At 7 years old I announced to my family that I wanted to work for BBC radio, to which my father, an avid BBC listener, responded that the BBC would never employ me with my strong Yorkshire accent, yet here I am today.
Before joining the World Have Your Say team I was working as an English teacher in China. During this time I also made a few embarrassing T.V appearances but the less said about those the better! I also started listening to the World Service and became a fan of World Have Your Say.
Before moving to China I worked a volunteer co-ordinator. I had a fabulous title ‘Community Champion Team Leader’. My role was so fun and varied. I ran a drama group, attended community events, and generally got involved in all aspects of the community and made some great friends doing it.
My first taste of radio was during my time at university between socialising and studying I volunteered at BBC Manchester on their Sunday morning multi-faith programme. Meeting and greeting guests at 5am! You have to love radio to volunteer to do this. I also started to present the weekly request hour at Hope Hospital. I can no longer stand to listen to Bette Midler’s ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ as this was the most requested song.
After university I moved back to the right side of the Pennines (the hills and moorland that runs between Yorkshire and Lancashire). During this time I also helped at a community radio station. It was enormous fun. Because the team was so small I involved in all aspects of radio but the thing I most enjoyed doing was outside broadcasts at community events.
Now I am here fulfilling my dream to work for the BBC on a great show. I look forward to getting to know you all.