Team TalentGB

Founder - Neville Thurlbeck


Photo by Jason Alden, Independent on Sunday

Neville heads up the TalentGB team and specialises in Press, PR and reviewing and interviewing interesting acts on our site.

He is a multi-award winning writer with 25 years experience in Fleet Street and has one of the best showbiz and media contacts books in the industry.

For most of those years, he was at the News of the World newspaper, the biggest English speaking newspaper in the world.

He brings his wide experience of popular British culture, showbusiness and mass communication to TalentGB and all who join us on this platform to showcase their skills.

In his various roles of Chief Crime Reporter, Chief Reporter, Investigations News Editor and News Editor, he broke some of the biggest stories of the last two decades.

His investigation into Jeffrey Archer sent the author and peer to jail for perjury.

And his five month undercover investigation in Australia and Spain resulted in the famous David Beckham expose which hit the headlines around the world.

These investigations were voted by his peers as the most sensational stories of the year, earning him the Scoop of the Year trophy at the British Press Awards twice - the press industry's equivalent of the Oscars.

His unrivalled contacts in showbusiness, politics, Whitehall and the security services earned him numerous awards. These include:

  • The British Press Awards Scoop of the Year Award (twice)
  • The What the Papers Say Scoop of the Year Award
  • The London Press Club Scoop of the Year Award
  • Campaign magazine Scoop of the Year Award (twice)
  • The News of the World Scoop of the Year Award (twice)

Neville has also been a runner-up three times at the British Press Awards for  Scoop of the Year and also for Reporter of the Year and Specialist Reporter of the Year.

He appears regularly on TV and radio, discussing media matters and showbiz, most recently on Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Radio 4, Radio 5, the BBC World Service and Bloomberg TV.

He recently addressed the Cambridge Union and he is the PR Director for the forces charity Talking2Minds.

He says: "At TalentGB we celebrate variety. And we showcase the abundance of wonderful artistic talent from every corner of the British Isles on a platform which can be seen by every event organiser, however big or small, throughout the country.

"I also believe we have assembled a team of all the talents at TalentGB, which is staffed by some of the industry's most accomplished operators.

"Together, we aim to create work opportunities for artistes and have a whole lot of fun along the way!

"Break a leg everyone!"

Neville can be contacted on n.thurlbeck@talentgb.com

Press and PR - Andy Barker and Andrea Thurlbeck

Andy BarkerAndy has 23 years experience working within the press and broadcasting media.

As well as newspaper experience, Andy helped launch a number of magazine titles and contributed to regional radio and TV.

Specialising in the entertainment sector, Andy has reviewed major new film releases and interviewed a range of Hollywood stars (including Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, John Malcovich along the way).

He has focused on music writing having reviewed hundreds of live performances over the years and written wider feature pieces and interviews.

Andy has also worked as a freelance journalist supplying copy to regional and national TV and radio, magazines and newspapers.

In 2005 Andy became a freelance consultant and set up Results Network PR and Marketing.  He contributes to the online lifestyle magazine R&R (www.randrlife.co.uk).

Andy and his wife Andrea have offices in the North East of England and cover the whole of the north of England.

Experienced on both sides of the journalistic ‘fence’ has given the team at Results Network an enviable range of contacts within the regional and national media.

Having successfully harnessed the growing power of digital PR, Results Network is well equipped to promote artistes online and through social media.

As an accomplished musician himself, Andy has performed at venues across Europe and the Middle East and knows the value of carefully crafted PR campaigns.

Andrea is an award-winning journalist with 24 years media experience. She has written for several daily newspapers across the UK and launched a number of new magazines and has a deep understanding of how the media works.

Andrea has interviewed a host of top celebrities and household names including veteran Beatle’s producer George Martin, hard rock star David Coverdale and global pop star Simon le Bon to name just a few.

She knows how to position emerging talent, reviews upcoming new bands and helps to give them the exposure needed to raise their profile.

She has co-ordinated music coverage on a number of publications and reviewed countless shows, gigs and new releases, as well as building up contacts with record company press officers and marketing managers.

More recently Andrea has enjoyed a senior role in Results Network PR and Marketing and also edits online lifestyle magazine R&R (www.randrlife.co.uk).

For help, contact editor@talentgb.com

Videographers - James Vellacott & Michelle Grant

Have an ultra-professional showreel done by one of the finest videographers in the country – for just £120.

Cherryduck Productions uses the latest state-of-the art cameras, sound, lighting and editing equipment . So if you want your showreel to be of the highest standard, give us a call.

Led by James Vellacott and Michelle Grant, their client list is all you need to know about them - News International, Louis Vuitton, H&M, LK Bennett, Miss Selfridge, Next and The Body Shop, to name a few. 
 

Based in Wapping, East London, they have over 7,500sq ft of studio space and free parking.

Cherryduck Productions normally charge £2000 for a showreel of this quality. But we are keeping costs down by hosting 20 acts on special TalentGB Showreel Days.

Click on the link below for an example of their work. All artistes will be filmed against the same crisp, white background.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx01bFym48o

If you want to sign up to our first TalentGB Showreel Day, drop us an email and we’ll make you stand head and shoulders above the rest at a price you can afford.

To book, contact editor@talentgb.com

Photographer - Harry Page

Harry Page is one of the most well known and respected photographers in the business after a Fleet Street career spanning 30 years on the Daily Mirror and The Sun.

In that time he travelled all over the world photographing the rich & famous.

Harry is now one of the most accomplished freelance portrait artists in the business. TalentGB will bring Harry into the reach of most of you. On designated TalentGB Photoshoot Days, you can have the Harry Page treatment at a top London studio for just £125.

See some of his work here:
http://www.harrypage.com/beauty

TalentGB Photoshoot Days will be on Saturdays and will cater for up to 20 people per day. For a one to one session lasting 10-15 mins with a professional portfolio of pictures on disc, film or via email, please add your name to the list. Email editor@talentgb.com

Web Design Team

Matt Armitage, Catherine Tsiboukas and Dr Nick Collins are the technical geniuses behind a team of 18 on the TalentGB website.

Every act now needs a presence on the internet and they can make yours stand out from the rest. They are also experts at search engine optimisation so they'll ensure you’re easily found on the net.

Matt and Catherine are the creative and design thinking behind numerous websites, including the University of Wales’ website which acts as a ‘virtual campus’ and marketing tool for the university all around the world. They also have extensive experience in the film industry.

Matt is a front end designer with 15 years experience in web development. He specialises in User Interface design and User Experience. In layman's terms, he makes things look nice on the web! He has led web projects for AOL, Netscape and The University of Wales amongst others, and is an expert at making websites easier for both the client, and the end user. A renowned expert in his field, he is simply known as The Welsh Wizard at TalentGB where no job is too small – or too complex.
 

Catherine has spent over 15 years in the Tech and New Media sector. She started in Silicon Valley during the heady days of the dotcom boom and has worked with clients such as The Brookings Institution, Adobe and buy.com. Since then she has specialised in web application development, helping companies large and small achieve their goals online. One of the top developers in her field, her ability to master even the most complex of code and bend it miraculously to her will has earned her the nickname 'Bletch' at TalentGB, which is short for 'Bletchley Park'!

Nick is a search engine optimisation (SEO) expert. His unique skill is to drill down and analyse compex on-line data and utilise it to ensure your website pops up left, right and centre during search engine searches.

In simple terms, he gives you the most emphatic on-line presence possible. Nick and his team have been driving traffic to websites since 1995.

A true website boffin, he is known as Professor Bolivar Crump at TalentGB!

Our expert web team can design and build the simplest or most complex website for your act. So showcase your talent in your own virtual shop window. And link to it from TalentGB.com

Whether you need a simple, basic website or one built like a Boeing 747, contact editor@talentgb.com Our rates are reasonable.