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Sanjiv Buttoo, Managing Director, BBC Radio Leeds

I left school aged 16 to join the British Army and the Royal Army Medical Corps, after leaving I went on to work for a Yorkshire based clothing company where I eventually became Sales Marketing Director working with major high street clients a rather famous fashion designer whilst gaining a degree in business and textile technology! I joined the BBC in 1990 and started working at Radio Leeds as a broadcast journalist. During my ten years at the station I went on to present and produce programmes before leaving to become the North of England correspondent for the BBC’s Asian Network and whilst there I was also given a brief to report on issues affecting the South Asian communities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

I have worked for Radio 4’s ‘file on four’ programme where I received a coveted Sony GOLD award for investigative journalism and for 5Live. I’ve spent time reporting and producing with BBC World Service living in Europe, India, Pakistan and the Middle East based out of the Jerusalem bureau. I returned back to the UK in 2012 and my first love which was local radio to become the Assistant Editor of BBC Radio Lancashire before being appointed as Editor of BBC Radio York. While working for ITV he produced live sports programming on FIFA World Cups, Rugby World Cups and Olympic Games he was also Executive Producer of Euro 96 in England. After being Head of Sport at Yorkshire Television he became Controller of Sport at Channel Five where he was responsible for buying sports rights and commissioning production for their broadcast. This role established led to relationships with all the major UK and US sports federations. After leaving Five he embarked on a number of sports consultancies with sports management, rights holders and production companies. He is currently working with Sunset and Vine, the international sports production company. He is a graduate of Leeds University with a degree in English.

Clare Loxley, Director, International Media Relations, Hewlett Packard

Clare Loxley is Director of Media Relations for Hewlett Packard Enterprise covering Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific and Japan regions. In this role Clare is responsible for all media activities and set up the new structure and strategy for the team when Hewlett Packard Enterprise was launched in November 2015. Prior to this she was the lead for corporate media and issues management responsible for areas that had a potential to impact corporate reputation, including areas like restructurings, financial transactions and litigation. During her career she has held a number of different communications, marketing, sales and business development roles. Clare has worked for HP since she joined as a graduate in 1989. Clare studied German and Management Studies at Leeds University and later obtained a Masters in Marketing from the Open University in 2005.

Ked is a Director at MWWPR working across Corporate and Consumer sectors with clients including Victor, News UK, Loot Crate, Curzon Cinemas and Shutterstock. Before joining MWWPR, he gained experience in house as a Senior Communications Manager at MasterCard building a detailed knowledge of the financial services landscape and associated press. Before joining the department Tim was Deputy Editor and Director of Newsgathering for ITV News. He has held a series of senior roles at ITV News, including Head of Foreign News, Westminster News Editor and Home and Foreign News Editor. He has covered a range of significant international and domestic stories during his career, including the 2003 Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, the Asian Tsunami, and six general elections. During his broadcast career, he has won a number of BAFTA awards for news coverage, an International Emmy, Royal Television Society awards for international and home news coverage, several One World Media Awards and a Broadcast Award. Public sector communicators deliver vital support to front line services by providing crucial information, access for help, and ensure people understand the services available to them and how they can be accessed. My role at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is definitely a varied one and no two days are ever the same!

Imogen Hill, Sports Events and Community Fundraising Coordinator, Children with Cancer UK

I am currently working in the Sports Team for Children with Cancer UK which invests money into vital specialist research to save the lives of every child with cancer. Our team of 7 is responsible for bringing in 4.7 million each year. I project manage third party events such as our Rat Race partnership which is a series of obstacle events throughout the country. I look after our supporter journeys ensuring that fundraising and participant targets are met as well as looking after our social media channels. Prior to this I worked on the mental health campaign Heads Together which was spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry through their Royal Foundation.

Ben Hustwayte, Account Executive, MWWPR

Ben joined MWWPR in October 2016 as a Graduate Trainee and after just three months was promoted to the role of Account Executive. Ben has worked across a number of MWWPR’s media, technology and consumer clients including IT consultancy firm BJSS, media agency Mindshare and online private jet service Victor. Prior to his career in PR, Ben graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Psychology and spent a year travelling the world after university.

Kirsty Munro, Consultant, Issues and Crisis Communication, Hill Knowlton Strategies

Kirsty Munrois aCrisis CommunicationsConsultant at global communications agency, Hill and Knowlton Strategies (part of WPP). She supports clients on reputation management campaigns and responds to issues and crises across a range of sectors including the Sports,Retail and Leisure, Government, Financial Services and Food industries. Kirsty also prepares and helpsrunsspecialist crisis training programmesfor clients. With experience across consumer, corporate and public policy communications, as well as public affairs, Kirsty has helped organisations to shape their messaging and to defend themselves against challenges including corruption allegations, cyber security leaks and product recalls. Having joined H+K as a Consultant from a public policy communications agency, working mainly with political organisations and the third sector, Kirsty has a strong grounding in issues based and political PR. Kirsty graduated from the University of Leeds in 2013 with a 1st Class degree in International Relations that included a year abroad at the University of South Carolina.

Chad Newton, Communications and Marketing Assistant, Leeds City Council

Chad Newton graduated from BA Broadcast Journalism in 2016. After a successful period of work experience with Leeds City Council award winning communications and marketing team in the same year, he joined as a graduate Communications and Marketing Assistant as soon as a position became available. Since then he has worked on a wide variety of different projects across the council, most recently leading the city wide marketing campaign to promote a consultation on how to combat air pollution and protect the health of people in Leeds. In his role, he uses skills and knowledge he developed during his degree on a daily basis whether that’s being able to produce and edit video, understanding the needs of journalists, or writing an engaging press release.

Beth Nunnington, Senior Account Manager, Brass Agency

Beth has worked in PR and digital marketing for almost seven years after qualifying with a 2:1 degree in Broadcast Journalism at Leeds University. She started her career in video production and social media before moving into PR in 2013. While working for ITV he produced live sports programming on FIFA World Cups, Rugby World Cups and Olympic Games he was also Executive Producer of Euro 96 in England. After being Head of Sport at Yorkshire Television he became Controller of Sport at Channel Five where he was responsible for buying sports rights and commissioning production for their broadcast. This role established led to relationships with all the major UK and US sports federations. After leaving Five he embarked on a number of sports consultancies with sports management, rights holders and production companies. He is currently working with Sunset and Vine, the international sports production company. He is a graduate of Leeds University with a degree in English.

Tom Dambach, Freelance Reporter, Bauer Media

My first industry newsroom work came about in July 2015 I carried out my work placement through the University of Leeds at Manchester’s Key103, and as a result then began to pick up freelance work for at the station on weekends. This lead to more work within Bauer Media where I was able to freelance for CFM in Cumbria and Radio Aire in Leeds. Since May 2016 after finishing my course, I’ve worked full time at Radio Aire as their Multimedia News and Sport reporter; where I’ve reported on stories like the murder of Jo Cox MP and the Manchester arena attack.

Lissie Day, Radio Producer, Furbar Radio

Lissie produces 7 weekly programmes for FUBAR Radio, an online platform based in North London. She works with comedian Seann Walsh, YouTuber Calum McSwiggan and Facebook influencer Jahannah James to create uncensored comedy programmes aimed at 18 30 year olds. She also freelances at BBC Radio London, working on the Vanessa Feltz Breakfast Show.
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