Course Leader BA Hons Radio and Digital Production
Before joining the University in 2003, I worked at the BBC in a variety of roles. I was the presenter & producer of a weekly magazine programme at BBC GLR94.9 (1993-2000), as well as producing a sixteen part series of oral history programmes about London, The Century Speaks. I won a SONY Gold Award (Best Music Documentary) for producing & co-writing You've Got To Hide Away, with Tom Robinson, which explored hidden gay sexuality in popular music. Latterly, I was the editor of the BBC London website before moving to BBC Nations & Regions to work on two major and exciting projects, A Sense of Place and Voices as a senior producer.
My academic qualifications include a BA (Hons) in History (University of Cambridge), a PGCert Education (University of Greenwich), an MA in Media Management (University of Leeds) and a PhD (University of Westminster).
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have been an external examiner at Anglia Ruskin University; Goldsmiths, University of London; Bournemouth University; University of Northampton; UAL: London College of Communication; Sunderland University.
I have served as a Member of the Steering Committee of the Radio Studies Network, and as a judge for the Radio Production Awards and the Gillards (BBC Local Radio). I am the Harrow Campus Rep for the Westminster LGBT Staff Network.
I teach on the undergraduate degree in Radio and Digital Production, leading modules such as Sound Cultures, Digital Storytelling, Music Radio and Pop Up Station. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations, and have taught on theory modules including Story, Sound, Image and Text and courses such as MA Music Production. I also manage our award-winning student radio station, Smoke Radio, which I co-founded in 2004.
My research interests focus on radio history, especially local radio. My PhD thesis was completed in 2011: A History of BBC Local Radio in England, c. 1960 - 1980. I've presented papers on my research at the Radio Conference (2007; 2011; 2016) and at Sounding Out 5 (2010). I’m also researching LGBTQ radio in the UK, a combination of historical and contemporary enquiry (LGBTQ History Conference 2016). In 2017, I organised a symposium to mark the 50th Anniversary of BBC Local Radio. In 2018, I was awarded a grant to research Young People and Radio in the UK by the British Council, resulting in a research paper and a symposium event.