Global Academy Industry Board

Our unique approach to ensuring learners get the best kickstart to their creative media career


The purpose of Global Academy is to equip students with the technical and soft skills required to be ready for work in the creative industries when they leave the Academy. We want our students to be head and shoulder above the competition and their work to standout in the competitive jobs market.  Therefore it is essential that what is taught at the Academy keeps up with the fast changing pace of technology and skills required in the creative industries.

The aim of the Industry Board is to bring industry experts into Global Academy and review the projects we set and the student output and give their expert feedback to ensure that the Academy curriculum closely matches contemporary industry practice and suitably prepares students for work in the creative industries.


The boards meet three times a year – once per term – to review student output from the previous term and input ideas into the curriculum for the upcoming term. The board will be formed of industry experts and teachers from Global Academy.

The board is not expected to provide teaching and learning guidance.  Its ambition is to give teachers feedback from industry about how they can keep the skills taught relevant to industry practice and ensure that the curriculum at the Academy stays cutting edge. This could include offering feedback to the teachers about the students work and if the techniques used to create it mirror what would happen in the workplace, or suggesting relevant skills and technologies that could be embedded into the future curriculum.


Meetings will be conducted around the structure below, but can be flexible to adaption according to the needs of those involved. The aim is to give time for subject specialist teachers to meet with industry experts to review student work and then feedback into the board to identify next steps and any common themes.

  • Review of actions taken as a result of previous board meeting
  • Overview of the term – Projects taught, successes, areas to improve
  • Industry review – Pathway teachers partner with subject specific industry experts to review student work from previous term and discuss ideas for next terms projects.
  • Review of the term – Board reflect and review insights about the student work and recommendations for the future

Meet the Boards

  • Content Production Pathway

    Chair: Nick Davis, Global

    Ashley Bard, Global
    Jon Peck, IMG Studios
    Rhiannon Lewis, Gate Films
    Sara Butler, Scamp Solutions
    Zosia Morris, Global

  • Art and Design Pathway

    Chair: Francis Hemingway, Global

    Jasdev Virdee, Canon Europe
    Jovan Buac, Landor
    Caroline Pay, Dentsu Creative
    Penny-Lee Brown, Global
    Sau-Fun Mo, London Transport Museum

  • Media Business Pathway

    Chair: Sophie Lavender, Global

    Dan Acheampong, Talk 2 Dan
    Georgina Bramall, GiffGaff
    Glen Funnell, Hatch Films
    James Erskine, Rocket
    Julian Hall, Ultra Ventures
    Millie Webber, Spirit Studios
    Ladi Mohammed, 7CC

  • Technical Pathway

    Chair: Florence Ware, Global

    Asier Barrio – IMG Studios
    Dave Gill – AE Live
    Fiona Duncan – ITV
    Iona Barbu – Global
    JJ Enyon – CNN
    Jon Peck – IMG Studios
    Kat Lancaster – Sky
    Lynne Hobbs – Timeline TV
    Paul Bourne – Sky
    Rebecca Moore – CNN
    Rohan Mitchell – EMG
    Sarah Bucknall – Sunset and Vine
    Sarah Perry – Warner Bros
    Simon Price – Global
    Tom Barker – Race Tech
    Tom Morgan – Envy

  • E Sports Pathway

    Grant Taylor, Freelance Journalist
    Matthew Charles, Guild Esports
    Jack Fenton, Esports Insider

  • Journalism Pathway

    Chair: Holly Jones, Global

    Louisa Jackson, Global
    Lucy Bacon, GLobal
    Schams Elwazer, CNN
    Robert North, CNN

To find out more or to join our board please contact Jack Brown, Industry Partnerships Manager via 

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