Andrew Carapiet – Media and Communications Director
He was a Health, Political and Local Government Correspondent for the BBC for several years, covering most NHS, political, Local Government and Social Affairs issues for BBC News.
He has been a Media Trainer, Communications professional and Public Relations Consultant since 1997.
Andrew started as a freelance print journalist for several newspapers across England, before joining the BBC in 1987, initially as a reporter, producer and presenter for BBC Radio, then turning to television in 1990. He joined BBC Breakfast News as a Producer, working alongside Nicholas Witchell and the late Jill Dando.
Andrew spent a total of ten years with the BBC, where he worked for all the major television news programmes, including the Six O’Clock News and the Ten O’Clock News.
He served on the Ten Year Strategy Committee for the BBC’s News & Current Affairs Directorate.
He left the BBC in the mid 1990s to set up Britain’s first National Cable Channel for the Mirror Group, where he worked as a Programme Editor and Senior Producer. He has also worked as a Producer for BSkyB and Sky News.
Moya Fillmore – Business Director
Moya started with four years in ethical pharmaceutical sales, before taking up her career in Marketing, PR and Communications within the Healthcare Industry. She has managed internal and external communications, producing in-house publications as well as handling media relations.
Moya was also responsible for devising and implementing marketing strategies which led to highly successful launches of a variety of innovative, high technology products.
With activities as diverse as organising medical conferences, to training in the UK, Europe and Middle East, Moya has developed a rounded and versatile approach to PR, Marketing and Communications.
Judy Aslett Journalist, Producer and Media Trainer
Upon returning to the UK, Judy became Foreign News Editor for Channel Four News working in Moscow and Europe, went on to be Foreign Affairs Correspondent when Five News was launched by ITN in 1997. Since then Judy has presented on the ITV News Channel and produced and presented special investigative reports for Channel Four News and BBC Newsnight.
For the past eight years Judy has been working as a media and presentation trainer. She also trains the ITV trainee journalists and has travelled around the world, training journalists for APTV and ITN.
Tim Grout-Smith – Journalist, Consultant and Media Trainer
He has reported for the BBC from more than thirty countries, including reporting from the Rio Earth Summit, and won international awards for his work in 1987 and 2001.
In 1992 he took up the post of Project Director with the newly-formed BBC Marshall Plan of the Mind (now the World Service Trust, the largest specialised media development organisation in the world).
Gail Downey – Film Maker, Journalist and Media Trainer
As a film maker Gail has produced films for numerous organisations including businesses, the Department of Health and charities like Flying Scholarships for the Disabled.
Gail works with organisations during publicity campaigns and product launches to run communications teams or assist press offices and often produces films for such campaigns.
Lily Poberezhska – Teacher, Journalist and Media Trainer
She worked for nine years for the BBC World Service, and has a diploma from the London School of Public Relations. Widespread experience in use of the media for education and awareness-raising includes work for the World Bank, the EU and the British government in aid projects across the former Soviet bloc and beyond.
Steve Hemsley – Journalist, Trainer and Writer
He is a former features editor of Music Week and now writes extensively for magazines across many industry sectors including media, pharmaceuticals, human resources, retail and the drinks trade.
Among the companies and organisations he has worked with are Southwark Council, Royal Bank of Scotland, Grant Thornton, Indesit, Dennis Publishing, The Economist, Budget Insurance, UKTV, Philips Design, Millward Brown and Sony Computer Entertainment.
He is also the co-author of the book Boost Your Child’s Confidence published in 2008.
Rob Jones – Internet Marketing Social Media
Rob has worked in the internet industry since 1995 as a designer, producer, trainer and digital marketing consultant for start-up businesses, SME’s, FMCG brands and Blue Chip Corporates across the UK. Rob’s worked with hundreds of clients during this time, and fortunate to have been involved with a number of award winning and highly publicised campaigns.
Among the companies and organisations he has worked with are The Financial Times, Marketing Magazine, RAC business, BARR (Tizer and Irn-Bru), Jones Lang Lasalle, Savills, ECCO, Spotless Group, English Heritage, and Hyundai Car UK.
Cat Young – Social Media Trainer
Cat is the senior consultant in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Social Media Marketing (SMM) and is responsible for the strategy, implementation and measurement of marketing campaigns for many clients ranging from SMEs to large public sector organisations.
Cat is also Chair of a local partnership which combines representatives from business, community interest groups & local government. She has been able to steer the group through funding applications, personality clashes & red tape in order to successfully deliver projects for the local community.
Helen Isacke – Performance Coach & NLP Master Practitioner
Helen’s innovative and outcome focused approach to personal development ensures that the solutions delivered improve organisational performance and are highly valued by the individual. She has worked with senior management from the private and public sector, including Kier Group, Vitec Group, British Bakeries, Meggitt, Odgers Ray & Berndtson.
Helen is also qualified to administer psychometric profiling tools TDI and FIRO Element B. Helen’s background in HR, recruitment and marketing reflects her passion and commitment to people development and communication.
Mary Price – Media Trainer
Mary Price has had a long career in broadcasting. She was a producer and editor for BBC Radio and TV where she developed many new forms of programme for both mediums.
As a trained trainer she initiated and developed media training courses for BBC Training.
She has also worked with journalists all over the world helping to develop their skills in news management and journalist training.
Working for Thomson Foundation, the UN, DFID, the British Council and the Indochina Media Memorial Fund (IMMF) she has supported journalists in setting up new radio stations, in delivering social campaigns and in creating programmes for communities disenfranchised by war.
She continues to be an active producer.
Simon Brooke – Media and Presentation Skills Trainer
Simon Brooke has worked for 25 years in communications training and development. He is a media interview and presentation coach as well teaching both presentation writing and delivery.
Simon is an experienced freelance journalist and editor.
He is joint author of ‘Be Bulletproof : How to Achieve Success in Tough Times at Work’, a book on management techniques.
Joseph Kenneway – Marketing and Commuication Skills Trainer
Joseph started his Marketing Communications career with a Thames Valley based agency specialising in the motor industry and related areas. After nine years Joseph branched out into the public sector, charitable organisations and educational institutions.
Joseph is an all-rounder with creative and copywriting skills, as strong on visual communication as on verbal.
He has taught on courses for the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, and has considerable experience of brand development and communication, with clients ranging from the British Medical Association to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Susannah Ashfield – Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Trainer
Susannah specialises in public speaking and presentation skills. As a talented and versatile classically trained actress and voiceover professional, Susannah draws on her wealth of experience on stage, TV, film and radio.
Susannah has worked with a range of renowned clients including Spotify, Sky and Classic FM, ITV BBC3 and Sony Pictures. Susannah understands the value of strong presentation from her work in a competitive commercial environment. She has extensive experience of building relationships and engaging with exacting clients, and winning business through excellent presentation skills.
Susannah has real enthusiasm for building speaking and presentational skills, developing their strengths and helping them to succeed professionally. She is equally adept at coaching clients for specific speeches and presentations, or helping them to develop their skills and confidence over time, supporting them to achieve their career objectives.
Jane Bennett-Powell – Award Winning Correspondent, Media Trainer and Journalist
Jane is an award-winning news correspondent with more than 25 years’ experience in network tv and radio, including Channel 4 News and the BBC. Since 2000, she has also delivered highly effective communications training to foreign broadcasters, international and national business, finance, the charitable and medical sectors and the arts.
Jane’s journalistic career spans local radio, the BBC News Trainee programme and Newsnight, and eleven years with Channel 4 News, where she reported on domestic and foreign news, including the Bosnian conflict. Her subsequent freelance career led her to BBC World TV as an in-house reporter.
For the past 15 years, Jane has trained and advised a wide range of professionals in media, crisis and presentation skills.