Journalism

After 14 years in London writing for The Times and a number of other national newspapers, I returned to the North West in 2010 to work as a freelance journalist. I am available for work and I am able to travel when and where necessary. I also pitch stories to a variety of publications as well as undertaking editing, sub-editing and copywriting contracts.

Current print and online roles include:
* Founder and editor of Northern Soul, a culture and enterprise webzine about the North of England
* Journalism lecturer at Salford University and freelance guest lecturer
* Freelance TV and radio contributor
* UK Editor for AeroTime
* Writer for the Journal of Trading Standards
* Speaker and chairperson for events in the North of England
* Mentor for undergraduates seeking a career in journalism

Previous freelance roles in the North West include:
* Presenter and producer at BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio
* Money editor of The Spectator
* Freelancer for The Guardian, The Observer and the i
* Freelancer for The Mail on Sunday
* Freelancer for the Daily Star
* Freelance business writer for The Yorkshire Post
* Writer for The Times’ Northern business supplement, Business Insight
* Freelancer for ITN
* News reviewer for XS Manchester
* Visiting lecturer at Westminster University, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication
* Journalism lecturer at Huddersfield University – Political Reporting
* Personal finance specialist at Royal London
* Editor of Nuclear Future magazine
* Writer for Marketing Manchester
* Writing for in-flight magazines, including easyJet and Iberia
* Theatre reviewer for the British Theatre Guide
* Judge for the HWA Gold Crown Awards which recognise the best historical novels
* Writer and sub-editor of various online travel guides to Manchester and Liverpool

I have also appeared on Sky News, The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC World Service, GB News, That’s TV Manchester, talkRadio, XS Manchester, and Reform Radio.

In 2017, I was shortlisted for Person with Purpose in the Northern Power Women Awards.

The Times (2000-2010) 
During ten years at The Times in London, I undertook a number of roles. These included home news reporter, political reporter based at the House of Commons, transport correspondent, home news editor, night news editor, business journalist and personal finance reporter.

Awards included Journalist of the Year. I also acted as a mentor to a number of young reporters at the paper and was a guest lecturer at City University. In addition, I appeared on various radio stations, including BBC Radio 5 Live.

Financial Writer (1998-2000)
While I was employed as a writer on financial trade magazines, I also freelanced for the financial pages of the national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, the Financial Times and The Times. Other publications included Bloomberg Money, Financial Adviser, Health Insurance, and Insurance Age.

Awards included Trade Journalist of the Year, Best New Pensions Writer and Best Newcomer to Health Related Financial Journalism.