Meet the people who teach our courses

Our tutors are the best in the industry, bringing their first-hand experience combined with excellent teaching skills to the classroom. Our courses consistently receive the highest positive feedback and that's in no small part because of the tutors we hand-pick to deliver exceptional training.

Shujaul Azam

Shujaul Azam

Essential Journalism and copy tutor

Shujaul has worked in the news industry for over three decades, editing a series of regional newspaper titles and a tech magazine, and freelancing for national papers. His proudest moments include launching campaigns to fight the scourge of knife crime in London and giving grieving mothers a voice to speak about the loss of their children to gang violence.

Robin Bailey

Robin Bailey

Sports Journalism

Robin has experience across newspapers, broadcasting and production on radio and TV. He was a staff producer and broadcaster for the BBC working on Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio 5 Live breakfast shows and the BBC News Channel and BBC World Service TV, before enjoying ten years as a freelance TV presenter and reporter at the BBC and ITV.

Celine Bijleveld

Celine Bijleveld

Journalism for a Digital Audience

Celine is a journalist specialising in loyalty-generating products – most notably email newsletters. She spent more than 15 years at the Guardian as a digital editor and producer, and has encountered countless versions of newsgathering and publishing techniques as technology has developed: from the birth of social media to today's interactive storytelling.

Kate Charles

Kate Charles

Shorthand

Kate is an NCTJ-approved Shorthand Tutor with more than thirty year's teaching experience. She has taught at the BBC, The Telegraph, and other national publications and enjoys helping trainees to reach their full potential. 

Jason Deans

Jason Deans

Essential Journalism, Business Journalism and copy tutor

Jason has wide-ranging experience across newspaper, magazine and digital journalism. He began as a reporter at trade magazine Broadcast, joined the Guardian as a digital reporter covering the media industry, and subsequently became editor of MediaGuardian.co.uk, digital news editor, and business news editor.  

Vicky Frost

Vicky Frost

Director of Training, PA Training

Vicky leads PA Training. She’s an editor who specialises in digital storytelling and how news organisations build loyal audiences who invest in their work. She’s held senior editorial roles at the Guardian in London and Sydney, the Evening Standard, and HuffPost. She began her career as a feature writer at Bristol Evening Post. @vickyfrost 

Sophie Gallagher

Sophie Gallagher

Features and Longform Journalism

Sophie is a freelance features journalist working at titles including the BBC, Financial Times, Grazia, Stylist magazine, and i. She was previously Deputy Lifestyle Editor at The Independent, and before that worked at HuffPost UK. 

Sean Howe

Sean Howe

Leader, NCTJ Diploma

Sean Howe is an experienced journalist and editor with specialist knowledge of subjects including policing, crime, defence and security. He began his career in local papers before editing national B2B titles and moving to lead the global editorial operations for Janes, a specialist defence and security publisher. Sean leads the Essential Journalism and Digital Features and Longform courses.  

Alison Kershaw

Alison Kershaw

Essential Journalism and copy tutor

Alison is a news editor at PA and has extensive experience in news journalism. She joined the news agency as a general reporter and also worked as a royal reporter before serving as PA’s education correspondent for over 10 years. Prior to joining the news desk, she worked as a High Court reporter, covering major cases including the Johnny Depp libel trial. 

Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight

Media Law, Court Reporting and Public Affairs

Andrew is an award-winning writer and editor who has been involved in journalism training for more than 20 years with a variety of newspaper groups. He was editorial training manager for Media Wales newspapers in Cardiff for two years prior to becoming a full-time freelance tutor and lecturer. 

Roz McKenzie

Roz McKenzie

Essential Journalism

Roz McKenzie is a journalist and a trainer of new reporters entering the industry. She has worked in the regional and national press for over 20 years, as well as playing a lead role in delivering apprenticeships in journalism. Roz sits on the NCTJ's Journalism Qualifications Board and is the Apprenticeships Training Manager for PA Training. 

Tina Moran

Tina Moran

Co-leader, Part-Time Diploma

During a 36-year career in journalism Tina worked on titles including the Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Sunday Times and Daily Express. Her roles included news reporter, sub editor, night editor, head of features, executive editor and deputy group director of digital content. Her proudest journalistic achievement was night editing a national newspaper on 9/11.  

Adrian Seal

Adrian Seal

Co-leader, Part-Time Diploma

Adrian has worked with PA Training since 2015, having previously held senior editorial management positions with the UK’s leading digital and newspaper publisher Reach plc. These included being responsible for a number of award-winning regional titles and launching websites across the south of England. 

Harry Slater

Harry Slater

Journalism for a Digital Audience

Harry is Digital Director at Dazed Media where he oversees best practice, growth and innovation on Dazed and AnOther. His background is in audience development and he's held senior roles at HuffPost in London and at The Guardian in New York. @harry_slater

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