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Join our first ever Achieve Online 2020 workshops this June

About the workshops

We’re running our first ever online workshops exclusively for AWUK members this June, thanks to the support of ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund, with contributions from UK animation productions. 

Our workshop leaders are Jan Armstrong and Marianne O’Connor. They have adapted two sessions from our highly acclaimed Helen North Achieve Programme for online delivery, as well as developing two new workshops. Members can apply for whichever workshop is relevant for them, whether that’s one or all four!

These highly interactive workshops are for up to 20 participants and will be delivered via Zoom. They will use virtual break-out spaces to allow members to workshop ideas and receive feedback in small, supportive groups. Sessions will include a ‘surgery’ where difficult work challenges can be discussed. The workshops are open to AWUK members at all levels of experience.  

To participate, members will need to download Zoom and access audio and camera on their PC/laptop.

When are they? 

Managing your Virtual Communication: Tuesday 2 June, 4:00-5:30pm

Confidence and Getting your Voice Heard: Friday, 5 June, 4:00-5:30pm

Impact and Building the Brand You: Tuesday, 16 June, 4:00-5:30pm 

Thriving as a Freelance: Thursday, 18 June, 4:00-5:30pm

How much do they cost?

Thanks to support from ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund, each workshop costs just £25.

How to apply 

Please click on the Eventbrite links below to apply for tickets.   

In order to access tickets, AWUK members will need to click on the ‘Tickets’ box in Eventbrite and enter their membership number (which acts as the ‘access code’). Members should contact events@animatedwomenuk.com if they require their membership number, experience any difficulty applying or have any questions. 

Not a member yet? Why not join? It’s only £30 per year. 

Our events team will be in touch to let applicants know if they’ve secured a place on the workshop(s) or on the waiting list. 

Successful registrants are required to register with ScreenSkills on their website before beginning the workshop. This allows ScreenSkills to monitor the success and ongoing impact of their work. This account will be private by default and all data entered will only be used anonymously, e.g. for reporting to funders. Find out more information here.

Your booking will be confirmed after you have registered your profile with ScreenSkills. You can register here.

The Workshops

Managing your Virtual Communication: Tuesday 2 June, 4:00-5:30pm

  • Learn how to communicate creatively and assertively online
  • How to motivate yourself and others when working remotely
  • Develop practical strategies for building virtual relationships
  • Get the most from a virtual team meeting, including how to handle questions effectively
  • Participate in a Coaching Clinic - gain individual tips and techniques to hone your online skills.

Confidence and Getting your Voice Heard: Friday, 5 June, 4:00-5:30pm

  • How to get heard in Dailies, put yourself forward and speak up at work
  • Understand personal status and how to flex yours
  • Learn vocal and physical techniques that will enable you to present with confidence and effectively market yourself and your ideas 
  • Start building a mindset to overcome ‘imposter syndrome’
  • Take away tips on dealing with common communication challenges.

Impact and Building the Brand You: Tuesday, 16 June, 4:00-5:30pm

  • Learn what presence and gravitas mean in practice 
  • Improve your impact skills when presenting in both formal and informal situations
  • How to define what you’re known for, your ‘personal brand’ and the value you bring
  • Reputation and reach - understanding your model and how to make it work for you
  • How to overcome common challenges in order to develop a strong personal brand.

Thriving as a Freelance: Thursday, 18 June, 4:00-5:30pm

  • Learn how to build, maintain and manage a network
  • Tools to market yourself as a freelance and be clear about what you offer, including your talents and strengths
  • How to raise the profile and visibility of the work you do
  • Understand your model of career success
  • Guidance on staying positive and managing the rollercoaster.

About our workshop leaders

Jan Armstrong and Marianne O’Connor have run the AWUK Achieve Programme for the past 3 years.

Jan Armstrong is an experienced coach, facilitator and trainer specialising in women’s leadership development and helping individuals achieve their full potential. Jan has spent her career in the creative and media sectors and also works as an associate at Career Savvy Women. She has led development programmes for Double Negative, Google, Independent Cinema Office, BFI and 20th Century Fox. She is passionate about building new talent and works with universities to give graduates and post-grads the confidence and communication skills to hit the ground running. Before her career in people development, Jan was a successful BBC news journalist. She spent three years as Education Correspondent and has anchored a variety of BBC TV and radio news programmes. 

Jan is also a published author and her book ‘Unleashing your Creativity’ (Bloomsbury) helps organisations to come up with big ideas to grow their people and their brand. 

Marianne O’Connor is an accredited executive coach with a diploma in Leadership Mentoring and Executive Coaching from The Institute of Leadership and Management. Originally an actor, she combines her coaching and communication skills to help professionals develop their Personal Brand and Executive Presence. 

An experienced and highly skilled trainer, facilitator and coach, Marianne designs and delivers creative, experiential training programmes working internationally with clients to develop their personal impact and influence. Marianne specialises in female leadership development and has a track record of working with senior and high potential female executives on how they can develop their personal brand to raise their impact and credibility.

She is an associate with Career Savvy Women, working with companies to maximise the talents of female managers and leaders. Clients include the BBC, Channel 4, Double Negative and Arts University Bournemouth. 


These workshops are supported by ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions.

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.


ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children’s and high-end, VFX and immersive technology. They work across the whole of the country to build an inclusive workforce with the skills needed for continued success, now and in the future.


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