Until February 2011 I was the Science & Environment Correspondent of the award-winning Channel 4 News in the UK. During my sixteen years there I covered an extraordinarily wide range of stories, reporting from the Arctic to the Amazon.
Now I’m developing, producing and reporting TV and radio documentaries and features. Topical, fast turn-round current affairs where the emphasis is on science and the environment are a speciality, as well as more longer-term investigative projects.
I also offer media training and I work as a consultant to companies and NGOs on media and policy issues. I am frequently asked to chair or facilitate conferences and seminars or take part as a panellist.
I have a particular interest in earth sciences, climate change, sustainable development and the engineering technologies being developed for a low carbon future and the need for a new economics to re-define our relationship with the planet we inhabit.
While at Channel 4 News I won the Royal Television Society Home News Award two years in succession for my investigative reports on the causes of the Paddington and Hatfield rail crashes. In 2004, I was short-listed for an RTS Award for my exclusive report that exposed the government’s “dodgy dossier” on Iraq, plagiarised from a PhD student’s thesis.
I have a degree in Engineering Science & Economics from Oxford University and I have spent my career in broadcasting, starting at the BBC as an engineer, moving into production and journalism in local radio where I was part of the team that founded BBC Radio Norfolk. Commercial radio followed, with several years at LBC Radio as an editor, reporter and presenter. I returned to the BBC and the Nine o’clock News (as it was then) as a producer and reporter, before joining Channel 4 News.
Since my school days I’ve been fascinated by Earth Sciences, which is why I am studying for an Open University degree in Geosciences.