I am Head of the Radio Current Affairs department for the BBC, based in London and Salford. I began my career in local radio in Liverpool, spent three years at a newspaper in Tokyo before returning to the BBC, working in daily radio journalism then moving to current affairs. I fell in love with radio documentaries and have stayed in this department pretty much ever since – presenting, producing and now editing long-form radio. I currently edit The Bottom Line series and the Reith Lectures, working with among others Stephen Hawking and Hilary Mantel. The department also makes online text and video and produces some of the UK’s most popular podcasts. Unless forcibly stopped, I will probably show you a card trick.