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Journalism Lecturer and Trainer with many leading UK Universities and Colleges. Formerly Head of Training with Press Association in London. Specialist in Media Law, Reporting skills, Interview techniques and all aspects of Journalism, including social media and news desk management.
Award winning journalist with 30+ years experience from trainee reporter to
Group Editorial Director.
Specialising in crime and investigative journalism, with extensive industry contacts at local and national newspaper level.
Currently, Director of Splash Training Limited.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. Appointed to the Institute’s Professional Practices Board September 2010 to date. Advising on best practice in the Media.
Member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes ensuring effective independent appraisal of working practices within the judicial system, reporting to the Secretary of State.
Holder of National Security Clearance (CTC) and DBS clearance (enhanced).
December 2010 – To date. Director with Splash Training Limited.
Associate Lecturer in Media Law at University of the Arts London. Associate Lecturer at University of Buckingham. Senior Lecturer in journalism at Lambeth College.Course Leader, Hackney School of Journalism.
August 2012 – July 2014. Head of London Foundation Course with Press Association Training in London.
Responsible for various Splash contracts in the UK and abroad (particularly China), providing contracted training services to the Press Association as Head of London Foundation Course. Lecturer in Media Law at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Sessional Lecturer in Media Practice at Buckingham University.
September 2009 – December 2010. Head of Journalism. Nosweat Journalism Training, London.
Responsible for entire teaching faculty, supervising all lecturers, ensuring effective delivery across syllabus.
March 2009 – September 2009 Course leader. NoSWeat Journalism Training.
August 2008 – March 2009. Journalism Lecturer. NoSWeat Journalism Training College, Clerkenwell, London.
November 2003 – June 2008. Journalist & Director. Associated Media Group (AMG) Ltd, Milton Keynes, Bucks.
Set-up and launched a successful news agency based in Milton Keynes, Bucks covering Bucks, Beds, Northants, Oxon and Herts.
The company has operated with contracts from the Daily Mail, Sun, Telegraph, Times, Guardian, Mirror, Star, News of the World, Sunday People, Mail on Sunday among others. It has also enjoyed work in Australia the US, South Africa and Europe covering news/features/pictures and all manner of work. AMG has also carried out work for the BBC, ITN and Sky.
The role of Director included management of all aspects of the business, accounts, IT, managing the business and daily contact with a broad range of clients.
The agency produced editorial content of the highest quality for the most demanding customers in the World.
Commissions involved buy-ups for both national (we did BB5/6) and international clients (Hewitt/Usher/others), tracing targets, door-knocks, snatch-pictures and follow work.
Every significant story in the nationals from 2004-7 probably involved AMG in some way.
Jan 2001 - June 2003. Editor. Sunday Independent, Plymouth.
Increased circulation by 2.6 per cent ABC (see UKPG/ABC) halting decade of year-on-year decline of eight per cent in just 12 months while reducing costs and controlling budget.
Appointed to the Newsquest Senior Editorial Committee by Company Chairman, Jim Brown within six months of appointment as editor. The ‘Committee’ controlled the editorial mandate of over 300 UK titles, including evening, weekly and free newspapers and was particularly responsible for deciding the training policy of Newsquest.
1998 - 2001: Editorial Director. Local Sunday Newspapers Ltd.
Reporting at board level with executive responsibility for all editorial aspects of the business including policy, direction, legal issues, staff, commercial growth, budget control and projection and overall analysis of the group’s editorial health and position.
This role also involved advising and guiding the board over fundamental commercial decisions such as the launch of new titles in Milton Keynes and North Hertfordshire and taking executive responsibility for those decisions.
Equally, extensive and continued liaison with all department heads and fellow directors was essential to fulfil this role resulting in a significant working knowledge and understanding of the advertising, production, accounts and distribution departments.
1996-2001: Group Editor. Local Sunday Newspapers Ltd
Responsible for group budget, legal matters, editorial policy and direction in all four centres (Bedford/Luton/Milton Keynes/North Hertfordshire).
Acting as direct manager to four centre Editors and central Production Editor on a day-to-day basis.
Overall control of 35+ editorial staff producing seven titles across three counties with a combined circulation of more than 350,000. Carried out all recruitment and training within group, taking trainee reporters through to senior level and conducting promotion panels, disciplinary or redundancy hearings as and when required.
Launch Editor (Milton Keynes on Sunday and Hertfordshire on Sunday), Operational Editor/Centre Manager as needed.
1994-1996: Editor. Bedfordshire on Sunday.
Responsible for continued success and growth of Bedfordshire on Sunday, taking pagination from around 40 to in excess of 90 while increasing profit margins, production/editorial quality in conjunction with advertising and production departments.
1993-1994: Chief reporter (with special responsibility for crime). Bedfordshire on Sunday.
National work – Sunday People/News of the World/Daily Mail/Sun and so on. Also set up and managed a limited press and public relations company: Newsplus Ltd enjoyed contracts for magazine production, in-house publications and corporate PR.
1992-1993: Senior reporter (crime). Bedfordshire on Sunday.
1990-1992: Senior reporter (crime). Milton Keynes Citizen.
1988-1990: Senior reporter. Milton Keynes Mirror.
1987-1988: Junior reporter. Northampton Citizen.
1986-1987: Trainee reporter. Riviera Media Services, Nice, France
1985-1986: Newspaper co-ordinator. Top Valley Viewpoint. Nottingham
Trained in newspaper law, investigative journalism, experienced with PCC, familiar with all current publishing and Internet developments.
Extensive current industry & operational contacts.
Some examples of work include: - Seven-year jail sentence for one of UK’s first crack dealers following undercover investigation.
Exposed illegal immigration network after intensive three-month investigation in UK, Germany and Belgium. Miscarriage of justice case before the High Court after six-year re-investigation of murder case.
First editor to run streaming Internet video of UK police brutality footage.
First Editor to successfully challenge police to disclose secret documents under Local Government Finance Act (pre FOI).
Major exclusive in Daily Mail finally determines the fate of Glenn Miller (also published in US and Australia and advertised on television).
NCTJ Diploma seminar/workshop. London June 2010.
NCTJ news-writing seminar/workshop. Leicester Jan 2009.
NCTJ Portfolio seminar/workshop. London Feb 2009
Reed senior management training (2002).
Newsquest management training (2001)
Law training courses (Walter Greenwood 1995-1998)
PCC training courses
Residential Investigative reporting. (Nick Davies, Guardian 1999)
LSN management training (1995-1998)
EMAP training courses (1988-1990)
NCTJ Media Law and Reporting seminar/workshops. London May 2017.
UK Newspaper Society Best News Journalist 1992.
UK BT Regional Journalist of the Year 1995.
UK Newspaper Society Best News Journalist 1997.
UK BT Regional Journalist of the Year 1998 (highly commended)
EMAP journalist of the year 1988
Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. Appointed to the Professional Practices Board 2010 and re-elected every year, including 2018.
Meteorology, Astronomy, Antiques, music, literature and audio technology.
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