I began working life at BBC Pebble Mill as an intern in the late 90s, working for Political Editor Patrick Burns on Today at Westminster and also at Radio WM on the Ed Doolan show. This gave me a brilliant insight into the world of regional media and broadcasting and I also worked at the Birmingham Post and Mail on the features desk.
Yearning for an adventure, in 2003 I set out to conquer the highest mountain in North Africa, Djebel Toubkal in Morocco standing at over 4km. I reached the summit on 29 May, coincidentally 50 years to the day after Hilary and Tensing conquered Mount Everest.
This experience gave me the travel bug, but I didn't want to follow the normal backpackers route to Thailand or Australia. After a chance encounter, I found myself high up in the South American Andes, renovating an orphanage called the Rainbow Centre. A few months later I trekked 75km through the Himalayas to meet the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, India. After the 2004 Tsunami killed nearly a quarter of a million people, I was able to be part of a team that helped rebuild homes in Sri Lanka with Habitat for Humanity.
Now a father and living back in Birmingham, the last 10 years have taken me on a different path, working as a communications consultant across a wide range of sectors including professional and financial services, education, retail, oil and gas, local authority and healthcare.
I specialise in writing and delivering communications and marketing strategies; managing press offices and media relations; editorial of newsletters and publications; internal communications; web/intranet development with a specialty in manipulating content management systems; event management; direction and production of corporate videos; and managing social media platforms.
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