Jill originally trained as a teacher and founded Vertex Training International in 1993. She was then better known for her extensive work in radio and television. She won the Gold Award at the New York International Television and Film Festival and the Sandford St Martin Trust Award for Radio. She presented television documentaries for over 20 years but now concentrates on running and managing the international training company. She and her team have trained senior executives and key opinion leaders in in Global pharmaceutical companies, The Metropolitan Police, Interpol, Government agencies in the UK and International FMCGs and Universities.
Jill Chairs a Board of Governors of an East End School. She is also Chair of Tower Hamlets Schools Forum and has chaired the Governors Conference for the past three years. She sits on the Executive Board of the Women of the Year Lunch and Assembly and is an honorary associate of a National Art and Design Institution and is a Kent Ambassador. She holds professional memberships with the National Union of Journalists, British Equity and is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and of the Royal Society of Arts. Jill served 4 years as Chairman of The Institute of Directors in Kent, overseeing 45,000 small- and medium-sized businesses in the south of England.
Eric Dixon has over twenty years experience as a media consultant, journalist, and presenter. His training experience includes media management, presentation and negotiation skills for some of the world’s largest companies – including Astra Zeneca, Barclays, BAA, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Greene King, Lloyds TSB, NatWest, Northern Rock, Woolwich and Vodafone. In addition, he also coaches journalists and presenters in voice, presentation and interview technique He has worked within BBC National Radio and the BBC World Service and has presented all-news breakfast show on News Direct, produced by Reuters and ITN. He hosts events across the country for BBC Exhibitions – including the BBC Good Food Show, BBC Gardener’s World Live, and the BBC Good Homes Show at Earl’s Court, London and the NEC, Birmingham. As a print journalist he has written articles for the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and The Observer, plus national tabloid newspapers. Eric is an experienced and valuable member of the Vertex training team.
Jane has worked with Vertex pharmaceutical clients at various stages of product development and launch, in preparation for media and conference appearances, working with Universities of Cambridge, Maryland, and Imperial College. As a news correspondent for BBC TV, Radio News and BBC World she has worked on major documentaries and series, reported on five tours to Bosnia, helping to win Amnesty International media award and was nominated in New York TV awards for report on raped Bosnian women. She also covered the fall of Margaret Thatcher for award-winning edition of Channel 4 News and on the death of Princess Diana. Jane has trained representatives from three Royal Colleges for media appearances and representatives from Government agencies for select committee appearances She has produced documentaries for BBC World on the treatment of schistosomiasis, the development of a vaccine for malaria, the development of tests for chlamydia and trachoma, maternity conditions in Uganda.
Richard is an experienced coach who had a previous career as a business writer and commentator on international affairs. He trains in both English and Portuguese.
He was formerly international corporate finance editor of Institutional Investor and one of the magazine’s top writers. His 22 year career in journalism saw him working overseas as foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, the Financial Times, The Economist, the London Independent, the BBC and National Public Radio. Awards include the New York City Society of Professional Journalists 1993 “Deadline Club” prize; 1999 Corporate Communications “Innovation of the Year” Award; Bayer “Science & the Environment” prize 1993. He has worked on a number of projects for Novartis Oncology both in the UK and for the LATAM teams.
A selection of further trainers are available at specific request.
``The seminar was a great success. Your team's performance was outstanding and your wide experience in the field met all our communication skills. Given the value and importance we attach to Public Relations in today's aggressive world, the value of media trained people is a clear asset to any company and I am persuaded, Novartis must continue with this training.``