Meet the team
We have a small but mighty team of experts and are always on hand to answer any questions.
Read below to find out some of our favourite things and more about what we do here at Creative Access.
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 Talent
Anoushka is Director of Talent at Creative Access. She was a Director at a global recruitment business and moved to Creative Access in 2013. She has placed over 1500 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emma deals with the finances 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.
Trainer; Interns & Employers
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.
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.