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RADA in Business helps CNN's top business broadcaster with his fear of public speaking.


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Lisa Åkesson

Lisa is a dynamic and experienced voice, speech and communication skills trainer who inspires, empowers and enables individuals to deliver their message with confidence, credibility and impact. Whether it is pitching an idea, chairing a meeting, influencing or presenting, Lisa’s clients are left with skills that enable them to gain visibility, move up the career ladder, build strong business relationships and be seen as powerful leaders and communicators.

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Leandra Ashton

Leandra combines her theatre work with dynamic performance coaching, and has over 12 years experience in this field. She has worked with a range of individuals and organisations from start-up entrepreneurs to board executives of multi-nationals, Local Government Leaders and The Armed Forces. Past clients include: Axa, the UN, Legal and General, Aviva, Nestle and Essence Digital.

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Matt Bannister

Matt trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, having first graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Social Psychology. Matt has created and run workshops for corporate clients as diverse as IBM, Harbour & Jones and innocent, and is passionate about helping people to unlock their creativity and potential. He is also currently the course director of the Introduction to Improvisation course at RADA.

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Sarah Blumenau

Sarah trained as an actor at Webber Douglas and worked in theatre, radio, television and film for over a decade. Her particular interest in voice led her to undertake the MA Voice Studies at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, for which she was awarded the Jeremy Brett Scholarship.

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Kath Burlinson

Kath Burlinson, Ph.D is a communications skills coach with extensive experience of leading training and development programmes within the corporate sector. Kath's work supports individuals to increase personal impact, authenticity and presence. She also works as a professional theatre director.

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Imogen Butler-Cole

Imogen specialises in personal impact and influencing through voice, physicality and rapport and has a particular interest in innovation through creativity in the workplace. For RADA she has designed and implemented trainings at Chanel, Sony, Dove, Santander, PA Consulting, Moorhouse, Edelman, Dentsu Aegis, Soho Create, Durkan and Intern London.

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Dominic Colenso

Dominic is an actor, director and communications coach. He has worked with RADA in Business for the last eight years. Dominic initially studied acting and then went on to train as a director, working as an assistant on numerous RADA public productions. He has acted extensively on stage and screen and has directed productions throughout the UK. He has also directed several shows starring RADA graduates on board the Cunard QM2 and QE2 cruise ships, which have been enjoyed by audiences around the world.

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Louise Collins

Louise is a highly experienced voice, speech and communication coach having worked across the corporate and media sectors for over 15 years. She works with a broad range of companies both private and public including financial services and academic institutions. She has experience across all levels of management.

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Claire Dale

Claire is a movement practitioner and a personal impact trainer. She worked at the forefront of British dance for 15 years creating innovative dance theatre and now works full-time as a consultant in business in communication skills and management development.

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Simon Delaney

Simon trained at RADA, gaining a BA in Acting with distinction. He now enjoys a varied career across theatre, film, television and radio, including notable West End credits. He coaches professional actors for auditions and performance, and prepares young actors for drama school entry.

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Greg de Polnay

Greg de Polnay has been an actor, director and voice teacher for the past thirty-five years, working in all aspects of the theatre with several West End credits to his name. He has made over 100 TV appearances and 350 radio broadcasts.

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Abi Eniola

Abi has led groups and individuals in behavioural change and communication for over 17 years.

She has a BSC (Hons) in Sociology & Social Anthropology, an HND Business Studies, CIPD Advanced Facilitation and is an ICF accredited coach.

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Colin Farquharson

Colin is a creative and dynamic communications trainer with over 10 years’ experience in executive coaching, managerial/leadership training and staff development. Drawing on his background as an actor and vocal coach, Colin delivers a range of bespoke strategies to help develop his client’s interpersonal communication skills. He has worked in both the public and private sector throughout Europe, as well as working with many charitable organizations, helping people to realize more of their potential.

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John Hoggarth

John is a trained actor and successful director who has worked in the business sector for over fifteen years. He believes all people possess the capacity to change and develop and has brought this belief to the workplace. He has built a strong personal reputation as a facilitator and coach where his intervention has helped his clients unlock their potential and discover a more confident approach to successful communication.

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Caroline Kilpatrick

Caroline is a dynamic, perceptive and flexible voice, speech and communication skills trainer. She empowers and enables individuals to channel their own authority, passion and strength to achieve what they want from their communication – to inspire or motivate a team, pitch an idea, impress at interview or chair a meeting. Caroline’s clients come away from her sessions with confidence in their own ability to make a credible impact.

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Adrian Kirk

Adrian is a senior training consultant with RADA Enterprises and has been working with the company since 2002. Before training to be an actor he obtained a Business & Marketing degree and worked for ten years in varying business sectors. When studying at drama school Adrian identified the crossover between acting and communication skills, in that all actors need to be able to communicate a story to an audience through effective use of their body and voice.

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Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan has a degree from Exeter University in Politics and Society. He then trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked extensively as an actor, writer and director for twenty years, and has won a number of awards for his work. Jonathan has had considerable experience over the last ten years delivering personal development and impact skills training to the corporate world.

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Sheelagh McNamara

Sheelagh McNamara is a highly trained voice, speech & presentation skills professional with extensive experience in executive level coaching in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada and the United States.

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Sue Meadows

Sue Meadows has a broad background in professional theatre practice and education. The early part of her career focused on movement, dance and choreography. She spent 10 years as a dancer, choreographer and producer working for television and stage productions.

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Sandra Miller

Sandra has worked extensively as a communication skills consultant, trainer, coach and role-player for over fifteen years. Her clients include many ‘blue chip’ organisations including the Abbey, Banks Hoggins O’Shea, Birds Eye/Walls, BMW, British Aerospace, British Airways, BT, Cedar International, Consignia, D Young & Co, Deloitte & Touche, Freshfields, Friends Provident, Gillette, Hewitt Associates, KPMG, JPMorgan, Linklaters, Logica, Lonely Planet, Lovells, Lloyds TSB, Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, SOCAP and Unilever.

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Carol Noakes

Carol has been coaching voice, acting and powerful communication with groups and individuals for 12 years. She previously worked as an actor/singer in theatre and television, and as a visiting lecturer in acting and voice in Higher Education.

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Chris Penney

Chris trained at Rose Bruford College and worked as an actor for seven years in the Theatre, T.V, Film and Radio. He then moved into the field of arts funding and grant management, before becoming a Trainer and Coach. Chris has also worked as a Learning and Development Consultant scoping the design, delivery and evaluation of management and leadership development programmes in the not for profit sector.

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Willi Richards

Willi began his career working in community, education and social-issue theatre as an actor and director. He holds a degree in drama, a post-graduate qualification in English and has completed specialist post-graduate study in vocal communication and classical text.

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George Richmond-Scott

George is an international voice, speech and presentation skills coach. He has over ten years’ experience working in both the performance industry and corporate world. George often coaches business executives who are ready to move up and on to the next level of their profession. Through his work he develops personal impact, confidence in public speaking and the skills necessary to be engaging and persuasive in any situation, from formal presentations and speeches to that impromptu elevator pitch.

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Elliot Russo

Since graduating in 1990 from Rose Bruford College, Elliot has combined a career as a freelance professional actor in Theatre, TV and Radio, with working as a training facilitator, corporate role-play actor, writer and director.

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Richard Ryder

Richard is an international dialect and voice coach. He has worked with actors and the business community for more than 10 years. After graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2004 with a M.A. in Voice Studies, he began teaching at East 15 Acting School. From 2007 to 2011 he was Head of Voice (Southend) at East 15.

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Alison Skilbeck

Alison is an actor, director, teacher, and trainer. She has an Hons degree in Spanish and French from Oxford University where she first began to act, and she started her professional career by presenting a Spanish language programme on BBC Television.

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David Solomon

After graduating with a degree in Mathematics & Statistics from Exeter University David trained as an actor at RADA and then worked in the theatre (Royal Shakespeare Company, and Royal National Theatre) for 8 years. He then spent a number of years working in business as a Business Development Director where his responsibilities included developing new video and design & print business.

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Julian Stolzenberg

Julian is a RADA trained actor, and has an MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama in Voice Studies. His acting work includes productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and Punchdrunk.

Since 2011, he has been working as voice, speech and communication skills coach, facilitating workshops for public, private and charitable sector organisations of all sizes.

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Andrew Tidmarsh

Andrew Tidmarsh was Course Director of the Foundation Course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for several years. Prior to this he was the Course Director of the MA in European Classical Acting at the Drama Centre in London and before that an Associate Tutor on the MA in Playwriting at Goldsmiths at the University of London. Previous roles include teaching acting for dancers at the English National Ballet, and teaching text, voice and scene study at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London.

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Charlie Walker-Wise

Charlie’s professional training and facilitation experience has seen him work with clients in the public sector, central government and private corporations. His clients include NHS, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Language in London, Egremont, BBC, Ark Schools, FutureBrand, White & Case, UXUS, HAVAS – Helia, White and Case LLP, Weber Shandwick, Breast Cancer Care and the Department of Education.

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Lucinda Worlock

Lucinda is a versatile and innovative voice, communication and accent coach. As a trained actor, she applies dynamic, performance techniques used in actor training for confident, flexible and authentic communication. With a Masters in Voice Studies from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Lucinda is a specialist in providing bespoke, needs-based training approaches to a diverse client base, including doctors, architects, barristers, sports commentators and politicians.

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