Meet the team
We are a small but mighty team of experts united by our commitment to improving the creative industries for all.
Read below to find out who does what at Creative Access, and what we get up to outside of work.
We are looking to take on a Trainee Communications Assistant through the Kickstart scheme.
Chief Executive & Co-Founder
Josie is Chief Executive and co-founder of Creative Access. She is a former Director of Lexington Communications and press advisor to the Mayor of London and has many years experience working with Government, charities, voluntary and community groups. A school Governor, mum of three and self-confessed book worm, Josie is never happier than when armed with a paint brush and palette.
Director of Recruitment
Nick is responsible for overseeing and developing our recruitment function. He is co-founder of an employability platform to help disadvantaged job-seekers showcase their natural talents and has led global Talent Acquisition teams both client and agency side. Nick is most content cycling up mountains in the Alps or playing drums in an infrequently gigging band called Monkey Trap.
Director of Intern & Graduate Recruitment
Anoushka leads all our intern, graduate and junior-level permanent recruitment. She was a Director at a global recruitment business and moved to Creative Access in 2013. She has placed over 2,000 trainees in the creative industries and has given CV support and interview advice to many more hundreds of young people. A perfect Sunday would be spent at the flower market followed by a pub lunch!
Head of Programmes
Laura is Head of Programmes at Creative Access, she is a qualified Youth Worker with over 10 years’ experience working in arts and learning including working as Curator: Young People’s Programmes at Tate and Employment Manager at A New Direction. Laura enjoys cooking for friends, cycling and a good laugh.
Head of Partnerships
Fraser is Head of Partnerships at Creative Access. He has over 15 years’ experience of working in the creative industries’ publishing sector, working across children’s books through to academic and adult educational publishing. Most recently he worked for The Reading Agency where he helped bridge the gap between publishers and the library sector. He enjoys trail running, good books, and exploring the great outdoors.
Head of Marketing & Communications
David is Head of Marketing and Communications at Creative Access. He has experience of promoting educational, training, and employment opportunities to young people around the world for the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the UK Foreign Office, and most recently for the Mayor of London. Outside of work, he is an avid theatre-goer, loves travelling to learn about different cultures, and (sometimes) enjoys the rollercoaster that is supporting Spurs.
After graduating with a degree in International Relations from King’s College London in 2017, Vanessa has had the opportunity to work with numerous youth charities, including Futureversity and the IARS International Institute. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys curating events that make political dialogue more accessible to her peers, often incorporating live music and poetry.
Asha is a History graduate, with a Masters in Ancient History from UCL. Previously, she worked as an Automation Consultant, helping businesses implement software automation to streamline processes. When she isn’t working, Asha likes trying out new vegan restaurants, watching reality TV and more recently, roller-skating.
April specialises in developing and coordinating inclusive, multi-disciplinary programmes for young creatives. She holds an MA in Arts & Cultural Management from King’s College London and has worked with a range of organisations including Somerset House, Tate, LIFT, PPL and Theatre Royal Stratford East. April is a city girl who loves music, dancing, dining and exploring green spaces. You can usually find her at sunset in a park in East London with a tiny dog in tow.
Yasmin oversees Creative Access’ involvement with the Government’s Kickstart scheme. Before joining Creative Access, she worked as a producer and project manager within the education teams at the Barbican, Philharmonia Orchestra, English National Opera and London Symphony Orchestra. Outside of work, Yasmin is Director of Planning for Young People in the Arts. In her free time Yasmin can usually be found exploring South London on foot, cooking elaborate meals and improving her crochet skills.
Employer Training Assistant
Ayesha is a recent History and French graduate from Exeter University. She is a passionate linguist and carried out an internship with the Foreign Languages Centre alongside her final year studies. Ayesha is happiest when she is off on her travels to a foreign country, immersing herself in the culture and meeting new people. She is an avid reader and wholeheartedly loves Hamilton The Musical.
Programmes & Admin Assistant
Jade is a graduate in Illustration & Animation from Kingston University. Previously she was Assistant & Arts Workshop Leader at the Stanley Picker Gallery and contributed to visual merchandise projects, from book covers for Seventh Row, to graphic design with YOPEY, which has inspired her to deliver programmes in the arts. She loves drawing observational nature illustrations and indulging in fantasy genre games with friends.
Larah is an English Literature graduate, with a Masters in Magazine Journalism, both from Nottingham Trent University. She has worked for publications including Love Incorporated and Secret Escapes. When she isn’t working, Larah can be found posting pictures of food on her Instagram page, watching Netflix, reading on her kindle and writing poetry.
Shafaye has a great interest in the art world and has undertaken several arts-based internships at galleries including Somerset House and Christie’s. She also presently volunteers at the British Museum. Shafaye is happiest visiting the latest exhibition, reading, going for long walks and watching the latest Netflix drama with her Persian cat Fizz.
Joanna is a French and Music graduate from the University of Southampton and is going on to study Composition at Goldsmiths. Before joining Creative Access, she volunteered with the charity Care4Calais, helping asylum seekers gain access to legal representation. When she isn’t working, Joanna enjoys writing new music, listening to records, and spending time with her dog Bowie.
Rochelle recently graduated with an MA in Critical and Cultural Theory, following an undergraduate degree in Cultural and Media Studies, both at University of Leeds. She has gained marketing and copywriting experience through internships and freelance work and co-runs her own online platform for all things pop culture and art. When she isn’t working, Rochelle loves to read, write and play the guitar.
Copywriter & CRM Assistant
After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Nottingham, Theo spent a year as a copywriter for a marketing agency before joining Creative Access. He has been writing fiction since he was 13 and spends his free time starting more creative projects than he can possibly finish. Outside of work, Theo loves listening to podcasts on topics that range from ludology to Napoleon.
Copywriter & CRM Assistant
Chiara is a Classics graduate from the University of Cambridge. She recently completed an internship with Lantana Publishing and is currently volunteering with The Brain Charity. In her spare time, Chiara loves snuggling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and a good book, as well as spending time with her rabbit Pumpkin.
Leyla is a final year student at the University of Exeter and provides adhoc support to Creative Access. At university, Leyla writes for magazines and newsletters, and works with societies, including the Queer and BAME collective. In her spare time, Leyla loves going on long walks, sketching still life portraits or binge-watching Netflix series.
Head of Finance
Emma deals with all thing finance and contracts for Creative Access. She is a qualified Management Accountant and has worked for large energy companies, retailers and internet start-ups in the UK and USA. Having lived in four continents over the last 15 years, she can now be found enthusiastically exploring sights and sounds closer to home with her two children and Cockapoo puppy Frankie.
Dawn works with us as a trainer at Creative Access. She has worked in TV production, commissioning and talent management for 25 years. As Head of Talent at CPL Productions and Talent Executive for Arrow International Media, she has extensive experience in recruitment, career development, training and mentoring. She is a trained journalist, an aspiring writer and mum of three. She loves to while away her train commute writing.
Lynn is an ex-pat American who has been living in the UK for 18 years. She is an award-winning network journalist with 15 years’ experience both in front of and behind the camera on both sides of the pond. Now, with over 14 years of experience as an Executive Coach with expertise in leadership and communication, she works with senior media execs and young adults starting their careers. A school governer and member of several boards, Lynn is at her happiest dancing to old funk and soul music like no one is watching.
Elonka is a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant. She works with us at Creative Access to design and deliver action plans and training sessions for companies hosting our trainees and those wanting to make inclusive culture changes. A former BBC journalist and programme maker, Elonka is hugely experienced at working with partners in the Arts, Cultural and Broadcast sectors in the UK & Europe. Elonka owns more pairs of wellies than high heels.
Victoria is a Consultant Clinical psychologist with more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS. She runs workshops related to a wider understanding of mental health in teams. She also has a special interest in neurodiversity; in supporting adults to bring their best selves to work and in assisting employers to consider the unique skills and abilities that people with ‘different’ thinking styles bring to their workplaces. She loves nothing more than running with friends and the feeling of winter sun on her face.
Fabienne is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She currently works in the NHS with children, young people and families who have experienced significant trauma, and runs a private practice where she provides therapy, training and reflective practice sessions to individuals and groups. She’s interested in the impact of racism on mental health and works with clients to find new ways to make sense of and respond to their difficulties. Fabienne enjoys baking, listening to music and travelling.
Sam is a TV Development Consultant and Exec Producer currently working on projects for BBC2, Channel 4 and BBC3. She is a former Head of BBC3’s Docs & Features department and Acting Controller of the channel. Prior to this she was commissioning editor at Channel 4. She is passionate about mentoring, the impact of unconscious bias on freelancers and the gap between mental health support and production. She’s currently undertaking counselling training to support her work in this area.
Clerk to the Board
Sophia volunteers as clerk to the Creative Access board of directors. She is currently Manager, Global Inclusion at ViacomCBS Networks International and has worked in various D&I and HR teams over the past 10 years. In her spare time Sophia enjoys reading, listening to music, and a good dance.