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Project Manager: Frances Dredge

Frances Dredge

Frances Dredge

With a career in journalism, business and communication, working in senior positions for companies such as Harpers, Dow Jones and BAA, I now run my own consultancy business Purple Pear, which specialises in communications, publishing and training. We work on a contract basis for a number of organisations.

I have worked on a variety of skills development projects including managing this FEU project which focuses on helping to provide business skills for freelance members of the creative unions.

Project team: Muriel McClymont

Muriel McClymont

Muriel McClymont

Previously a senior manager in the Facilities Managements sector, working with organisations such as IBM, ASDA, BAT, UKAEA, MoD, Dept of Transport and the Police, I now enjoy an interesting and varied self-employed portfolio career.

I have my own business Lumier Coaching, offering career coaching, training and support to groups and individuals, and as an NUJ member, I use my business background to provide PR and marketing support to small businesses.

I have co-written, developed and delivered CV writing, interview skills and mentoring training for the NUJ, which has included providing 1-2-1 sessions.

I look forward to putting all my experience to good use to support this amazing project.

Project team: Kate Willoughby

Kate Willoughby

Kate Willoughby

As the project administrator, my role encompasses a range of administrative responsibilities including co-ordination of training events, collation of data and the provision of information.

As well as this, I film and edit videos of project events, help write the FEU training blog and update the website. My acting skills recently proved useful in one of our project workshops in which I took part in forum theatre staged as a method to illustrate the ways in which we can improve the way we communicate.

Basically, like many freelances, I am constantly learning new skills so that I am able to support my acting career and develop a marketable and interesting portfolio.

I have been an Equity member for several years and am a working actor, writer and director with a background in developing training for community as well as corporate projects.

Equity - Marketing, Events, Training And Membership Services Manager: Louise Grainger

Louise Grainger

Louise Grainger

Part of my role includes writing and producing many of the union's publications including the Equity Guides Series. I am responsible for the Equity website and other initiatives such as training for members as well as working on joint training projects with sister entertainment industry unions.

I also organise Equity events and the union's presence at industry events such as the Edinburgh Festivals, Leicester Comedy Festival, National Student Drama Festival, Magicians Convention, Vox, Move It - where I often lead workshops and seminars about working professionally in the entertainment industry. I have responsibility for various key Equity membership benefits including the Careers Advice and Job Information Services.

Musicians' Union - Live Performance and Training Officer: Bindu Paul

Bindu Paul

I have been working for the Musicians’ Union since 2008. I have worked in the Regional offices in Cardiff and in London, dealing directly with members regarding any issues or enquiries they had with their career.

I am the Live Performance and Teaching Officer working in the MU HQ. As well as dealing with the initiatives we have in place for our members who teach, I also help to coordinate the region’s learning events.

National Union of Journalists - Campaigns and Communications Officer: Frances Rafferty

Frances Rafferty

Frances Rafferty

I am a journalist and have worked for newspapers including the Sunday Mirror, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Times Educational Supplement, as well as for a range of publications, including women's magazines, as a freelance.

I edited the education journal 14-19 Skills Bulletin and have written the biography of Eamonn O'Kane, education union general secretary and Irish civil rights activist.

Before joining the NUJ, I worked as the media affairs officer for the TUC's unionlearn.

Ellie Peers

Ellie Peers

Writers' Guild - Acting General Secretary: Ellie Peers

I oversee the negotiation of the union’s national agreements on pay and conditions for writers in TV, theatre, radio and film. I also manage the day-to-day running of WGGB, and represents the union nationally and internationally.


Business skills training
for creative freelances