We are a fun team made up of an array of exciting personalities. Find out more about the faces behind the team in our Behind The Bubble Q&A.
What was your first job?
My first job was my own business – I realised that everyone in our village spent the weeks before Christmas delivering cards around to all the houses. So, I set up a business where they delivered them all to my house, paid me money, and I collated them all and delivered a batch to each house. I was 8 years old and gave the money to charity.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Initially, I always thought I would be a TV reporter and used to practice news reports in my bedroom with a hairbrush (I knew I could never be a singer and all of my friends; family and many industry people would agree with that). After that, it was to be CEO of a football club – Karren Brady was my hero and only yesterday whilst listening to 5Live and hearing Luton’s CEO Gary Sweet talking I did have a tiny feeling that I still might want to do that job.
Soundtrack of your life?
Can I have two? First off is Dignity by Deacon Blue – I love anything to do with boats and water and would always like to be seen as dignified. My second one is You Get What You Give by the New Radicals – this is something I always try and remember from a positive and negative point of view.
Biggest pet peeve?
Rucksacks on backs on packed trains, planes and tubes.
What is one thing you’re learning and why is it important?
I am trying to learn to do something for myself every day, whether that is get on my Peloton or go and smash some golf balls or just watch my favourite TV programmes on my own. It’s important to get some time on your own every day and it makes me feel like I have achieved something that isn’t just work.
Favourite phrase; English and another language
Everything happens for a reason – which I usually start the saying with “Without wishing to sound like Maria from the Sound of Music”
What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching Grey’s Anatomy, in fact any US medical dramas – I could be a surgeon by now!
What is your most used emoji?
A plain old smiley face because I usually can’t work out what most of them are (bad eyesight and refusal to wear varifocals)
Do you have a hidden talent?
I used to be really good at remembering people’s names and birthday’s, but the years have taken its toll on this a bit!
Do you have an industry idol, if so who? And why?
Oh, too many as I love all the industries and we work in and the people in them. If I had to pick three it would be: Naomi Climer for being the first female president of the IET and all her other great roles and being a lovely person. Margaret Craig from Signiant who has worked her way through the broadcast manufacturer sector and leads Signiant in an intelligent and supportive way with an added bit of fun and style. Carolyn McCall from ITV who has held so many senior positions, turned Easyjet around in my opinion, and is now bringing her amazing business and people skills to the broadcast world.
What is your favourite thing about being a Bubble?
Again, I am going to ask for two.
Number one – I just love the world of media and entertainment. Yes my TV choices may be a bit dubious as are my favourite bands and my football team (Oxford United) but I just love the industries we work in, the fact that they are truly global and that I get to write about and promote TV, film, sport and live events.
Number two – the people. I have grown up in these industries and so many of my best friends (and husband) work in the sector. My fellow Bubbles just make me proud every day and especially over the past three months I have seen how much of a family we are and the support we have given each other in good times and bad.