Our Charitable Aim is, for the public benefit, to act as a community media and youth arts’ resource for young people from the age of 11 years old onwards (& adults) from disadvantaged communities, by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities.
FOUNDER & CEO
National Youth Strategy winner, Clore Leadership Fellow and British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur, Trevor Blackman, has been different since the day he was born. At the age of 14 this blue head, then silver head, then blonde head and now bald head, marched into BBC Leicester and demanded a job. They gave him one, not because of his wacky hair, but because a producer looked at him and saw he had the passion.
“You just need the chance to prove you can do it- so here is your chance!!”
Since then, Trevor has proven he can do anything and everything, even with words of discouragement. One of the most magnificent being the take over of the iconic National Gallery and Trafalgar square, (which proves that APE Media started flash mobs), as part of the Festival of Youth Arts.
Trevor has successfully been a producer, presenter, scriptwriter, actor, director, manager, mentor, entrepreneur and he’s still looking young.
Currently a Senior Network Director working on BBC’s public service television channels, such as BBC1 and BBC2. Richard has now worked at the BBC for 16 years, during which he has worked in Production on Crimewatch and Watchdog, in BBC Local Radio and the main BBC Newsroom, on BBC World News television, before moving to his current role.
He is also a founder member of the precursor to APE, namely Apple Pie Productions along with Trevor Blackman.
APE MEDIA TRUSTEE
PR CREATIVE DIRECTOR / CAMPAIGN LEAD
As a PR creative director and campaign director, Sam Brown has worked with some of the biggest brands and cultural institutions in the world and has won multiple awards for her work in youth marketing. From London Fashion Week and Glastonbury Festival, through to youth homelessness and knife crime, Sam understands how to get people moving and change their behaviour. Her work as a mentor has also helped dozens of young people into jobs in media and creative industries.
PAM GILL CIM
BOARD ADVISOR ON DIGITAL MEDIA & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
CEO THE SUGAR BOX, EDITOR IN CHIEF CARE CASTERS,
PRESENTER BREAK LONDON,
FOUNDER OF LD CARERS DIRECT
Strategic development adviser on communications and marketing for new enterprise, digital industries, social franchising, SCR and business leadership mentoring.
REGIONAL YOUTH PROJECT MANAGER
Robin has been working with young people, including vulnerable groups, for over twenty years. Recent projects include directing a series of six short films that he then developed into an Anti-Knife Crime project that toured the Midlands. He also has just completed a tour of education theatre promoting literacy.
MEDIA & RADIO PRODUCTION TUTOR
HEAD OF TRAINING
A veteran of the house/rave scene that swept through the UK in the early 90s, with 20 years experience of the music industry through running events, DJing production and record labels. Paddy created the Universal Vibes brand in 2004 and still runs it to this day. Now focused on sharing his experience and nurturing the next generation of producers and music entrepeneurs, Paddy has been at Ape for 10 years and brings his vast music experience to the table.
As lead tutor he has delivered courses in music production and business, radio and media and is responsible for designing our curriculum to be as engaging as possible to the young people we work with.