Head of Content and Innovation
Prime Minister's Office & Cabinet Office Communications
MA Broadcast Journalism
University of Sheffield
I currently work for the Prime Minister's Office & Cabinet Office digital communications as Head of Content and Innovation, and run the team that manages social channels such as @10DowningStreet.
I am based in 10 Downing Street itself (yes, behind that famous black door!) and find the role very interesting and challenging, although the pressure can be intense.
Prior to moving into comms as a civil servant and since finishing my MA in Broadcast Journalism in 2007, I worked in several prominent media companies in a variety of roles including The Guardian (first-ever Mobile Editor), Conde Nast (product manager) and the Telegraph.
I think I learnt the most at The Guardian, where I spent five years, getting to work on projects that were key to The Guardian's future such as shifting the company's focus from desktop to mobile and also really fun ones like wearables and virtual reality.
When I joined the MA programme, I was an international student from India with a couple of years of experience in print journalism and had high expectations from the course, hoping it would help take my career to the next level. It did not disappoint.
Particularly memorable were the 'news days' when we worked like a real newsroom doing regular bulletins and covered events such as local elections with the same enthusiasm as any other media outlet. This experience helped when I did my work placement with BBC World Service at the end of the course and also later throughout my career
We had fantastic teachers like Marie Kinsey who not only were ex-journalists but continued to maintain deep links with the industry, ensuring we had a great cast of guest lecturers and our field trips were always worthwhile.
Particularly memorable were the 'news days' when we worked like a real newsroom doing regular bulletins and covered events such as local elections with the same enthusiasm as any other media outlet. This experience helped when I did my work placement with BBC World Service at the end of the course and also later throughout my career. As did the knowledge of media law, for which I remain grateful to Mark Hanna.
I think I must also mention the students union where I worked while doing the degree and though it left me with very little time to do anything else, it taught me the value of hard work and also helped me learn a lot about the university and Sheffield itself.
Over the years I have gone back to the university many times, to meet up with teachers or do guest lectures, and while I love that the journalism department has moved to its new, fancier location, I do miss Minalloy House with its temperamental lift and old-school charm.