CV

Journalist, copywriter, photographer, cameraman, sound recordist and video editor.

I am a creative communicator running my own media company producing tailored journalistic and marketing content. I am a writer, photographer, voiceover artist, producer, editor and cameraman. As well as originating material, I provide editorial consultancy to organisations and companies wishing to enhance their marketing and communications content. I conduct custom training courses teaching interview techniques and content gathering skills.

I have produced work for a wide range of publications, broadcasters and corporate clients including, The Economist, BBC, ITV, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Mercedes, Salomon, Disney, The Institute of Development Studies, The Media Trust, SciDev, EasyJet, TUI and Responsible Travel.

I specialise in providing original content from remote locations. I have covered news and feature stories or provided marketing content from over 30 different countries including several in Africa, the Middle East and the Amazon basin, mainly working alone but also with small teams.

Employment History
06/01 – Present iBus
I have been running my media content company, mainly working alone, but often as a contractor to agencies or productions houses and also as a producer employing other contractors and freelancers. I have had many clients and projects during this time. Here are four very different examples…

Responsible Travel – Generating all the marketing copy, stills, audio and video for two extensive micro-sites describing the ethical and environmental travel opportunities in two countries: Jordan and St Vincent and the Grenadines. In both cases I spent two weeks in the countries, gathering material and conducting interviews before compiling the finished content.

Salomon – I provided copy to the marketing and communications department which included profiles and features of sponsored elite athletes and also detailed product analysis and reviews of key items in the Salomon product ranges.

Yada Yada – I am a preferred supplier to this well respected digital video production agency, providing camera work, voiceovers and conducting interviews of contributors. The projects I have been asked to contribute towards include work for The Royal Society, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Reed Exhibitions and Ikea.

SMEs – developing marketing and communication strategies for a number of small and medium businesses, including providing digital and print copy, originating newsletter formats, web design and content advise, SEO, compiling newsletters, videos and blogs.

03/00 – 06/01 Global Canvas
I ran the Media Department of a production company creating films, audio, web content and print publications for environmental education. This demanded a range of skills, both practical and strategic. Most of the content was generated during overseas expeditions to remote locations; I planned the shoots, filmed and edited B rolls in the field and produced and edited the final material. I was also involved in innovative development of the company’s content provision and the administration of the department.

09/92 – 03/00 – BBC
I worked for BBC News as a journalist for seven years. Reporting for Radio 5 Live, Radio 4, and World Service Radio, broadcasting live and pre-recorded radio items, the latter involved gathering, editing and compiling the material prior to transmission. I have also reported, filmed and edited items for BBC 1, BBC World, BBC News 24 as well as produced and edited BBC national radio news and current affairs programmes. I have covered general news, education, sport, health, gender, international development and environmental issues.

Education
Postgraduate:

1992
Centre for Journalism Studies                  Certificate, Broadcast Journalism
1991
University of Oslo                                           Diploma, Development Studies

Undergraduate:
1987 – 1990
University of Sussex                                     BA Hons, Geography with Social Science

Additional Skills
Trained and experienced in multi-condition off-road driving and recovery techniques, including a specific course in ice driving. Experienced mechanic. First Aid trained. Welding  and chainsaw skills. Qualified PADI Rescue Diver.