Fulfil Your Potential

Join The Helen North Achieve Programme

74% of females over the age of 30 working in animation and vfx in the UK feel that they have or will experience career barriers relating to their gender.*

What is The Helen North Achieve Programme?

The Helen North Achieve Programme is an intensive introduction to strategic career management for women in vfx and animation.  Funded and supported by Creative Skillset, Disney, Turner Broadcasting, Escape Studios and The Mill, the programme addresses real challenges and barriers in order to help women fulfil their potential.

The programme is run by acknowledged career development experts, informed by in-depth industry research* and input from renowned vfx and animation experts including Louise Hussey, Executive VFX Producer at Double Negative and Beth Parker, Senior Manager, Production (Animation) EMEA at Disney.

The goal of this new and highly interactive programme is to help participants to help themselves by developing a much greater understanding of how to manage their own careers within a supportive network of like-minded professionals.

Who's it for?

Animated Women are offering the opportunity for 24 women (12 from each sector) to take part in The Helen North Achieve Programme.

We are seeking:

  • 8 women at an early stage in their career;
  • 8 experienced practitioners looking to progress their careers; and
  • 8 senior women who have already achieved a lot but are still seeking to reach their full potential, with a genuine interest in helping less experienced women to build fulfilling careers in their sector.

Programme Details:

The programme is open to all women, regardless of career stage, who want to progress within the animation or vfx industries, but don’t currently feel armed to do so effectively.

When is it?

The course has been specially timetabled from 6-9pm at central London locations to enable participants to slot it in around work.

The evening workshops will take place fortnightly from late February to early May 2018.  Participants are expected to attend the foundation workshop for their experience level and all other sessions (5 in total).

  • 28 February – Foundation workshop for early and experienced practitioners
  • 1 March – Foundation workshop for senior practitioners
  • 7 March, 21 March, 28 March, 25 April and 9 May – Core programme for the whole group

Click here for full workshop details

How much does it cost?

Thanks to our sponsors, the course costs just:

  • £225 for senior applicants
  • £175 for experienced applicants
  • £75 for early career stage applicants

A limited number of travel bursaries may be available for those based outside of London.

It is also worth checking with your company HR team as your employer may choose to fund your place as part of your personal development.


If you have any questions relating to the programme please contact Nathalie McKay.

If you have a marketing or press enquiry, please email Lucy Cooper.

*AWUK survey 2014/15

Applications are now closed for the 2018 programme.

Helen North

Helen North

Helen was Career Development Director on the AWUK Board. She spent her early career at Skillset pioneering training programmes across the Creative industries. Her determination to drive for gender equality led her to AWUK.  She became one of the original board members in 2014 and her voice was always a vital, caring and direct contribution to any discussion. Helen was the architect and driving force behind our Achieve Programme, which focuses on career development for women in VFX and Animation, and we are incredibly proud to continue the great work she started in her name.