I’ve worked as a BBC journalist and with Hutchison Whampoa (Three) on a number of projects spanning more than 10 years.
In my role as a BBC journalist I worked as a researcher, assistant producer, producer and broadcast journalist. My production credits include: Watchdog, Crimewatch UK, Newsround, UKs Worst, Anna in Wonderland, 50 Things to do Before You Die, Who killed Mark Faulkner? and From the Edge. I’ve also worked as a producer on the BBC Radio 4 programme You and Yours.
My specialist knowledge in broadcasting are consumer affairs, disability affairs and technology.
I’ve also worked for Hutchison Three UK and Ireland. With Three UK (the world’s 2nd 3G mobile network to launch after NTT Docomo in Japan) as an editorial producer creating the mobile media portal for customers and updating this using our content management system Fatwire. I then moved to the Irish business after launch to develop editorial content on their mobile customer portal.
Since leaving Three in February 2010 I’ve been working on my travel book, blog website and some other projects. These included some small projects for clients abroad www.bewaxed.com.au in Cairns, Australia. I worked on a 3 month contract in late 2010 with BBC Worldwide based in West London refreshing and relaunching channel websites using the Symphony CMS and one in-house content management system. The sites covered the BBC Entertainment, Lifestyle and Knowledge channels in regions including India, Northern Europe and Latin America.
In March 2011 I was off on my travels again for a year around the world for the second time. I returned from this journey in March 2012. You can read all about my travel experiences in this very blog.
In May 2012 started a new role with Red Bee Media in London at the BBC Broadcast Centre as a webmaster for our client bbc.co.uk and bbc.com.
I worked with some fantastic colleagues in London on really engaging project but I was getting a bit tired of the daily commute from West Drayton.
In August 2013 I resigned from Red Bee Media and decided to take the plunge and head to New Zealand in search of a new life and a new work challenge. I arrived there on a visitor visa. This allowed me 3 months to search for a skilled job and then apply for an essential skills work visa.
I found a job with a small web development business in Auckland as a web project manager. Unfortunately this business wasn’t the right place for me to utilise my range of skills. I completed a 3 month contract there and decided to focus on my next career move.
I did some travelling for a few weeks in New Zealand and finished the final draft of my book “Blindly Going Who Knows Where.’ I then jetted off to Australia to explore Perth. I did consider looking for a new role here, but visa restrictions prevented me from taking this forward.
Since returning to Northern Ireland in early June I have been working on a number of new projects. These include setting up my own small business or working closely with a larger corporate business focused on web and app accessibility for disabled people.
I’ve written some pieces for the writers website suite.io which you can see here. www.suite.io/blindlygoing
You can also read more about me and my passion for travel in Pebblezine – http://issuu.com/pebblezine/docs/issue_four/19?e=6850919/4183980