During her early twenties, Valerie became one of the top voice-over artists in television commercials, worked as an actress for five years in the theatre and television, fronted several television advertising campaigns and then became a household name presenting much loved programmes including Blue Peter, Nationwide, Val Meets the VIPs, Tonight, Tonight in Town and the hard hitting Money Programme and not forgetting the memorable Blue Peter Special Assignments, all for BBC Television followed by PM for BBC Radio 4. Additionally, she has made many guest appearances on the nation’s favourite TV shows and went on to present programmes on such diverse topics as travel, history, alcohol abuse, violence in present day society and a game show.
Besides her broadcasting work, Valerie has also made a wonderful niche in travel writing with the national press and popular magazines, as well as finding time to support several Charities.
Valerie has filmed with Hollywood stars, politicians, captains of industry and royalty, as well as many children and unforgettable animals, but has always managed to do so with great charm, aplomb and total professionalism.
Her life’s work has been honoured twice, firstly by This is Your Life, which the public watched avidly and then being bestowed with an OBE, by Her Majesty the Queen.