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ABOUT ME

I'm Head of Strategy and Insight at Crest Advisory, which provides research, analysis, expertise and communications support in the criminal justice sector.


Before that, I spent 31 years as a journalist for the BBC on 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 television 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 and justice, covering major crimes and court cases including 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, among others.  


During my career 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 at City University for 13 years, have carried out media training and taken part in numerous criminal justice, legal and policing conferences. 

What spare time I have is spent with family and friends, walking our dog, Jesse, and following the team in red and white from north London!