All our associates are selected as communication skills trainers and facilitators because they have shown a gift in bringing out the best in people, enabling them to achieve outstanding results.
Paul Z Jackson
After successful careers in journalism for Thomsons and as a comedy producer for BBC Radio, Paul has been a trainer, facilitator, keynote speaker, author and consultant since. He is a co-founder and current President of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN).
In 2013 he founded The Improvisation Academy with Neil Mullarkey and Lee Simpson of The Comedy Store Players fame. The Improvisation Academy was the first to offer public access and in-house organisational training purely focused on teaching improvisation as a skill for life and in business.
Paul began practising improvisation in the UK in the 1980s, founding and coaching his group, More Fool Us, whose talents included Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Julia Davis and Inbetweeners co-creator Iain Morris. He was one of the first to note the benefits of using improvisation as a tool for improving people’s communication for life and at work. He is author or co-author of several books about improvisation, coaching and organisations.
Lee is a co-director of The Improvisation Academy, a founder member and co-artistic director of world renowned theatre company, Improbable, a member of the Comedy Store Players and a member of Paul Merton’s Impro Chums.
Lee has appeared on TV in some sitcoms and dramas including Terry and Julian and Drop The Dead Donkey and the films Paper Mask and Nuns On The Run. Lee has also written plays, acted in classical theatre and performed comedy on BBC Radio 4. Lee played a key role in co-devising and narrating the improvisational radio show The Masterson Inheritance in the years 1993-1995. He was involved in Paul Merton Live At The London Palladium in 1994, along with fellow Comedy Store Players Paul Merton and Richard Vranch. Before becoming involved in improvisation, he was, among other things, a croupier in a casino, a cinema projectionist, and a breakfast DJ.
Co-director of The Improvisation Academy and co-founded the Comedy Store Players, Neil can be found regularly performing improvisation in London at The Comedy Store with Lee Simpson. Since 1999 he has been bringing the skills of theatre and especially improvisation to hundreds of clients including the world’s biggest organizations. A graduate of Ashridge Business School and Cambridge University (where he was President of the famous comedy troupe the Cambridge Footlights) Neil brings his unique, interactive approach also embraces story-telling and forum theatre. Neil also regularly speaks at the London Business Forum and is a visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School.
Janine is an expert in human resources, accelerated learning and executive coaching. Working across sectors in the UK and internationally Janine is the co-author of Positively Speaking. As a specialist in solution focus Janine supports professionals to transform the daily challenges of business life into a balanced life of personal and professional significance.
Sarah is a freelance Business Developer and Marketing Strategist and over sees the day to day operations of Paul Jackson Associates and The Improvisation Academy. Sarah runs her own website, improvzine.com, that reviews performance improvisation, publishes editorials on how improvisation can be used in business and illustrates characters and moments from improvised shows. A member of the Applied Improvisation Network and London committee Sarah is also developing an on-line course called, Fantastic Flip Charts & Wonderful Whiteboards.
Angelina is an experienced improvisation teacher and solutions focus coach. An undergraduate in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) Angelina also specialises in using improvisation to teach languages through her company Yes & Venture. Angelina’s natural flair for languages (being fluent in German, Dutch, English and increasingly Spanish) led to her appointment as the resident improvisation teacher at the LSE’s Language Centre in 2013. As a member of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN), Angelina is also an active member of its London group and is co-coordinating the AIN’s annual conference at Keble College, Oxford this year.
Dave is the resident improvisation tutor at the University of West London, London College of Music, and teaches regularly at the Court Theatre Training Company and The Giles Foreman Centre for Acting. Initially Dave started improvising to help reduce his anxiety but soon found he had a passion and talent for it and began performing back in the early 1990s which led to him establishing his own performance improvisation school Sprout Ideas.
Following an international career in banking and finance at Citigroup, Belina completed an MBA at Cranfield University to relax. After being introduced to improvisation and training with the father of improvisation, Keith Johnstone Belina realised she had a higher calling in life. Director of Maffick Ltd and co-founder of Thrivable World Quest Belina helps organisations, individuals (and the world) tackle and achieve big change. Belina is also a board member of the Applied Improvisation Network and runs workshops on Sustainable Stand Up across the globe.
Antony discovered improvisation while devising a theatre performance in 2009. He enrolled in his first improv class in 2010, and now teaches improv in Cambridge and Peterborough. As a consultant and trainer with a broad background in design, technology and life sciences, he encourages participants to innovate by embracing uncertainty, taking risks and noticing more. Antony is a pioneer in the application of improvisation to innovation. He designs and leads workshops that drive economic growth by developing the skills of collaboration, communication and insight-driven innovation. A graduate of the Université de Nantes in France, where he studied economics, he went on to study computer science at Birkbeck College London, genetics at the University of Cambridge and human-computer interaction with ergonomics at University College London. Antony’s clients benefit from his expertise in strategy, design, technology and innovation. In addition to his consulting work with life science SMEs, Antony has led workshops at United Business Media, Ricoh Europe and The School of Life.