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Since 2001, Skillstudio has built up an exceptional group of highly qualified, talented and experienced training professionals who have all been hand picked to ensure that only the highest quality training is delivered to our clients.

Our trainers are specialists in helping people develop outstanding communication skills and they come equipped with extensive business experience from the Commercial, Public and Third sectors in the UK and internationally.

Many also have a unique performing arts background and are all highly effective performers and superb communicators in their own right.

By combining their business training and performance backgrounds with Skillstudio's training formats, our trainers are able to create a highly interactive, supportive and engaging learning environment in which you can fully develop your skills.

You'll also receive the intuitive, expert coaching from a trainer with an unsurpassed depth of experience in almost every aspect of verbal and non verbal communication.

Through their infectious enthusiasm, their expertise in the application of voice and body language techniques, and their creative approach, you can be sure that they will help you realise your true potential in the shortest possible time, no matter where you are starting out from.

You can find out more about each trainer below.

(Click on the trainer's name for their complete bio.)

Andrew

Andrew is a highly experienced presenter and trainer. After winning a scholarship to Oxford University, where he graduated with a BA in Literae Humaniores, he went on to study drama at LAMDA.  As a professional actor and singer, he then went on to pursue a successful career on the stage and in musical theatre around the world. He has worked with such luminaries as Alec Guinness and Kevin Spacey.

Andrew’s more recent career has focused on delivering workshops and one to one coaching on business presentations and legal pitching.   Clients include senior lecturers at the University of London and partners at Noerr Stiefenhofer Lutz, a prestigious European law firm. He has also worked with executives from companies such as IKEA on pronunciation techniques. Read more »

Chris

Chris is a highly experienced training consultant specialising in voice, presentation skills, communication skills and interview technique. He regularly trains a wide range of clients including CEO’s, senior managers, politicians, teachers and actors. He is also very experienced at working with non native English speakers.

He began his career as a professional actor in TV, film, theatre and radio. He then moved into management in the voluntary and public sectors managing various grant-making programmes for UK and international funding bodies including the Health Foundation, the Diana Memorial Fund and the Arts Council. Read more »

Finola

Finola - Skillstudio Trainer

Finola is an engaging and charismatic business skills trainer and coach.  She has a Business Degree and post-graduate certificate in Business Enterprise and she is a Business Mentor and Consultant for organisations such as The Prince’s Trust and Coventry University Enterprise Works.

Finola is a classically trained singer and has performed in venues including the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cardiff’s Millennium Centre and she performed for Hilary Clinton in her USA Senate Campaign.  Finola is also a highly skilled vocal coach and is regularly invited to speak as a vocal expert on BBC Radio.  She was a voice coach for the TV show “Can’t Sing Singers” and she also has experience as a Compere, Radio Presenter and Voice-over Artist. Read more »

James

James is a highly experienced presentation and communication skills trainer and coach. He has worked for many blue-chip companies and large organisations including the financial, pharmaceutical, IT, media, education and government sectors. He is a qualified life coach and regularly works with clients at all levels of management.

Subsequent to gaining a BA in Performing Arts, James spent many years working as a writer and director in the Film, TV and the theatre industries. While running his own production company James made over 30 films and videos, ranging from training and corporate videos to commercials and video pitches for top advertising agencies. Read more »

Julia

Julia is a highly experienced trainer, voice coach and theatre practitioner. She studied acting at East 15 Acting School, has a BA in English Literature and is a licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSM in teaching voice). Julia is also a certified Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP.

In addition to her acting experience, Julia has been training for many years and she has designed and delivered numerous presentation and communication skills courses for a wide variety of companies throughout the UK and Europe. Julia regularly works with journalists and PR companies, training them in television and radio technique. Read more »

Justine

Justine is a very experienced training consultant and professional actress.  She equally enjoys working in both the creative and corporate environments and she has successfully combined a career in theatre, film and voice over with a variety of work in learning & development, education and event management.

Justine has a CIPD Certificate in Learning and Development Practice, a BA (Hons) in Drama, Theatre & TV studies from Winchester University and a Post Graduate Certificate from East 15 Acting School

She has worked for a variety of private and public sector organizations as a trainer, facilitator, role player and drama based training practitioner.  She has also worked on creative and bespoke projects both in the UK and internationally and has a strong ability to work flexibly with clients when required. Read more »

Kate

Kate is a highly experienced language and communication skills trainer with many years’ experience in delivering training in the corporate sector.  In this time she has honed her specialism in the effective use of the voice and body language in interview and presentation skills training.

She has a BA in Acting from the Central School of Speech and Drama, and she is also an experienced actress in theatre, television and film. Having graduated from the MA Voice Studies course at Central, she has established herself as a visiting voice lecturer at drama schools. She is also an expert vocal coach in the business environment.  She is also qualified to teach English as a Foreign Language. Read more »

Liz

Liz is Managing Director and co-founder of Skillstudio Limited. Her career began in the performing arts industry and in addition to her business training experience, she has a BEd Hons and a post graduate diploma in the Performing Arts. She is also a trained classical dancer and actor.

Liz brings with her a wide range of training experience in drama, presentation skills, communications skills and vocal development. She is responsible for the high level design and creative aspects of Skillstudio’s published training workshops. Read more »

Lori

Lori - Skillstudio TrainerLori is an experienced communication skills trainer with a strong background in performing arts, having trained as a classical singer and in drama at the University of London. She also has a range of experience working in the business environment. She has worked in marketing, sales, new business development and event organisation in a number of industries including Formula 1 racing, professional golf, qualitative research and business strategy consultancy.

Loris has been a voice and communication skills training consultant for many years. She is a member of the British Voice Association and is also very experienced in using NLP techniques in her training. Read more »

Marcia

Marcia - Skillstudio TrainerMarcia is a very experience trainer and coach with a strong background in HR, recruitment and staff development. She has worked in a variety of business sectors including the travel and hotel industries and the banking industry.

Marcia’s early career began as a professional actor in TV, Radio and Theatre , having trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her acting skills have greatly enhanced her delivery style as a trainer. She has also designed numerous training courses including customer service, assertiveness, team leadership. appraisal training, recruitment and interviewing and train the trainer . Read more »

Mike

Mike - Skillstudio trainerMike is a highly experienced business trainer and consultant. After an initial career as an English and Drama teacher, he moved into a commercial career spanning all types of business from Multi-national to Entrepreneurial. He has worked at senior level in several large organisations, including ICI and Philips.

Mike is a qualified executive coach, and CIM (Marketing) Diploma qualified. He is also a qualified market researcher – which brings a high level of business acumen to the work he does with clients. Read more »

Neal

Neal - Skillstudio trainerNeal is a highly skilled and experienced training consultant. He regularly coaches executives from a number of international companies on high impact communications for presentations, meetings and negotiations.

Neal is bilingual in French and worked as voice, dialogue, and presentation coach in Paris for a number of years across a range of sectors including HSBC Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, Eurornet and many other large French companies, before returning to the UK. Read more »

Philip

Philip is a highly creative communication skills trainer with a wealth of experience ranging from advertising to acting via a spot of advocacy as a barrister.   This has provided him with a rich variety of skills to share with his many clients for over more than 10 years.

During this time he’s excelled at providing highly rated coaching and training for leading companies seeking to positively influence their many different audiences.  His training experience expands a wide range of sectors including the financial, legal, media, retail and public sectors. Read more »

Sally

Sally - Skillstudio trainerSally is a highly qualified and experienced presentation and communication skills trainer, business trainer and consultant, covering a wide range of soft skills up to senior management and executive level. During her initial career in export sales, she worked in for GEC and Prestige. After this she switched to management development with a strong focus on all aspects of communication skills.

Sally has a degree in Languages with Economics and is fluent in German. She is also a Certified Practitioner of NLP, an accredited Executive Coach, holds the Wellards Diploma (on the NHS in England) and has a Certificate in Image Management. Read more »

Sandra

Sandra - Skillstudio trainerSandra is a highly skilled and experienced Presentation and Communication Skills trainer and coach. She has worked in several blue chip organisations in the telecommunications sector, including BT, O2 and Cellnet, where she has held a variety of management roles, including customer service as well as specialist consultant roles within Learning & Development.

Sandra is CIPD qualified, holds an NVQ in training and development and is a trained actress with a degree in Theatre Arts. She continues to act and direct and runs her own Theatre in Education Company. Read more »

Simon

Simon - one of Skillstudios trainersAs well as being an experienced trainer and role-player Simon is an accomplished actor, writer and theatre director. He has worked as a writer, designer and film director for a range of large companies and organizations including Shell, Amnesty International UK and the British Standards Institution.

Simon has a MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He is also a professionally trained actor with a diploma in acting from Webber Douglas Academy. He has a wide range of writing experience, in both the commercial sector, as well as for television, film and radio. He works as a trainer for companies internationally and in the UK, developing and delivering courses up to partner level. Read more »

Steve

Steve is a CIPD and NLP qualified trainer as well as a trained actor. He studied voice production at the Barbican in London, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

He delivers Presentations skills, public speaking, media and voice coaching workshops in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He has trained and coached people from all levels of the organisational structure, from chief executives and managing directors to customer service representatives in communication skills, public speaking, presenting, interview skills and vocal technique. He has coached Lawyers to TV Presenters in the art and skill of communication and presentation to the media. Read more »

Vicki

Vicki - Skillstudio trainerVicki is a highly experienced voice coach with a profound knowledge of all aspects of speech and voice. A classically trained actress, Vicki studied under the renowned voice coach Greta Colson before embarking on a successful career in theatre. Her teaching career began at the internationally famous Lucy Clayton  Agency where for seven consecutive years she ran summer courses in personal development, with a special focus on speech and presentation skills.

Vicki has taught a wide range of people from many different cultures and walks of life. Her pupils have included barristers, politicians, the clergy, auctioneers, teachers, doctors, actors and businessmen. Her expert guidance is widely sought in many areas including banking, law, retail, film and theatre. Read more »