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Brown Bag Films/Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Consultant
UK Head of Learning & Development, Brown Bag Films
Katie works with Brown Bag Films to support their talented workforce to grow their soft skills and further develop their technical and creative ability. Alongside the UK’s Studio Director Sarah McQuire and Technical Director Erica Lack, Katie is on a mission to tackle the shortage of entry level options in our sector for young people and seek solutions to the talent pool shortage in the UK. Katie has over 25 years of experience working alongside Employers, FE and key stakeholders in talent acquisition and retention in a variety of sectors; she has led on multi-million pound funded training projects with a National Training Provider in addition to working internally in L&D and Project Management affecting change across multiple departments including Sales, Marketing, HR and L&D. Katie also runs Lander Consulting, a specialist workforce consultancy business based in the North West of the UK. Katie has also met with some success as a writer and script editor and continues to work freelance in this respect.
Brown Bag Films is one of the world’s most exciting, original and successful creative-led animation studios. With studio locations in Dublin, Toronto and Manchester and an office in LA, Brown Bag Films creates cutting-edge animation for the international market. Founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1994 by Managing Director Cathal Gaffney and Creative Director Darragh O’Connell, and acquired by 9 Story Media Group in 2015, we remain 100% creatively-driven with a focus on producing the highest quality, cross-platform animation with strong stories and engaging characters.
Forum: ScreenSkills and the Animation Skills Council
Senior animation executives join ScreenSkills and Animation Skills Council representatives to discuss how training programmes are benefitting companies and freelancers – and feed in ideas for how training funding should be used.
Session: Diversity – Good for Business
Following up the Animation UK/Screen Alliance diversity survey, considering how access to the animation industry can be improved and why that‘s better for business.