Alex Leadley – Project Co-ordinator
After studying Drama at The University of Manchester, Alex spent 10 years working in TV co-production and distribution both in London and Cardiff. After the arrival of her 2 daughters, she joined the Skillset Screen Academy Wales back in 2009 and spent 2 and a half years working as their Placement Coordinator – helping students and graduates from the Academy’s 26 accredited courses find industry based opportunities to enhance their academic studies. Alex also ran the successful Post Graduation Facility, funded by HEFCW, which was a 4 month programme of bespoke industry training, work experience and careers advice for a handful of carefully selected graduates. She was the coordinator of the Screen Academy/National Council for Drama Training programme of intensive 35mm workshops for 24 actors in 2009-10.
Alex is delighted to have now moved into the CPD arm of our growing family of training brands to become the Project Coordinator for Skillset Academi + .
Skillset Academi + is an ambitious and exciting project ensuring CPD training and opportunities are reaching all corners of Wales and that we are creating an increasingly competitive pool of creative Welsh talent.
Chris Wright - Project Administrator
After graduating from the University of Glamorgan in 2002 with a BA in Media with Marketing, Chris followed this up with an MA in Scriptwriting at the same institution, finishing in 2004. After gaining work experience on the BBC Wales sitcom, High Hopes, Chris found himself working for BBC Radio Wales on both cultural affairs and entertainment. Soon afterwards Chris joined a group of aspiring filmmakers in South Wales and helped to produce a number of festival-listed short films.
Taking a change in career path, Chris joined Her Majesties Courts Service in 2007 assisting in both the Performance and Customer Service aspect of the business. From there Chris moved on to work for the British Council helping to coordinate the Erasmus student exchange programme.
As of February 2013, Chris joined Skillset Academi+ and is excited to be a part of the team, to assist in its development and to help the programme become a success.
Hannah Raybould – Project Manager
Hannah is the Manager of the Skillset Media Academy Wales, a partnership between 4 Universities in Wales.
Having graduated from Aberystwyth University with an MA Theatre Film and TV and Bath University with a BA Modern Languages and European Studies, Hannah worked as a Location Scout for the Wales Screen Commission and Locations Assistant for feature and short films based around Mid Wales. At the same time she worked as Administrator on the Aberystwyth Celtic Film and TV Festival before moving to Sgrin Cymru Wales in 2000.
At Sgrin, Hannah progressed from PA to the Chief Executive to Marketing Manager (International and UK) managing the Welsh presence at Cannes and Edinburgh film festivals, and then Marketing Manager UK and Coordinator of the Celtic Film and TV Festival Cardiff 2005 which was the most successful event for the Festival franchise in terms of audience numbers and industry partnerships.
Hannah joined the Media Academy as Manager in 2006 and has seen it grow from an organization supporting students and graduates alone to a 360⁰ training provider which is involved with outreach projects with schools (Film Club) through to short courses for industry practitioners.
Hannah is a Board Member of BAFTA Cymru, Ffresh Student Moving Image Festival of Wales and Zoom Young People’s Film Festival and represents Wales on the Skillset Media Academy UK Network.
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