Rise Academy appoints new leadership team

Rise Academy – formerly known as Rise Up Academy – has re-launched with a new leadership team, which includes Andy Beale, former BT Sport chief engineer, Lisa Collins, managing director at  Dovetail Creative and Jackie Howes, senior director – global IT infrastructure architect, Warner Bros Discovery.

Rise Academy, which has charitable status, will offer educational workshops and Summer Schools with the aim of lifting the lid on media and entertainment technology for those aged age 14 until higher education or workplace. The academy will also work with the education sector to promote the industry and develop essential skills with staff and students.

Andy Beale, Chair of Trustees said: “We are delighted to be launching the Rise Academy charity, building on the previous success with an ambitious program to reach more young people across a wider geographic area than ever before.

“We will seek to educate, inspire and inform them about the brilliant technical career pathways in the media and entertainment industry. We are grateful for all the incredible support we continue to enjoy from sponsors, volunteers and our Rise Academy Champions.”

In the last year the Academy reached over 2000 young people through a wide program of work including in-school workshops, Summer School at Global Academy in London, partnering with TeenTech STEM festivals and mentoring university students.

Rise Academy also announced that the London Summer School will return. It will take place 29 and 30 July at Global Academy. Rise Academy’s Summer School will also run in a new location in the North of West England on 1 and 2 August.

Rise Academy will continue to be supported by companies including: Warner Bros Discovery, ITV, Clear-Com, EMG, Vizrt,  AE Live, Pixelogic, Sky, Harmonic, Timeline and Bubble Agency.

Currently focussing on the UK, Rise Academy has ambitions to partner with organisations to deliver similar programmes across the globe. The Rise Academy will work in conjunction with Rise with all three trustees remaining on the Rise UK Advisory Board.

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