Expert Women

A woman being interviewed on cameraExpert Women is a BBC initiative to help address the under-representation of female contributors on air and right across the industry. Expert Women offers training to women who are established specialists in their field, and who have a desire to become specialist contributors and presenters.

The one-day course teaches participants how to:

  • Present and project themselves;
  • Bring their subject to life for a variety of audiences in an engaging and understandable way;
  • Navigate their way through the broadcast industry.

Participants also have the chance to meet other industry figures during the course of their training including broadcasters, commissioners and producers.

Applications for 30 places on the pilot session in January 2013 topped 2000. Subsequent sessions have taken place across the country in Salford, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Every woman who is successfully selected for the training is included in a database together with over 200 people who reached the final rounds of the selection process. This database is available for use by productions within the BBC.

At the last count, 38 women who had been through the training had made 127 appearances across a range of BBC outlets. Some have been commissioned to write and produce their own Radio 4 programmes and one graduate, Dr. Emily Sidonie Grossman, has been commissioned by Sky to be the expert in a new 14-part series.

Get a taste of the training days with this short film: