• Journalist and producer employed at exec level by a string of leading media companies. • News editor and field producer on national news bulletins for ITV & Sky News. • Experienced contributor to broadsheets, tabloids and national magazines. • Strong networker with excellent contacts in agencies, brands and news outlets. • Sharp news-gathering and organisational abilities with history of managing large outside broadcast news operations. • Arts and culture specialist with 20 years experience of covering entertainment.
I've been freelancing for the last year. I've worked in location management, planning and overseeing shoots for companies including Scottish Widows and Mentos, and written for national papers. I've continued to work in production and also worked as a consultant on PR campaigns and media strategy.
Head of Getty’s video department, managing an editorial entertainment news service and the agency’s in-house crew work across Europe. The position involves producing a string of paid assignments for corporate clients, including Vodafone, Selfridges, the Dorchester Group, Freud’s and Lady Gaga. Increased sales across video by 80pc in my first three months in the role while driving down sales and attracting new clients. Sales went onto grow by over 140pc after a year.
Editorial consultant with pioneering production company Lemonade Money on a string of projects, including new music formats for Channel 4 and Syco. This included developing the Channel 4’s Alternative Xmas Message, writing the script for the flagship programme and co-producing the multi-camera shoot. Editor of the print programme for the T in the Park festival. Senior consultant at Erbut media, specialising as a media-training consultant.
Edited Sky News' entertainment coverage across all of its platforms - TV, radio, online. Managed Sky’s teams at all of the biggest entertainment events globally, including the Oscars, Cannes, Glastonbury, the Brits and Bafta ceremonies. Headed Sky’s deal with IRN to provide news to all major UK commercial radio stations. Key achievements included massively increasing the output and profile of Sky News's entertainment team. The department delivered far more exclusive stories, which were followed up by competitors around the world, and secured a string of interviews with the biggest names in music, film and theatre.
Initially managed input team of ITV News’ RTS award winning rolling news channel. The multi-faceted role entailed managing a team of guest bookers, working as a field producer and delivering one off special programmes to the tightest of deadlines/budgets. Went on to run the main ITV1 bulletin's planning department, focusing on developing their off diary stories, generating exclusives and securing big name interviews Also worked as on the day News Editor, managing the input team across all bulletins.
Devised and edited this pioneering magazine, the first ever music publication to be on sale within hours of the close of a music festival. Working to the tightest of deadlines and budgets the role involved the recruitment of all staff, managing a team of writers, photographers and designers producing a 60-page magazine in a muddy portacabin.
Managed the multiple-award winning channel's national network of correspondents, crews and satellite trucks, reacting to breaking news stories. Also worked as a Field Producer and for the Planning department while covering as Senior News Editor.
Edited the front section of the multiple award-winning title, which is renowned as one of the world's leading music magazines, and worked as reviews editor. Delivered a string of exclusives, also managed contributors in UK, Europe and America. Conceived and managed Mojo's extraordinary 100th issue, the most ambitious in its history, which featured one hundred legendary performers gathered together on a treble gatefold cover - including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones & Pink Floyd.
Worked across ten News International owned suburban weeklies, filling 20 news and feature pages a week while also managing the development of a trainee.
Won North-East Newcomer of the Year and was Highly Commended as National Newcomer at the BT Awards in 1999. Broke several stories that went on to dominate the national agenda while training for NCTJ qualification, also working as music editor and contributing features.