Weather Presenter, Member of SWS
Why the weather:
I’m the product of a very lively household and
I knew I had to keep talking to survive in a
family of teachers! I knew my fate was to do
with communication - it was inevitable!
a great believer in all-rounders. I loved science
at school as much as the arts. I really believe
that in a modern world, people need to be equipped
with both. I juggled the arts and sciences and,
even though my degree and research afterwards
was in the arts, I was always hankering after
the sciences! Working with the weather presented
Whilst I was working for Worldwide Television
News in London, I got the chance to work with
the Met Office on some documentaries on the
weather. At the time, they were looking for
people to present the weather, so they asked
me to do a screen test.
I started as a researcher for BBC Wales Today
having responded to an advert in the media pages
of ‘The Guardian’. I then became an announcer
for S4C. I do believe that my background of
bilingual education encourages a performing
tradition - drama, the Urdd Eisteddfod.
Being on stage presenting the concert to celebrate
the opening of the National Assembly for Wales.
It was a wonderful night with such a positive
feeling of everyone feeling special together.
The pride was there. Wales had come of age!
And the stars were amazing - Tom Jones, Shirley
Bassey, Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd... and
so many more.
out chewing gum live on air, and the gum landing
on the weather map in the middle of Wales! Something
went wrong with the previous programme, and
they decided to come to me early. I was standing
there with a glass of water, chewing gum. I
couldn’t speak with gum in, so I had to get
rid of it.
Work with SWS (Social, Welsh and Sexy):
It’s hugely important
to me and people really want to become members.
It is so important for Wales to be confident
and SWS encourages that. I’m always very positive
about Wales. At SWS you can talk to anyone and
there’s a good feeling of companionship.
from the top:
The media world isn’t about individuals
- it’s about teamwork. There isn’t any room
for prima donnas, everyone has to work together.
You also need lots of staying power, because
the work can be strenuous, day in and day out.
It’s easy to become disheartened but don’t give
up! Learn to cope with rejection and be resilient.
I had a good memory at school, which meant I
did well in exams. It’s also been useful for
me in my work, as we don’t have autocue, so
I have to remember all the details.