With an interest in music performance, on leaving school I wanted to be a studio sound engineer. But while studying at Salford College in the early 1990s, I became more interested in the technology department’s video suites. I therefore moved away from music recording and focused on television work. A freelancer from day one, I gained experience operating cameras on sports programming for L!ve TV, moving on to Premiership Football games on BBC Match of the Day, British Touring Cars for BBC Grandstand and Formula One for FOM. But sound was always my goal, and I split my time between cameras on live outside broadcasts and sound on news, current affairs and documentaries.
With over twenty years in television I have extensive experience of live news broadcasts, having worked for years on programmes for Sky News, Sky Sports News, Channel Four News, GMTV and Daybreak. I’ve worked for broadcasters and companies on a range of genres, including current affairs, documentary, advertising and corporate films. I am a full owner-operator, using a ten-channel mixer/recorder with multiple radio microphone channels and a wireless digital link to camera.
A large part of this job involves dealing with people new to television, nervous at appearing in front of the camera. I have an easy-going style and a wide range of interests, and am completely comfortable chatting with contributors, no matter where they’re from. I cycle and run regularly, usually around 6-7,000 miles annually and have run two marathons. I enjoy walking in the Peak District and am therefore perfectly able to keep up on long, strenuous working days. I enjoy local history and have written several featured articles on Wikipedia. I am also an active travel campaigner, working with my local council to improve walking and cycling.