I am an Anglo-French TV and Radio journalist based in London. I’ve been the UK Correspondent for the French international television news channel, France 24, since its launch in 2006, reporting for both their English and French 24-hour Channels on all major news events in the UK – political, economic, social and cultural. Before that I worked as a news and current affairs presenter/reporter for BBC World Service (Radio), BBC World (TV), BBC News 24 (TV), BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio France Internationale. Previously, I was the UK Correspondent for BFMTV and Business FM.
I appear regularly as a commentator on European affairs on BBC Radio and TV and on Sky News. I’m the President of the Foreign Press Association in London; also former President of the Judging Panel for the FPA’s prestigious Annual Awards, and former Trustee of Reporters Without Borders, UK. In February 2017 I received the insignia of France’s National Order of Merit.
I have extensive experience as a moderator of international conferences, chairing EU and government-sponsored symposiums, debates and workshops in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Topics have been extremely varied, including Media Pluralism in the Digital Age, Legal Compliance and Whistleblowing, European Elections and Institutions, Human Trafficking, the Financial Crisis, Globalisation, e-Health, Transnational Cooperation in the EU, Gender Equality, Water Management, Sustainable Development, Wind Power, Biodiversity, Deforestation, and Nanotechnology.
For events to be truly successful, I believe that careful preparation is essential, making early contact with all the speakers to clarify the purpose, formats and time-restraints of each session, and then moderating them with enthusiasm and energy, involving the audience as much as possible.