For most of my career, I worked as a television and radio news journalist with Anglia Television and the BBC. I have been most fortunate to enjoy an interesting and stimulating profession in broadcast journalism as well as public relations. As a result, I’ve been able to travel and meet all sorts of interesting people.
In my early days I was an on-screen reporter. Altogether, I spent over three decades as a news journalist and reporter, first working for the BBC and later Anglia Television. After leaving television, I worked in the University of Cambridge.
I also founded and chaired the East Anglian Autistic Support Trust. The EAST fundraising campaign successfully launched the first specialised accommodation and day care for adults with autism in the county of Cambridgeshire in 1999. The project raised 1.5 million pounds. It was run on an entirely voluntary basis .
Finally in 2001, I became the media spokesperson for the Diocese of Ely for ten years. Since then, I have been working as a freelance broadcaster, trainer and consultant.
I am also an experienced public speaker. and am passionate about the power of the spoken word to stimulate original and lively thought. Having worked alongside talented colleagues for many years, I believe imaginative ideas written in plain English can help an audience think beyond themselves.
My experience includes
• Media Consultant (On-going during the course of my career).
• Television and Radio News Journalist (25 years).
• Director of Communications and media relations (10 years).
• Editor of in-house Magazine and Website (6 years).
• Professional Speech Trainer (19 years).
• Coordinating major charity fundraising campaign and conferences for the voluntary sector. (18 years).
• Film and video voice-overs for local authorities and charities. (From time to time during the course of my career).
Why publish this site
As a writer with a background in the voluntary sector, I understand the value of an accurate and truthful story. Indeed, most of the journalists I know share my passion for the ethics of quality journalism.
However, I believe these standards can easily be compromised in a world where immediacy and attention-grabbing have become the driving-force.
For some years now, many news organisations have been facing growing competition from online news broadcasting. I believe the “anything goes” culture on social media is a fertile breeding ground for those who deliberately fabricate news and information.
New technology has given some wonderful opportunities for citizen journalists and others to gather, collate and publish news that the public would never otherwise have seen or heard. But rapid change comes at a risk.
All citizens have a right to be informed on issues of public interest. But, with so much available conflicting information, today’s challenge is to discover what is true and what is false. An abundance of fake news, sloppy journalism and sensationalism undermines reliable journalism and erodes public trust.
Moreover, in today’s fast-changing world, there are many instances of governments and other powerful institutions effectively silencing the independent media in an attempt to prevent proper scrutiny.
I have produced this website to assist the next generation of journalists in discovering some of the essential tools with which to construct reliable news.
I was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2008 New Year Honours. This was for my voluntary work in the local community and support for people with autism.
My work culminated in being awarded a DLitt from the University of Westminster in 2010 for my contribution to journalism and the voluntary sector. You can read my Acceptance Speech on my Personal website.
I became an Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral in February 2004.
Other background information
I am a member of British Equity, The Royal Television Society, The National Union of Journalists and The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. I became a member of British Mensa in 1980.
No-one succeeds in a vacuum
There’s a good reason for mentioning these accolades. Perhaps, I was in the right place at the right time. That may be. But, nobody exists in a vacuum — and nobody succeeds in one either.
My achievements have come about with the help and support of others. I am indebted to many, too many to name here. Among them are volunteers, supporters, and donors; advisers and teachers; family and friends; well-wishers and critics. I share these awards with them all and thank them for their generosity.