Meet the team

Please see below a biog of each member of the Ptarmigan Academy.

Claire Thomas


Originally from the North East town Stockton-on-Tees, Claire is currently in her final year of a BA Public Relations degree at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Claire has over five years worth of experience in a variety of levels within the media, PR and marketing industry. Her first related job was as a member of TFM Radio’s Street Team when she was 16-years-old, where she worked on the external and practical side of marketing campaigns.

As well as a year working as a communications officer at South Yorkshire Police in Barnsley as part of her placement year, Claire has worked in PR for Boots UK, Wolfstar, St Gemma’s Hospice, Lexis PR, Cleveland Police and Brazen PR.

In her spare time, Claire carries out a lot of promotional work for brands which have included The Sun, Nintendo, Sainsbury’s and many more.

Natalie Torbett

Aimee Clark


Aimee has a background in corporate and consumer communications since returning from a placement year with Unilever UK & Ireland, London.

During her time down South, she quickly joined the editorial team for the company’s internal magazine (chief editing her very own edition!), became the chair of the social club and a keen philanthropist, organised and managed not one but two very successful fund-raising events in aid of The World Food Programme.

Originally from Chester, Aimee has also been busy enhancing her industry knowledge and portfolio over the last three years by securing work experience closer to home. She joined Chester based agency, Oakbase, last summer where she was involved in campaigns for some very high profile clients including Hilton Hotel and this year will be assisting the team at lifestyle and fashion agency, Thirty PR.

Andrew Davies

Andrew is only male member of the Ptarmigan Academy following in the footsteps of last year’s winner Adam Burns. Not only is he the only male in the academy, but is one of only four men in the final year of the BA(Hons) Public Relations course at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Andrew has started to carve his own career path down the line of health care PR after a successful year working in the Communications Team at NHS Leeds and a nomination for Health Care Communicator of the Future. Now working closely with a number of NHS organisations across Yorkshire around their use of social media, Andrew is looking at how he can help the NHS with any communications or PR work during the transition of power between Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and GP consortia.

Beside his own projects, Andrew is keen to develop a great understanding of life within a PR agency and is dedicating a lot of his time during the final year of study to ensuring he does just that.

Previously Andrew has worked for a number of organisations including Leeds City Council, The Optimum Health Clinic, Beetroute and business-to-business agency ZEST PR .

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