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Welcome to Media Academy Cymru!

Proud to be a Welsh multi-award winning organisation that supports children and young people to achieve their potential.

Welcome to Media Academy Cymru, co-producing work with children and young people since 2010. We hope the website gives you an insight into our work but we know the website isn’t a person.

If you would like to discuss any of our services or have anything you would like to say about our work, please email us at info@mediaacademycymru.wales highlighting which service you would like to discuss and one of the team will be in touch soon. We usually are able to respond within 24 hours.

Thank you for your interest in MAC,

Nick Corrigan
Director

Photo mosaic created by Young People on BTEC Level 1 Creative Media course.

MAC was created in 2010 and has since been at the forefront in Wales of supporting children and young people (CYP) when they have needed support or somewhere safe to turn. MAC is internationally known for its work in diverting CYP from the criminal justice system, having created both 10-17 and 18-25 Triage diversion programmes in Wales where previously there was none. To date, we have diverted over 10,000 CYP away from the criminal justice system.

As reflected in our name, media has been a core component of our work, acting as the engagement hook to get CYP through our doors where we can then support and challenge them to achieve their potential and believe that they can do anything they set their mind to. Our partnership with Cardiff and Vale College over this period has allowed us to offer an holistic, accredited training programme, which offers a supported leaning environment that aims to reduce all barriers to learning. Since 2010, MAC has worked with over 30,000 CYP from across Wales, from Monmouth to Carmarthen, in one of its main services.

MAC has a skilled, diverse staff team working across 17 current services. Employing talented, passionate individuals with many existing professional qualifications, we also strive for all staff to undertake a youth work qualification as part of their induction, so that we remain relevant to CYP and consistent with our values and raison d’etre of why MAC started.

If you would like further information on our work please see the information provided in our Services page or Contact Us.


Winners of the Youth Excellence Awards 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
Winners of Cardiff Life Education 2018, 2019 and finalists 2020
Winners of Wales Creative Collaboration 2020

Our Staff

Ian

ID No: 8354

Ian works as a counsellor at MAC. His therapy training focussed on systemic, solution-focussed approaches. He tries to help young people and adults find a positive way forward for their life and wellbeing.

Ian also works as an award winning filmmaker and in his spare time he eats too much chocolate.
Joseph

ID No: 4942

Joseph is a qualified Youth and Community Education worker. Joseph has worked with many MAC projects and is actively engaged with case work delivery.

In his spare time he loves researching and discovering counter narratives to all aspects of life. 
Lisanne

ID No: 6604

Lisanne is one of our Gwent Child Criminal Exploitation Case Managers working with young people on the Delivering Resilience Programme.

Lisanne qualified as a youth worker with a BA (Hons) in Community and Youth Studies in 2003 has over 20 years’ experience working with young people. In 2020 she graduated from USW with a Distinction on the MA Working for Children and Young People.

She is very passionate about the ocean and marine life and is a qualified SCUBA diver with over 160 dives logged mostly in the Red Sea. 
Lucy

ID No: 6558

Lucy is a Child Criminal Exploitation Case Manager for Cardiff, supporting young people aged 10-17 through a step-by-step intervention programme, Delivering Resilience. 

She has previous experience of working with young people who have Additional Learning Needs by supporting them through transitional periods in their lives and supporting them to voice their opinion and what is important to them. 

In her spare time Lucy likes to spend time with her young family, socialising and watching TV, she is also studying for a Health and Social degree.
Marianna

ID No: 4981

Marianna is a 10-17 Divert Case Manager. 

She has a background in youth, community work and design.

In her spare time Marianna likes hiking and reading thrillers.
Melanie

ID No: 1161

Melanie has worked at MAC since 2015. She is our HR, facilities and Administration Manager and a member of the senior leadership team.

She is responsible for the full lifecycle of the employment relationship (people processes, policies and procedures) and with many of the day to day internal operations of MAC. 

Outside of work she is a busy mum of two and enjoys socialising (especially where there is good food involved), exercising and a decent box set!
Michael

ID No: 9783

Michael is our Deputy of Education and Training. His role is to help young people understand and learn the basic skills in Media Production – including photography, video production, animation, music, and writing. 

Michael has worked on countless short films, viral adverts, created seven feature films, and won two National Television Society Awards for sketch show ‘Best Friends That Love Each Other’.
Michal

ID No: 2309

Michal is our Head of Education. His role as Head of Education is to manage and deliver our BTEC Level 1 course in Creative Media Production. 

His teaching career, which spans two decades, focuses on lens-based media and creative writing, following on from his MFA in Documentary Photography (University of South Wales) and MA in English (University of Wroclaw). 

Michal is a practicing visual artist, and his work has been exhibited and published worldwide. You will find some of it in the National Museum of Wales’ collection.
Mitchell

ID No: 5936

Mitchell is our Business Support Administrator. His role is to support various teams within MAC, from supporting HR & Facilities to assisting project teams with administration work. 

In his spare time, Mitchell enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is also an active member of Newport Youth Council, as Equality & Diversity Officer.
Mr. Bear



Mr Bear is the MAC office dog who can generally be found lazing around upstairs or in the counselling room with young people to help them get over their nerves. 

Mr. Bear is a toy poodle who likes nothing more than a rub on the belly.
Naomi

ID No: 2400

Naomi is our 1017 Divert Case Manager for the Vale of Glamorgan. She provides intervention for young people aged 10 to 17 who have committed a low-level offence.

Before MAC, Naomi worked for a Welsh music label and promoter, a museum and a charity project for people in furniture poverty. She also worked in a homeless hostel in Cardiff for almost 10 years.

In her spare time, Naomi enjoys walking her dog in the Welsh mountains, seeing friends and family and listening to a wide range of music. She also REALLY likes glitter!
Natalie

ID No: 4913

Natalie is the lead for Understanding Violent Behaviours at MAC. She has studied sociology, counselling and has a masters in educational psychology. 

Natalie has run youth engagement programmes across England and is an experienced safeguarding officer. 

In her spare time Natalie enjoys cooking Italian food & spending time with her naughty puppy Ralph.
Natalie B

ID No: 1139

Natalie B is the lead for Child Criminal Exploitation at MAC. 

Natalie’s background is in advocacy, children’s rights, participation and safeguarding. 

When not in work, Nat enjoys reading, podcasting, coaching, pilates and spending time with family. 
Nerida

ID No: 2455

Nerida co-facilitates MAC’s LGBTQ+ support service and works with Newport Youth Council.

She studied Theatre and Drama at the University of South Wales and works within the youth arts sector and the LGBTQ+ community in South Wales.

In her spare time, Nerida does terrible but very enthusiastic gardening. 
Nick

ID No: 1024

Nick is the Director of MAC and is the overall safeguarding lead for the organisation. His daily job is to ensure funding and contracts are in place to support the staff to deliver their vital work. 

He is also the external face of the organisation networking with policy makers and politicians.
Rob

ID No: 9704

Rob is one of our Child Exploitation Case Managers.

He has worked in the third sector for over 20 years in various roles with organisations such as Safer Wales, Techniquest, Pride Cymru and Llamau. 

In his spare time Rob enjoys river walks, cheesy pop music and travelling the UK, he’s also partial to good zombie movie!
Scott

ID No: 1033

Scott is the weapons and child criminal exploitation case manager at MAC.

Scott has worked at MAC since October 2018 has been working with YP (Young People) since the age of 18 with a real passion for rehabilitation.

Scott is a family man with 4 children and has a passion for sport, particularly football supporting Manchester United.
Sophie

ID No: 4591

Sophie is a 1017 Divert Case Manager for Cardiff. Sophie has a BSc in Criminology and Sociology from Cardiff University and has had past experience working with vulnerable youth and volunteering for South Wales Police.

Out of the office Sophie enjoys spending time with her family including her doggos. She also likes to play rugby. Sophie has also trained in Karate for over 17 years and is a Black Belt 2nd Dan.
Stephanie

ID No: 3505

Steph is one of our business administrators and PA to the director. She will also be working on the new Peer Action Collective project.

Steph works as an actor and is involved in various projects across the creative arts spectrum. She has also recently graduated from her Masters degree in Drama.

Tammie

ID No: 4384

Tammie is the case manager for Swansea knife crime. She has studied a degree in youth and community work. 

Tammie used to manage a youth hub in Swansea and be involved in Swansea’s contextual safeguarding. 

In her spare time Tammie likes going on adventures outdoors seeing beautiful views. 
Taz

ID No: 5653

Taz is the case manager for Parallel Lives (PL).

Her previous experience is supporting children and young people who have been subjected to / witnessed domestic abuse within the family home.

Previously she worked within Cyfannol Women’s aid. Taz has a BA (Honours) degree in Youth and Community work and a Masters in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.

Taz enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, eating out and watching Netflix.
Trishna

ID No: 9681

Trishna is a Child Criminal Exploitation Case Manager who has helped produce the Delivering Resilience programme.

Her passion for mindfulness is one of her strengths in working with young people.

Also a DJ and producer, she enjoys making and playing music and is looking forward to using it to help young people use their strengths to achieve their dreams.