Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Careers Day 2018

The School of Media and Communication careers day is back with some of the biggest hitters in the media industry coming to Leeds.

This is your chance to network and get CV advice from the professionals.

Meet the Bosses Panel
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Sanjiv Buttoo, Managing Director, BBC Radio Leeds

I left school aged 16 to join the British Army and the Royal Army Medical Corps, after leaving I went on to work for a Yorkshire based clothing company where I eventually became Sales & Marketing Director working with major high street clients a rather famous fashion designer whilst gaining a degree in business and textile technology! I joined the BBC in 1990 and started working at Radio Leeds as a broadcast journalist. During my ten years at the station I went on to present and produce programmes before leaving to become the North of England correspondent for the BBC’s Asian Network and whilst there I was also given a brief to report on issues affecting the South Asian communities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

I have worked for Radio 4’s ‘file on four’ programme where I received a coveted Sony GOLD award for investigative journalism and for 5Live. I’ve spent time reporting and producing with BBC World Service living in Europe, India, Pakistan and the Middle East based out of the Jerusalem bureau. I returned back to the UK in 2012 and my first love which was local radio to become the Assistant Editor of BBC Radio Lancashire before being appointed as Editor of BBC Radio York. Two years ago I became Managing Editor of BBC Radio Leeds 25 years to the exact day I first started at the station!  As well as managing one of England’s largest local radio stations I also lead on diversity and I’m passionate about creating local partnerships and working with arts organisations.

Robert Charles, Freelance Sports Broadcasting Consultant

Robert’s whole career has been dedicated to Sports Broadcasting and Business. While working for ITV he produced live sports programming on FIFA World Cups, Rugby World Cups and Olympic Games he was also Executive Producer of Euro 96 in England. After being Head of Sport at Yorkshire Television he became Controller of Sport at Channel Five where he was responsible for buying sports rights and commissioning production for their broadcast. This role established led to relationships with all the major UK and US sports federations. After leaving Five he embarked on a number of sports consultancies with sports management, rights holders and production companies. He is currently working with Sunset and Vine, the international sports production company. He is a graduate of Leeds University with a degree in English.

Clare Loxley, Director, International Media Relations, Hewlett Packard

Clare Loxley is Director of Media Relations for Hewlett Packard Enterprise covering Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific and Japan regions.  In this role Clare is responsible for all media activities and set up the new structure and strategy for the team when Hewlett Packard Enterprise was launched in November 2015. Prior to this she was the lead for corporate media and issues management responsible for areas that had a potential to impact corporate reputation, including areas like restructurings, financial transactions and litigation.  During her career she has held a number of different communications, marketing, sales and business development roles.  Clare has worked for HP since she joined as a graduate in 1989.  Clare studied German and Management Studies at Leeds University and later obtained a Masters in Marketing from the Open University in 2005.

Ked Mather, Director, MWWPR

Ked is a Director at MWWPR working across Corporate and Consumer sectors with clients including Victor, News UK, Loot Crate, Curzon Cinemas and Shutterstock. Before joining MWWPR, he gained experience in-house as a Senior Communications Manager at MasterCard building a detailed knowledge of the financial services landscape and associated press. He also worked at Samsung and led the communications activation of London 2012 delivering their best ever social and traditional PR results since sponsoring the IOC.

Tim Singleton, Director of Communications, Department for International Development

Tim Singleton was appointed as Director of Communications for the Department for International Development in January 2017. Before joining the department Tim was Deputy Editor and Director of Newsgathering for ITV News. He has held a series of senior roles at ITV News, including Head of Foreign News, Westminster News Editor and Home and Foreign News Editor. He has covered a range of significant international and domestic stories during his career, including the 2003 Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, the Asian Tsunami, and six general elections. During his broadcast career, he has won a number of BAFTA awards for news coverage, an International Emmy, Royal Television Society awards for international and home news coverage, several One World Media Awards and a Broadcast Award.

PR & Marketing Panel
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Amy Gallimore, Communication Officer, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Having graduated from my degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016, I applied for various internships through the careers centre at university. Eventually I landed an eight week internship with West Yorkshire Fire Service in their communications department, over a year later and I’m still here– must be doing something right! Working in public sector communications is not without its challenges and its value can often be misunderstood. Public sector communicators deliver vital support to front-line services by providing crucial information, access for help, and ensure people understand the services available to them and how they can be accessed. My role at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is definitely a varied one and no two days are ever the same!

Imogen Hill, Sports Events and Community Fundraising Coordinator, Children with Cancer UK

I am currently working in the Sports Team for Children with Cancer UK which invests money into vital specialist research to save the lives of every child with cancer. Our team of 7 is responsible for bringing in £4.7 million each year. I project manage third party events such as our Rat Race partnership which is a series of obstacle events throughout the country. I look after our supporter journeys ensuring that fundraising and participant targets are met as well as looking after our social media channels. Prior to this I worked on the mental health campaign Heads Together which was spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry through their Royal Foundation.

Ben Hustwayte, Account Executive, MWWPR

Ben joined MWWPR in October 2016 as a Graduate Trainee and after just three months was promoted to the role of Account Executive. Ben has worked across a number of MWWPR’s media, technology and consumer clients including IT consultancy firm BJSS, media agency Mindshare and online private jet service Victor. Prior to his career in PR, Ben graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Psychology and spent a year travelling the world after university.

Kirsty Munro, Consultant, Issues and Crisis Communication, Hill & Knowlton Strategies

Kirsty Munro is a Crisis Communications Consultant at global communications agency, Hill and Knowlton Strategies (part of WPP). She supports clients on reputation management campaigns and responds to issues and crises across a range of sectors including the Sports, Retail and Leisure, Government, Financial Services and Food industries. Kirsty also prepares and helps runs specialist crisis training programmes for clients. With experience across consumer, corporate and public policy communications, as well as public affairs, Kirsty has helped organisations to shape their messaging and to defend themselves against challenges including corruption allegations, cyber security leaks and product recalls. Having joined H+K as a Consultant from a public policy communications agency, working mainly with political organisations and the third sector, Kirsty has a strong grounding in issues-based and political PR. Kirsty graduated from the University of Leeds in 2013 with a 1st Class degree in International Relations that included a year abroad at the University of South Carolina.

Chad Newton, Communications and Marketing Assistant, Leeds City Council

Chad Newton graduated from BA Broadcast Journalism in 2016. After a successful period of work experience with Leeds City Council’s award-winning communications and marketing team in the same year, he joined as a graduate Communications and Marketing Assistant as soon as a position became available. Since then he has worked on a wide variety of different projects across the council, most recently leading the city-wide marketing campaign to promote a consultation on how to combat air pollution and protect the health of people in Leeds. In his role, he uses skills and knowledge he developed during his degree on a daily basis—whether that’s being able to produce and edit video, understanding the needs of journalists, or writing an engaging press release.

Beth Nunnington, Senior Account Manager, Brass Agency

Beth has worked in PR and digital marketing for almost seven years after qualifying with a 2:1 degree in Broadcast Journalism at Leeds University. She started her career in video production and social media before moving into PR in 2013. At Brass she manages a range of national clients and has experience in a huge variety of sectors, including home interiors, food and travel PR.

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Radio & Sport Panel

Robert Charles, Freelance Sports Broadcasting Consultant

Robert’s whole career has been dedicated to Sports Broadcasting and Business. While working for ITV he produced live sports programming on FIFA World Cups, Rugby World Cups and Olympic Games he was also Executive Producer of Euro 96 in England. After being Head of Sport at Yorkshire Television he became Controller of Sport at Channel Five where he was responsible for buying sports rights and commissioning production for their broadcast. This role established led to relationships with all the major UK and US sports federations. After leaving Five he embarked on a number of sports consultancies with sports management, rights holders and production companies. He is currently working with Sunset and Vine, the international sports production company. He is a graduate of Leeds University with a degree in English.

Tom Dambach, Freelance Reporter, Bauer Media

My first industry newsroom work came about in July 2015 I carried out my work placement through the University of Leeds at Manchester’s Key103, and as a result then began to pick up freelance work for at the station on weekends. This lead to more work within Bauer Media where I was able to freelance for CFM in Cumbria and Radio Aire in Leeds. Since May 2016 after finishing my course, I’ve worked full time at Radio Aire as their Multimedia News and Sport reporter; where I’ve reported on stories like the murder of Jo Cox MP and the Manchester arena attack.

Lissie Day, Radio Producer, Furbar Radio

Lissie produces 7 weekly programmes for FUBAR Radio, an online platform based in North London. She works with comedian Seann Walsh, YouTuber Calum McSwiggan and Facebook influencer Jahannah James to create uncensored comedy programmes aimed at 18-30 year olds. She also freelances at BBC Radio London, working on the Vanessa Feltz Breakfast Show.

Dan McCarthy, Freelance Football Commentator and reporter, BBC, talkSPORT, ICS

I graduated from Broadcast Journalism in July 2016 and my first break was to do football commentary for ICS in September that year when I sent a show reel of previous volunteer work I had done. I then spent the second half of the 2016/17 season getting my foot in the door there and becoming more of a regular. Then, last summer, I was given the chance to join BBC Final Score as a freelance reporter after doing a trial, and also started doing work in London for the talk SPORT International service covering Premier League and Bundesliga games. It’s a tough industry to break into (I spent most of my first year out of uni watching Countdown and getting fat), but enough hard work and persistence WILL earn you an opportunity.

Sam Oliver, Breakfast Producer at Capital FM Birmingham, Capital FM

Sam is the Breakfast Producer for Capital Breakfast with Rob & Matilda in Birmingham – the biggest breakfast show in the city reaching nearly 500,000 people every week. He is responsible for all output and planning of the show. He studied Broadcast Journalism at Leeds from 2013-2016.

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Digital Media Panel

Tom Barber, Lead Front-End Developer, Intermarketing

I’ve been making websites, apps and all sorts of digital experiences for about 10 years. I started as a Junior Developer at a small agency, which was acquired by Intermarketing just over three years ago. This has given me the opportunity to work on bigger, more innovative projects for brands like Adidas, Reebok, RSA and The Co-operative Bank. Today I lead a team of seven talented developers. No two days are the same. There’s always a fresh challenge to take on or problem to solve, but that’s what makes the job so exciting. It’s why I love what I do. Especially when I can really focus on writing some nice code.

Alex Bennett, Front End Wed Developer, Epiphany Solutions

After struggling to decide what to do at university I eventually chose the wrong thing. I had a year out to re-skill myself in my own time while working your typical post-university jobs before I managed to get my first step on my chosen career ladder. I have now worked as a web developer for the last 7 years, specialising in frontend. Each year brings with it new skills to learn and new challenges to overcome. I was for a time under some illusion university would somehow be the most difficult time of my life, that quickly got dispelled and I truly learnt to learn in the wild world of work. I have a wide range of experiences working on a multitude of client projects both in-house and agency based as well as a stint of freelancing, managing my own clients. I currently hold a position as frontend developer at one of Leeds’ most well-recognised agencies, Epiphany. And there is nothing I love more than clean, concise and functional code. The phrase ‘find a job you love and you’ll never work a day’ applies.

Nathan Parks, Creative Director, Tribus Digital

I’m a UX and Interactive Designer and I head up the creative team at Tribus Digital. With over 12 years’ experience in digitally focused studios I’ve delivered experiences for, amongst others: Disney, BBC, First Direct, HSBC and Sky. I became hooked programming games on graphical calculators and building websites in my bedroom and got my start in the industry during my placement year at a small digital agency in Barnsley where I embraced Flash as the future of interactive media! Twelve years on, I’m more involved in strategy and art direction but will always be an interactive designer at heart.

Gyles Seaward, Managing Director, Elementary Digital

Having graduated in BA (Hons) Marketing, Gyles began his career working in off-line marketing and most notably for Gratterpalm based in Leeds working on the Asda account. Moving from advertising to direct marketing began his passion for quantifiable marketing which led to working in the early days of digital marketing consultancy back in 2006 creating email campaigns for Littlewoods. After a period of working in direct response with a focus on digital channels for retail companies, Gyles moved into financial services and developed campaigns for Halifax and the Lloyds Banking Group, however following the crash in 2008 an opportunity arose to work for one of the leading digital agencies in Yorkshire which led to Gyles becoming the Marketing Director and leading a team of SEO, Paid Search and Social Media consultants. After a number of years working with clients including Tesco, Virgin, The National Trust and Hi-Tec Shoes in 2013 Gyles decided to set up his own agency focusing on delivering audience driven digital comms and conversion expertise. The business has grown from two people in 2013 to a full service digital agency with 24 full time staff. With offices in London and Leeds, Elementary Digital is known for expertise in WordPress, Magento and Conversion Rate Optimisation and continues to work with business throughout the UK, Europe and the US.

News Panel
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Cait Fitzsimons, Deputy Editor, 5 News

Cait Fitzsimons had no intention of becoming a journalist when she finished her degree but then a summer job running scripts transformed into a challenging and fun career. She’s worked at Sky News and ITV News but much of the past two decades has been spent at 5 News, where she is now Deputy Editor.

Olivia Marks, Video Journalist, Free for That’s Manchester

Since graduating from Leeds University, studying Broadcast Journalism, I started working as a Video Journalist for Made in Birmingham TV. Having never been to the West Midlands, I soon threw myself into reporting news across the region. I have covered major stories from the riots at HMP Birmingham, the death of Evha Jannath at Drayton Manor Theme Park, to unique local stories. I have recently gone freelance in Manchester and I look forward to finding where the job takes me next!

Mark Nicholls, Freelance Journalist

Mark Nicholls is an award-winning journalist and author with more than 30 years’ experience in the media at regional and national level. He has covered a wide range of roles including newsroom management as a news editor, deputy editor and acting editor of an evening newspaper before returning to writing with the Eastern Daily Press. In recent years he has covered areas as diverse as health, business, travel and defence including operating in war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a freelance journalist and travel writer, he won a feature writer of the year award at the 2012 British Travel Press Awards and was shortlisted for the 2013 and 2015 events. Married, with two daughters, he lives in Norfolk.

Robin Perrie, Reporter, The Sun

After starting my journalism career on Leeds Student in 1986 in the very first week of my time at university I went on to become editor of the paper in 1989 before working for local papers in Yorkshire and then becoming North East reporter for The Sun, a job I have now done for 22 years.

Film & Documentary Panel
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Neena Abdullah, Researcher and Coordinator, Sky Cinema and VR

After Graduating from Leeds in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Neena pursued several running jobs with the BBC and ITV before joining the Sky Cinema production team as a Junior Researcher. Working across programming that supports the release of Hollywood films Neena has interviewed A-List talent as well as producing a weekly show on Sky: ‘The Top Ten Show’. In January 2017 Neena also joined the Sky VR team, supporting a growing innovative department with their production needs. Now working as a Production Coordinator across the Cinema & VR teams she helps to facilitate the planning and organisation of shoots.

Jessie Bland, Researcher, Nine Lives Media

Jessie graduated from the Broadcast Journalism course at Leeds in 2015 having also done a study abroad year in America as part of her degree. She then started working as a multimedia content producer for Premier Christian Media, one of the top religious broadcasters in the UK. During her time at Premier she was shortlisted for two Jerusalem Awards, one of which was for a 30 minute radio doc she presented and produced. After a brief spell as a freelance videographer, she was hired by award-winning TV production companies Nine Lives and Avanti Media to help them bid to take over the flagship BBC programme ‘Songs of Praise’. After an intense pitching process they were successfully awarded the contract in March 2017. Since then, Jessie has worked as a researcher on the programme.

Ashley Karrell, Director, Panoptical

Ashley Karrell graduated from Northern Film School in 2005, and works as a filmmaker and photographer based in Leeds. With a professional career spanning 15 years, he produces a broad spectrum of work that includes visual art, commercial & experimental video productions and mass participation pieces. He is the director of production company Panoptical where he delivers large and small scale productions at public exhibitions, events and festivals, and pursues work which explores ideas of community, is socially engaging, and internationally minded. He continues to develop the living art project Expression of You, which has so far involved 330 participants. A highlight of 2017 was his debut feature film and documentary of Geraldine Connor’s epic masterpiece Carnival Messiah. Filmed at Harewood House the film took you closer to the action than ever before – huge cast, loud music, and spectacular carnival costumes. The Film & Documentary had its UK premiere at the Leeds International Film Festival 2017. Equipped with his own expression ‘Reach for the sky – with People, Picture, Sound & Story’, he believes that anything is possible if you work for it and tries to a make a difference to the world one person at a time.

Karl Taylor, Researcher, BBC Children’s

Having graduated in 2014 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Leeds University I have since gone on to work in lots of different roles and productions within the Broadcast industry. I built up loads of experience whilst at Leeds from doing work exp during the holidays and spending my life (literally every second) working on projects for LSTV which was invaluable when starting out and since has meant I have a vast network of contacts across the industry. I was successful in applying for BBC work experience and was offered a job in Children’s presentation as a runner off the back of that. Since then I have worked my way up in CBBC and CBeebies, learning massive amounts with each new role. My day at BBC Children’s can involve anything from dressing up as a pirate to entertain 100’s of children, writing energetic,  colourful scripts for celeb story readers or sourcing a talking parrot that can resist swearing live on TV. I love working with children and I love working in the production industry so I couldn’t think of a more perfect job!

Warren Tennyson, Casting Producer, The Connected Set

I work as a freelance casting producer in London, specialising in finding contributors for documentaries and factual programmes. Some of the programmes I have worked on have been broadcast on Channel 4, BBC Three, ITV, Channel 5, MTV and Dave. Previous to this, I worked as a producer / director back home in Ireland for its leading commercial broadcaster, TV3- where I researched, scripted and ran my own productions. I am alumni of Broadcast Journalism (2005-8) and often have opportunities for students to help me on projects.

CV session
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Networking party
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