Our Trainers

Experienced broadcast journalists

Let the experts teach you how to confidently handle the media

Delivering our training are experts in the fields of journalism, TV and radio presentation, communications, media and public relations. They have gained a vast amount of practical experience while actively dealing with the media. Whether as a broadcast journalist or TV presenter reporting on crises on a daily basis, while managing corporate communications for major blue-chip organisations, or consulting with PR companies in today’s fast-paced environment – our trainers have true insight into how to get the best out of your media engagement.

Meet Sandy Barton

Sandy Barton:
Senior reporter and presenter

Sandy spent 21 years working at ITV in the Midlands as a senior reporter, and presenter, interviewing a wide range of people from prime ministers to pop stars. As Health Correspondent, she covered many of the biggest national stories including medical breakthroughs and failings at Stafford Hospital.

Sandy trained with the BBC and was one of the original team which set up BBC Radio York. Her claim to fame is being the first journalist to the fire which destroyed York Minster in 1984.

Since she set up her media training business, Sandy has helped business leaders, academics, experts and health professionals build up the confidence to shine in any interview situation, including crisis management.

Sandy Barton

Meet Mark Foster

Mark Foster

Mark Foster:
Senior Teaching Fellow

Mark is a highly experienced communications professional with a background in broadcasting, media and public relations having been a BBC Business Correspondent and Manager of Corporate Communications for Jaguar Land Rover. He runs a media consultancy firm working with global companies in the financial, legal and industrial sectors. He has lectured at the Birmingham Business School, focusing on the use of social media in business communications and marketing.

Mark is continuing to expand the use and understanding of rapidly evolving social media in the business communication context. He is also leading modules on internal and external communications with an emphasis on digital tools such as podcasting and webcasting.

Meet Hazel Westwood

Hazel Westwood:
Senior Teaching Fellow

Hazel has a 25 year background in the broadcast and media industry, including 18 years on screen for Sky News. She runs media consultancy projects and works closely with a number of media partners across the city. Her affiliation with the Birmingham Business School includes the development of modules which reflect the growing importance of PR and business communications in the marketing mix.

Her other projects across the University of Birmingham include the studio launch of the Universitas 21 summer school, communication programmes for the Ford Foundation, Chevening Scholars, and for the International MBA Public Policy Marketing module. Hazel has introduced podcasting and social networking onto modules offered by the Birmingham Business School.

Hazel Westwood