CURRICULUM VITAE

APG Event, London L to R: Chris Goldson, John Whiston, Mark Charnock, Mark Bickerton (ITV)

Education: University of Birmingham:  MA in Playwriting Studies

Manchester Metropolitan University:     BAHons Creative Arts (Drama & Writing) – 2:1

Work history: Freelance writer, Story Consultant, Speaker 1990-Present.

                   Head of Editorial Engagement ITV.

                   Story Producer, Emmerdale, ITV.

                   Story Editor, Coronation Street, ITV.

                   Soap Opera Consultant, Health Unlimited Rwanda.

Freelance Writer, Story Consultant, Speaker

Story workshops, masterclasses and talks in colleges, universities, the media and the corporate sector.

Head of Editorial Engagement ITV

2015-17

Responsible for finding new editorial and production talent, addressing diversity, hosting workshops, masterclasses and ambassadorial events.  I invented, initiated and produced the unique “Soap in a Week” project in collaboration with ITV and UCLAN.

Story Producer, Emmerdale ITV

2013-15

Building/managing a story team and producing high quality stories and seeing them through to script and production.  Many award-winning stories produced.

Senior Storyline Writer and Story Editor,Coronation Street ITV

1999-2013 (two stints)

Building/managing a story team, writing and producing high quality stories.  Many award-winning stories produced.

Soap Opera Consultant, Health Unlimited Rwanda

1997-98

Living and working in Rwanda and the African Great Lakes to produce a soap opera delivering sustainable peace, reconciliation and health issues in a period of war and genocide.  The role involved French-speaking and limited Kinyawrandan.

Other Credits 

Numerous TV scripts for Family Affairs and Hollyoaks.  Online scripts for Coronation Street, Emmerdale.  Storylined Jeremy Kyle Coronation Street Special.  Thirty episodes of The Colcloughs for BBC Radio, Three episodes of Goldmoor for BBC Radio.  For the stage, A Murder of Crows for the National Theatre, Like it or Lump it for the Edinburgh Fringe and A Game of Soldiers for a UK tour.  Co-writer of additional material for Street of Dreams, Coronation Street musical.

Speeches, Workshops & Masterclasses

in the UK, Europe, USA and Africa.

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