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Animated Women UK Wraps 2019's Helen North Achieve Programme

Animated Women UK exists to positively support, represent, celebrate and encourage women in the animation and VFX industries. The association’s Helen North Achieve Programme embodies this value, bringing together 24 women across different levels of experience, across different roles in the VFX and animation industries, providing mentoring and workshops to enhance career prospects.

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For 2019, Natalie Llewellyn, Jellyfish Pictures’ Head of Development joined the program as one of the eight senior women accepted on the course.

The Helen North Achieve Programme is a great opportunity to meet and support other women from the VFX and Animation Industry and to learn from their experiences whilst also imparting some of your own knowledge and expertise. The course offers valuable, structured career advice for women at every stage of their professional journey and I found it extremely rewarding, both professionally and personally. I’d highly recommend it to other women in the industry keen to progress their career, reflect on their professional path to date or return to work after a career break.
Natalie Llewellyn, Head of Development, Jellyfish Pictures

Meetings of the programme took place on Wednesday evenings over the course of three months, with modules including Understanding Personality Types, Enhancing Your Career Prospects, Achieving a Better Work/Life Balance and Presentation Skills.

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The successful, and important, programme is made possible thanks to the ScreenSkills Fund and Escape Studios.

Helen North was the architect and driving force behind Animated Women UK's Achieve Programme, who continue the great work she started in her name. Helen was Career Development Director on the AWUK Board. She spent her early career at Skillset pioneering training programmes across the Creative industries. Her determination to drive for gender equality led her to AWUK. She became one of the original board members in 2014 and her voice was always a vital, caring and direct contribution to any discussion.