Cleland Thom: director and head tutor
Some people describe me as the Simon Cowell of journalism and media training. Others say I am one of the UK's leading journalism and law tutors. I'll leave to you to work out who's right!
I have been preparing students for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) exams for 20 years.
I went into training in the 1990s and ran the NCTJ course at Highbury College, Portsmouth, for ten years.
I am a member of the Society of Editors (SOE), and vice chairman of the CIOJ's professional practices board.
I hold the NCTJ proficiency certificate, now called the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).
I also hold the certificate in education for La Sainte Union college, and I am a qualified NVQ journalism assessor.
In 2003, I started my own training business, CTJT. It rapidly became one of the UK's leading professional development businesses.
I have clients in 102 countries. They include staff from all the UK's top media groups, and major corporations like Intel, the NHS, United Utilities, and many others
I became a journalist when I was 17 and worked for several newspapers in London. I was group editor of 12 titles and did freelance work for all of the national and Sunday papers.
Likes: Arsenal, cats, curry, God, Rolling Stones, coffee, professional cycling
One word that describes me: unsatisfied