Hello and thank you for taking the time to read a bit about me. 🙂
I was born in Scotland and brought up, for the majority of my years, in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Early on I knew I wanted to be on TV and desired a career in the media, but my original trade turned out to be pharmacy.
In 2011, I successfully completed a Masters degree in Pharmacy at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and completed my pre-registration training in the West Midlands, England. Following registration as a pharmacist, I started practising in early 2013 and have worked across the length and breadth of Scotland.
But in 2016, I decided it was time to make a necessary shift career-wise. I remained a pharmacist by profession, but started studying for an MA in Broadcast Journalism with University of the West of Scotland in Ayr. The decision was not taken lightly, but was essential and one of the best moves I have ever pulled off. Participating in the course gave me the training necessary in order to become a competent broadcast journalist and thus furthering my interest in the media. I graduated towards the end of 2017. It was one of the greatest achievements of my entire life.
In late 2016, I anchored Scotland’s coverage of ‘From Where We Stand’ on Global Campus Network which previewed that year’s US Presidential Election.
And I’ve enjoyed gaining experience of the media with the likes of Chemist and Druggist, Global and STV News over the past few years.
Initially after gaining experience more than once at a previous time, from the summer of 2017 and for approximately a year, I was with Kingdom FM News. I read the news there, informing the Kingdom of Fife what’s happening locally, nationally and internationally.
But now I’m currently with Wave FM in Dundee, keeping the listeners of Dundee and Perth informed about the latest from across Tayside. There, I’ve sealed my early career highlight in journalism so far where I enjoyed a chat with KT Tunstall. I’ve also had the privilege in interviewing Kyle Falconer and Sir Tom Hunter.
I can also be heard sometimes on Central FM, reading the news for the Forth Valley. Being there has also allowed me to grow my radio news horizon and gain more important experience.
My ultimate ambition is to become successor to Jeremy Clarkson on my favourite TV show, ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ – it’s a show I’ve grown up with since I was a young boy and a programme I have a very serious obsession with. If I don’t achieve that ambition, God forbid, then I feel I will have failed in my career overall (a bit overly dramatic, I know)!
My interests include public speaking – I’ve been participating at Toastmasters meetings for a number of years now and still enjoy being involved. I play pool occasionally and enjoy travelling around different places, particularly within Scotland.
I support Newcastle United and Heart of Midlothian in football and have recently been very enthusiastic about the success of the Scottish Women’s national football team. God willing, I hope I will be able to head to France in the summer of 2019 to support them.
I also enjoy Rugby Union and following the Scottish Rugby Union national side. And I love supporting Andy Murray at tennis (my favourite Hibernian fan, even though I’m a Jambo!).