Annie obtained a BA Hons in Sociology and then went on to do a postgraduate diploma in acting at East 15. She then worked in entertainment public relations as an account manager for many years before embarking on a teaching career. She obtained her PGCE at Goldsmiths University and taught Drama in three inner city London schools.
Annie witnessed the impact and influence that Drama had on individuals. It empowered pupils to think for themselves and understand the world around them by challenging and clarifying preconceived ideas.
Annie has also worked at Teach First on their residential programme and ran a yearly workshop on ‘How to use your voice in the classroom’ for trainee teachers.
Her experience in education and the belief that an actor’s tools can be applied to business is utilised in her current training programmes. Annie has written techniques that allow candidates to explore and flex their communication styles producing impactful results in the workshop.
She has written and tailored communication courses for global organisations such as Facebook, Prudential, Santander, HarperCollins Anglo-American, GlaxoSmithKline, Ernst & Young, RS Components, Institute Of Engineers, Bloomberg, Publicis Sapient, Leo Burnett, Network Rail, Sodexo, Vitality, Nuffield, CMS, Brunswick Group, Deloitte and MUFG.
Sharon Young has an MSc in Organisational Psychology and has worked as a consultant in learning and development for blue chip organisations for 15 years. In designing the courses, she has used the theories of Organisational Psychology which underpin some of the techniques used throughout our work.
Communication and Voice Coach
Cat studied English at Oxford University and trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Based on the belief that Acting skills are really Life skills, she has worked as a Communication and Voice Coach for over 12 years, delivering highly-tailored training to business professionals who seek to be more confident and clear while remaining authentic.
She has delivered communication courses for diverse organisations such as Shell, Time Inc, HSBC, Ernst & Young, Mott MacDonald, The BFI, Lazards, McGraw Hill, Fidelity, IFRS, MD2MD, Rothschild, Luxotica, Facebook, Publicis Sapient, Network Rail, Sodexo, Anglo-American, Prudential, Vanguard Asset Management, Vitality, Nuffield, Santander, CMS, Brunswick Group LLP, GlaxoSmithKline, and MUFG.
Her bespoke one-to-one coaching encompasses all levels, from promising executives to Senior Directors, at companies including McGraw Hill, Credit Suisse, Fidelity, Santander, IFRS, Global Forestry Investment, The Rank Foundation and Financial Ombudsman Service.
In addition, she has spoken at forums such as DAC Beachcroft’s ‘Creating an Inclusive Workplace’ event, ‘Breakfast Business Club’ and ‘ISES Powerhour Seminars’ and co-led business seminars for HealthTech UK. She has been featured twice in The Guardian and appeared as a guest Voice Coach on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour analysing the voices of female politicians.
Communication and Voice Coach
Bev Vincent has been involved in teaching communication skills for over 30 years. Bev has been Head of Drama and subsequently Head of Performing Arts at Copthall school, using drama skills to help students develop confidence, overcome their social anxiety and ‘find their voice’, in order for them to reach their potential.
Bev has taught presentation and public speaking skills to various groups in leadership roles such as educators, diplomats and the police. Over the past 7 years, she has been largely working with young people and adults, to develop their confidence and empower them to communicate effectively. She has delivered workshops to teachers in schools, professional youth leaders and workshop leaders, working also at The Globe Theatre, to help improve voice, language and non-verbal communication.
Her work with individual clients has been tailored to their individual needs; from coaching in interview skills, improving diction, public speaking or communicating in board meetings. She has also travelled to New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston coaching various community leaders, helping them to improve their communication and presentation skills.
Bev also works part time at Rhodes Wood Hospital School for young people who suffer from acute social anxiety and low self esteem and she also runs workshops in residential care homes to help residents recall memories through music and discussion.
Anneli graduated from Birmingham University in Drama and Theatre Arts in 1998.
From 1999–2012 she worked in the commercial sector specialising in business development. Anneli worked within publishing recruitment and experiential marketing industries; presenting, communicating and winning business across multiple disciplines such as; FMCG/ Health and Beauty/ Retail/ Energy/ Construction and Publishing. She was responsible for winning business at Levi’s, Diageo, Elizabeth Arden, BP, Dualit and Nikolodeon and has dealt with many publishing houses across the UK.
As a Commercial Manager for a well-known drinks publication she was responsible for running their Award Ceremonies within the very profitable on-trade sector and consistently hit sponsorship targets, boosted morale and developed new ways of celebrating the industry whilst creating additional revenue streams.
In 2010 Anneli decided to fulfil a life-long ambition and retrained as an actor at The Poor School, graduating in 2012. Since then she has gone on to work for our National Theatre, BBC, numerous theatre companies and feature in a number of independent films.
Anneli also runs her own LAMDA classes and she also develops communication and performance skills for young people. Throughout her corporate career, Anneli has also helped graduates to communicate effectively in interview training techniques and has developed multiple teams to present at board level.
Kim studied Law with French before starting out in public relations, working with various consumer brands. From Crisis Management for KFC, to leading a regional tour for the stars of ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ her experience spanned FMCG, Quick Service Restaurants, Fashion clothing, the Arts and Travel.
As Account Director to Pampers, Kim’s team helped the brand win the coveted ‘Mother & Baby’ Best Nappy award and become the UK number one nappy brand, through partnerships with relevant media and targeted events and communication.
After almost ten years in PR, Kim started her own business teaching exercise classes to children, using drama and performance skills to encourage the children to be active and energetic and to enjoy exercising.
Kim’s experience of presenting during her PR years, together with her children’s exercise business have given her an insight into the benefits that Drama can have on communication in all areas of business, teaching and indeed life.
Katie trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has worked as Resident Assistant Director for The Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath.
She has directed plays at venues including The Library Theatre Manchester, Lowry Theatre and Arcola Theatre.
Katie works as visiting director and acting tutor in a number of UK drama schools, a trained LAMDA teacher and is an artistic associate of The National Youth Theatre.
Katie works regularly for theatre education and development departments delivering workshops in voice and text.
Katie’s work with actors and non-actors covers audition and interview technique, body language, presentation and communication skills.
Katie’s decade of experience training actors informs her approach and she regularly coaches and works with clients one on one to empower them in the work place with effective communication and public speaking skills.
Britt studied Drama and English at Hull University and was involved in a comedy troupe for a few years. In recent years she has participated in workshops on improvisation, comedy and creative thinking for many organisations.
Her interest in different styles of communication, storytelling, ideas and psychology led her originally into the world of advertising.
She joined as a Planner using research and intuition to explore consumer behaviour, brands and how best to work with creatives. She joined the account management department to handle the Tesco client account and helped to launch the iconic ‘Every Little helps’ campaign. Here she applied her interest in Psychology, Drama techniques and emotional intelligence to deal with a range of people and
their various agendas.
Britt led large teams often including stakeholders with conflicting interests. Britt understood the difficulties of managing people and finding a way to communicate and negotiate, has prompted her to develop tools and tips to support strong and positive outcomes.
She has worked in various top London agencies for a range of clients large and small, such as Braun, Garnier, UBS, P&G , Lactofree, De Witt and Tesco, Abbey National and Tourism Ireland in the UK.
Since then her focus has been on consulting for brands, idea generation and developing training for those in the workplace who want help to find their voice and confidence.
She is also working to counter ageism in the workplace and advise on the benefits of intergenerational teams.
The Smiling Assassin
She smiles. She puts you at your ease and then asks you the questions you don’t want to answer and she does it live. No retakes and no prisoners, Sarah’s career has developed from musician to economist to TV, radio and virtual host.
Her financial and city reporting background is comprehensive as the host of Bloomberg Business Breakfast, Morning Money on Share Radio and Daybreak when it aired on The Money Channel, as well as being one of the first webcasters for Thomson Reuters.
Sarah has worked The European Union, the Strategic Communications Unit at 10 Downing Street, the BBC, China Daily and The Guardian. She currently works for ProactiveInvestors, Total Market Solutions and lse.co.uk where she’s known for her flirtatious ferocity.
Working closely with the charity sector, Sarah is a podcaster and awards coordinator for muscular dystrophy concern Muscle Help Foundation and has co-hosted events on behalf of Success after Stroke.
She has lectured in Business Language at post-graduate level and conducts media training seminars across Europe for blue chips including Royal Dutch Shell, Allianz, SEAT, BMW and Tetra Pak. Educational establishments
Sarah has been involved with include Bancrofts School and the University of Bedfordshire.
Sarah is a sought-after voiceover artist for corporate animations and when not behind a microphone is behind a spade in her allotment. She’ll teach you how to react when you meet someone like her.
Script Writing Trainer
Mark has worked in the Film and TV industry for twenty years, starting his career with three seasons on the influential entertainment show, ‘Soccer AM’. He has a diverse range of credits and has held several key industry positions including Commissioning Editor at Sky 1 and Head of Programmes at Sky Movies.
Mark has always developed drama alongside his factual and entertainment television work and produced the film, ‘The 51st State’ with writer Stel Pavlou. At college, Mark and Stel had always talked about producing a feature film, it took five years to get Pavlou’s raw script to screen with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle.
Mark also developed the drama series ‘Utopia’ at Sky TV and commissioned Kudos to make the series. ‘Utopia’ was produced by Channel 4 and released to wide critical acclaim. Mark received an ‘original story’ credit on each episode. The second series of Utopia aired on Channel 4 in 2014.
Also working in factual, Mark was exec-producing the ‘Oscars’ and ‘Golden Globes’ for British television. He exec-produced the BAFTA Cymru winning ‘Ryder Cup Concert’ and developed and commissioned the ambitious ‘Rooftop Rainforest’ where a living rainforest, complete with over 1000 plants, trees and animals was erected on top of the Westfield shopping centre.
In 2013, Mark helped launch BT Sport and worked there as a creative consultant for the first three seasons. In the last two years, Mark has consulted for Endemol Shine, Classic FM, Wireless Group Radio and Dr. Pluto Films where he developed an off-the-wall game show for Channel 4.
Mark has lectured at the National Film and Television School, the BBC and Solent University.