Alec’s professional background comprises training, journalism, presenting, voice-over, corporate work and drama. Alec trained as an actor after university and his many credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Doctor Who, Coronation Street and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Alec has been a Voice and Presentation Trainer for the BBC since 2001, where he delivers one-to-one training, and designs and facilitates Presentation courses for BBC staff and talent all over the UK and abroad, among them journalists, presenters, announcers and other staff. He has also run successful courses for the City Lit Adult Education College, Queen Mary University of London (History department staff and postgraduates), Brunel and Roehampton Universities (undergraduates and graduates), London School of Economics (senior academic staff) and the Actor’s Centre in Business.
Alec has worked with journalists, MPs, doctors, advocates as well as executives from the corporate world. His clients include Deloitte Touche, Telenor (International Telecoms), Eli Lilly (Pharmaceuticals, Indiana USA), World Health Organisation, Channel 4, ITV, BBC, TRT World (Istanbul), WRS Swiss Radio Geneva, SThree, and Antenna International Audio.
For the BBC Alec has delivered Presentation training for journalists in London, Washington, Moscow, Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Dakar, Bucharest, Tirana, Manchester/Salford, Cardiff, Norwich, Leeds, Bristol, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Hull, Birmingham, Gloucester, Ipswich, Leicester, Chelmsford, Glasgow, Inverness. At BBC Monitoring in Reading Alec designed and ran Communications skills courses for analysts and journalists.
For 16 years Alec presented news and other programmes at the BBC World Service to a daily audience of over 50 million around the world. He was also a news writer, programme maker and senior announcer. In the industry since 1984, he has worked in radio and TV in Britain, Europe and the Middle East. Employers include Central Office of Information, London; Channel 2 Saudi TV in English; Blue Danube, Vienna; LBC; BFBS; Chiltern Radio; Southern Sound Radio.
Prior to 1985, Alec worked extensively as an actor.
Television credits include: ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Bergerac’,’ Birds of a Feather’, ‘French Fields’, ‘Silence is Golden’, SFP TV Paris ‘La Filiere’ series.
Cinema credits include: ‘SOS Titanic’, ‘Nelly’s Version’, ‘L’Etincelle’ and several other feature films in France. Theatre includes: Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Co.
Alec has done numerous Commercials, Corporate films, and Voice Overs.
Clients include: Antenna Audio (Museum & Art guides – many for the Louvre Museum, Paris), Imaginear, Winalot, Cellnet (BT), TSB, Marks & Spencer, Timex, Sunday Times, Delta Airlines, National Power, British Gas, Aquafresh, Watneys, Mobil, Supasnaps, Mallerman-Summerfield, Volvo, Soundalive Guides, Scotland on Sunday, IBM, British Rail, KwikFit, Sky TV, Crack Crisps, Spain.
Post-graduate Diploma Drama Manchester University (including Voice Training)
Post-graduate Diploma Radio Journalism London College of Printing
Teacher Training City Literary Institute London (City & Guilds)
Numerous courses in Training and Voice and Presentation
Thank you so much for the other day: I found it a lot of fun, hugely helpful and can’t wait to put it all into practice! Going to kill that presenter voice once and for all. - the time flew by because you’re an absolutely fantastic coach.
“Hello Alec. This is really useful information. Thank you very much. You did a great job. We had lots of positive feedback about the sessions. I've already heard the difference on-air. We are going to follow up on some of the sessions with those who would like to news read but don't read at the moment. See if we can give some of them some more experience. We're also going to discuss the feedback about more prep time and see if there is anymore wriggle room. Thanks and best wishes”
“Just thought I'd drop you a line and let you know I'm doing much better... In all I feel a lot more happier with my presentation than before I met with you... I was very happy with these sessions. Thanks so much Alec.”
“A remarkable course that empowered me with specific media skills.”
“Thank you for the feedback. It's really really helpful. There are some good tips which I'll take on board.”
“You did a great job. We had lots of positive feedback about the sessions. I've already heard the difference on-air.”
“As before - really focussed and useful and I know the team here found the sessions most useful. Hope we see you again in the future.”
“This is so helpful, thank you so much. There were a couple of things that you hit on, without me telling you, so we are on the same page. I really appreciate the time you've put into this Alec, it's invaluable to me.”