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 Naylor


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.

Gemma-Leigh James


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.

An award-winning producer and presenter whilst on Marlow FM and she also won silver at the 'National CRA’s Awards' for Best Female Presenter in both 2019 & 2020.

She’s currently presenting full time on BFBS Radio and regularly produces content for regional BBC radio..

Helen Sheppard


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.