All of the Training Station’s trainers are media professionals who have worked at the cutting edge of journalism, broadcasting, media production or social media. All have been delivering training internationally for many years.


Kevin Burden, Managing Director

Kevin is a media consultant who works with media houses and organisations worldwide. During a BBC career spanning 20 years, he served as a reporter, correspondent, presenter, producer, editor and manager. His last position was as Head of Training with the BBC’s international development arm, where he devised courses, trained trainers and himself trained hundreds of journalists and editorial leaders. He has written a large volume of training materials for journalists and those who encounter them professionally. Kevin is the holder of a Rolls-Royce-Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Award for Effectiveness in Training.
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Neil McCafferty, Director of Technology

Neil is a broadcaster and former BBC news editor whose career also spans commercial television, radio and newspapers. He currently works with a range of organisations training in media relations and presentations skills. These include the ICRC in Geneva, the UK Ministry of Justice and clients in the financial sector in London. With the BBC, he was one of the corporation’s Senior Journalist Trainers after more than 15 years as a reporter, presenter and editor.
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Nick Raistrick, Director of Training

Nick is an editor, journalist, trainer and broadcaster with experience in research, commissioning, editing and programme-making, as well a strong background in new media. He worked at the BBC for nearly a decade, as a web editor, journalist, producer and finally as journalism training editor at the World Service Trust, where he managed the BBC’s online journalism training portal, iLearn, overseeing its expansion into more than a dozen languages and twenty territories worldwide, including India, Somalia, Nigeria and China. Nick built local teams and helped them to deliver online and face-to-face training. Nick’s freelance training work has included projects for Internews, Panos, DfID and the Cabinet Office in Kashmir, Nigeria and the UK.
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Simon le Gouais, Director of Finance and Administration

Simon has more than ten years of experience as a Finance Manager, Project Accountant and Commercial Manager in the media development, arts and charitable sectors, including seven years at BBC Media Action. Simon has managed commercial arts venues in London, set up MTS as a Community Interest Company and managed the finances of the Lake of Stars music festival in Malawi. Simon has built up a wide range of finance skills including knowledge of SORP finance regulations, project finance management, donor reporting and audit compliance, payroll, VAT and HMRC processes, purchase and sales ledger management and training of finance staff. Contact him if you need help with financial reporting, creating payroll and VAT financial systems, or putting together budgets for project proposals, or your staff need training in managing charitable grants.
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Marek Bekerman

Marek is a multi-skilled, multi-lingual media trainer and consultant with unrivalled experience in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. A native of Poland, Marek spent several years in the BBC World Service before moving to the organisation’s development arm, the BBC World Service Trust (now known as BBC Media Action), where he managed and delivered media training across the region. A trained teacher and experienced lecturer, Marek now runs his own training centre in Poland and works with a number of global development organisations including the UNDP, the Open Society Institute and the BBC.

Richard Cookson

Richard has more than 12 years’ experience as a journalist, working for national newspapers, including the Guardian, Independent, Times, Daily Mail and Observer, as well as national broadcasters such as the BBC and Channel 4. He has delivered media training for a wide range of national and international organisations including local authorities, Oxfam, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme, and the International Federation of Journalists.

Claire Doole

Claire has trained first entry recruits to senior managers in the private and public sector on how to deal with the media and generate positive media coverage. A former UNHCR spokeswoman, she is particularly well qualified to train staff in the arts of proactive and reactive communications, including crisis management. A former BBC Geneva correspondent and head of media for WWF International, she is well versed in humanitarian and rural development issues. She has produced a number of videos on environmental and food security issues for the EU, UNCTAD and IFRC. She regularly runs courses for NGOs and journalists on the environment and disaster risk reduction.

Other trainers

The Training Station manages the global ‘Media Leaders’ list for media trainers and consultants, which connects it directly to more than 450 experienced professionals. This means that, in the event that one of the core team is unable to deliver the required training, we are almost always able to identify a trainer with the appropriate professional, personal and language skills.

The BBC, Al Jazeera, Internews, IREX, the UN and other leading organisations have recruited trainers and consultants through the list. To announce your vacancy, contact us at

All of our trainers are briefed and supported to deliver the most effective and most relevant training possible. They are resilient and resourceful, able to operate safely in challenging conditions and potentially hostile environments.