Most of my career has been spent researching, analysing and reporting on crime, policing and the criminal justice system.
For 31 years I was a journalist at the BBC, working for a wide range of radio programmes, including Today, the World At One, PM and File on 4, on Radio 4. I also appeared regularly on BBC TV, on Breakfast News, the News Channel and the One O’Clock News, and wrote extensively for the BBC website.
In 1998, I began specialising in home affairs, covering major crimes and court cases, such as the murder of Jill Dando, the trial of Kenneth Noye and the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan. I reported on the 7/7 bombings, Operation Yewtree and the 2017 terror attacks - and charted the ups and downs of ten Home Secretaries and six Metropolitan Police Commissioners. I've visited over 20 prisons and conducted thousands of interviews with police officers, offenders and victims of crime.
During my time at the BBC I won the Bar Council Legal Reporting Award four times and was part of a team which received the 2019 British Journalism Award for a project about murders in the UK. In 2020, I was short-listed for the Criminal Justice Alliance 'Outstanding Journalism' award.
I taught home affairs to journalism students at City University for 13 years, and have taken part in numerous criminal justice, legal and policing conferences.
In 2020, I began working for Crest Advisory, which specialises in research, communications and strategy in the criminal justice sector. In 2022, I went 'freelance' - combining my role at Crest as a Senior Associate with a range of other work - providing media training and communications advice; chairing and speaking at conferences; and commentating and writing for the BBC, LBC, Times Radio, Talk TV, GB News, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, New Statesman and Policing TV.
In December 2023, I started a new job as Senior Political Adviser to Yvette Cooper, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, helping shape policies on crime, policing, security and immigration.
What spare time I have is spent with family and friends, walking our dog, Jesse, jogging - and following the team in red and white from north London!
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