Which industry do you work in?
The TV and Fitness industry
Who is your current employer and what is your job role?
I am freelance/self employed. I work for: BT Sport – Presenter & Reporter for the UFC and Sports HUB; The Ultimate Fighting Championship as fight correspondent for EMEA events; Eurosport – Commentator for the Cross Fit Games; Channel 5 – presenter of the Worlds Strongest Man series; Performance Health Systems as spokesperson and master trainer for Power Plate fitness equipment.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the variety. No two days are the same. I move from presenting live from a studio, to hosting live sporting events, filming fitness workouts, educating other fitness professionals and writing from home. I love the travel too. I've visited some places I’d otherwise not have the opportunity to go to. I also like the personal challenge and pressure of live TV!
What has been your number one success since graduating from Loughborough University?
Hard to pick out one but on the career front it has to be joining BT Sport as a presenter when the channel launched last year (2013).
Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?
As a former International athlete (heptathlete) it was the best place to go for sport.
How has your degree helped you in your career?
The content of my degree and the First Class Honours I achieved had me well informed for my role as master trainer for Power Plate in the fitness industry, helped me with the writing of my first published book ‘Better Body Workouts for Women’ and has shown employees that I can study at the highest level and apply myself to all that I do.
What did you find to be the most challenging aspect of your studies?
Possibly combining full time athletics training with the studying, especially during my postgraduate year but Loughborough supported me through this.
What do you like most about living in London now that you work in the capital?
London is a great base for me for both travel and for where I need to be for the TV industry work. I love the hustle and bustle and huge range of things to do on my doorstop.
Where is your favourite London spot and why?
Galvins restaurant on the top floor of the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. We go every year for New Years Eve and as often as we can. The views over London are incredible and the food is delicious.
What advice would you give to a postgraduate student moving to London to study on our new campus?
Embrace everything the city has to offer. Go ‘off piste’ and find the little hidden gems that London has to offer that the tourists often don’t know about. Most importantly, get to grips with the London underground!