2000-2010 : Commissioner, Criminal Cases Review Commission
As senior commissioner, I was responsible for the supervision of investigative casework and – either singly, or in committees of three which I might chair – for deciding whether or not to refer cases back to the Court of Appeal. I was the CCRC’s designated ‘whistleblower’ and point of contact for staff in bullying or harassment issues. I held Board level responsibilities for the governance of the CCRC.
2005-2009 : Member Advertising Advisory Council
I was appointed by Elizabeth Filkin as a founder member of this committee, which acts as an independent sounding board for the advertising code owners. We have recently been involved in a wholesale review of the broadcast advertising code.
2008 : Lay Adjudicator Code Compliance Panel PhonePay+
Again, a founder member of this Panel which adjudicates on code breaches in premium rate service telephony. The work is complex and technical, in an industry which is constantly evolving.
1998-1999: Founder Director Just Television
After many years with the BBC I set up this independent production company. Before I left to take up my position at the CCRC it had, at its peak, a turnover of £2m and employed twenty staff.
Presenter Channel 4 Trial and Error.
Presenter/Reporter Channel 4 Dispatches
Presenter BBC World Europe Direct, The World Today
1979-1992 : Reporter/Presenter
of various BBC TV programmes including Newsweek, Out of Court, Everyman, Heart of the Matter, Taking Liberties, Rough Justice and Channel 4 Hard News.
1968-1979 : Reporter/Presenter
Presenter BBC Radio 4 World at One, PM.
Reporter BBC 1 24 Hours, Tonight, Midweek
Presenter LBC Breakfast Show
Author Trial and Error
Author (with Ann Moir) of BrainSex, and A Mind to Crime (BMA Book Award winner)
Winner RTS award for foreign documentary (Afghanistan)
Winner RTS Special Award
Winner RTS regional award
Interests - Italy, Renaissance Art, operas by people whose names end in ‘i’, crime novels, destructive gardening, my three sons ( 32, 30 and 12 years old ) and daughter (7).