Meet the team
We have a small but mighty team of experts from within the creative industries 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.
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.
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.
Victoria is a Consultant Clinical psychologist with more than 25 years’ experience working in the NHS. She’s based in a trauma service in Camden, offering training to teaching staff and Social Care teams. Victoria 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 neurodiverse or ‘different’ thinking styles might bring to their workplaces. She loves nothing more than running with good friends and the feeling of winter sun on her face.
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 a cross-section of c-suite, fortune 500 exes to media exes and personalities and young adults starting their careers. A school governor 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.
Helia graduated with a degree English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Surrey in 2019, where she was Literature Editor of The Stag Magazine. Since then she has conducted work experience with Britannica Digital Learning, and is currently completing an internship with Creative Access. A lover of stories, she is happiest when reading, writing or listening to a sci-fi podcast.