I have worked in the creative media industry for most of my professional career since studying History of Art at Glasgow University. After starting in small London post houses, I moved to the BBC. Here I opened and ran the Technical Review Centre and later managed the trainee scheme opening up post production in London, Bristol and Birmingham to new talent – many of whom have gone on to impressive careers in media.
I joined Skillset in 2004 to manage programmes of over £3 million investment that ensured business and freelancers in London had access to the skills development they needed to improve their productivity. I soon took responsibility for the Facilities sector and al things related to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
I have continually been involved with fostering economic and social growth through regeneration, including an in international study tour which directed the policy of both Toronto and London.
I was a founding director of a first class media training and consultancy business, The Bridge, helping lead the regeneration of East London by attracting creative businesses to the area to capitalise on the opportunities that 2012 will bring.
My knowledge of the skills landscape of the United Kingdom is extremely advanced. Working with public agencies and politicians at every level has given me a wide network of contacts to help understand and influence this landscape.
I am a leading thinker for the creative media industry, driving forward new ways of working and conceptualising the industry both in written word and speaking engagements.
- Supporting the creative media industry with training and consultancy.
- Providing a context and platform for continued debate and discussion to improve the industry.
- Creating new business opportunities for both private and public sector.
- Advising public sector how best to engage and support the industry.
- Expertise and liaison around skills and development.