Having a portfolio career as a busy mum has been a life-changing and empowering experience. The many hats I wear – journalist, broadcaster, moderator, company director and communications consultant – ensure there’s never a dull (or quiet) moment chez HVJ! Moderating international conferences and corporate events takes me all over the world, interviewing thought leaders, world leaders, future leaders and today’s changemakers. Running my own production company, Lewnah Ltd, involves the day-to-day management of a team of R&D professionals developing a news show for young kids with the support of Clwstwr. I’m thrilled to be a Senior Advisor to the Communications Advisory, BB Partners, based in London but with a global reach. And I’m incredibly proud to be a member of the McCain Institute‘s Global Advisory Council in the United States.
When I do have any downtime, I still love to write. As a long standing fertility advocate, my work has been published in The Times and The Sun newspapers, as well as featuring on various BBC broadcast outlets, Channel 5 News and ITV’s Lorraine. My husband and I documented a round of IVF treatment in a widely watched YouTube series Our IVF Diary.
As a CNN International news anchor, I was nominated for an Emmy Award for coverage of the Manchester Concert attack in 2017. Throughout my broadcast career, I have covered General Elections, Independence and Brexit referenda, State visits and Royal Weddings. Crucially for our times, I have been on the front line of CNN’s Brexit coverage, on air the day after the 2016 vote when David Cameron stepped down as British Prime Minister.
In 2019 I hosted the Conservative Party leadership hustings – granting me many sit-down interviews with the now-Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In 2018, I single-handedly hosted the Malaria Summit London, attended by HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, and fifteen Heads of State from across the Commonwealth. Weeks later I hosted the opening session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, at the personal invitation of Director General of the WHO, Dr Tedros. Developing my passion for global health and international development, I have since moderated multiple events for the World Health Organization and the UN’s Nuclear Watchdog, the IAEA at the request of Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.
Born and raised in Bristol, I am now proudly Welsh by marriage. I have run several half marathons and enjoyed various leading roles treading the boards in musical theatre productions. My husband, Lewis, and I live in South West London with our little boy, Sonny.