Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Exploring Creative Careers

In collaboration with Newcastle University, the Ladders Careers Day will offer an exciting selection of talks and specialist panels from key areas of creative industry in film/tv, software and music.

On the 27th March, a fantastic line-up of speakers will be presenting their backgrounds and experiences to support young people considering their next steps in creative careers. Come along to hear some inspirational stories, advice and guidance and visit specialist industry exhibition stands.

Ladders || Exploring Creative Careers - 29th March 2019
Hosted by Newcastle University


1pm - 2.30pm - Hear from a range of professionals in areas of...

Laura Richards


Laura Richards began her career in the North East, working on a variety of short films, commercials and dramas...

Marc Runkee

Co-Founder - Digital Sidekick

Under the alias Digital Sidekick Marc has created hundreds of films and animations for a wide range of clients such as...

Craig Hawkes

Kaleidoscope CFA

From being a fine art graduate turn film student, now director at Kaleidoscope Creative Film Agency, Craig learnt on the job...

Alex Davy


Barry is a strong activist, focusing on saving forests, stopping pollution and teaching recycling techniques

Music Industry

2.45pm - 4.30pm - Hear from a range of professionals in ...

Andrew Archer

Label Manager at Global Underground, Owner at Loft Music, Producer in Trafik

Specialties: Music production, composing, music licensing, contracts, negotiation, royalty accounts, CD manufacture and production, music publishing, lecturing, compilation album mixing, DJing, live performances.

Ladies of Midnight Blue


Dr. Hannabiell Sanders & Yilis Suriel are the co-founders and organizers of Harambee Pasadia Festival, the first Afro Fusion Music, Dance & Camping festival, based in the North East of England

Alison Hornblower


Jane is one of the first volunteers that started working along side Mark and Mary, dedicated to Nature Love

Wayne McDonald

Owner, The ILLIONNaires

Barry is a strong activist, focusing on saving forests, stopping pollution and teaching recycling techniques

Software Development

4.30pm - 6.15pm - Hear from a range of professionals in...

Sean Collier


As a strong believer in the healing power of nature, Georgia is always there, as our volunteer photographer

Robert Currie

Sunderland Software City

Digital Skills and Technology Specialist.

Kaleb Black


Mary and Mark started this adventure 7 years ago, when there was no real voice protecting the environment

Ryan Davies


Mary is teaching school children valuable information about our planet, recycling and pollution

Find out more about the creative industries from our exhibitors.



Business support agency

Generator is one of the UK’s leading business support agencies for the creative digital and music sectors. We have been applying strategies that develop talent and support businesses, leading to growth and success across the board. Our talented and diverse team adopts a proactive, flexible, agile, and responsive approach drawing from our unrivaled networks to take talent and businesses from Garage to Global.

NFM Academy


NFM Academy is funded by ScreenSkills and aims to equip those interested in a career in film and TV with the knowledge and the skills required to find work.

The Academy is suitable for adults who are new to the industry or those already working to step into new roles. Members of the Academy also receive CV surgeries and one to one mentoring and advice.

Steve Autran


Passionate for travelling, I love helping people discover efficient solutions to their problems. I strongly believe that listening to our customers is the best way to improve our products.

Barry Dallman

Musicians’ Union

Barry Dallman is the Musicians’ Union Regional Officer for the North of England. Prior to working for the MU, he spent many years as a freelance pianist and keyboard player and has taught music both privately and peripatetically in a variety of schools and institutions. He has also worked previously as both a product demonstrator and sales manager for Roland digital pianos and keyboards.

Natwest Accelerator


Hiking, running and strategy games, I like them all. Spending most of the time playing with scripts and codes, I develop and test new features. Between tasks I’m delighted to go back to my first love - support - and give a helping hand to our clients.

Brian Braunlow


Passionate for gaming, I love to give you a helping hand. I have worked with customers in the past and I face every request like a new challenge to bring my skills to a new level.