Meet the people who teach our courses

Fiona Webster

Fiona Webster

Head of Diploma Training

Fiona is a journalist with experience across national newspapers, websites, broadcast and magazines. She started out on local newspapers and was soon freelance reporting for The Times, the Sunday Mirror and the Mail on Sunday, covering terrorist bombings and major trials. She became a staff reporter on The Sun and was assigned to the New York Bureau for News UK, covering stories across the US. She became a television producer-director on networked shows at ITV and a presenter for Granada. 

She had a weekly opinion on the Daily Mirror and the Daily Star and an Internet column on the Daily Mail. She has been a consultant at News Magazines and IPC and has edited two magazines. Her freelance work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, the Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine, the Daily Express and national magazines.

She currently writes for the Press Association and runs her own travel website. Fiona has been running PA’s Diploma courses for four years and has seen them grow in size and reputation. She has also taught on the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and Irish Independent's graduate schemes and trained corporate clients.

Adrian Seal

Adrian Seal

Course Leader and Head of the Diploma Part-Time Course

Adrian has considerable experience as a journalist and started out on local newspapers at the Maidenhead Advertiser as a news reporter and spent several years as a sport reporter, covering football, cricket and table tennis. At 29 he became Editor of the Bracknell News Series of newspapers in Berkshire then held senior editorial management positions at Trinity Mirror. He was responsible for the management of multiple newspaper titles, central production and feature hubs, newsrooms and the development of regional websites , including West London & Bucks, Surrey & Sussex, Berkshire, Essex and North London. 

He has trained journalists in sports reporting, news writing, sub-editing and management skills and has a wide knowledge of PR communication skills. He enjoys writing restaurant reviews and articles on food, sport and interior design, and using social media to develop and promote businesses. Adrian joined PA Training in 2015 and is now a course leader on the NCTJ full-time news reporting course and heads the part-time news reporting course teaching reporting and production skills. He also works on the PA Elections Team.

Kate Charles

Kate Charles

Head of Shorthand

Kate teaches shorthand at the Press Association Training Centre in London.  She originally learnt Pitman New Era shorthand and achieved 120 wpm and then switched to Teeline as it was the industry standard for reporters.

She has taught shorthand at the BBC to trainee journalists as well as to members of staff requiring the skill. She has over twenty year's teaching experience and has worked in a range of sectors including media, education and public sector as an I.T and business skills tutor.

She is an NCTJ-approved Shorthand Tutor and has taught journalists at The Times and other national publications. She enjoys teaching and helping trainees to reach their full potential.

Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight

Law and Government Tutor

An award-winning writer with a long career in regional newspaper journalism, our tutor has been a freelance editorial training consultant since 2002, specialising in media law and public affairs, as well as vocational journalism training.A member of the law board of the National Council for the Training of Journalists, he has been teaching media law and government on NCTJ- approved courses for the past 10 years, as well as lecturing in further and higher education.He has run regular law refresher courses for a variety of organisations, including Lloyds TSB, Media Wales, Avon & Somerset Police, Gwent Police and the London School of Journalism. He also currently teaches law and public affairs on the Press Association’s intensive fast-track journalism course in London.

As a working journalist, he began his journalism career in Scotland on the Aberdeen Evening Express, where he won a number of writing awards, including Young Scottish Journalist of the Year, and later became the paper's features editor.He moved to BBC Scotland in Glasgow, but returned to print journalism and spent five years as assistant editor of The Bath Chronicle, principally responsible for the paper's features and entertainments coverage. He has had widespread freelance writing experience and been heavily involved in journalism training for the past 20 years with a variety of newspaper groups.

He held a full-time post as editorial training manager for Trinity Mirror's Western Mail & Echo newspapers in Cardiff for two years prior to becoming a full-time freelance tutor and lecturer, based in London.

Malcolm Starbrook

Malcolm Starbrook

Production Tutor

Malcolm Starbrook is responsible for the training in production journalism at the Press Association’s London centre. His 45-year career has spanned national and regional newspapers as well as specialist magazines.

He started his career in local newspapers in London and left the regional newspaper group, Archant, after 15 years in 2015. He held a number of positions in regional newspapers, including editorial director at the Croydon Advertiser, Group Editor of Trinity Mirror’s Surrey and Sussex Newspapers, and also spent several years in production journalism on national newspapers including the Sun, Mail and Sunday Telegraph.

More recently he was Archant’s group editor, working across The Newham Recorder, Ilford Recorder, Hackney Gazette and The Romford Recorder. 

He has twice won Newspaper of the Year titles while editing the Croydon Advertiser and Bury Free Press.

Mark Silver

Mark Silver

Head of Sport

National newspaper sports journalist Mark Silver has 30 years' experience in the industry. Mark started his career as a news reporter on a regional publication before becoming sports editor. He has spent 25 years on national newspapers, including The Sun and the Daily Mirror. For the past 22 years he has worked for the Daily Mirror, where he is a Senior Page Editor in their sports department. Mark has also worked in radio, including presenting his own show, and in television.

He is also a recognised guest speaker in journalism and during his career has interviewed a range of sports stars, including Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne, Arnold Palmer and Richie Benaud. At the Press Association Mark works alongside experienced sports editor Lee Wilmot, who has a highly regarded track record in regional and national journalism and is Head of Sport for Trinity Mirror SE and Cambridge.

Tina Moran

Tina Moran

Senior Tutor

Tina Moran has been a journalist for over three decades, working on titles including the London Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Sunday Times and Daily Express. Her roles have included news reporter, sub editor, women's editor, night editor, features editor and deputy group director of digital content.

For the past two years she has been a lecturer and trainer in journalism, working at the Press Association, City University and Goldsmiths University. Her proudest journalistic achievement was night editing a national newspaper on 9/11. Her proudest academic achievement was passing her NCTJ exams at 19!

Jessie Grace Mellor

Jessie Grace Mellor

Senior Tutor

Jessica has 25 years experience as a national newspaper film journalist and entertainment writer. She began her career at the News of the World as the film editor and columnist, moving to the Daily Mirror for 11 years. She has contributed to highly regarded platforms such as Empire, Total Film, The Radio Times and The Huffington Post and edited the home entertainment magazine View. 

Jessica writes entertainment-themed features for The Daily Star and The People and as a film journalist travels the world’s film sets, interviewing acclaimed actors and directors for a range of publications. She has regularly appeared on television and radio as a film expert and interviewer, worked extensively online, and written and subbed for Now Magazine, The Sun and Daily Mirror. She is also an independent film maker.

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Daniel Davies

"The PA’s fast-track journalism course isn’t a simple taught course. It’s a collaboration between you and journalists with years of experience. From day one you’ll be treated like a professional journalist, and given all the tools you need to be a success in the industry, so your real role is, with the help of the tutors, to decide what type of journalist you want to be and how far down the rabbit hole you want to go."

Daniel Davies // Deputy Editor, Factor Magazine.

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