Experience


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Suzanne Yates qualified in the UK and worked as a newspaper journalist in Britain and the Arabian Gulf.

She moved to the BBC as a reporter then producer, rising to senior duty editor on the national Six O’Clock News.  She was a senior member of the team who introduced TV cameras to the Houses of Parliament.She ran training programmes for BBC News in London, becoming manager of Journalism & Production training at BBC World Service Radio, based at Bush House in London.

International Development And Communications

After the Asian tsunami, Suzanne moved to Indonesia. She was hired by the Australian government’s aid programme to find and write stories about their reconstruction projects in Aceh.

She led journalism training courses for the BBC World Service Trust and United Nations Development Programme in Java.

She ran UNICEF’s emergency media campaign to halt the outbreak of polio in Indonesia.

Media Training and Presentation Skills 

Suzanne is an experienced trainer in media and presentation skills, working with company directors, NGOs, health activists and the heads of UN agencies in Asia, Africa, the US and Europe.

Career Counselling and Career Development

Suzanne is a qualified careers’ counsellor and offers coaching on a one-to-one basis or in small groups.  She works with individuals, companies and informal networks of friends.  She founded the Colombo Skills Exchange for highly qualified individuals  seeking to change direction.

She can also act as a consultant to businesses, developing careers’ strategies to help them retain skilled staff.

Writing Services

Suzanne is an experienced feature writer for international agencies.

She  enjoys editing and proof reading university theses. She specialises in working for masters’ students who are writing in English but who are not native speakers.

On an unpaid basis, she provides writing services for NGOs and small charities.

English Teaching

Most of Suzanne’s media clients are non-native speakers and she qualified as English language teacher (CELTA) in order to support them better. She also gives formal English lessons.

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Journalism, Broadcasting and Training

Mervyn Fletcher is a highly-accomplished communication professional with a wealth of experience at the highest levels of global diplomatic, aid and news organisations.

For many years, Mervyn was a BBC News editor and producer. He started his BBC career as a television news producer, before being part of the small team that set-up BBC News Online.

He was output editor of the ‘World At One’ on BBC Radio 4. His BBC career included covering many international stories and undertaking investigative journalism.

International Development And Communications

Mervyn joined UNICEF in Indonesia in 2005 to manage its communications and external relations in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami. He progressed to be UNICEF’s regional communication officer in eastern Europe and former Soviet Union territories. This included managing communication during many crises, including the Russia/Georgia war (2008) and anti-vaccination campaigns in Eastern Europe.

He managed UNICEF’s communications in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war.

More recently he transformed how Save the Children conducts its global communications by setting up, and being Head of, its new Global Media Unit. Here too, he managed communication during crises including hostage-taking.

Media Training and Presentation Skills 

Mervyn has many years of experience as a trainer in media and presentation skills. He trained with the BBC as a media coach before working with UN and Save the Children officers across Europe and Asia on how to successfully engage with the media, how to conduct broadcast interviews, and how to communicate during crises.