Courtnay Mcleod is the Director of The Scottish Media Academy, responsible for the design and delivery of all courses, customised projects and corporate packages. Courtnay has recently been appointed Visiting Professor of Media at an Italian University, lecturing in convergence trends and broadcast journalism. In Scotland Courtnay is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has qualifications in management and leadership, and recently worked as a Teaching Fellow, Academic Adviser and Masters Degree Programme Leader at a university in Edinburgh. Before becoming an academic Courtnay was the main anchor of an ITV six o'clock news programme and prior to this she was a radio journalist and presenter. For corporate clients Courtnay specialises in media consultancy, customised team building days and crisis communication activities
Murray Cox started his media career at Forth One in Edinburgh and went on to become an innovator and leader in the digital media revolution. Murray was amongst the first group of media professionals to develop online skills. His passion and talent for digital media allowed him to enjoy success with the BBC and with the Australian Associated Press. In 2009 Murray stepped away from day-to-day news to help blue chip organisations in the UK embrace social media, better tell their stories online and use digital technologies to overhaul their businesses. He is also an experienced university lecturer, specialising in digital media. For corporate clients Murray develops innovative and effective digital strategies and provides social media training. .
Rona Dougal presents Scottish Television’s current affairs programme ‘Scotland Tonight’, conducting live high profile interviews on matters of national interest. Previously Rona worked as the Sky News Scotland Correspondent for 15 eventful years, covering major stories, such as, the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands and the terrorist attack on Glasgow airport (for which her team won a British Bafta). Rona specialises in live reporting and also online news delivery, including social media. Rona teaches within the academy and for businesses specialises in producing and presenting corporate videos, presentation training, and putting senior manager through their paces with interview coaching.
Alison Melton has worked across the media, in journalism, education, events, PR and Marketing. As a journalist and presenter Alison worked for both Scottish and national media organisations, reporting on a variety of news and features for GMTV, ITN and Scotland Today. Alison has taught Masters level multimedia journalism at a Scottish university, accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, specialising in onscreen reporting and storyboarding techniques. Alison has also worked as Head of PR and Marketing for a leading fashion company and Account Director for global PR company Weber Shandwick. For corporate clients Alison provides PR advice, event services, team building sessions and designs and delivers crisis management training.
Robert Beveridge is a leading authority on media policy and regulation. His analyses on broadcasting policies have been requested by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Broadcasting Commission as well as internationally. Robert is a Visiting Professor of media regulation at the University of Sassari, Sardinia. He is a former member of the BBC Trust Audience Council Scotland, and is a co-author of ‘Guidelines for Public Service Broadcasting’ in the Asia-Pacific region. Robert advises corporate clients on relevant media policy and regulation, and is also a respected public speaker, having spoken at Media Summits in China and Malaysia and high profile conferences across Europe and North America.
Billy Briggs is an award winning freelance journalist. In the UK his work has been published by leading titles including The Guardian, The Observer, New Statesman, The Sunday Times, The Herald, The Scotsman, Scotland On Sunday. Abroad Billy has written for the Irish Examiner, New Zealand Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, Al Jazeera and the BBC. His reporting has won several awards including prizes from Amnesty International and the European Union. Most recently he was named ‘Magazine Writer of the Year’ at the 2013 Scottish Press Awards. Billy has lectured in journalism at the University of St Andrews and the University of Strathclyde. He supports corporate clients with advice on developing in-house magazine and online publications, and provides intensive interview coaching to senior executives
Nina Macleod is a multi-skilled broadcaster with 18 years experience in news and current affairs. Nina started her career in independent local radio before moving to ITN where she worked as one of the network's first video journalists covering news across Scotland and the north of England. Nina has worked for ITV, Channel 4 News and Channel 5, covering stories such as the Paddington train crash, Foot and mouth disease and the 9/11 terror attacks. Recently Nina worked as a reporter for BBC Scotland, reporting for radio, television and the BBC news website. She provides a range of services for corporate clients, including practical training for video and podcast production, broadcast and online writing styles, and voice coaching.
Stuart Duncan is a brand architect. With 10 years experience of developing challenger brands in media, music FMCG and luxury sectors, Stuart’s experience has depth and variety. Current responsibilities at Bauer Media Scotland include Brand & Marketing, Digital and Social Media content strategies, PR & Events. He is tasked with the development and implementation of all consumer and client facing communication campaigns. Previously Stuart has been Marketing Director at an Ad Agency where he worked on international brands and EMEA activation projects.
Marianne Taylor is assistant digital editor at the Herald and Evening Times. During a 13-year career in the media she has been a reporter, feature writer and subeditor at a wide array of newspapers in Glasgow and London including the Herald, Evening Times, Daily Record, Guardian and Daily Telegraph. She has also worked extensively within the wider communications world, including stints as a media officer at the Home Office and a corporate communications adviser within Scottish policing. She is particularly interested in how the internet is transforming all forms of communication. Marianne provides corporate clients with digital media advice, PR support and intensive crisis management activities.
Knoxy is the midmorning presenter at 102.5 Clyde 1. She has worked in commercial radio for the past 8 years, starting off a Moray Firth Radio in her hometown of Inverness where she was given the chance to do travel bulletins before being given her own show. Since then, her love for radio and presenting has developed. In 2010 she was awarded Radio Presenter of the Year at the Arqiva Awards and moved onto Clyde 1 later that year. Knoxy has interviewed many stars over the years, including Robbie Williams, Paolo Nutini, JLS, Olly Murs and has hosted a number of high profile events including the Scottish Variety Awards
Boogie has been working in Scottish radio for nearly 20 years. Following stints on Radio Borders and Northsound he has been the breakfast show host on 97.3 Forth One in Edinburgh for 9 years. In that time he has been nominated for a Sony Award (2012) as well as winning a New York Radio Award Gold (2011) and was the “UK Commercial Radio Presenter of the Year” in 2004. He has interviewed countless artists from Kylie Minogue to Ozzy Osbourne, Pink and Take That.
Gina McKie has enjoyed a hugely successful radio career for over two decades. She currently presents Late Night Gina which is networked across Scotland and is a movie reviewer for Clyde 1 and Forth One. Gina has presented shows from Ayia Napa, Canada, to Hollywood with Ross King and picked up the prestigious New York Radio Festival Award along the way. Gina started her career as a production assistant before being promoted to head of music, then programme controller. Her focus is always on being a good communicator and the continual development of skills. Gina is also a qualified counsellor, hypnotherapist and practitioner in neuro linguistic programming.
Arlene Stuart hails from the Granite City and has worked in the broadcast industry for 20 years. Her ability to undertake a
diverse range of presentation styles has taken her into all areas of broadcast. In radio and television, local and national, Arlene has been immersed in news, documentaries and light entertainment. In the corporate world, she has voiced commercials, CD roms and podcasts, sorted out the ‘men from the boys’ with her no nonsense approach to media training and hosted everything from debates to awards events. Whether it’s reporting from the top of mountains, exploring the shipwrecks of Bermuda on film, interviewing politicians or celebrities, or in her own ISDN studio voicing commercials, Arlene thrives on the challenges that face her.
Colin Gray is an experienced online educator, teaching academics at Edinburgh Napier University and lecturers around the world how to improve their blended and distance education. He has researched and taught social networking, podcasting and video in education among other learning technology interests. He also specialises in web and media development for businesses, supplying user centric Web solutions, video production and Internet marketing services.
Gavin Pearson is an experienced presenter and producer in UK commercial radio. In 1993 his lucky break came at Forth One when he became Scotland’s first ever professional schoolboy radio host! He was soon a regular presenter and by 1996 Gavin was recognised by the Commercial Radio Industry as one of the UK’s 3 best newcomers. Gavin moved to Clyde One in 1996 and after 4 years on the morning slot took on a more senior role and is now Head of Station Imaging for Scotland. Gavin still presents permanent slots on Clyde 1 and regularly covers slots locally and nationally. He also specializes in interviewing stars – talking with Bono, Tom Jones, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Kylie, Robbie Williams and many more.
Gilly Fraser began her career as a journalist with the Doncaster Gazette and its sister paper, the Evening News. She intended to concentrate on newspaper and magazine features, but fate took her instead to NorthSound Radio in Aberdeen. There she dealt with news both as reporter and bulletin producer, as well as producing and presenting features, documentaries and chat shows. Gilly then moved to ITV Border as a reporter/presenter and covered many of its biggest stories, including the Lockerbie bombing, Foot and mouth and the Carlisle floods in 2005. Gilly now works freelance, putting her skills to use in dvd-production as well as co-presenting a show on BBC local radio, writing for several newspapers and magazines and looking after social media for a local veterinary practice.
Kenny Hutchison has followed parallel careers in teaching, broadcasting and music since 1986. In radio, he has been a presenter and producer at Northsound, BBC Radio Scotland, Scot FM, and WLSD in the USA. He currently hosts a weekly specialist music programme for Forth 2. As a teacher, Kenny has been Head of Music at the International School Aberdeen and currently teaches music at Scotland's top boarding school, Loretto in Musselburgh. He has been Musical Director for many shows, played millions of gigs, and leads the resident house band at Jools Holland's Jamhouse in Edinburgh. His most notable experiences include being vocal coach and piano teacher to Dame Judy Dench for the film Mrs.Brown, and preparing and rehearsing the pipes and drums to perform with Paul McCartney at Hampden stadium.
Duncan Leven is a fine example of a cliché. It’s often said that the most difficult part of radio is getting that ‘foot in the door’. That’s exactly what Duncan did in 1994 when he volunteered to answer phones through the night to get some practical experience in radio. It worked! In his time at Clyde, Duncan has produced and presented shows, been a traffic reporter in the Eye in the Sky, lead the Superscoreboard production team, produced shows around Europe and the U.S. and has won several Sony and New York Radio Awards. In 2010 Duncan was promoted to Deputy Programme Director at Clyde 1 and in 2012 was further promoted to Programme Director of the Greatest Hits Network, the collection of stations that broadcast on digital, online and AM frequencies to local audiences across Scotland.
Lorraine heads up the award winning news and sport team at Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 and is also the main news presenter.
This team is also responsible for producing and presenting bulletins for the entire Bauer Scotland network in the evenings and the popular sports show Superscoreboard. Lorraine has covered some of the biggest news stories, notably the Glasgow Airport terror attack, Maryhill disaster, and G8 summit at Gleneagles. She recently presented an hour long documentary ‘’Clyde 24 – A Day in the Life of the River Clyde’’ and has anchored live coverage of the Pope’s visit to Glasgow and bulletins from Manchester on the day Rangers played in the UEFA Cup final, before reporting on the ensuing riots.
Michelle Hunter is the Project Manager of The Scottish Media Academy. She is also a network producer at Bauer Scotland working on a number of radio shows that are broadcast across all Bauer Scotland FM stations including Clyde 1 and Forth 1. Michelle has worked in the radio industry for over 5 years and has also taught radio production at Clydebank College. As well as working in commercial radio, Michelle has also worked for the independent production sector, producing a number of chart topping podcasts for the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.
Kathleen Morgan is a print and online journalist, and former editor of The Herald Magazine, The Sunday Herald Magazine and The List. She has been a feature writer and television critic for The Daily Record, as well as a news sub editor and feature writer for the Evening Express. Kathleen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently course leader and senior lecturer in journalism at Cardonald College Glasgow, which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).