Freelance Producer, Director, Cameraman, Editor – 2006-present
Working on diverse productions in diverse roles, from simple ENG/Features/Schwem shooter at the ISAF 2014 Sailing Worlds in Santander, to Features Director at the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco to Live Producer of the World Gallery at the 2007 America's Cup in Valencia. Plus filming a cooking observational documentary series for The Discovery Channel, commentating on the 2013-14 Star Sailors League and directing, filming and editing a 1 hour Sky Sports highlights show on the World Kids Golf Championship in 2014. Sailing, cooking, golf - three good things in life.
Producer, Watersports World – 1999-2005
Overall responsibilty for producing Sky's longest running sports show, a one hour weekly programme covering all watersports from around the world. Rebroadcast in many countries in many languages. Home reach 200 million,
est viewers 5 million. Pitched for filming commissions, budgeted shoots, produced and directed TV coverage for 60+ international sports events, wrote scripts, voiced the show, made tea and ate too many biscuits talking enjoyable nonsense with talented and funny editors for hour upon hour of valuable TV edit suite time. Fantastic fun working for Pro-Active Television. Learned how to shoot in those edit suites.
Top Gear Waterworld – 1999
Me and marvellous David Graham did a wicked feature on the biggest catamaran race in the world, Texel - 800 boats, big surf, awesome racing on our Dart 18, and great fun with the Top Gear camera crew. Obviously we thought our TV presenting prospects were looking great, but they axed the show after only one series and we were only famous for five minutes - keeping the other 10 up our sleeves...
Sailing Today Magazine – 1997-1999
Managed a team of 12 for a couple of years,
relaunched the title in 1999, all as part of Future Publishing's pre-floatation hype. They flogged the mag asap post float. Extremely valuable experience. Should have been more fun than it was.
Editor/Columnist, Yachts & Yachting Magazine – 1989-1999
Fantastic grounding in journalism/story telling. Loved the 10 years on this superb fortnightly, which covered everything in sailboat racing from tiny dinghies to round the world marathons to the astonishing performance of British sailors at the Olympics. Learned far too much about boat tweaking. Met, interviewed and profiled many of the sailing greats, most memorable being 18-year-old Ellen MacArthur sailing solo around Britain on her 21ft Coribee. Me and photographer Crystal Clear (cool name, cool lady) turned up to take a snap and print a caption, but ended up with a fantastic four page feature. All Ellen's quotes were recorded to tape and printed verbatim. They're even more interesting reading now. This feature was an early indicator of what an incredible character Dame Ellen is. She inspired me to do my Yachtmasters, she is the patron of our humble charity, and she inspires me now in her work on re-circulating planetory resources in the manufacturing process. Now, that's an untold story...
Diploma in Journalism, King’s College, London – 1989
delivery crew and instructor – US and Atlantic – 1988
• Broadcast Cameraman (own kit with
lighting, blue screen, radio mics etc).
• Broadcast Editor (own FCP/Avid edit suite plus travel edit laptop for news).
• Published Writer features for dozens of magazines.
• Photographer front covers and spreads published.
• Negotiator deals and contracts for world tours, events, news, promos etc.
• Yachtmaster Offshore with 60,000 sea miles, mostly
• Navigator during various offshore races (2 Fastnets)
and around UK/Ireland.
• Workable French.