I began my career back in 1998 as a Redcoat at Butlin's. I spent four years working at various holiday parks as an entertainer and I learned so much (singing, dancing, compering, DJing, hosting knobbly knee competitions etc...) which stood me in good stead for my move into radio in 2003. I worked at various stations in the south west for the next 9 years before my move into TV shopping in 2012. In 2014 I took on another radio role in the Thames Valley for The Breeze Radio network and also continued to work in TV, voiceovers and corporate video. In August 2016 Create & Craft came calling and I was delighted to join the team. I hope to bring a lot of fun and enthusiasm to the channel and also I hope to make the shows accessible to everyone. I am new to the world of crafting, so hopefully the questions I ask will help new crafters to get to grips with this wonderful pastime really quickly.
I live in Buckinghamshire with my wife Laura, my two children George and Daisy and our pets Macgyver the dog and Knut the cat. I am originally from Devon, so love to go back to that amazing part of the world whenever I can. In my free time I love to go running (I ran the London marathon back in 2014), play cricket and squash and spend quality time with my family. I also love following my rugby team, the Exeter Chiefs.
What did you do before Create and Craft?
I worked (and still do) at The Breeze radio station in the Thames Valley. I also worked for various companies hosting corporate videos and product demonstrations. As well as this I have started to get a voice-over business off the ground.
Most embarrassing on-screen moment?
Thankfully I haven't had an embarrassing moment yet on Create & Craft, although I am sure the time will come! I think my most embarrassing moment in my career so far has to be the time I was at a red carpet premiere in London. I was there for a radio station to interview the stars of the film 'Real Steel'. I managed to grab a chat with the lead man, Hugh Jackman and proceeded to introduce him as Hugh Grant!! Thankfully he saw the funny side of it!
Tell us a secret
I have a terrible phobia of wooden lolly sticks and wooden chip forks...don't ask!
What's your idea of the perfect Sunday (when you're not working)?
It would start with a lie in with all the family piled into our bed watching TV. We would then go for a walk in the countryside and end up at our local pub for a Sunday roast. We would then head back home to a roaring log fire and cheer on my beloved Exeter Chiefs on the TV.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
I love Sir Bruce Forsyth. He has been entertaining the nation for over 6 decades and is still going strong. I think the word 'legend' is overused these days, but in my eyes he truly is one.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself and others?
I don't know if I deplore anything in others. In myself, I wish I wasn't so competitive sometimes! I do like people who can laugh at themselves and don't take life too seriously.
Aside from property, what's the most expensive thing you've bought?
Probably my car. It's nothing too snazzy though, it's a Hyundai i20
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I love a bit of WWE wrestling...don't judge me.
How would you like to be remembered?
I think I would like to be remembered as a guy who always had a smile on his face and didn't take life, or himself, too seriously.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
I don't know about life, but there's one thing I always remember that my dad taught me, 'Work hard and play hard.' It's something I live by today and try to instill in my children as well.
Favourite Create and Craft product?
It's got to be the Brother ScanNCut - an amazing product.
do you overuse? Super Duper. I think I say that quite a lot.
If you could travel back in time, which period would you visit?
I think I would probably travel back to the ‘50s/’60s so I could see the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in concert in the hayday. I would then travel forward to the ‘80s so I could relive the best decade ever and apply to be a contestant on Bullseye.
Share your best crafty tip:
I am still relatively new to crafting, but what I have learnt is that you should embrace your mistakes! Out of your mistakes a masterpiece can be made. I would also say don't worry, give things a go and you will be impressed with what you can do with the right tools to hand.