I like to say that I talk for a living. I love working in radio but going freelance has enabled me to explore other opportunities beyond broadcasting and to expand my skillset to include writing, voiceover and PR.
I talked my way into my first on-air job while still a fresher. In my first term at the University of Bristol, I was signed up to present live travel bulletins on Breakfast and Drive shows on radio stations across Wales and the West.
After graduating with a degree in German and Russian, I joked that I wanted to become a spy but was deemed too likely to talk. Instead I applied to the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) and was selected for a traineeship from over 700 applicants. I travelled the world for three years working as a radio presenter, producer and reporter in Germany, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and the Falkland Islands.
I returned to the UK to join the BBC as a broadcast journalist. As well as producing and presenting news, entertainment and lifestyle programmes, the multi-skilled role involved reading bulletins, reporting, outside broadcasts and writing online content.
Since going freelance, I have continued to work regularly for BBC local radio stations, providing reliable swing cover as a presenter and hosting my own shows Jill Misson’s Big Weekend and the rural affairs programme Wild About Wiltshire.
The highlight of my career and my biggest challenge came while working as a regular producer of topical debates on the Jeremy Vine show at BBC Radio 2. I was commissioned to create a documentary series for Remembrance; The Songs My Son Loved featured moving interviews with the mothers of five fallen soldiers. It made newspaper critics and lorry drivers cry before winning Silver at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
Taking the bold step to leave a safe staff job to go freelance has paid off; I have the freedom to chase the projects I want to work on and still have time to chase after my children.
I am always keen to talk so do get in touch to chat about working together.
- BBC Radio 2: Produced topical debates on the Jeremy Vine show and the award-winning series The Songs My Son Loved.
- BBC Wiltshire, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC WM: Broadcast Journalist producing and presenting programmes, news and features.
- BFBS: Broadcasting shows to British Forces in UK and overseas. Produced and presented radio documentary for Gurkha 200.
- BBC Radio 4: Produced packages for You & Yours and recorded interviews for Front Row.
- BBC 5 Live: Production shifts on Breakfast; booking guests, researching and scripting.
- AFF: Host of Army Families Federation’s Big Debate and feature writer for Army&You magazine.
- The Motherload: Writing features for parenting website, editing contributor blogs and scheduling social media posts.
- Uniform Press: Publicist for military book publisher securing media coverage for authors.
- Aladdin Interactive: Voiced the commands and stories for an educational computer game.
- Military Wives Choirs: PR and social media support and compère for concerts and events.