Having toyed with the idea of becoming a Customs Officer, an air traffic controller or a museum curator, I left school at 18 to begin work in the City of London as an accountant!
Realising that I talked far too much to sit in an office by myself all day, I joined BBC Essex as a volunteer in 1993.
My first job on the station was compiling the Shoppers Car Parking Report, but my typing skills were so bad that it was suggested that I read the information out on air, and a new career began.
I now co-present the Breakfast Programme there, a mixture of news, current affairs and chat, on weekday mornings between six and nine.
I joined Look East in the year 2000 as a newsreader, presenting regular TV news bulletins and reporting as well from both Cambridge and Norwich.
In 2002, I started work as an announcer at the new BBC Digital station BBC7, where I introduce the 7th Dimension dramas and bestsellers during the week, and a wider selection of programmes through the day on a Saturday.
I also work as a presenter for a range of corporate clients.
I think about exercising a lot, and occasionally do some; I love dancing, have tried my hand at rally driving and white water rafting and am a qualified windsurfer and scuba diver
The call from Politics came in 2003, and Etholle presents Politics Show East on BBC1 on Sundays at 12.35pm.
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