Meet the team
We may be a small team, but we all have big ambitions 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 900 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!
Admin & Marketing Trainee
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.
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.
Communications & Talent Assistant
During Alisha’s time at the University of Leeds, she founded a creative collective for women of colour called OnBeat. Her journey through the world of diversity saw her internship with Creative Access as the perfect next step. Alisha is most cheerful when she’s in the broadcasting studio talking about the latest current affairs and stirring her melting pot of musical knowledge.
Programme & Talent Assistant
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.
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.
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 Talent Executive for the independent television production companies, Arrow Media and CPL Productions, 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.
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.