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Image of Julia BicknellJulia Bicknell
Julia produced/reported in a BBC TV and radio staff role for 23 years: from Radios 1 and 2 to BBC World Service, via “Today”, “Woman’s Hour”, “You and Yours” and local radio. She’s also worked on Classic FM and as News Editor after the launch of a London commercial station. TV includes “Kilroy”, BBC World and the launch of News 24. Julia now specialises in international affairs/development, health and education. She’s lived in Pakistan and Vietnam, where she launched a society-changing project. She’s worked on media/communications strategy for the UN and the EC, as well as training UK print journalists to do audio and video for the web. She also holds a Diploma in Coaching. Julia specialises in broadcast media production, working with teams under pressure, and managing change.

 

Image of David DepledgeDavid Depledge
After gaining an economics degree, David qualified as a Chartered Accountant becoming Finance Director of a furniture manufacturing company before the age of 30. Since 1986 he has worked in the Voluntary Sector firstly for 13 years as General Manager of a Counselling Centre (he is also a qualified Counsellor) and then a Chief Executive of the Association of Christian Counsellors until early 2007. David is involved with several charities and has wide experience of strategic planning, governance and financial issues in the Sector. He is also a Non- Executive Director of a Primary Care Trust and Chairs the Equality and Diversity Group as well as being a member of the Audit Committee and the Commissioning Strategy Group.


Image of Monica HartwellMonica Hartwell (MinstF)
After a first career with the Bank of England, Monica took a degree in Social Policy at York University before joining the voluntary sector in 1987. She has worked for Age Concern, the Muscular Dystrophy Group (now Muscular Dystrophy Campaign), Winged Fellowship Trust (now Vitalise). Most recently, she was Director of Contact the Elderly, from which she ‘retired’ in September 2004. Monica’s strengths are the development, growth and management of not-for-profit organisations, including ‘hands-on’ fundraising experience in the fields of charitable trusts, lottery applications and statutory bids. She is a full Member of the Institute of Fundraising.

 

Karin Hobbs
With 12 years' charity PR experience working for Winged Fellowship (now Vitalise), Crossroads, John Grooms and as Corporate Affairs Director at CSV, Karin effectively raises awareness of issues and brands. She has created strategies and key messages for charities that have brought in millions of pounds’ worth of media coverage. Karin's experience spans nationwide media campaigns, rebranding, writing and producing award-winning publications, advertising and fundraising. She is also an events expert, from small project launches to large scale award ceremonies. With extensive management experience, Karin also advises on facilitation, team management and motivating staff.



 

Image of Stephen HolmesStephen Holmes
Stephen worked in other people’s design & advertising agencies from 1998 to 2003. That’s when he decided to start his own – Bloodybigspider. With a focus on ‘design for print’ he has designed pretty much everything from corporate identities to bank notes, whilst working for a mixture of commercial and charity sector clients. Creativity and clear communication are very much at the root of all they design – ensuring the correct messages get across to the right people and then create the desired reaction – whether it’s an advertising campaign, a new identity or an annual report.

 

Image of Deborah HydeDeborah Hyde
A trained news and current affairs journalist with 15 years' experience in both print and international TV news organisations, Deborah has produced documentaries and specialised in social action programming such as GMTV's "Get Up And Give" and LWT's "Caring At Christmas" campaigns. A Working For A Charity graduate, Deborah has first-hand knowledge of what will make a good story for different media outlets (eg: local, national and specialist). Her media experience makes her an expert in working with charities and not-for-profit organisations, devising campaigns and press release output that will gain them media coverage, and advising on their overall communications activity. She speaks on media matters for organisations including The Media Trust, and leads bespoke media workshops and training days for groups of all sizes.

 

Image of Helen McMurrayHelen McMurray
Helen has been a TV producer for 21 years working across a wide range of programming at Granada, LWT, BBC, London News Network and GMTV. After three years as the overnight programme editor at GMTV, she became their Head of Community projects where she ran the Get up & Give telethon for five years, whilst also managing a range of other projects which gave charities and not-for-profit organisations access to GMTV’s airtime. As well as having an eye for a good story Helen also has extensive experience of training presenters and contributors in on-screen skills.



Image of Natasha RoeNatasha Roe
A writer and editor with 15 years’ experience of writing copy that engages diverse audiences. Natasha specialises in helping organisations communicate their messages clearly thorough plain English. She has written key messages, language and style guidelines and strategies as well as hundreds of publications and websites. She advises organisations that are rebranding and runs training and facilitation sessions. She is a big fan of audits as a way of establishing benchmarks for communications work. Natasha is director of Red Pencil Projects.