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For most of my working life, I have been a television and radio news journalist. I have been most fortunate to enjoy an interesting and stimulating profession in broadcast journalism as well as public relations. This has allowed me to travel and meet all sorts of interesting people.
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.
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 voluntary work in the local community and my support for people with autism. You can find out more about my background and personal interests at Say it Straight.
I am also an experienced public speaker. I believe the use of imaginative ideas and plain English can help an audience think beyond themselves. I am passionate about the power of the spoken word to stimulate original and lively thought.
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).
Much of my career has been spent in television. I have spent over three decades as a news journalist and reporter, first working for the BBC and later Anglia Television.
In 2001, I became the media spokesperson for the Diocese of Ely. Since moving on ten years later, I have been working as a freelance broadcaster, trainer and consultant.
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.