Although known for weather and her trademark TV ‘bye bye’ sign off, Emma Jesson originally trained to be a veterinary surgeon. She worked extensively with animals, specialising in exotic species and cruelty cases. She had a place at Cambridge University, but after her gap year ended up in television.
From Ruby Wax and light entertainment programmes, Emma forged a path for herself, working her way from behind the scenes to front of camera. This helps her enormously in her day-to-day professional life – she knows exactly what those on the other side of the lens require of her. She can self-edit her feature packages and is training to self-shoot also.
Emma feels privileged to be an ambassador for South Staffordshire Rural Enterprise Academy – a relatively new ‘green’ enterprise, and the first dedicated land-based free school in England which opened their doors to students in September 2012.
She regularly visits schools to give weather, news and media talks, and joined Stephen Fry’s comedy team to present an official Red Nose Day sketch. She likes to make people smile.
One of Emma’s most recent corporate engagements was presenting for the NHS maternity awards at the House of Lords, and she is an ambassador for Heat Holders ladies’ thermal products.
She has worked for BBC, Channel 4, GMTV and various independent production companies and – hush her mouth – was a cheeky regular on TV’s Naughty Blunders. She has also tested TV quiz formats and been a trainer with the BBC, and regularly guests on radio shows, attracting media attention doing glossy interviews with Hello! magazine, Women’s Own, and Best.
She fronted an internet film for The Royal Mint inviting new coin designs to commemorate the London 2012 Olympics.
Emma is very much a people person and with guests, always aims to be the perfect foil. She loves live. Whether on camera, or on stage.
One of her favourite jobs is being invited to host prestigious awards ceremonies (150 – 6000 people) and a raft of her clients book her regularly from year to year.
She filmed, presented and edited a charity video for her most recent client to play at their awards ceremony.
She regularly gets up in front of 6000 delegates to host some of Europe’s largest conferences.
Add to her credits a string of internal corporate videos and voice-overs for top drawer clients and you’re getting the picture.
As well as carving a strong corporate niche for herself, Emma’s sporting service, Racing Weather has given her national exposure on Channel 4’s The Morning Line, Channel 4 Racing and dedicated horseracing satellite channels.
Don’t forget, she can also host racenights with electronic racing, auctions and raffles.
As well as charitable events, masonics and rotary; linking speakers, interviewing and running silent auctions and dinner games.
Emma’s had a lot of fun with her career thus far. She played a part in a British comedy feature film alongside Tony Slattery and Phil Cornwell, had a cameo in Corrie, and recently recorded a voice-over for a new film, “Kingdom of Dust”.
She is equally at home in her wellies filming Heart of the Country. She was one of 5 finalists picked from 18,500 vying to be the voice of BT’s Speaking Clock and records voice-overs for a diverse range of subjects – travel, medical and wildlife.
Emma revels in the diverse nature of her ‘day job’ as a freelance presenter, she loves anything a little eccentric and tries to tackle things from a slightly different angle… click on the BRITS Red Carpet clip … (http://www.emmajesson.com/britawards.htm)
Never one for sitting on the sidelines, several broadcasts have set her heart racing: piloting a flimsy Extra 300 to perform display acrobatics at Kemble airshow; flying foy with Peter Pan; diving with sealions; abseiling off Birmingham’s NEC and national trampolining. She is now on the look-out for an extreme weather challenge…
And it’s a standing joke on her website that she always has fine food and a glass of something fizzy in her hand. But not for those aerial broadcasts…
Away from TV, she enjoys dinner and a musical; having a flutter at the races – she loves those cheeky longshots – as well as languages and comedy. And when there’s time… sleeping.
A fair-weather water baby, she is a former windsurfing instructor, and now a PADI qualified Advanced Open Water diver with an RYA qualification enabling her to sail big yachts as a Day Skipper.
Cooking’s another favourite – but only when there’s plenty of time and a bottle of wine to hand. She can sing too – maybe it’s the Malbec? But tarot reading hasn’t helped her much so far with her weather forecasts…