Trained as a reporter on the Birmingham Post before reading politics at Nottingham University. On graduating, joined the BBC as a reporter; later worked as Political Correspondent and news editor at BBC Radio Derby. Weekly columnist for Derby paper and regular stringer for Guardian and Telegraph. Joined Radio 4 in London, then Radio 2 as newsreader and served as a news training instructor. Leaving the BBC after 25 years, have served as Head of News for two sister radio stations in the Home Counties and continued freelancing.