Career History: March 99 to present: Since 1999 I have been Director, of my own company Effective Communication Strategies. I specialise in politics and new media. I have been a journalist for 30 years in print, radio and TV journalism and rose to editor level in each of the three media.

I have been at the forefront of the “convergence” agenda and in January 09 was awarded an OBE for “Services to Broadcasting and PR”.

I have been voted one of the 20 most influential women in Britain by Women in Public Policy Magazine for the work I have done as Executive Producer of Women’s Parliamentary Radio, a global web based radio and TV platform for women MPs across party

I was nominated for the Dods Scottish Widows female political journalist of the year award 08. I have also been a nominee for the Channel 4 political awards in January 2008 and a nominee for the Orwell Prize in journalism in 2005.

I am now requested to speak at and Chair national events, alongside and with government ministers, and I helped judge the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards, Broadcasting. I was guest speaker on new media at a SOAS academic conference recently and have written an essay on new media for the British Library Digital Lives magazine.

I have been a BBC TV and Radio correspondent, a BBC TV political editor, was chosen to help set up BBC News 24 and subsequently have worked for MPs in Westminster and charity Chief Executives helping them campaign.

I have written a book: “Women in Parliament: The New Suffragettes”, with Professor Joni Lovenduski and Margaret Moran MP, published by Politico’s. A special audio archive has been set up in the British Library of the actual interview recordings for the book with 83 women MPs across party. I have also recently worked with the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to take a photo portrait of all women MPs in Westminster to mark 90 years of women and the vote.

BBC Radio 4:I have contributed regular reports for BBC radio 4 “You and Yours” on public sector issues, education, health, police, housing, local government. I have also broadcast documentaries with Radio 4 and TV documentaries regionally.

I have been trained in film reports and television production to high standards by the BBC and helped teach these skills to other broadcast journalists. I have presented my own reports on local and national television and commented on current affairs issues as a BBC correspondent as well as outputting over 100 live TV programmes as editor.

Special positions: Summer 03: Chosen to be lay-member Home Office selection panel helping to recruit Chief Fire Officers, Chief Prison Officers and Chief Constables through the high potential development scheme.

Award Education: 1993: Elected Fellow, University of East Anglia.


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