Who We Are


The voicebusiness Training Team

 voicebusiness was born in 1996 in a dressing-room at the Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, during a ‘eureka moment’. After a year of hard work, one of the two founders, Cordelia Ditton, decided to devote herself to it full time and is the company’s Director.

Since then, our highly motivated and talented associates – who blend experience from the theatre, journalism, business and personal development – have helped individuals and groups build their confidence and skills, live and online, with training and coaching which is rigorous, fun and very effective.


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Meet the Team

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Dianne M Barry
Associate: Trainer

Dianne has directed documentaries and arts programmes for broadcast television, and also lectures in Creative Digital and Interactive Media. She has been devising and delivering sessions as an Associate with voicebusiness since 1997.

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Leigh Biagi
Associate: Trainer

An accomplished performer in theatre, television and film, Leigh is an experienced trainer who has conducted many corporate workshops and also coaches SMG’s newsroom presenters.

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Cordelia Ditton

Cordelia trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, has an MA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow and is a certified General Practitioner of NLP. She has worked in theatre, television, film and radio, as a trainer for presenters and comedians and as a lecturer/director in drama schools. She is a published playwright and has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines. She started voicebusiness in 1996.

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Maggie MacRitchie
Associate: Projects and Administration

Maggie is a performer with extensive experience in theatre, film and television. She is a specialist in corporate role play acting and devising/writing scenarios. At voicebusiness she often works behind the scenes and develops special projects for the Actingbusiness programme.

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Mary McCusker
Associate: Trainer and Actingbusiness

Mary has worked as a performer all over the UK and also has extensive experience as a trainer. An excellent course developer, she helps devise and deliver training and the Actingbusiness programme.

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Jill Simpson
Associate: Trainer and Actingbusiness

Jill is experienced in working with businesses to develop their management and leadership skills through excellent communication. She is qualified in business coaching and training, including delivering learning in international settings. Jill also co-manages a small theatre organisation based in Glasgow.

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Ian Staples
Associate: Trainer and Actingbusiness

Ian trained and worked as a professional actor before becoming an accredited counsellor. He works as Training Manager with NHS Education in Scotland, as well as co-running our Individual Impact courses. He also has an interest in a busy gift shop in Broughton Street, Edinburgh.

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Ruth Wishart
Associate: Oven Ready Speeches

One of Scotland’s leading journalists, Ruth writes regularly for the Herald and other newspapers and presents programmes for BBC Radio Scotland on contemporary ethics. She is on the board of Creative Scotland and chairs the Dewar Arts Awards. An experienced speaker, speechwriter, conference chair and facilitator, she has worked for a wide range of professional bodies including the Scottish Government, the NHS, COSLA and the Open University.

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Steven Wren
Associate: Trainer and Actingbusiness

Steven is an accomplished actor and musician who has adapted his core skills and applied them to the business world. As well as working on a number of different strands for voicebusiness, he has developed and delivered training courses for a variety of household name organisations.

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Eileen Warren
Office Manager

It's welcome back to Eileen, whom many of you will remember as a previous office manager at voicebusiness.

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