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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 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 »
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 »
Helen is a highly experienced actress and coaching professional. Having graduated from Mountview Academy of Performing Arts with a Diploma, she gained an LRAM Teaching Diploma in Speech & Drama from Middlesex University. She then began a long association with West End Musicals and Theatre having starred in many leading roles including MAMMA MIA, BLOOD BROTHERS, LES MISERABLES and MY FAIR LADY.
Helen has also enjoyed a successful television career including roles in EastEnders, The Bill and Heartbeat. She recently made her film debut in LOVELORN, which premiers in New York, in October 2009. Read more »
Helen is an experienced presentation and media trainer with a background in international broadcasting. She is an award-winning presenter / producer, journalism & broadcast trainer and her experience includes working in news, current affairs & consumer programmes.
Helen has an MA in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama. She produced and presented programmes for the BBC World Service and Radio 4. She has also provided voice-overs for corporate videos and websites and has appeared on television for Children’s BBC and for various news and consumer programmes. Helen also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Diplomas in Craniosacral Therapy and Counselling Skills and she is a qualified NLP Practitioner. Read more »
Ian is a highly experienced training consultant and brings a wealth of business experience to all of his training. His background was originally in sales and marketing, working in the City for large financial services organizations including Reuters, Bloomberg and Thomson. He has also worked in the Media & Publishing, Insurance and Government Medical sectors
Ian also has a strong musical background and has performed as a singer in various bands as well as being the musical director for a theatre group. He is a licensed behavioural psychology coach and holds a Masters degree in Strategic Marketing Management and a BA in English and Communication studies. Read more »
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 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 »
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 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 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 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 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 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 »
After graduating with a BA in Drama and German from the University of London, Nella went to the live and work in the U.S. where she spent ten years specialising in interpersonal communications and broadcast consulting. She has extensive experience in coaching people in both the delivery and content aspects of business and media presentations. Prior to this, she was a career management consultant where she created and delivered job search and professional development related workshops and provided interview skills coaching.
Whilst living in San Francisco Nella worked for SNP Communications. Her role here was to deliver presentation skills training and also to write and produce monthly talk radio programmes for the sales divisions of very dynamic Silicon Valley companies such as Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Cisco. Read more »
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 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 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 »
As 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 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 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 »