I was born in Australia but have lived in the UK since I was 10 years old - hence the rather Northern Stockport accent.
I completed four A Levels at Aquinas College in Stockport, and then went on to study Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire which earned me a BA Hons Degree.
Straight after University – I applied for 2 jobs in news reading, the first at Hallam FM in Sheffield and the other at what was, Century FM in Manchester. Luckily I received job offers for both openings on the same day. I opted to stay closer to home and took the job at Century Radio.
I worked weekends managing and reading news for three stations for 18 months before being asked to work with Tony Horne on the Breakfast Show. After a year the show host changed to Darren Proctor and I continued to work on it – presenting more and more.
After 4 years I was headhunted by Key 103 and asked to join Mike Toolan hosting the Breakfast Show across the other side of the City.
10 years later I'm still there. The chemistry between us is something that’s won us several awards. We’ve won the prestigious Sony Radio best Breakfast Show Award twice and our on air competition ‘Sell me the Answer’ bagged the Best Competition Award – winning Sony Gold. Mike and I also won Gold at the New York Radio Awards and have been nominated for Best Presenters and Best Breakfast Show at the Sony's and the Commercial Radio Awards, the Arqiva’s. We have also been awarded Best Breakfast Show at the Bauer Awards.
I've also done plenty of work for the Trafford Centre, presenting for the Big Screen each month, all of their in house adverts, hosting their exclusive Fashion Shows on a regular basis and my voice can often be heard booming out across the Orient Food Hall as their voiceover artist. Apologies!
I'm also a dedicated patron for St Ann’s Hospice and have been for the last ten years, and proud to host events for them throughout the year. Events include hosting and judging their Young Citizen of The Year Awards, and a regularly hosting their Ladies Lunch which has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds. I usually warm up the crowd and walk the 10K in their Midnight Walk event. Carrying on with the charity theme, I am also the patron of Beechwood Cancer Care in Stockport hosting their lunches, Butterfly Ball & Christmas Light Switch On's. I've been proud also to be involved in raising cash for The Christie as well as helping the Society for Abandoned Animals in Sale.
I have transferred my planning and hosting skills to Key 103, where I came up with the idea of a Ladies Lunch. The Lunch has just taken place in June for the 9th year raising in excess of half a million pounds for Cash4Kids and the last was the most successful to date raising over £58,000 alone.
I have also hosted an audience with Gok Wan at Manchester 235 and hooked up with him again to host the Above Average Underwear Party in conjunction with Simply Yours. I've just hosted the second LABC Awards at the Macron Stadium in Bolton for 500 and am very excited to be hosting the 4rd Stockport Business Awards in October.
I'm also a regular host in the Platinum Suite for Manchester United for their sponsors on match days.
Other corporate clients include Bupa, NUS, Alexandra Hospital, Living Ventures, JD Williams, Didsbury Hale & Bowden Magazine, Village Hotel Cheadle, Marks and Spencer, Living Ventures, Hilton Hotel, Key 103, Manchester Opera House, The Cooperative, Kensington Finance, Alderley Edge Hotel, Greater Manchester Police, Clinique, Manchester City, The Lowry Outlet Mall, The Triangle, Selfridges, Journey 9, Pet’s at Home, Blemain Finance, RRG Toyota, and many more.