Kate Betts set up Capital B Media (formerly Kate Betts Media) in 2006 to help organisations deal with the press. She specialises in crisis media management and is an associate trainer at the Cabinet Office-approved Emergency Planning College and for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Kate's journalistic experience includes working as a researcher, producer, reporter and news editor for the BBC and a reporter for commercial television. She has also worked as a press officer for a large local authority and a reporter for a regional daily paper. Kate is also a BBC-trained video-journalist and has made features for BBC Radio 4, including a documentary looking at the lives of the South Yorkshire flood victims. She has taught print and broadcast journalism at the University of Sheffield Journalism Department.
Steph Pollard is an account manager with Capital B Media. She has years of experience in regional newspapers and worked as a communications and press office manager for the Department of Health and in local government. Leading on strategic communications planning across organisations, she is a champion of good, effective communication with all stakeholders. Steph has written publications and public information campaigns covering economic development, culture, health and community issues. She has also managed a creative business networking programme in South Yorkshire.
Laura Davies is a junior account executive with Capital B Media. She has previously worked in the communications department of NHS Doncaster, where she established the Trust’s presence on social media sites and worked on projects such as their online soap, which was highly commended in the ‘Communicate09’ awards. Laura has also worked pro-bono in the communications team of a charity in Mexico City, a role which involved devising and delivering the charity’s English and Spanish language communications strategies.
Deborah Wain is an associate writer at Capital B Media. She is an experienced and award-winning journalist, and is a regular contributor of health features to the ‘Get Up and Go’ lifestyle supplement distributed with the Sunday Telegraph. She devised and wrote an on-line soap opera for the NHS, which was runner up in the Best Use of New Media category in the Communicate09 awards. In 2007 Deborah was named joint recipient of the prestigious Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism run by Private Eye and the Guardian. She is also a former Yorkshire Press Awards winner. In addition, Deborah has written drama for the stage and television. She has had two plays broadcast on Radio 4 and is currently working on a series of plays for the BBC station.
Matt Robson, a freelance cameraman, editor and film-maker, is an associate at Capital B Media. His credits include Life of Grime, Newsnight and Look North. As well as doing media training, Matt is experienced at producing films for websites and promotional DVDs.
Matt has an MA in documentary film and television, and currently teaches camera techniques and editing at the University of Sheffield Journalism Department.
Cameraman and photographer Antony Oxley is an associate at Capital B Media. He has worked for Yorkshire Television and Sky News, covering major stories ranging from floods and fires to political storms and personal tragedies. His assignments included the Soham murders, the Selby train crash and the Harold Shipman case. He also covers top football matches for Sky Sports and BBC Sport. As well as media training, he works as a stills photographer, with clients ranging from Meadowhall Shopping Centre to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Mary Murtagh is an associate at Capital B Media. She is an award-winning print and video journalist who spent 12 years working for some of the biggest regional papers in the UK. For the past five years Mary has been a specialist print, radio and television media trainer for the private and public sector. She has trained everyone from neighbourhood police officers to NATO admirals.
She also works as a public relations consultant and copywriter.
Ben Rooth is an associate at Capital B Media. He is an award-winning journalist, who has media-trained the chief executives of major international companies and senior Whitehall policymakers - among many other clients. After graduating with an MA degree in journalism, he subsequently worked across TV, radio and print. Ben's career has seen him reporting from war zones - including Afghanistan - and interviewing everyone from prime ministers to David Attenborough and Alan Whicker, to the CEOs of FTSE 100-listed companies. In addition to working as a media trainer, he continues to work as a business journalist as well as a copywriter and PR on behalf of big businesses and large charities.
Kathryn Reaney, a former television presenter, is an associate media trainer at Capital B Media. Kathryn has wide experience in radio, television and newspapers. She has been a reporter and presenter for Yorkshire Television's Calendar News; an assistant producer on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour; a reporter and producer for BBC local radio and a district news editor for an evening paper.
She is a qualified trainer and currently teaches print and broadcast journalism at the University of Sheffield.
Christine Cawthorne is an associate at Capital B Media. She is a senior level content producer with years of experience working for organisations such as the BBC, AOL, and Yahoo!