Our Team

PressPad was founded by BBC journalist Olivia Crellin (Founder, CEO) following her own experience of entering a journalism career from outside London – and after hearing the stories of many others.

After Olivia launched PressPad, Laura Garcia (Co-founder) came on board. Laura is a Mexican journalist and lecturer living in the UK who remembers having to sleep on friends’ couches while doing her work experience. She now sees the high cost of accommodation preventing some of her best students from less wealthy backgrounds applying for the most competitive internships.

Olivia Crellin

Founder

Olivia is a staff journalist at the BBC and a documentary filmmaker – as well as the founder of PressPad. In addition for the BBC – she’s written for The Guardian, The Economist, TIME Magazine, Reuters, and others. The situation with unpaid internships was so bad when she started out that she calculated that a one-way ticket to Chile would be a more cost-effective option, AND help her learn Spanish. After time in South America, she went on to graduate from Columbia Journalism School, before being lucky enough to do a lot of paid internships and fellowships in the US with the likes of VICE News, AJ+, the BBC Washington bureau and The Wall Street Journal. Ironically it was one of only two unpaid internships she did at the BBC World Service that led to her current job now.

Laura Garcia

Co-Founder

Laura Garcia’s work as a multimedia journalist started back in her home town of Mexico as a photographer for a newspaper. She also worked for newspapers and film production companies in the US before coming to the UK in September 2011. After that she was able to get into the world of broadcast because her lecturers and their friends allowed her to crash living rooms and bedrooms while she was getting work experience. Laura has worked in different newsrooms across the UK: ITV Meridian, BBC South East, BBC Radio Kent, NBC News, R4’s The World Tonight and Channel 5 News. Currently she works as a Lecturer in Television and Multimedia Journalism, produces a politics show for KMTV and is the London correspondent for Bloomberg Mexico and Estrella TV in Los Angeles.

Nicola Slawson

Communications & Outreach

Nicola Slawson is a freelance journalist with bylines in the Observer, Telegraph and Independent among others. Having previously worked in the arts, she began her journalism career at Positive News before moving to the Guardian and then onto HuffPost UK. In 2016, she was awarded the IJP George Weidenfeld Bursary, spending two months at Die Welt in Berlin. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Scott Trust Bursary to study a masters in newspaper journalism at City University. In order to gain the necessary experience to apply for the bursary, she did a six-month unpaid internship. With no savings or family in London, she lived and worked in a boarding school while completing it. From a working class background herself, she is passionate about diversifying journalism.

Consultants

Dr Nancy Roberts

Impact Consultant

Nancy is an experienced entrepreneur and a domain expert in diversity and inclusion. She is the founder of independent publisher Stok Press, successful diversity consultancy Business Inclusivity, which she runs as a social enterprise, and of Umbrella, a technology business using data analytics and AI to help companies improve diversity and inclusion at scale. She is also a highly skilled leader with 20 years of experience including at board level and is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Break The Mould, an organization which works with children with disadvantages to engage them in education through sport. She sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of the Science and Technology Facilities council, and she has a BA, two MAs, a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Theory, and has just completed an Executive MBA at Cranfield University.

Frank Starling

Diversity and Inclusion

Selected as one of the UK's Top 30 Black Leaders (by House of Commons and Operation Black Vote) via the Pathways to Success programme and an award winner for services to Diversity, Inclusion and Mentorship. Currently Global Vice President of WERKIN, helping clients and companies transform their organisations with regards to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging. Created tailored data driven strategies for numerous organisations, partnering and working with senior executive level employees, which have affected real change internally and externally. The aim of Frank’s career is to bring an authentic approach to the delivery of D&I. To create pathways, access and opportunities and ensure that regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and people with disabilities are able to benefit and reach their full career potential.

Social Media & Website

Alfie Tobutt

Graphics

Alfie Tobutt is an English-Australian journalist currently working for BBC News, producing interactive bulletins for smart speakers. He is a graduate of a the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism, where he also worked as a paid intern for KMTV. After university, he held a weekend job at a bookshop to help fund unpaid or low-paid work experience in London, until he was able to successfully freelance. He has previously worked with Sky News, EuronewsNBC, LBC and BBC Radio 2.

Ayomikun Adekayeiro

Social Media

Ayomikun Adekaiyero is an undergrad journalism student at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism. Last year, after reflecting on what type of journalist he wanted to be, he decided to start his own blog, Diary of a Procrastinator, to write about things that interest him. The diverse yet unique ways journalists use new technology and multimedia Journalism have always stood out to him. He has also been in charge of his campus' student media society, KTV Media, creating videos which reflect student and lecturer life. After University he plans to find a career that combines his interest of Entertainment and Journalism. Until then, he will help make PressPad known on the social media map, doing his part to improve the career he loves.

Amber Sunner

Website & Newsletter

Amber Sunner is a student journalist who is currently completing her BA in Journalism at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism. She was shortlisted for BBC Radio 4's Student Journalist of the Year award and also completed an internship at Thiiird Magazine. She has written for UniNews, Kent Messenger, Maidstone Messenger and Kent Online.

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