I have always enjoyed working with audio. There is something about it that leads to surprising, entertaining and powerful communication.
After setting up a radio station in my bedroom as a kid, and giving myself a job presenting on it, I graduated to the sought after Sunday morning breakfast slot as a DJ on local commercial station Plymouth Sound. After serving the people of Plymouth, South East Cornwall and West Devon with Today’s Best Music Mix, I moved to the University of Cambridge to study Philosophy.
Student station CUR was one of my first ports of call, and I went on to be nominated for a Student Radio Award as well as presenting the station’s launch show when it was awarded a city-wide broadcast licence. After Cambridge, I moved to London and worked for BBC World Service, BBC News, BBC Learning and ended up at BBC Radio 4 (other BBC Brands are available).
It was at Radio 4 that I produced the live daily culture and entertainment show Front Row. Highlights include devising and producing a special live edition from Maida Vale in celebration of the Studios' 75 years, interviewing a diverse range of musical and cultural heroes from Mike Skinner to Harry Hill.
I have produced Radio 4’s continuity and promotions, and won Gold at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in the category of Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign.
I also worked as a Project Manager, for example running strategic projects for BBC Radio’s quite grandly titled Radio HQ.
Now, I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for and expertise in audio by offering practical training. Often this is for non-audio specialists with backgrounds in journalism and marketing, who are ready to use podcasts to communicate their work.
I also offer mobile journalism training for journalists and content producers, and am visiting lecturer at both University of Westminster and City, University of London, where I teach media and journalism.
I consult for a range of clients on podcast and content strategy, as well as offering audio production services.