I’m originally from a beautiful area of north west Wales, the village of Chwilog which is situated right between the mountains and the sea. Having been brought up so close to the mountains of Snowdonia and Meirionydd, and the stunning beaches of Cardigan Bay, I learnt from a young age about the importance and influence of weather and climate. I’ve always enjoyed being outside in the open air, appreciating what we have right on our doorstep.
I received my early education at Chwilog Primary school, then Glan y Môr and Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Pwllheli. I developed a keen interest in Performance and Music and went on to study Theatre at the University of Aberystwyth, with a special interest in Theatre in Education.
After graduating I spent time living in Cardiff, coaching Drama and Music in primary schools within the Capital, Swansea and Bristol, working with children of varying age groups and backgrounds. Subsequently I worked at ITV Cymru producing news bulletins and short current affairs items for the Welsh website ‘Y Dydd’. Here I learnt about using the camera and editing programmes. Whilst at ITV I produced the finalists’ videos for the 2010 ‘Welsh Book of the Year’ Award Ceremony.
In November 2010 I joined the S4C Weather Production team at Tinopolis, Llanelli. This job gave me the opportunity to merge work and interest. I enjoyed every opportunity and challenge especially when producing live bulletins from important national events – such as the Eisteddfod and the Royal Welsh Show, where the influence of the weather is all important.
By now I’m living in Llandeilo, a landscape that’s very different to Snowdonia but the beautiful Tywi valley is full of rich agricultural land. My husband’s family have always farmed here – at Taliaris close to the town. Again the effect and influence of the weather and climate is all important to the agricultural industry – these are people who know the true meaning of “working in the elements”.
Having been away from the workplace for a while to bring up a family, by now I’m back producing the Weather for S4C, and from May onwards I shall also be joining the weather Presenting team. An exciting time lies ahead since we are now in a brand-new partnership with the Met Office; a company which is at the forefront in weather forecasting and presentation. The graphics and new data are very innovative with far reaching possibilities for creating new production and presenting techniques for different media. From May onwards S4C will in fact be broadcasting more frequent weather bulletins. I myself am also looking forward to presenting, and to share with the viewers some vernacular weather terms specific to North Wales!
Although life is busy, I try and find time for running, which gets me outside for an hour or two. I’ll be taking part in a few 10K races over the summer, and shall be running in the Cardiff half marathon in October. Another challenge which I’m very much looking forward to is walking the Three Peaks – Snowdon, Cader Idris and Pen y Fan, crossing my fingers and hoping for fine weather!