My lessons are practical and start with breathing and voice control and gradually move on to message and delivery. No lesson is exactly the same, as I tailor the training to your specific needs. You can expect detailed help and advice on developing your strengths as a speaker, and practical advice to take away and use time and again, from the boardroom to the television cameras.
I am a former BBC Television and Radio presenter and reporter. I've covered events across the UK and overseas for national news, reporting and presenting live from the scene. I was one of the first " Live" reporters for the BBC News channel and worked on every programme from the Today programme on radio 4, to Newsnight.
I have developed skills to present with confidence, authority and editorial rigour and can help you achieve great presentations and speeches. If you are going to appear on broadcast media I can also help you prepare for this, and cut through a lot of nonsense advice.
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Extensive experience as a broadcast and online journalist, with more than 22 years working as correspondent for national BBC news, and ITV. Currently working as a Grade 8 University lecturer in Journalism. Recently awarded a Distinction for a Journalism Masters degree and currently studying for Prince 2 qualification.
Broadcasting, journalism, copy editing, writing, research, media, social media, academia, production, team management, storytelling, content, copywriting, communications.
Associate Lecturer/University of Huddersfield- Grade 8
January 2017- July 2018
Leading, creating and teaching the Television Journalism module of the BA Honours Broadcast Journalism degree. Covering mobile reporting, social media, television news, single camera directing, studio lighting, multi camera studio, interview techniques, research, features and documentary programmes amongst other areas. Developed all course material and have been responsible for all assessments of the course. Key skills demonstrated: Issue management, processing and assimilation of data, teaching, presentation, copy editing, working to deadlines, working as a team, leadership, creativity in approach, building connections with journalists, communication, leadership, building effective working relationships, dealing with a range of complex subjects, working with young people of many varied backgrounds, meeting the University’s expectations and policies in delivery of the course.
Self employed/ Cat hepple photography
June 2010- December 2016
Created my own photography business after taking redundancy from the BBC and whilst caring for my child. Also offered lectures in Journalism and photography from time to time to Hull college of Art and Design, the University of Central Lancashire and Leeds University during this time. Key skills demonstrated: Business management, budget management, developing media strategies to achieve business goals, customer care, flexibility of working hours, networking, risk management, use of social media, business judgement, creativity in marketing and goal setting, negotiating.
BBC Television News correspondent/ BBC Newsgathering
September 1997 – November 2009
News correspondent based at TV centre in London and then the north of England bureau. Became Social Affairs correspondent during this time also. Spent some time as Education correspondent. Reported from events such as the Paddington rail crash and 9/11 terror attacks, major trials from the high court and old bailey. Worked for all output across all platforms, such as Newsnight, the Today programme and BBC Online, generating original content and story ideas daily. Worked to the highest editorial standards. Experience also included presenting, considerable amounts of live reporting and features. Key skills demonstrated: Dealing with a range of issues daily, which varied in complexity and in subject matter, dealing with highly sensitive, high profile and high risk subjects, building connections throughout various industries, issue management, dealing with difficult situations, flexibility of working hours, working in a highly political environment, forward planning, building confidence in any interviewees and experts, communication skills, negotiating in many arenas, dealing with conflicting and complex issues under time pressure, leadership, translating complicated and difficult subject matter into intelligible reports, rapidly learning a new brief and broadcasting on this brief, excellent writing and presenting, copywriting, copy editing, strong judgement, managing risk, building strong relationships.
Reporter, Prestenter/Border Television
October 1995- August 1997
Reporter and presenter of the evening news programme for Border television. Prepared 2 television news features daily and also presented the evening programme on a regular basis. Presented a lifestyle programme commissioned for ITV. Key skills demonstrated: Communication, broadcasting, presenting, strong judgement, flexibility, dealing with sensitive and complex issues, translating complex material into relevant and intelligible material, networking, leadership, editorial judgement, building relationships, team work, working in a political environment.
Reporter, Presenter, producer / Bbc radio newcastle.
September 1993 – November 1995
Reporter for news and producer of drivetime and lunchtime programmes. . Role involved presenting bulletins each day for the station across the region and also reporting on issues from around the area. Gathered for and produced and presented a daily lunchtime all speech programme. Also presented the Saturday breakfast programme with the highest listening figures of the station. Key skills demonstrated: Presentation, broadcasting, writing, communication, strategy, building relationships, leadership, strong editorial judgement, dealing with complex issues, flexibility, understanding and working with complex material.
Presenter,Reporter/ Signal radio
September 1992 – November 1993
Reporter and presenter of daily news bulletins for the 2 stations across the region. I was also a producer and presenter of a daily business programme which was created for the teatime schedule, creating all my own content and making editorial decisions about the output. Key skills demonstrated: Communication, working as a team, editorial judgement, news awareness, industry knowledge, building relationships, team building, meeting strategic business goals, excellent writing and broadcasting skills, understanding a new brief at short notice, conveying complex information in broadcasts, editing programmes, creativity and flexibility.
MA Journalism- Distinction/January 2018
Leeds Trinity University
Awarded a Distinction for Masters degree, (level 7) with my research project looking at the impact of emotion and trauma on television news journalists. My research was applauded for my unprecedented access to journalists, whose trust was gained through my relationships with them, and my long standing connections with the industry.
Postgraduate Diploma radio and television journalism/July 1992
University of Central Lancashire
Awarded a post graduate diploma and worked voluntarily at radio stations during this time.
BA Hons English and American literature/July 1991
University of Manchester
10 O’levels & 3 A’levels/1986, 1988
St. Annes Convent school Southampton.
Head girl at the school and gained my O levels and A levels here.
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