I’m a freelance journalist with too many decades’ experience for my youthful good looks (thanks to all those years of free moisturisers as a beauty editor). My specialist areas have also included health, celebrity and features.
Recently, however, I’ve focused on news and have become an expert in transgender issues, responsible for some of the most memorable stories of the trans debate from the women who identified as male to invade the men’s pond on Hampstead Heath to the businessman contacted by the thought police over a limerick and the first transphobia prosecution – of a transsexual.
I have built up possibly the broadest knowledge of the transgender debate: its laws, politics, personalities.
I’ve edited contract magazines for high street giants, been a deputy editor and an assistant editor as well as newspaper department head.
My work has appeared in all national newspapers (apart, sadly, from the Guardian and Morning Star) and in glossies from Hello! to Cosmo.
Years ago I broke the story of Baby RB that went worldwide and sparked a media frenzy I managed on behalf of the child’s father. More recently a front page splash on the truth about single sex wards that took months of work prompted NHS England and the Department of Health to announce a review.
Somewhere in the middle was the Daily Star front page lead on Page Three stunna Samantha Fox’s rabies scare which remains a career highlight.
Others were trips to Senegal to report on maternal tetanus, a week spent in Malawi with actress Joely Richardson on a project to clean up drinking water I wrote up for three nationals and a visit to the United Nations to interview Salma Hayek for Hello!. (If any PRs are organising similar awareness builders my jabs are still in date.)
I was also the first journalist on the footplate of Flying Scotsman after its ten-year refit after a story I wrote about its return was so well received I was given a place on the inaugural journey between its old home in Kings Cross and the new one in York. Three-quarters of a million people came out to greet the engine as it steamed north.
I’m also a copywriter and consultant and have overseen large commercial projects for high-street names as well as written press releases for clients ranging from hairdressers to hotels and the copy for entire websites for beauty brands. And after editing two contract publications I’m used to dealing with clients. I’m available for ad boards, too. But, then, who isn’t…