Meet the Team
Our multi award winning team
Presenter Academy has a diverse team of award-winning presenters, directors, producers and casting agents, all working together to deliver first class training and ready to pass on their expertise so you can succeed.
Brian NaylorDIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
Brian has worked in the tv industry for almost 30 years having presented on Factual, Shopping, Travel, Business and Educational TV as well as directing and producing various TV and Radio programmes.
Founder of the world famous TV Training Academy (Pinewood Studios, London and Fox Studios Sydney, Australia). Brian is also one of the founding directors of River Radio and has recently been featured as the TV Presenting Guru on BBC 1.
Helen SheppardBAFTA winning TV Director & Producer
Helen Sheppard has directed and produced programmes for the BBC, CBBC, ITV, Channel 4, S4C Amazon and Netflix. Her work has included comedy, documentary, education, puppetry, skins and animation both on location and in multicamera studios.
A BAFTA winner in 2019 for her CBBC programme ‘Get Well Soon Hospital’ which she produced.
She also has won 3 RTS awards and has had a further seven BAFTA nominations.
Karen Wichalls-PlunkettOWNER AND SENIOR AGENT AT PMP
Karen Witchalls-Plunkett is the owner and senior Agent at PMP Presenter Agency and has years of experience in the entertainment industry.
Before setting up PMP Karen was a presenter/broadcast journalist with an impressive CV – which includes presenting credits in both the broadcast and corporate sectors internationally, high profile VOs and news report production – Karen is now widely considered to be an invaluable production asset.
Gemma-LeighAward-winning TV & Radio Presenter
Gemma-Leigh presents across a wide range of formats, specialising in celebrity interviews and light entertainment. She’s interviewed Russell Brand, Ross Kemp, Tom Kerridge, Tim Brooke Taylor, Donavan, Atul Kochhar, Mike Read and many more.
She’s also a current, award- winning producer and presenter on Marlow FM and has silver award at the national CRA’s for Best Female Presenter in both 2019 & 2020.
Colin NapthineAWARD-WINNING TV DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Colin spent sixteen years working for the BBC, now a freelance Producer/Director his credits include Countryfile, The London Programme, Life of Grime, Horizon, 24 Hours in A&E, Timewatch and many more. Winner of 2 RTS Awards including ‘Best Series Director’.
Michael WatkinsNEWS BROADCASTER
Over seven years experience presenting on Sky News as well as further broadcasting assignments on Russia Today and Aljazeera. He also has extensive Radio presenting, News reporting and Bulletin writing on BBC Radio 5 Live, LBC, BBC Radio News and BBC Radio Travel.