In just four years, Ria has notched up an impressive portfolio of work and is steadfastly becoming one to watch. Recent career highlights include; being selected as the official red carpet presenter at the MOBO Awards in Leeds, interviewing celebrities and award-winners along with Sir Lenny Henry, in the week he was awarded his CBE. At the Screen Nation Awards, Ria famously interviewed Idris Elba about the ongoing diversity issue influencing British onscreen talent migrating to the US and last year, Ria co-hosted the Royal Television Society’s Christmas Quiz at ITV with TOWIE star, Mark Wright! In addition to covering glitzy, red carpet events, Ria regularly hosts prestigious industry awards and panel discussions for the RTS Futures Committee. She is also frequently requested as a panellist to speak at Women in Media events at Google and the BBC during International Women’s Week. This year, while 7 months pregnant, Ria presented and produced her own digital show, Wonder Women TV - an inspirational talk show that champions the stories of trailblazing women who work in the Tech, Media and Music industries which aims to inspire the next generation of female trailblazers - showcasing her talent as a natural presenter and conscientious producer. Ria’s incredible positivity and enthusiasm is infectious and when she isn’t covering events that celebrate diversity, champion women and inspire the next generation, she also finds time to mentor young people through the Media Trust and is a 2017 Mentee of the prestigious Women in Film & Television Network.
I was born and bred in Watford, a town labelled by Lonely Planet as “the kind of place that makes you want to travel.” They weren’t wrong: I lived and worked in the the Middle East, Caribbean, Asia and South America before returning to Blighty where I work as a travel and lifestyle journalist. When I’m not working, I am out and about exploring London with Talk of the Town - a dynamic walking tour guide company I co-founded, that aims to provide the inside track on the London scene for locals and visitors alike. I’m also interested in fashion, food and the arts (I serve on One New Change’s Style Council), socialising and sports: I am a season ticket holder at Watford Football club where I volunteer as a Vicarage Roadie - a team of Watford supporters who work to enhance the match-day experience for home and away fans. Hospital Radio (where I visit patients before co-presenting a request show on Wednesday) and politics (I’m an active member of my local Liberal Democrats group) are other interests. However my biggest passion is international travel: free time and disposable cash is spent abroad.
Sarah qualified in London in 1985, and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians three years later. She did Golden Circuit training jobs and became a Consultant at St Mary's in Paddington. She is now in full time independent practice. Sarah lives in South West London with her husband, two grown up children and an elderly cocker spaniel. When not doctoring she can be found making books, hats, art, knitwear - or eating fabulous food.