A qualified tutor in the life-long learning sector, I am passionate about education as a door to new horizons. Managing this project has further underlined how important it is for us all to adapt our skills and develop new ones to maximise career potential.
I tend to develop and deliver courses from the extensive experience I’ve gained from running my own business – which means that they will be relevant and practical for creative people.
As Equity’s Marketing, Events, Training and Membership Services Manager, I am responsible for several on-going training initiatives relating to freelances.
I am also a qualified tutor in the life-long learning sector.
With a senior management background in the facilities management sector, Muriel now enjoys a successful self-employed portfolio career.
She is a qualified life-coach and tutors a range of training courses that are specifically designed to meet creative freelance learning needs.
Dan Mason is a journalist, media consultant and trainer, specialising in digital communication and social media.
Prior to starting his training company, Dan worked extensively in the UK regional press and was the award-winning editor of daily newspapers including the Coventry Evening Telegraph and Birmingham Post. He was also managing director of Coventry Newspapers and a managing editor for Newsquest in London. Over the past five years, he has trained in digital media all over the developing world as well as in the UK.
Gary James Merrill
I have been a freelance journalist and writer for two decades. For the last twelve years, I have also taught a variety of media and journalism-related subjects at universities in the UK. I currently teach BA and MA students at the University of Gloucestershire.
David Thomas founded David Thomas Media in 2005 to support small businesses and freelances with communications and business skills training.
David is a highly experienced broadcaster, journalist, trainer, communicator and business manager. His background includes radio and online production with the BBC, and his expertise has taken him all around the world, working with partners in Eastern Europe, the Far East, Africa and the Caribbean.
Since 2005 David Thomas Media has worked with more than 2000 people who are freelancing or setting up a small business. UK clients have included the BBC, ITV, BECTU, Equity and the FEU.
I write Doctor Who radio dramas, stage plays, non-fiction books and journalism for BBC News Online, Radio Times, technical magazines and newspapers like The Independent and The Los Angeles Times.
My Creative Productivity course came out of a firestorm of overlapping deadlines where I handed some brilliantly and some very badly. There’s no time for theory, this is real: practical things you can do immediately and that I am doing every day.
I have been a television journalist for over 20 years. I began my career in Scotland, before moving to London to work in BBC Television’s News and Current Affairs Department and then decided to go freelance working mainly on investigative documentaries.
For the past 10 years, I have been providing career development advice, including face-to-face and group sessions with Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media) as one of their industry practitioner advisers. Clients have included: new entrants, experienced media professionals and generic careers advisers working in FE and HE.
I am also a crime novelist and Lecturer in creative writing.
I am an award-winning freelance journalist who has shifted from print to online media.
I write news and blogs professionally for a number of websites and have experience of building websites from scratch. I am a director of Chris Wheal Associates and teach on a number of the NUJ Training professional courses.
As an experienced life coach, I have worked with a range of creative people to help them maximise their career and life potential. I’m an actress, director and journalist too so know what it’s like to work in the in the entertainment industry and the challenges freelances face.
Success and happiness don’t just rely on your skills but, most importantly, how you think about things. What you focus your thoughts on can become reality! And, most of us know how powerful the mind can be but forget that we can control and enhance this power in a positive way.
My aim is to empower people by helping them help themselves – mostly to ensure that they live to the maximum potential and get the most out of their work and social life.
I am an actress and TV presenter. Added to this, I am a voice over artist, commissioned writer (BBC), Development Exec, Grant Assessor, Creative Advisor for Westminster Arts and Cultural services a trained counsellor and work for the National Council of Drama Training and the Independent Theatre Council.
I tailor make industry workshops to individual specification with previous clients including Channel 4, BECTU and Equity and offer follow up careers advice service as well as a unique free aftercare email service.
A web practitioner, blogger, workshop leader and consultant, making social media simple is my primary aim. I work with digital technology to give creatives the understanding and skills to take their first steps online with clarity and confidence.
I deliver Social Media and Business Networking workshops for the FEU and run the FEU Training social network and twitter account. In 2006, I set up a web events company, PCM creative and have developed online communities for Arts Council England, Art of Digital London and Shift Happens.
An Equity member, I have expertise in senior management in the financial services sector. Since leaving my management post some 10 years ago I have built up a self-employed career which comprises corporate training; acting in film, tv, corporate videos and radio; voice over work and audio books.
I am particularly interested in the use of drama to enhance management skills such as presentation and negotiation skills.
I have worked in the private and public sectors, devised my own workshops and trained professionals on a group and one –to-one basis.
With long-term experience as an owner-manager (both freelance and running my own companies), I know how important both time and money are for freelancers – so my job is to ensure that the time you spend attending this course is well-spent and pays for itself asap (helping you both save and make money)!
A keen supporter of trade unions I’ve worked closely with members of the FEU (collectively and separately) to deliver practical, straightforward business support and learning programmes aimed at creative industry professionals working at all levels in all sectors in many different countries, territories and markets.