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Meet our team

Cleland Thom: director and head tutor

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 am also legal blogger for the Press Gazette, Government and Public Sector Journal, and training blogger for the UK Training Directory

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

Olly Thom: marketing director

Olly Thom: marketing director

I am the man behind the phone, and the first point of contact for all enquirers.

I have a thorough understanding of distance learning, and a wealth of experience in marketing, customer relations and sales.

I help move CTJT forward by implementing new strategies, and give course and careers advice to potential students.

I have been known to spend more time next to the coffee machine than I do at my desk!

Likes: playing guitar, football, current affairs, coffee, video and audio production

One word that describes me: proactive

Barney Thom: creative director

Barney Thom: creative director

I am in charge of the fun side of the business!

I am the face behind the CTJT Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. I also edit and maintain our website and do the graphic design.

I have BTEC national diplomas in graphic design and interactive media, and stacks of experience working to client briefs through my freelance business BST Designs

I have designed blogs, websites and logos for CTJT students, including a blog for one which won the Best Sports Blog Award at the Wales Blog Awards 2012

I cannot work in silence. Whether it's music or podcasts, you will always find my headphones clamped firmly in to ears!

Likes: live music, football, good design

One word that describes me: unflappable

Jake Thom: administration

Jake Thom: administration

I am the one responsible for CTJT's boring paperwork! I also feed Fluff, the office cat.

I record the company's financial transactions, create invoices to send to students and clients, and pay the CTJT staff. I am always up to my eyes in forms!

I'm currently studying towards a level 3 qualification in bookkeeping.

Likes: cats, coffee, politics, tennis

One word that describes me: inquisitive

David Porter: course tutor

David Porter: course tutor

I have worked for 25 years in weekly newspapers, latterly as an editor with M.E.N Media. 

I live in Manchester and am married with three children. I like nothing better than to get out into the countryside and do some mountain biking.

Alongside my work as a CTJT tutor, I teach media law at Manchester metropolitan university and work as a freelance journalist for HOPE not hate, and BBC Radio 5 live.

I am a member of the Society of Editors (SOE), and an interviewee / assessor for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Likes: puns, bad jokes, mountain biking, Radio 4

One word that describes me: easygoing

Andy Carter: course tutor

Andy Carter: course tutor

I started my broadcasting career in the early 1990s with a local radio station on the south coast of England.

I worked for a number of media organisations including the BBC and Sky News, and was in charge of news output at Virgin Radio. 

I was group head of news for a commercial radio broadcaster, with responsibilty for 60+ journalists across more than 20 newsrooms.

I switched to PR and was hired to run Leeds city council's press office in 2008.

In July 2011, I became director of communications and development at Northumbria university.  

I am now a director of my own PR, communications and broadcasting consultancy.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).

Likes: fish and chips, sunny days in the Yorkshire dales, fast cars, scuba diving, technology

One word that describes me: bonkers (in a good way!)

Jennie Harborth: course tutor

Jennie Harborth: course tutor

I've always enjoyed reading and writing, so becoming a proofreader, copy and web editor was a natural step.

And, I have spent many years training people in various specialisms.

That’s why I love being the tutor on the proofreading and editing courses.

I’ve spoken three languages since childhood, but my mother-tongue, English, is my favourite with its idiosyncrasies, flexibility and hybrid texture.

It can be finely crafted or rustic and, like a magic carpet, can carry people to places they dream of.

However, accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation are vital to convey the correct meaning and creating superb content. And that's what I try to help CTJT students to achieve.

My other skills include HTML, CSS, website construction, digital graphics, formatting documents and webpages, and painting.

Likes: wildlife, nature, sunrises and rainbows, reading and being creative

One word that describes me: empathic

Jo Wiltshire: consultant for magazine journalism

Jo Wiltshire: consultant for magazine journalism

I started out in regional newspaper journalism in the mid-1990s with the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich, before moving to The Mail On Sunday as a celebrity interviewer, writer and commissioning editor.

It was a ball! I got to profile all sorts of people including Heath Ledger, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and an irate Ivana Trump on her luxury yacht!

I later went freelance, having got married and had two children.

I somehow became known as a parenting author and expert and I have had three parenting books published. I continue to work as a parenting journalist.

I also lecture in journalism and magazine writing at the University of Hertfordshire, and have marked news and features portfolios for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

I am a member of the Society of Authors (SOA).

Likes: restaurants, red wine, boat trips, old films, real fires, apostrophes in the right place

One word that describes me: multitasker

Justine Holman: course tutor

Justine Holman: course tutor

I am an entertainment, health and travel journalist with over 20 years experience. I have worked both for myself and for other people.

I began my career as a researcher on Elle before working my way up through teen magazines such as Just 17,  and women’s magazines such as Chat and Women’s Weekly, before ending up as features editor on TVTimes.

From there, via a brief stint of freelance work again, I worked as the senior editor on The Express’ Saturday magazine.

I’ve interviewed the likes of Take That, shaken Bruce Willis’ hand, and sat next to Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox on the L.A. set of Friends. I’ve still yet to find a better job than this one.

Whether I’m talking to Alex Jones about the Queen’s Coronation, or Alan Titchmarsh about The Chelsea Flower Show, there is nothing better than pulling a story together from a 20 minute chat.

My love for entertainment, whether it’s TV, music, books or films, has afforded me an enjoyable, sometimes unpredictable, but never dull career.

I now regularly work for Saturday magazine, as well as The Express’ arts section.

I also contribute travel features to madeformums.com and I am a member of the NUJ.

Likes: flat whites, 6 Music, cycling along the seafront before anyone else is awake, a great film, running and chatting, digging the allotment

One word that describes me: tenacious

David Kalcher: course tutor

David Kalcher: course tutor

I am a registered veterinary nurse and love animals, so being the tutor on the Chat to your cat course is no hardship!

I have worked for several veterinary practices as either head nurse or nurse, and have ensured excellent customer service to both pets and their owners! I have also taught animal care skills at my local college and to students in practice.

I am a qualified copywriter, and use my copywriting skills to write specialist veterinary and social media content, for veterinary practices across the UK.

I also write veterinary blogs, answer veterinary questions, attend events and exhibitions where I speak about veterinary social media to vets and their staff.

Likes: Spending time with my family and cats, walking along the seafront, sea fishing

One word that describes me: Thinker

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