Over the years I’ve covered life-saving inventions, reported disasters, hunted war criminals and interviewed a small galaxy of pop stars. My work has been published across the globe by media such as The Chronicle in Washington and The Sunday Times in London.
Eventually my journalism has ventured into business, education, charity and the public sector. Here are a few examples of that work.
When the Farnborough School became The Farnborough Academy, parents, pupils and people in the local community were informed with a brochure. It shows that everyone at the new academy will be given a chance to shine. I came up with the idea and wrote the text.
I’ve reported on the work of the Aberlour Child Care Trust. They help kids with special needs. For example, Aberlour has centres where drug-addicted mothers with children can kick their habit. But unlike other rehab centres, the children stay with their mum, so that they all benefit.
For the Insight magazine of Balfour Beatty I’ve interviewed their outgoing Managing Director Ken Winter. The article portrays his career of more than 30 years, from the birth of the company to its arrival at the top of the UK construction industry.
The law firm Tods Murray (now part of Shepherd and Wedderburn) asked me to interview one of its leading partners for their Dispatches. It concerned Dr Hamish Patrick, an expert in the legal area of finance and insolvency, where he assisted the government in writing new rules.
I’ve written a pamphlet for Arts & Business, an organisation that forges links between art and business organisations. The booklet contains a series of interviews with business leaders from Shell, Lloyds and ScottishPower, showing how mutually beneficial these links can be.
When I interviewed Susan Rice for the booklet above, she was a Chief Executive at Lloyds TSB Scotland. Susan was surprised by my critical attitude towards the way in which banks communicate with customers. I had already voiced this criticism in 2002, long before the financial crisis, in an article for the Scottish Bankers magazine.
Finally, I’ve produced the text of Inspire with features on how we all benefit from groundbreaking academic research and innovation at the University of the West of Scotland.