Over the last 15 years I’ve worked with major brands (MTV, TalkTalk, The Guardian) as well as charities (Stonewall, The WEA, Girls Not Brides) and hundreds of small businesses (SMEs) and individuals. I’ve helped them to communicate better in order to build their business, reach new audiences and support their team.
I’ve worked in various facets of communication throughout my career. I’ve been a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Radio and TV News. I’m an award-winning print journalist and have written for a wide variety of national and international magazines and newspapers including The Times, Gay Times, Amateur Gardening, Pride Life and Pith & Vigor. I ran a PR agency for 12 years specialising in the health and aesthetics sectors and have been offering masterclasses and training in different aspects of communication for 8 years.
In the media I’ve been a newspaper reviewer for BBC London, a theatre critic for LBC Radio and a comedy critic for TalkSport. I’ve also been interviewed on programmes from Today and BBC2’s Westminster Live to BBC Breakfast or Gardener’s Question Time.
As a professional speaker on media, communication and engagement, I was named National Speaker of the Year 2015 by the Professional Speaking Association and also won their London Speaker Factor competition in 2013. I’ve spoken in national arenas, West End theatres and numerous conference centres. I’ve spoken to audiences of thousands and audiences of just two. I performed as a stand-up comic for some years, which taught me how to work pretty much any audience, and have hosted or compered events, awards, auctions and cabarets in venues including London’s City Hall, Olympia, The National Exhibition Centre and numerous comedy and cabaret clubs.
Outside my work I’m a keen (and RHS qualified) gardener (I write for a number of national gardening magazines), keep chickens (all named after my favourite drag queens) and am a Trustee of Brighton Fringe, England’s largest arts festival.
My approach is informal and relaxed but utterly professional and driven by the desire to see audience members and clients get the results they need. I appreciate a full briefing in advance but appreciate many businesses don’t always know what they need – just know that they’ve got a problem. I’ll work with you to find the right approach – and if I’m not the best person to help you, I’ll point you towards someone who is a better fit.
Every speech I give, every workshop I run or every coaching session I develop will be unique to that client or audience. I don’t do ‘the same old same old’ nor do I have standard decks of slides that I trot out (in fact I rarely use slides for training and coaching sessions). Tell me what you’re looking to achieve and I’ll design a package just for you that can be tweaked until we both know it’s right. I’m always happy to put you in touch with current and recent clients so you can hear directly from them what it was like working with me – and the results they achieved.
The starting point? Let’s speak. Tell me about you. Ask any questions you have. Talk me through the problems you or your business are facing and I’ll tell you how I can help. I look forward to hearing from you.