Hayley has worked within the world of arts and entertainment (including theatre, film & television, the music biz and the interior design and fashion industries) for over twenty years.
She graduated from University with a 2:1 degree in Theatre Arts & Performance in 1996.
Hayley started her career in London working for fashion designer Alexander McQueen then moved into media acting as a production co-ordinator for the companies Ardent Production, Hilltop Pictures and Independent Image on TV documentaries and chat shows. She also worked on the films ‘There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble‘ as PA to the film producer Sarah Radclyffe as well as ‘Lost in Space‘ at Shepperton Studios.
After six years of working within media Hayley then obtained a diploma in Interior Design from KLC School of Design in Chelsea and using her flair for creative design went on to work in one of the top interior design practices Todhunter Earle for the next three years. Her passion for renovating historical properties back to their former glory continues today.
HR Presents was formed in 2007 by Hayley realising her true passion lies in music & entertainment, and has promoted many artists including Imelda May (whom she helped to launch) and Clive James. Promoting numerous clients has taken her all over the world to attend events such as The Red Cross Ball in Monaco, The Dubai International Film Festival opening party for George Clooney’s film Michael Clayton, The Villa D’Este on Lake Como and Baz Lurhman’s wrap party for the premiere of Australia to name but a few.
IN THE BEGINNING, her Radio career won Hayley the 2013 Gold Award for Best Specialist Music Programme for a 60 minute Jazz Documentary entitled I’m in The Mood For Love: The Story of Jimmy McHugh at the National HBA Awards in Blackpool after two years of volunteering at UCLH Hospital Radio. Following this Hayley continued to write, produce and present radio programmes & podcasts based on personal links and interests.
Hayley has worked for Wise Buddah Productions as a broadcast assistant on Weekend Wogan, Russell Davies and Johnnie Walker for BBC Radio 2; as a freelance reporter for BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey editing packages for The Breakfast Show; and at the 2013 Love Supreme Festival in Sussex. She then became the political headline voice over (from September 2013) on the audio edition of The Economist magazine, produced by Somethin Else Productions and which is still broadcast weekly to subscribers Worldwide.
In April 2014 Hayley conducted interviews as a reporter on the red carpet at The Royal Opera House for The 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards , as well as regularly presenting & producing a monthly podcast for London Jazz News featuring interviews with international jazz artists and covering The EFG London Jazz Festival 2014.
Since October 2014 Hayley has produced four programmes for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 2 through Sue Clark Productions. These have included Pete & Clive in November 2015 on BBC Radio 4 – a profile of the songwriting career of Pete Atkin and Clive James ; Much Ado About Comedy in April 2016 on BBC Radio 2 – presented by Little Britain’s Matt Lucas; The Legendary Angela Lansbury in August 2016 on BBC Radio 2 – presented by Emma Thompson; and ‘The Raw Pearl Bailey’ presented by Morgan Freeman in April 2018 on BBC Radio 2 which was nominated for Best Music Documentary at The 2019 Prix Europa Awards.
Between 2016- 2018 whilst living in Dorset she could be heard on the mic at BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast in Dorset as well as hosting live Q&A’s at The Rex in Wareham as part of The Purbeck Film Festival with recognised actors, writers and directors, Dame Harriet Walter; Aisling Walsh; Andy Gent & Dominic Cooke. And in 2018 Hayley was hosting in The Guardian Literary Tent at ‘Camp Bestival’ where she was invited to interview Rick Astley in front of a full house before his headlining performance. Pictures for all of these can be seen here.
In 2019 Hayley moved to Rye and helped with The Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival booking well known artists and recording backstage interviews with them – some of these have included Sergio Mendes; Jimmy Webb; Ian Shaw, Madeleine Peyroux, James Taylor, Barbara Dickson, Curtis Stigers and Judy Collins
NOW, Hayley (and HR Presents) have four new programmes commissioned (and in production) with both BBC Radio 2 & 4, due for broadcast in 2021.