journalism/copywriting/media training/events

WELCOME to my website, where you can find my latest columns and features and general musings.

After 22  years working in the media, from newspapers to cable TV and press agencies, ultimately as Associate Editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, the daily paper for Scotland's capital city, I took the leap to go freelance in 2015.

I now write for a variety of publications including The Sunday Post, The Times, The Scotsman, The Herald, the Daily Mail and I am a weekly columnist with the Edinburgh Evening News. 

I also work in the corporate sector, specialising in copywriting for submission documents, company websites and even ghost-writing for directors too busy to put pen to paper themselves.
Along with the hugely experienced journalist Sandra Dick I offer media training, tailored to client needs.

I have been a speaker at - and chair of - a number of political events. I chaired the first all-female cabinet debate during the Scottish independence referendum campaign. 

In 2013 I was named Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards.
The award was given for breaking the story of the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal - a story which went nationwide and resulted in legsislative change to the way burials and cremations take place in Scotland.
I was also awarded Scoop of the Year and along with former colleagues at the Edinburgh Evening News, was part of Team of the Year for our in-depth coverage of the story.
The first ever all-women cabinet public debate was held at Edinburgh's Dynamic Earth on June 9 during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum campaign. On the panel were then deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, and cabinet ministers Fiona Hyslop, Angela Constance, Shona Robison, Roseanna Cunningham and Aileen Campbell. In the audience were 130 women from various organisations around Scotland.
It was a privilege to be asked to chair this historic event in Scottish politics which was broadcast live.