Before being selected as the Conservative candidate for Brighton Pavilion, I have been privileged to have had a varied career working across the media, government and the private sector, which I know will stand me in good stead representing the people of such a media and politically aware city.
Most recently, I have worked for Burson-Marsteller UK as the company’s European Head of Media where I provide advice to a wide range of corporate clients, with my particular specialism in media relations, international reputation and crisis management.
Before my move into public relations, I was Director of the UK Government’s Media Monitoring Unit, based within the Cabinet Office, leading a team of Information Officers advising No 10 Downing Street and all of the major Departments of State on the daily 24/7 news agenda.
From the early 1980s, I was with the BBC for 20 years, working variously as an on-air News Correspondent, Royal Correspondent, Political Correspondent and Presenter. I began my career in journalism in North West London, having completed my initial training in Hastings, when I often visited Brighton and regularly sent stories over to the then Evening Argus.
I believe I am a unique candidate for a unique constituency that is now facing unique problems and I am committed to representing all of Brighton’s residents. My absolute priority over the coming months of the campaign is to find out which local issues are most important to you and how we can tackle them most effectively. I am looking forward to playing my part in Brighton’s long overdue renaissance immensely.