Media and Communications Director
Andrew Carapiet is a former BBC TV Producer with fifteen years media experience, within television, radio and newspapers.
He was a Health, Political and Local Government Correspondent for the BBC for several years, covering most NHS, political, Local Government and Social Affairs issues for BBC News.
He has been a Media Trainer, Communications professional and Public Relations Consultant since 1997.
Andrew started as a freelance print journalist for several newspapers across England, before joining the BBC in 1987, initially as a reporter, producer and presenter for BBC Radio, then turning to television in 1990. He joined BBC Breakfast News as a Producer, working alongside Nicholas Witchell and the late Jill Dando.
Andrew spent a total of ten years with the BBC, where he worked for all the major television news programmes, including the Six O’Clock News and the Ten O’Clock News.
He served on the Ten Year Strategy Committee for the BBC’s News & Current Affairs Directorate.
He left the BBC in the mid 1990s to set up Britain’s first National Cable Channel for the Mirror Group, where he worked as a Programme Editor and Senior Producer. He has also worked as a Producer for BSkyB and Sky News.
Moya Fillmore has been a Communications and Marketing professional for eighteen years, working with the Public Sector and the Healthcare Industry.
Moya started with four years in ethical pharmaceutical sales, before taking up her career in Marketing, PR and Communications within the Healthcare Industry. She has managed internal and external communications, producing in-house publications as well as handling media relations.
Moya was also responsible for devising and implementing marketing strategies which led to highly successful launches of a variety of innovative, high technology products.
With activities as diverse as organising medical conferences, to training in the UK, Europe and Middle East, Moya has developed a rounded and versatile approach to PR, Marketing and Communications.
Journalist Producer and Media Trainer
Judy started as a journalist at ITN and soon became a producer for Channel Four News. For five years she worked in South Africa as Africa correspondent covering stories including the wars in Angola and Mozambique, as well as events in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi. In 1994 her coverage of the first democratic elections in South Africa was nominated for a BAFTA award with Channel Four News.
Upon returning to the UK, Judy became Foreign News Editor for Channel Four News working in Moscow and Europe, went on to be Foreign Affairs Correspondent when Five News was launched by ITN in 1997. Since then Judy has presented on the ITV News Channel and produced and presented special investigative reports for Channel Four News and BBC Newsnight.
For the past eight years Judy has been working as a media and presentation trainer. She also trains the ITV trainee journalists and has travelled around the world, training journalists for APTV and ITN.
Paula Middlehurst has anchored primetime news on British television for two decades and is best known as a familiar face on Sky News, fronting 24-hour live news coverage from their London headquarters. One of the few media trainers to run an active career within the radio and television industry alongside her coaching, Paula offers the inside track on media techniques and basic presenting expertise while de-mystifying what it takes to communicate effectively.
Having worked as a voice-over artist, television continuity announcer and radio news presenter at BBC World Service, ITN, GLR, ILR, Sky One HD, Channel Four and The Disney Channel Paula currently presents the British forces flagship news programme on Forces TV, ‘British Forces News’ as well as hosting their weekly geo-political radio programme, ‘Sitrep’. Paula has also hosted numerous corporate events and moderated debates not to mention fronting glittering awards evenings.
Giving up London five years ago Paula loves living in leafy Bucks where her four children are schooled and from where her husband runs a small architectural practice.
Journalist, Consultant and Media Trainer
Tim Grout-Smith is a graduate of Oxford University with 26 years’ BBC experience.
He has reported for the BBC from more than thirty countries, including reporting from the Rio Earth Summit, and won international awards for his work in 1987 and 2001.
In 1992 he took up the post of Project Director with the newly-formed BBC Marshall Plan of the Mind (now the World Service Trust, the largest specialised media development organisation in the world).