I was born in Cambridge in 1952. A wonderful place to be a teenager with a then ratio of 9 boys to every girl (there were some advantages to the male bias at Oxbridge.)
After Grammar School I trained to be an Occupational Therapist in London. My training was in a vocational college in Swiss Cottage with placements at the Royal London, Shenfield Psychiatric Hospital, Bethnal Green Hospital, the Whittington, and a small psychiatric unit in St John’s Wood specialising in autism.
I worked in the the Fulbourne Psychiatric Hospital in Cambridgeshire where I decided the job was not for me.
Then there was a transition to Capital Radio to join a multi disciplinary team writing consumer items for radio, my speciality was health/medicine related stuff.
I soon became a broadcaster there and after the birth of my daughter began work at Radio 4 as a Schools producer and continuity announcer. To be closer to home (by then in Grayshott) I moved to County Sound Radio in Guildford in about 1983.
I began as a television presenter/reporter at Television South in 1986 and shortly became main anchor in Kent.
The greatest (in both senses) part of my career was with London Tonight. I was news anchor , Health Correspondent, Documentary Maker (mostly on health/medical issues) travel programme maker and general news reporter there from 1996 until I took redundancy in 2013.