Our Team

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James Toney, managing editor

James Toney is the managing editor and board director of Beat Media Group – encompassing News Associates, alongside news and sports agencies Sportsbeat, Storybeat and Kennedy News and Media.
His work appears in news organisations around the world and his reporting – from news to investigations to sport – has taken him to more than 40 countries.
He been highly commended for his journalism by Press Gazette and was recognised for his commitment to the coverage of the Olympics by being named a torchbearer at London 2012.
James started his career on press agencies and national newspapers, securing his first front page aged 19.
He’s a member of the Society of Editors, the British Olympic Association’s media advisory panel and sits on the board of the Sports Journalists’ Association.
He is a regular commentator on news and sports issues on Sky News, BBC Radio and TalkSport. His first book, Inside Track, was published by Bloomsbury. @jtoneysbeat

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Rachel Bull, course director

Course director Rachel Bull is responsible for the smooth delivery of all undergraduate and postgraduate training at News Associates in London and Manchester.
She is an award-winning journalist with experience in local and national newspapers and her areas of specialist interest are shorthand, social media and communications and digital marketing. @rachelbullnews

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Graham Dudman, deputy managing editor

Graham Dudman is the deputy managing editor at News Associates, his role includes maintaining relationships with national news organisations alongside delivering the NCTJ essential journalism module and ensuring our trainees are newsroom ready.
He started his career in local newspapers in Manchester and left News UK after 20 years in 2015. He held a number of positions at The Sun, including head of news, head of features and managing editor and spent several years on the paper’s editing rota.
More recently he was News UK’s editorial development director, working across The Times, Sunday Times and The Sun. He sits on the Newspaper Licensing Agency and is a member of the accreditation board at the National Council for the Training of Journalists. A former board member of the Society of Editors, he is a long-standing judge for the national press awards. @1dudders

Graham Moody, head of journalism London

Graham Moody is the head of journalism at News Associates London where he is responsible for the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate NCTJ courses.
He has worked in local and national newspapers in a variety of roles from news to sport to leisure. He was a senior reporter on the Olympic News Service at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
He is also the editor of news and features site South West Londoner. @GrahamMoody

Alice Walker Gregory, head of journalism Manchester

Alice is the head of journalism at News Associates Manchester and leads the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate NCTJ courses. She is a very experienced NCTJ journalism tutor and leads on the essential journalism syllabus in our Manchester centre but can teach across the whole diploma.
Before moving into journalism training Alice had an illustrious career working at national newspapers. @alicerwalker

Lucy Dyer, editorial development manager

Lucy Dyer is our editorial development manager with responsibility for securing our trainees – across all postgraduate and undergraduate courses – their pathways into journalism. She heads up our marketing and admissions teams and works alongside Graham Dudman building partnerships in the industry.
She is a former editor with a passion for social media and emerging digital platforms.
Lucy is a trained first aider and mental health first aider. @lucyedyer

Angela Catto, shorthand tutor

With decades of experience, Angela Catto is our lead shorthand tutor for all full-time NCTJ courses in London. She is also a member of the NCTJ’s shorthand board.

Gerry Sammon, law tutor

Gerry Sammon leads on the delivery of media law in Manchester.
He was formerly a senior executive at Manchester Evening News Media as editor of the Rochdale Observer, the Middleton Guardian and the Heywood Advertiser. He has also written several books.

Kieran Wellington, journalism tutor

Kieran is the lead shorthand tutor on our part-time courses in London. He is also an assistant producer at LBC and so regularly runs broadcast journalism sessions with our trainees. He has a passion for sport and previously worked on the Love Sport Radio breakfast show.

Tom McCooey, journalism tutor

Tom is a very versatile tutor at News Associates in Manchester, teaching across law, shorthand, journalism for a digital audience and more. As well as being NCTJ and NCE (senior journalism exams, now the NQJ) trained, Tom also has an MA in broadcast journalism. Before moving into journalism training Tom worked as a journalist for many years, with roles in news, sport and trade magazines. Tom is also a published author and has broadcast experience as a production assistant at BBC Radio Lancashire.

Tom Holmes, journalism tutor

Tom is an NCTJ-trained journalist with a passion for sport. He writes and edits across our network of sites and is deputy editor of South West Londoner. Tom teaches across the NCTJ syllabus in London, specialising in reporting and sports journalism.

Phil Wilkinson, journalism tutor

Having cut his teeth as a news reporter, Phil spent nearly 20 years covering the Wigan Warriors and acting as sports editor for the Wigan Post, Wigan Observer and Wigan Today website, as well as  contributing to various national newspapers. He has experience of working in radio and has written five books, including – most recently – the critically-acclaimed autobiography of English rugby league’s most-capped player, Adrian Morley. Phil teaches across the syllabus on all of our courses in Manchester.

Richard Hansen, journalism tutor

Since qualifying from his NCTJ, Richard has worked as a news reporter and freelance journalist, securing bylines across a wide range of national and local publications. Prior to a career change into journalism, Richard worked for ten years as an international opera singer and brings to us a wealth of unique experience and perspective. Richard teaches across the NCTJ syllabus in Manchester, specialising in public affairs.

James Moules, journalism tutor

James is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked as a local reporter, with experience teaching abroad as well as a Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA).  James founded his own political news website, Redaction Reports, which he now co-edits alongside teaching across the NCTJ syllabus in London, specialising in public affairs.

Zoe Crowther, editorial development coordinator

Zoe runs our social media channels and websites, works on marketing strategies and event planning and assists with admissions. She builds and maintains relationships with schools, universities and student media teams. She is first aid and mental health first aid trained and has a passion for political and social history and education. Zoe has MA and BA degrees in History as well as journalistic experience in local newspapers and magazines.