About me

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 have been able to travel and meet all sorts of interesting people.

I spent my early days as 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.  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.

As a writer with a background in the voluntary sector, I know the value of an accurate and truthful story. I am passionate about the ethics of quality journalism which I believe is under attack in a world where immediacy and attention-grabbing have become the driving-force.

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 previous 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).

Awards

My work culminated in being awarded a DLitt from the University of Westminster in 2010 for my contribution to journalism and the voluntary sector.

I was made a MBE in the Queen’s 2008 New Year Honours for my voluntary work in the local community and support for people with autism. You can find out more about my background and personal interests at Say it Straight.

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. The University of Westminster awarded me a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in January 2010. You can read my Acceptance Speech on my Personal website.

I was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2008 New Year Honours. I became an Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral in February 2004.
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