Areas of expertise
I specialise in radio and new media, and particularly in facilitating the
use of online
communications for community empowerment and development. I work
mainly freelance, in a wide range of roles, including as a project leader,
trainer, producer, researcher, journalist and writer.
Career history -
current media work
January 2006-currently ~ Initiator / Project Leader
Editorial management, radio production, website management and
fundraising for various online and community radio projects:
1812, annually since 2008
Week Radio, annually since 2006
Literature Online, set up in 2007
Website Design & Management
Freelance - for various individuals, small businesses and charities
I design and manage websites, mainly WordPress or html-based, for various clients (please
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Freelance Journalist / Radio Broadcaster
Radio: Features for BBC
Network Radio and World Service programmes including Kaleidoscope, Breakaway,
Outlook, Meridian, plus various community radio stations and
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Features for various publications including The Independent, The
Bookseller, Geographical Magazine, Times Educational
Supplement, The Radio Magazine, ACP-Courier.
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Career history -
past media work
2005-2010 ~ Project Co-ordinator / Producer
Website design and management, recording and CD production, publicity and
marketing support for this Camden-based community arts organisation.
2001-2010 ~ Trainer
Designing and delivering short radio production training courses, mainly for
women, including at the Panjabi
Centre in Southall. Topics: interviewing, using portable recorders,
digital editing and making short radio programmes, plus using computers and the
internet as part of the skills needed for radio
Nov 2007-July 2009 ~ Project Co-ordinator
Project management, administration, website and audio production on
behalf of WRG for imMEDIAte:
training women in media. This was a Grundtvig
transnational Learning Partnership project with partners in Spain and
Austria (led by Orange 94.0 FM
May-October 2007 ~ Researcher
BBC Research & Innovation
Carrying out information research/market analysis for a collaborative
project to develop large-scale digital archive solutions, in which the BBC
was a partner.
May-Oct 2006 ~ Initiator / Project Leader
Project management, training, website and audio production for the Desi
Radio Eco Team project, which I set up in partnership with Global
Action Plan and The
2005 ~ Project Co-ordinator / Producer
Hillwood Resource Centre (Age Concern Camden)
Recording, editing and project managing the collection of oral reminiscences,
and the production of a CD and booklet, as part of a project for the
celebration of the 60th anniversary of VE Day.
2003-2005 ~ Project
co-ordinator and trainer
Group for Camden
Project management, training and editorial guidance for this online
community radio group during its early development.
and 2004 ~ Project Manager/Producer
Group for Riverside
Radio production, website design/maintenance and project management for
this short-term community radio station (broadcasting July 2002 and July
April-June 2003 ~ Trainer
Group for Slough Young People's
Training young migrants in radio production and helping them produce a
programme, Radio Roma, for SYPC's short-term radio station Radio
July-August 2003 ~ Producer/Editorial
Managing trainees to produce a weekly arts magazine
programme, Expression!, for broadcast on Sound
Radio community radio station in Hackney, East London.
2000-2002 ~ Workshop leader
Education Action International
Leading workshops on using the web for human rights
advocacy as part of 3 courses for refugees in London.
2001 ~ Project Manager/Producer
Group for Sierra Leone Women's Forum (UK)
Project management and production of an audio
documentary, 'Sierra Leone at 40: Looking Through her Eyes', to
mark 40 years of independence for Sierra Leone.
UNHCR in the UK
Trainer for the Refugees
Online short training courses in website production
and online journalism for refugee journalists and leaders of
1999 ~ Online Tutor
BBC Mentor Project
the online project group for this
partnership project between the BBC and Hammersmith & West London
1998-1999 ~ Project
BBC Broadcast Equality Unit
I was the project co-ordinator for the launch of the BBC Diversity
Database of contributors.
May-Jun 1997 ~
ON LINE/More Colour
in the Media
Writing two handbooks on promoting diversity in the media for the ON LINE/More Colour
in the Media transnational project based in Utrecht, Holland
1993-1994 ~ Researcher/Writer
London Arts Board
Researching arts broadcasting in London and producing the Directory of
Arts Broadcasting for London, which provided information and support
for artists and arts groups when contacting the media.
Freelance Radio Broadcaster
Part-time broadcaster at the BBC Travel Centre, London.
Career history -
research and teaching
1995-Dec 2010 ~ Freelance Researcher
Interviewing, analysis and reporting on various research projects in the field of
children and media, including (to 2006) work on the annual ChildWise
1988-91 ~ Research Executive
BBC Broadcasting Research
Qualitative and quantitative researcher, Special Projects, including the BBC
Survey of Listening and Viewing in Schools.
1983-88 ~ Market Researcher:
Freelance quantitative market researcher for the British Market Research
Bureau (BMRB), for Mass Observation and for Marplan.
1972-1983 ~ Teacher
I taught as a primary class teacher in London, Salford and Berlin; also in
a French teacher at lower Secondary level.
My main interests are photography, film, music, gardening, 'slow'
travel and cultural exchange.