Currently I am concluding research for my PhD on UK government skills policy and its impact on media workers in the UK broadcast television industry. Until February 2019 I was a principal lecturer in the Westminster School of Media and Communications. I led the international MA in Global Media Business in the UK and at the Communication University of China in Beijing. For five years I was the Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcast Equality & Training Regulator (BETR) an independent agency for Ofcom; the UK communications regulator. Prior to that I managed a global media business development department in the Business Consulting Services of IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. I began my career in broadcasting as a trainee at Thames TV. Then set up three production companies specialising in location recording, computer graphics and post-production. In academic roles I established and managed a Media Production BA at West Herts College and a MA degree in Media Management at the University of Hertfordshire as a pathway on the executive MBA programme. My book Managing in the Media was written to support these programmes. Through the consulting business Media Operations Management Ltd I assists organisations with their people development issues. Last year I completed projects for a Hollywood major studio, a multinational manufacturer and the national broadcaster of a smaller nation state.
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An analysis of how people successfully get in and get on in the UK broadcast television industry: the implications for skills policy-makers
This thesis examines the nature of government skills policy and policy-making in the UK, with a focus on the UK broadcast television industry. The inspiration for this research comes from working in the industry for over 25 years recruiting and developing staff. My working hypothesis is that successive governments’ skills strategies and policies have little to offer unregulated, high-skill industries. The main objective of this investigation is to reveal new insights into the lives of media workers. By extension offer alternative approaches to the current government skills policies that do little to help high skills industries, and even less to enable a diverse and inclusive workforce in the creative industries.