I was lucky enough to grow up in an era of fantastic telly. As a wide-eyed youngster I watched the dawn of digital transmission, the rise and rise of the indie production company, and the emergence of reality TV. A few years later, I first stepped into a television studio as a 14-year-old contestant on Countdown.
What I gained from this experience – other than a teapot and a variety of schoolyard nicknames – was the realisation that this was what I wanted to do, day in and day out. Today, I’ve worked on around 600 hours of broadcast television, most of it live, aired by broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, and BT Sport. Plus, in 2011 I won Sky's annual graduate training scheme by showing creativity, enthusiasm, and a broad knowledge of tapeless production.