Alison Grade

Moseley, Birmingham, UK

Alison is a Nesta-accredited Creative Enterprise Trainer. Alison uses her rare mix of creative, academic and business experience to help transform creative concepts into business reality.

Alison has formal academic training as well as being an entrepreneur who has established her own businesses. She spent 15 years working at senior level in many media companies - predominantly in international televison and film production, rights management and strategy. This has led her to being in demand by many creative businesses as a consultant and non-exec.

Currently Alison owns Mission Accomplished, a consultancy offering training, mentoring and strategic advice to start-ups and established SMEs in the Creative Industries. She is also a Visiting Fellow in the School of Media at Birmingham City University where she acts as consultant and has developed and delivered courses, modules and lectures for the BA and MA courses within the School.

Alison has extensive experience in providing one-to-one business support and workshops to both pre-start and existing Creative Industries SMEs through her work on a range of programmes with universities and institutions including the BBC Academy, Birmingham City University, Coventry University and Aston University. To date she has assisted over 200 SMEs via these programmes.

During her career Alison has produced over 7,000 minutes of film and television with a combined spend of over £16m. She has worked on documentaries, animation, drama, feature films, factual and entertainment productions on both high and low budgets. More recently she concentrated on the commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights in media content across a wide range of platforms through distribution and licensing – in other words Alison knows how to monetise content.

Her non-media experience includes founding Girls Angels a motorcycle training school that specialised in training women which she took from idea to profitable business to trade sale in under two years and a highly successful business bringing hands-on media training into schools.

Alison holds an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from INSEAD 2001 and a Management Studies Degree from St John’s College, Cambridge University 1992. Alison splits her time beteen a young family in Birmingham and a new business venture in rural Carmarthenshire!

  • Education
    • St John's College, Cambridge University
    • INSEAD