Exploring Creative Careers

In association with the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, the Ladders Careers Day will offer an exciting selection of talks and specialist panels from key areas of creative industry in film/tv, software and music.

On the 27th March, a fantastic line-up of speakers will be presenting their backgrounds and experiences to support young people considering their next steps in creative careers. Come along to hear some inspirational stories, advice and guidance and visit specialist industry exhibition stands.

Ladders || Exploring Creative Careers - 27th March 2019
In association with the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University


1pm - 2.30pm - Hear from a range of professionals in areas of short film, commercials, digital content for games, story boarding, animation and more.

Laura Richards


Laura Richards began her career in the North East, working on a variety of short films, commercials and dramas...

Marc Runkee

Co-Founder - Digital Sidekick

Under the alias Digital Sidekick Marc has created hundreds of films and animations for a wide range of clients such as...

Craig Hawkes

Kaleidoscope CFA

From being a fine art graduate turn film student, now director at Kaleidoscope Creative Film Agency, Craig learnt on the job...

Alex Davy

Storyboard artist & Designer for animation

Alex is commissioned to cover a pretty wide range of design - from graphics, to brand identity, but her core love is storyboarding for animation.

Music Industry

2.45pm - 4.30pm - Hear from a range of professionals in music production, songwriting, festival organisation, music therapy and more.

Andrew Archer

Label Manager at Global Underground, Owner at Loft Music, Producer in Trafik

Specialties: Music production, composing, music licensing, contracts, negotiation, royalty accounts, CD manufacture and production, music publishing, lecturing, compilation album mixing, DJing, live performances.

Harambee Pasadia


Dr. Hannabiell Sanders & Yilis Suriel are the co-founders and organizers of Harambee Pasadia Festival, the first Afro Fusion Music, Dance & Camping festival, based in the North East of England

Alison Hornblower

Head of Music Services

Alison is Head of Music Services at Nordoff Robbins. Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK. Music therapy is a specialist use of music that aims to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing, and to promote the development and retention of key communication skills.

Wayne McDonald

One half of The ILLIONNaires, DJ, producer and songwriter

Wayne is a well-respected DJ, Producer and Songwriter based in the North East. He is Co-Founder of music production company The ILLIONaires, as well as currently hosting his own radio show, 'Sugar Radio Show' on Spice FM.

Software Development

4.30pm - 6.15pm - Hear from a range of professionals in live coding, multi-platform application design, immersive technology and more.

Sean Cotterill

Freelance digital artist, live coding musician and PhD student

Over the past five years Sean has worked with multiple organisations and collaborators, delivering teaching, making installations, creating performances and artworks and written code in nightclubs.

Robert Currie

Digital Skills and Technology Specialist at Sunderland Software City

Robert will be exploring in his talk immersive technology, a strong entertainment platform, but where else is it being used and how?

Dylan McKee

Nebula Labs

Dylan McKee is the Co-Founder of Nebula Labs, a software house based in Newcastle upon Tyne offering mobile app development, web platform development, and bespoke software development for ambitious startups and entrepreneurs, and forward-thinking SMEs.

Ryan Davies

Managing Director of Surge

Surge is a Multiplatform Business Applications company based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Ryan will be discussing his extensive background developing award-winning companies in the software industry.

Find out more about the creative industries from our exhibitors.



Business support agency

Generator is one of the UK’s leading business support agencies for the creative digital and music sectors. We have been applying strategies that develop talent and support businesses, leading to growth and success across the board.Our talented and diverse team adopts a proactive, flexible, agile, and responsive approach drawing from our unrivaled networks to take talent and businesses from Garage to Global.

Barry Dallman

Musicians’ Union

Barry Dallman is the Musicians’ Union Regional Officer for the North of England. Prior to working for the MU, he spent many years as a freelance pianist and keyboard player and has taught music both privately and peripatetically in a variety of schools and institutions. He has also worked previously as both a product demonstrator and sales manager for Roland digital pianos and keyboards.

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