I love the adrenaline rush of live radio and the buzz began when I talked my way into my first on-air job while still a fresher at the University of Bristol. I presented travel bulletins across Wales and the West before and after lectures. After graduating with a degree in German and Russian, I could perhaps have carved out a career as a spy, if I was better at keeping my mouth shut.
Instead I discovered the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) and was selected for a coveted traineeship from over 700 applicants. It was an incredible adventure being sent all over the world as a presenter, producer and reporter on radio stations in Germany, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and the Falklands. After 3 years I returned to the UK to join the BBC in Swindon as a Broadcast Journalist.
I made the successful transition to freelancing over 10 years ago and have worked as a presenter, producer and reporter at BBC Radio 2, Radio 4, 5Live, BBC Wiltshire, BBC Gloucestershire, BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC WM and BFBS.
The greatest challenge and proudest achievement of my career came while working as a producer of daily topical debates for Jeremy Vine at BBC Radio 2. I was asked to produce a documentary series for Remembrance. The award-winning The Songs My Son Loved featured moving interviews with the mothers of five fallen soldiers which made both newspaper critics and lorry drivers cry.
Recently I have been hosting Team Talk, a podcast produced for BFBS by TBI Media. It has been a privilege to share the stories and experiences of serving personnel, veterans and military families.
I regularly write features for magazines and websites including Army&You and The Motherload and have experience in copywriting blogs for clients. Having completed the comprehensive Digital Culture course, I have crucial skills in social media management and marketing.
One of the joys of being freelance is the freedom to chase the projects I want to work on while still being able to chase after my children.