projects.

James’ short documentary, also set in Senegal, has been shown on the festival circuit, and he currently produces a football and music-focused podcast featuring an array of guests from around the world, including Seun Kuti, son of Nigerian afrobeat legend, Fela.


James graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA Hons degree in English, and has a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from City University.

Sandra Dudley
Web and graphic designer

French national Sandra has settled in the UK since 2002. After completing her Multimedia production studies, she began her career as a digital designer.

She likes to combine both her technical know-how and creative flair to create engaging digital content. Find out more about Sandra at www.sandradudley.co.uk.

Emma Bryce
Field Reporter, Nigeria

Emma Bryce is a freelance journalist, originally from South Africa and now based in the United Kingdom. Her specialism is in science journalism, which has driven her to cover stories about the environment, climate change, the future of food, innovations in healthcare, and most recently, women's health. To date her work has been published in The Guardian, Wired Magazine UK, Audubon Magazine, TED Education (where she writes scripts for animated videos), as well as the New York Times, Broadly, and Slate.

She received a masters degree in Science, Health and Environment Reporting from New York University. In 2016 she was awarded a fellowship from the International Reporting Project to write about climate change and agriculture in Morocco. Currently she is funded by a grant from the European Journalism Centre to cover stories about maternal rights in Nigeria, Uganda, and Pakistan.