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About NUJ Training Wales

This training programme has been operating in Wales since 2009. Between April 2016 and March 2018, around 600 places were taken up at our training courses or events. Some of those places represent multiple attendances by individuals who accessed several courses at an important juncture in their career.

From 2011 to 2018 the Project was managed by experienced video journalist and trainer, Anna Wynn Roberts. Anna successfully secured further funding from the Welsh Government's Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) until March 2019 before handing over to a new project team and moving on to "freelance pastures new".

Project Staff & Tutor Profiles

Richard Speight

Richard is the Project Manager for NUJ Training Wales, taking over from the wonderful Anna Wynn Roberts in June 2018. Originally from the North East of England, he has made his home in the mountains of Snowdonia for the last decade.

Starting his career teaching political science in Higher Education, once in Wales Richard moved into Project Management and running WULF projects for UNISON Cymru Wales, including Connecting Learners and DigiSkills Cymru. Richard is also an EWC-registered adult education tutor, assessor and Digital Literacy practitioner. Since 2017 he has worked freelance as a tutor, learning technologist and Project Manager helping a range of organisations to use digital technologies more effectively.

Richard is a long-term 'Dysgwr Cymraeg' with a passion for the value to society of both lifelong learning and journalism.

Zena Chandler-Burnell

Zena has undertaken the role of Project Coordinator on the NUJ training Cymru Wales project, offering support to the Project Manager in planning and organising events.

Zena previously worked on the BECTU / CULT Cymru WULF projects as an administrator and was keen to work on a WULF project again as she saw the huge benefits of Union training brought to individuals.

With a background in the arts, after graduating from a Theatre Design degree Zena went on to be a Scenic artist for 13 years with Cardiff Theatrical Services, a subsidiary of the Welsh National Opera. Currently Zena also works as a Projects officer for Cardiff Theatrical Services.

Zena is an individual who has great pleasure in helping and supporting others, an active Union rep and branch secretary offering support to union colleagues.

Dan Mason

Dan Mason is a journalist, media consultant and trainer, specialising in digital communication and social media (Dan Mason Media).

Prior to starting his training company, Dan worked extensively in the UK regional press and was the award-winning editor of daily newspapers including the Coventry Evening Telegraph and Birmingham Post. He was also managing director of Coventry Newspapers and a managing editor for Newsquest in London.

Over the past five years, he has trained managers, journalists and communications professionals all over the developing world as well as in the UK.

Simon Williams

Simon Williams runs our Writing for the Web, Build your own Website and Strategic Communications courses.

Simon teaches digital and campaign communications at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, and is a freelance journalist specialising in environment and outdoor activities.

With nearly 20 years experience of online editing, design and development, and 8 years as communications manager for Friends of the Earth Cymru, Simon now provides communications strategy consultancy and training. Find out more at www.communicatingcauses.co.uk

Emma Meese

Emma runs workshops on the effective use of social media for NUJ Training Wales. She heads up Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) and she leads the Social Media Roadshow Wales sessions that we run in partnership with C4CJ. A highly motivated journalist, with 15 years experience, she started her working life as a print journalist. Following a stint in radio she spent the best part of a decade making television programmes for the BBC. She is a non-stereotypical geek who loves fashion and technology.

David Banks

David Banks is a journalist with 24 years’ experience and delivers NUJ Training Wales’ course on Media Law and Ethics. He is a media consultant delivering training to a range of national and regional media, NGOs, government, charities, PR companies, universities and the police. He is a trainer who has created and managed successful courses in journalism, media law and production journalism.

He was co-author of 18th, 19th and 20th editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. He writes regularly on law and the media for The Guardian, The Mirror and The Independent. He is a frequent contributor BBC TV and radio news programmes.

Philippa Davies

Philippa Davies runs the How to Self-Publish workshop for NUJ Training Wales. Philippa was a newspaper columnist for two years, and has written 11 non-fiction books including ‘Irresistibility’, which was serialized by The Times. Her self-published novel ‘The Gritties’ made no 1 in Amazon political fiction in the UK and no 2 in the US. It is made into the film ‘Y Streic A Fi’ by S4C. Having written for BBC 1, and ITV Network, she’s also made apps and a video e-book, a vook. Philippa is web editor at fyi network, attached to Swansea University’s Computing Department and she supplies eLearning to Udemy.com and The Economist’s Learning’ly online.

David Thomas

David is a highly experienced broadcaster, trainer and manager, with a special interest in communication and organisational skills. He runs the Linking In: Digital and Face-to-Face Networking and the How to be a Freelance workshops for NUJ Training Wales

His business skills clients include the BBC, ITV, and the entertainment and theatre unions BECTU, Equity and the Stage Management Association.

He specialises in media training for charities. He has been involved in radio and online production for 30 years, mostly with the BBC World Service and local radio. His expertise has taken him all around the world, working with broadcasters from Eastern Europe, the Far East, Africa and the Caribbean.

Pamela Henerberry

Pamela delivers our Mentoring Training Programme. She has worked in the field of education and training for the last 30 years and currently works as a consultant to the Institute of Leadership and Management in their Research and Policy Department. Pamela is co-founder of The Professional Development Centre, set up in 2009 to deliver leadership development programmes on a national basis.

The Professional Development Centre develops and delivers a range of leadership, management, coaching and action learning programmes for both public and private businesses including the TUC Wales, Cardiff University, Babcock Plc, The Principality Building Society, Arriva UK and Powys Council.

Judi Goodwin

Judi Goodwin is a freelance journalist who began her career in PR. She runs writing and creativity courses for colleges, businesses, journalists and communications professionals throughout Britain.

She has been a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, Radio Times and BBC Radio 4 and was consultant commissioning editor for Ideal Home.

Judi believes learning should be fun and takes a whole person approach to training. Her most challenging assignment was teaching interview skills to Romanian journalists in Bucharest. They spoke no English and she speaks no Romanian.