The Team

Course Director

Deborah Dickinson

Deborah Dickinson is a leading creative entrepreneur and academic who developed this programme and a range of other creative industries courses at City since 1998. She has over twenty-five years’ professional experience within the music and events industry, including artiste management, independent record production and distribution, international tour management, music promotion, festival management and creative career development consultancy. She balances extensive industry experience within an academic framework to develop innovative, practical and functional modules for the creative industries degree.


Events and Broadcast Tutors

Justin O’Shaughnessy – Production Management tutor

Justin O’Shaughnessy is a freelance producer and event manager. Having studied at Bristol in the late 1980s, his work since has encompassed performance, theatre, dance, fine art, site-specific, spectacles and festivals. Institutionalised for periods (ICA 1993-98) and Rich Mix (2005-08), he is now thankful to more often find himself out in the cold. Projects have included Newham Millennium Celebrations (2000), Live Culture at Tate Modern (2003), Panorama in Hyde Park (2007), Spill Festival of Performance (2009) and Shoreditch Festivals (2008-present). He has also served in the Design & Communications field, producing print and web for NGOs, public sector and government departments at Hoop Associates (2001-04). Justin holds an MA from the Centre for Urban & Community Research at Goldsmiths, is chair of governors at a large Hackney primary school and sits as a Non-Executive Director of The Learning Trust, Hackney’s not-for-profit local education provider.


David Pope – Broadcast Production tutor

David Pope has worked in the film industry for over 10 years, in the UK and USA, primarily as a director and first assistant director. He has directed a feature film, short films and music promos and has worked as a first assistant director in drama, music promo and commercials for television and cinema.


Module leaders

Dr Denise Stanley

Dr Stanley is a leading consultant in the creative industries education sector and has worked within formal and nonformal education sectors, industry and 3rd sector organisations. Her research interests include community development through creative practices and validation of informal learning for creative practitioners. Dr Stanley teaches the core modules for the BA hons award for students progressing to a 3rd year.


Dr Kate Oakley

Dr Oakley is a writer and policy analyst, specialising in the creative industries, cultural labour markets and regional development. She is a Visiting Professor in the  Department and Course Director of the MA in Cultural Leadership. Her research interests include cultural policy, work in the cultural industries, and regional development.


Dr Jenny Kidd

Dr Kidd’s ongoing research interests include audiences (and their engagement in/with  culture), performance, community media and digital media. She has worked on a number of consultancy projects, with (amongst others) the City of London Festival, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Tower of London and the Manchester Museum.


Visiting lecturers in 2010

Liam Devine – Marketing and Sponsorship tutor

Liam Devine has worked in the live events industry for over sixteen years. At Harvey Goldsmith Entertainments from 1988-99 he helped to organise tours for Elton John, Madonna, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. Freelance since 1999, he has toured with Oasis among others, and worked on events as diverse as a Mike Tyson fight and the Queens Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Buckingham Palace. Most recently he works with Barry Marshall Agency.


Jim Carey – Technical Production

Head of Sound and principal crew member on the 2011 Oscar nominated “Exit Through The Gift Shop” including SFX, dialogue editing, audio post, temp mixing and overall supervision. Nominated for MPSE Golden Reel for Motion Picture sound editing 2011.
Has produced and presented several docs for BBC Radio with one currently in production.
Sound design for a multitude of theatre, film companies and artists including Paranoid Pictures, BBC interactive and the Royal Festival Hall.
Mixing and mastering for a wide variety of music and audio projects include previous work with Courtney Pine, Charles Hayward&Nick Doyne Ditmus, BBC Radio 3, The Fish Police and the National Youth Orchestra.


Harry Leckstein – Music Business

Harry is the managing director of artist management company and independent label Freeport Records and the founder of the Urban Collective youth music project. Over the past 20 years he has worked in the music and entertainment business, pausing in 1999 to graduate from Imperial College London with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The Urban Collective project is nominated for Best Social Enterprise Serving a Community in The New Statesman Edge Upstart Awards while London Urban Collective’s Hipopera Inferno recently won Best Narrative Short at The Chicago International Hip Hop Film Festival. Harry is lecturer in Music Business at City University London and board member of Creative Islington and the Hackney Music Development Cluster.


Rebecca Knapp – Film Producer


Chris Lewis – Sound Engineer