My first job at 16 was in London, in the Public Affairs Department of Shell International Petroleum on the South Bank. From there I progressed to the publicity department of prominent book publisher Michael Joseph in the West End, and was promoted to Assistant Publicity Manager of their sister publishing house, Pelham Books.
My move into the world of advertising seemed a natural one, and as an Account Executive for regional clients, overseeing above and below the line campaigns, I had great success. Having married and had my first child, I returned to college, and stumbled into voiceover work for a local radio station. Having always wanted to work in radio or on TV, this was a great opportunity and within two weeks I was double heading the mid-morning show for Beacon Radio in the Midlands.
This led to a fabulous three years with BBC Radio Shropshire where I had my own afternoon show, and gave me sufficient confidence to audition for ITV's flagship daytime show, This Morning. Over the following four years I was the regular anchor for the show whenever Richard and Judy were absent. Through Granada I worked for their independent channels too, and presented six of my own shows on subjects as diverse as stately homes and fashion, cooking and health. This led to several years on the BBC's Watchdog Value for Money series, and also their highly successful Holiday Programme.
Formulating programme ideas is also something that has been of great interest to me, along with contributing to existing shows such as Channel 4's Dispatches. I have written storylines, and scriptwritten for BBC 1's Doctors, and successfully placed a TV drama with Sally Head Productions Ltd. Currently I am working on a two hour drama for TV and a play for Radio. If you are interested in any of these projects, please CONTACT me. Regular work for me now is with QVC the Shopping Channel, where I present and sell many things, including beauty products, electronics, jewellery and fashion.
I have three grown up children, and when I'm not working or with them, I love spending time with my man, reading, eating out, at the theatre or gym, relaxing in sunny weather, or walking/running to keep fit.
Granada Television * This Morning * Watchdog - Value for Money * The Holiday Programme * QVC
I began my TV career with Granada Television, co-hosting their live flagship daytime show This Morning. This format was the perfect learning ground for me, and taught me all I needed to know about live studio practice, discipline and working to time.
Over the years I have presented live studio based shows, location shoots, outside broadcasts, pre recorded studio and location programmes. I have worked in the USA, France, Italy and Hong Kong ... in stately homes, sewage works, hotels and hospitals! I love the live aspect of my job, and pride myself on keeping to time, taking direction and having up to eight voices in my ear – on one occasion only four of them English! But pre-recorded shows are also fun, and through the Watchdog Value for Money series, I not only got to see a great deal of the British Isles, but also to work with my children which was challenging but great fun. In fact it was with my youngest son that I travelled to Brittany for the BBC's Holiday Programme, and was delighted to see that even at six years old, Jack had the same desire as I did, to get it right!
My current job with QVC, the UK's leading Shopping Channel is possibly one of my most challenging. Broadcasting live for 17 hours a day, it requires boundless energy enthusiasm and an ability to retain and impart information on a myriad of products.
As with most TV presenters, I have had my fair share of corporate work, including new store information for Marks and Spencer, and a safety film for Lloyds Bank and British Steel.
My details, should you be interested, or if you'd like to speak with me, are on the Contact page.To listen to some examples of my voice-over work , please click any of the play buttons below.
novel 'Coming Home'
My first voice-over was for Berlei Bras – as a robot – which made me believe that if I could do that, I could do anything! Described as 'friendly yet informative' my voice can be heard giving emergency announcements on mainline London railway stations, as well as the DLR. I have voiced the Johnson Controls/Alpine satellite navigation system which is found in both Honda and Jaguar cars. I have also had great success with many radio commercials for various companies including British Gas, The Halifax, Sainsburys, and Thomson Holidays.
Working for the country's largest shopping channel means having a career in retail but on TV. I have learned so much over the years, discovered some incredible products, and met some wonderful people. It is challenging and interesting, tiring yet exhilarating, LIVE and unlike other TV shows, there is no autocue. Your words have to be original and informative! You have to give of yourself, engage with an unseen customer who will trust you to sell them things they can't physically get their hands on. You need to have the ability to retain information and facts, cope with talkback, hit targets, and stay calm even when things don't always go according to plan!