I am a versatile multi-media journalist, currently freelancing as a presenter, producer and writer. Whatever the opportunity, let’s talk.
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. Upon graduating, with a degree in German and Russian, I joked that I wanted to become a spy but wasn’t great at keeping my mouth shut.
I joined the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) after being selected for a 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 three years I returned to the UK to take up a multi-skilled staff role as a BBC Broadcast Journalist.
Since going freelance, I 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 Songs My Son Loved featured moving interviews with the mothers of five fallen soldiers which made both newspaper critics and lorry drivers cry. In Jeremy’s words: “Jill made sure it arrived on air as an extraordinary piece of radio which won Silver at the 2012 Sony Radio Academy Awards.”
Beyond broadcasting, I write features for magazines and websites. I have also enjoyed working in voiceover, PR, copywriting and social media 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.