Job Title: ITV motorsport presenter
What first attracted you to motorsport?
James Hunt! He was at the height of his fame when I was a kid. I remember watching him racing at Monaco – he was the ultimate ‘cool bad boy’.
What qualifications did you need to get to there?
I did my journalistic training the old-fashioned way; my first job was working for a publishing group on one of their titles ‘Powerboat & Waterskiing Magazine’. I started out as an editorial assistant and worked my way up to editor by the time I left. I’ve continued in that vein ever since, learning about PR by working for a PR company and learning about broadcasting by working for ITV.
What, if any, challenges did you face? And how did you overcome them?
Wearing boys’ clothes for the first 10 years of my career? Not exactly what you’d call a challenge but it wasn’t the most enjoyable experience! There were very few girls working in F1 in the early ‘90s when I first walked into the paddock as a Press Officer, so the teams didn’t bother making uniforms specifically for us. I just had to cut off the bottom off the shirts and wear a large belt to keep my trouser up. Very chic … not!! Seriously though I don’t recall having any huge challenges until I was presented with a microphone by ITV when I joined them in 1997. It was a massive challenge learning how to be a broadcaster, particularly as I was doing my learning in the public eye.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Have more confidence in your abilities. I think, in general, girls are more likely to play down their strengths whereas boys have less of a problem talking themselves up.
What is your dream car?
An Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato.