Courtnay McLeod

Courtnay McLeod

Director, Bauer Academy

  • Location: UK
  • Career stage: Expert

I am the joint founder and Director of the Bauer Academy, which is a  training centre of excellence within one of the biggest and brightest media companies in the world.

My biggest passions are working to remove barriers that prevent people from accessing excellent media training, and finding and developing talent through the academy's talent programme. 

Previously, I've had various roles in universities (academic advisor, teaching fellow, programme leader, visiting professor etc) and I've also spent much of my career as a broadcaster; presenting the news for ITV and reporting on various national and international stories.

I live in Scotland with my husband and three cool kids.

Work History

Director - Bauer Academy

Feb 2012 - Present

Director - Courtnay McLeod Ltd

Jan 2012 - Present

Teaching Fellow, Academic Advisor, Programme Leader, Lecturer - Edinburgh Napier University

Mar 2006 - Feb 2012

Visiting Professor - University of Sassari

Feb 2009 - 2012

Broadcast Journalism Specialist - Scotland - Malawi Partnership (Scottish Government)

Apr 2006 - Aug 2006

Presenter / Reporter - ITV

Mar 2001 - Mar 2006

News Editor and Presenter - Radio Borders

Jun 2000 - Feb 2001


Managerial Leadership with Applied Education - PG Dip - Napier University

2010 - 2012

Media Law - NCTJ - National Council for the Training of Journalists

2002 - 2003

Politics - MA (Hons) - Edinburgh University

1996 - 2000


  • Business development
  • Business planning/strategy
  • Business skills/running a business
  • Commercial awareness
  • Compliance and legal
  • Digital content skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Pitching/presenting and proposal writing
  • Product management
  • Project management