About amtv

amtv is a specialist training company and consultancy. We train and advise senior management teams in schools, universities, charities, overseas aid organisation, rescue services and adventure holiday companies to handle the media when things go wrong.

  • Media training
  • Crisis news management


Our Services

Crisis News Management

amtv will advise you on a strategy for handling the media when crisis strikes, help with media statements and work closely with your SMT.

Crisis News Management Training

amtv will train your management team with challenging but realistic scenarios and test your disaster plan against media requirements.

Media Training

amtv offers supportive training so you can face TV, radio and newspaper interviews with confidence and we can train your backroom staff to handle media calls.

amtv & associates

Alistair Macdonald

Alistair Macdonald is unashamedly a poacher turned gamekeeper. He became an award-winning BBC TV reporter/producer and later an environment correspondent after training as a newspaper and radio journalist. He also produced, presented or originated almost a hundred programmes for Granada TV and Channel 4. For the past 15 years, he has passed on those communication skills to directors and senior management from twenty countries and from four continents. Alistair’s special skill is story-telling. He is an entertaining and inspirational public speaker who has enthralled audiences up to 1,000 strong. He is a member of the Professional Speakers’ Association. His passion is mountaineering.

Lynn May

Lynn May was a founding partner of M&M Communications Consultants. She has provided strategic consultancy, PR planning and writing to a range of NHS clients since 1993. Her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist spanned 20 years, during which she wrote for the national and regional press, magazines and trade journals. She was a specialist in health and social care issues. Lynn is a former Campaigning Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards. Her NHS work has won three awards from the Association of Healthcare Communicators.

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker is rated by fellow trainers and speakers as one of the best in the business. He spent 26 years with the Bank of Scotlandbefore setting up a personal coaching and training consultancy, Gillan Jebb Associates. He specialised in team management and business development in senior management roles within the Bank of Scotland and HBOS. Stephen has held Professional Development Certification with the Chartered Institute of Bankers since 1983.

Martin Henfield

Martin Henfield is a former BBC TV reporter and presenter. His journalistic career began in newspapers and later he became a management trouble-shooter for BBC local radio. His extensive training experience has taken him all over the UK and mainland Europe. Martin is a gifted and amusing public speaker who specialises in media training, presentation training and facilitating corporate events. Among the industries he has worked with recently are health, defence, finance, leisure, telecoms and power.

Judy Merry

Judy Merry is an award-winning BBC radio producer and presenter. In a distinguished and varied broadcasting career spanning twenty-five years, she has worked on many BBC Network Radio programmes including Radio 4’s Woman’s HourYou and Yours and The Learning Curve and Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday and Pause for Thought. Judy recently won a coveted Sony Award, radio’s Oscars. She has also produced, presented, directed or reported on a wide range of BBC TV programmes. She is a qualified teacher, a lecturer in A Level Media Studies and has been involved in media training for more than fifteen years.

Barry Grindrod

Barry Grindrod has been in journalism for more than 30 years. He has held senior positions in national and regional newspapers in the UK, South Africa & Hong Kong. In 1993 he launched Orient Aviation, the only audited magazine in the Asia Pacific wholly devoted to commercial aviation. Barry is a partner in Headline Media, a Hong Kong-based media training consultancy. He has been based in Hong Kong for almost 20 years.

Christine McGee

Australia-born Christine McGee has been in journalism for 30 years. She is a former personal editorial writer for media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In her many years with newspapers, she has been based in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She co-launched Orient Aviation magazine in 1993. Christine is a partner in Headline Media, a Hong Kong-based media training consultancy. She has lived in HK for more than 10 years.